Valentine's Day sparks organ donation drive - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Valentine's Day sparks organ donation drive

Volunteers and several Mid-South hospitals teamed up Tuesday for a Valentine's Day event focused on the heart of the holiday. Volunteers and several Mid-South hospitals teamed up Tuesday for a Valentine's Day event focused on the heart of the holiday.

(WMC-TV) – Volunteers and several Mid-South hospitals teamed up Tuesday for a Valentine's Day event focused on the heart of the holiday.

Just outside Methodist University Hospital's cafeteria, and at several other medical centers around Memphis, volunteers with the Mid-South Transplant Foundation spent Valentine's Day talking to people about donating organs.

"We're calling it the Show Me Your Heart Campaign," said Susan Cameron, of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation.

The campaign works like this - people who stopped by the transplant foundation's booth and showed a drivers license that identifies them as an organ donor received free Valentine's Day cookies.

"Just to be able to give someone else a chance to live once you no longer have that option is the most fabulous thing anybody can do for anyone," said organ donor Pamela Turner.

And the need is great. Volunteers say some 112,000 people are on the organ donation in the United States alone.

Eight years ago, Sabrina Smith was on that waiting list.

Smith, who received a kidney and a pancreas, was one of the transplant recipients who volunteered to work on the campaign.

Her donor was a 40-year-old car crash victim.

"One donor can definitely help a lot of people… it may be seven different organs that can be distributed," said Tina Sandoval, administer of the transplant program.

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