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My name is Latoya Joyner and I am the community relations coordinator for Carolina Donor Services. I serve the eastern part of the state. I wanted to inform you about how impressed I was with the column that Oliver Hedgepeth wrote regarding organ donation and the Donor Family Tribute he and his wife attended at Rock Springs in Greenville. The column describing the event (“Give gift of life through organ donation,” Oct. 25) was truly remarkable.
“We knew no one. When the room filled, it showed a cross-section of America, old and young, male, female, babies, those needing assistance walking, all races. When we left three hours later, all those classifications were gone,” Hedgepeth wrote. “No one saw anyone as different than they were. We all had just shared our stories of our lost ones and who they were. Around 200 people were there celebrating how their lost loves had brought life to others, brought sight to others, brought families together.”
I appreciate Mr. Hedgepeth for bringing awareness and encouraging others to be donors.