Memphis Police Officer Celebrates Donate Life Month

Memphis Police Officer Celebrates Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month. Memphis Police Officer Melanie Medlock saved a life by donating a kidney.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - April is National Donate Life Month. Memphis Police Officer Melanie Medlock saved a life by donating a kidney.

"He was in need and I couldn't stand the thought that a friend of mine was sick and I could step up to the plate and donate a kidney to make him healthy," said Medlock.

Melanie says she didn't think twice about giving the gift the of life to longtime friend Nic Wehmeyer. Last year Wehmeyer was on a waiting list to receive a kidney when this Memphis Police Officer came to his rescue.

"It's a lot of gratitude, thankfulness that I felt, there's not a lot of words that can describe how big of a gift this is," said Wehmeyer.

"I never hesitated. Never had a question was it the right thing to do or not. It has been a gift to me as well. The gift of life for Nick," said Melanie Medlock.

The 36-year-old Mississippi native is no stranger to helping others. On New Year's Day she volunteered to decorate the Donate Life float that appeared in the Tournament of Roses parade in California.

Sunday, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation will host their annual event Linking Hands for Life. Medlock looks forward to returning.

"It was very touching to see the different families of both on the recipients and the donors connect and be able to see the healing that occurs in the donors' families. That was a big experience, very touching for me to watch," said Medlock.

Sunday's event focuses on creating unity and donating life.

"I think if anyone has even the question of it, I say do it. It's life-changing for yourself as well as your recipient," said Medlock.

The Linking Hands for Life event will be held Sunday, April 21 at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park from 2 - 6 p.m. To learn more about becoming an organ donor, visit www.tndonorregistry.org
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