Indiana County residents who have received organ transplants and representatives of families who made organ donations described how the donor program saved or changed their lives during a ceremony Thursday in front of the Indiana County Court House in recognition of April as National Donate Life Month.
The county commissioners and other elected officials were joined by law enforcement officers, volunteer firefighters, paramedics and military personnel to raise awareness of the increasing need for individuals to sign up to be organ, tissue and cornea donors.
According to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, nationwide more than 117,000 people are awaiting organ transplantation, and about 18 die every day because of the shortage of available organs.
Courthouse ceremony organizers said Indiana County has been a leader in the state in organ and tissue donation, and the ceremony celebrated the generosity of county families that have provided life-saving donations for those in need.
The process of signing up to be an organ or tissue donor takes only about 90 seconds, according to CORE.
More information is available at www.core.org.