Local Grandmother Celebrates National Donate Life Month

Local Grandmother Celebrates National Donate Life Month

Nearly 2000 people in Tennessee are currently waiting for an organ transplant. To spread the word about the need, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation is celebrating April as National Donate Life Month.

"He wanted his life to make a difference, so it definitely did. Like I said, he was able to give the gift of life to 5 different recipients," said Grandmother Sandra Fooshee.

Sandra Fooshee says she's thankful that her grandson Jacob Smith was able to donate his organs after losing his life in an automobile accident in 2007.

The month of April brings her great joy. It's National Donate Life Month.

Fooshee says she will never forget the day she met Jacob's recipients.

"And this gentleman walked up and introduced himself and he said I have a part of Jacob right here. I have Jacob's right kidney and then he stepped back and this second gentleman walked up and he told us his name and said I have a part of Jacob right here. So you just can't imagine how glorious that is," said Sandra Fooshee.

The emotional meeting was arranged by the Mid-South Transplant Foundation.

"Everybody that works at Mid-South Transplant, they are a gift from god" said Sandra Fooshee.

Every year the Mid-South Transplant Foundation hosts the annual event "Linking Hands for Life." It focuses on the need for donation but also creates unity.

"When we go to the linking of hands and you see all the other donor families and see all the recipients, you know how important it is to share that gift of life. You talk to those recipients and they tell you there's no way in the world they can thank you enough for that gift. That's what it's all about," said Sandra Fooshee.

Mid-South Transplant Foundation's 7th Annual Linking Hands for Life event will be on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. The family-friendly celebration of life will be held at Memphis’ Levitt Shell in Overton Park. The event includes kid-friendly games, free gifts, and a free cultural arts and music fest. 

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