DES MOINES, Iowa - Every year since 2002, April has been filled with stories to spread the lifesaving message of donation in order to motivate people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Garrett Brockway died in February 2013 when he was struck by a falling tree while helping his father on their property. He died three days later and became an organ, eye and tissue donor.
Garrett's gifts helped restore site to a 10-year-old girl and a 63-year-old grandmother through cornea transplants. His heart helped a 14-year-old boy. His kidneys went to a 28-year-old student and a 65-year-old man who was a perfect match. His liver went to a 14-year-old boy and his pancreas to a 43-year-old wife and mother. Through tissue donation, Garrett was able to help a 14-year-old boy who suffered chronic knee pain, a 54-year-old grandfather, and a female police officer who was injured in the line of duty.
The Iowa Donor Network said there are 597 Iowans waiting for a life-saving transplant, over 500 are waiting for a kidney.
"One donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 200 through tissue donation," said Sam Hoyle with the Iowa Donor Network.
You can learn more about registering as a donor or for more information about how to get involved, visit IowaDonorNetwork.org.