Donate life: Leave a legacy

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NDLM_2014_Web_300x250It doesn’t take much to save a life.

Giving a pint of blood every eight weeks or becoming a designated organ donor are two simple ways to leave a lasting legacy.

“It’s a powerful thought to know that we can contribute,” says Lucinda Babers, a Department of Motor Vehicles employee who encourages people to check the organ donation box when applying for a driver’s license. Two of her cousins benefited from organ transplants; one cousin lived an extra 20 years thanks to his donated kidney.

“We’re not all going to be president of the United States,” Lucinda says. “We’re not going to all be professional athletes. But we can all be a donor and that’s what’s important.”

April is National Donate Life Month, and Lane Blood Center encourages you to become an organ, eye and tissue donor.

You donate blood throughout your life. Becoming a designated organ donor means you can continue to save lives after you die — lives of people like Trey Schwab.

A basketball coach for teams at all levels — high school, college and the NBA — Trey was stunned when he was diagnosed in 2001 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a deadly lung disease. He required oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Trey received a double lung transplant from a 19-year-old man killed in a construction accident. The young man had chosen to be an organ and tissue donor and, as a result, saved Trey’s life, along with the lives of four other people.

“My donor was really a hero,” Trey says. “There really is no greater gift to give than the gift of life.”

Give the gift of life by giving blood at Lane Blood Center and becoming a designated organ, eye and tissue donor. Learn more at

Author: Rebecca Taylor

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