‘Thanks for Giving’ ceremony will honor lives of organ, tissue donors

9:00 am | October 19, 2012

Families from across the region will gather Sunday, Oct. 21, to celebrate their loved ones’ “Gift of Life” and thank donor families.

The “Thanks for Giving” ceremony will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City, 101 SpringBrook Drive.

“We honor donor families because of the important, life-saving role they have had, and because at life’s end, they cared for others,” said Joy McCray, public education coordinator for Tennessee Donor Service-Tri-Cities Region.

She said the ceremony “honors and memorializes local organ and tissue donors, providing the opportunity for transplant recipients to say ‘thank you’ for their second chance at life,” said McCray.

WCYB News 5’s Angela Yingling, whose father is an organ recipient, will host the special ceremony. Kay Christian, a recipient and donor mother, and Jeff Clements, a heart recipient, will share their stories and speak on the importance of organ donation.

Families will also present a quilt square to become part of a Tri-Cities quilt honoring local organ and tissue donors. Past quilts will be on display. Donor families will be recognized and presented with the Organ Donor Medal of Honor and a certificate from the surgeon general to signify the precious gift given.

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