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Donor Recognition Ceremony honors organ, tissue donors and family members

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400 patients in Hawaii need a life-saving organ transplant, and thousands more need tissue for reconstructive surgery.

Legacy of Life Hawaii held their 25th annual Donor Remembrance Ceremony Saturday at the Ko’olau Ballrooms to honor Hawaii’s organ, eye, and tissue donors.

The ceremony also provided comfort and support to over 300 grieving family members, including parents Belinda Nakata, who lost her son Joshua 10 years ago, and Michael O'Malley, whose son Joey passed last year.

Despite the tragedy, both say their son's donations gave someone else a shot at life.

"A 43-year old dad with 3 little girls got a kidney from Joey. He was on the last stage of dialysis. Also,  a 35-year old mom with a daughter." explained O'Malley. 

Donees, like Clayton E. Brown, who received a liver transplant, also got to say "Mahalo" for a second chance at life.

"I just didn't think I was going to make it. But, through the blessings of the lord I made it, and I'm here now." said Brown.

Families planted healing gardens, and pinned squares on to a memorial donor quilt.  The event was closed with a performance by The Tonga Sisters, and a monarch butterfly release.  Each butterfly honoring those who selflessly gave the gift of a new life.

 

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