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Organ donors honored at the Capitol

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Organ donors were recognized at the Gift of Life Ceremony on Friday at the Capitol Rotunda with families of donors receiving recognition for their loved ones from the governor’s office and Life-Center Northwest.

Nationwide there are over 118,000 people waiting for life-saving transplants, currently, in Montana that number is over 200. On average 22 people die every waiting for an organ transplant.

Gov. Steve Bullock spoke at the event, saying Montana has a deep appreciation and gratitude for an organ donor’s generous and heroic act, saying that these Montanans generosity give hope to others.

Pat Goldhahn of Fairfield told MTN the event honored the memory of his 15-year-old daughter Lauryn who died in a car crash and her organs were donated.

“I think you fear that people are going to forget your loss, your lost loved one. And you don’t want that to happen. So these are just great things to help honor them and especially for the give of life they’ve given too," Goldhahn said.

Montana ranks first in the nation for registered organ donors per capita with 89% of adults registered. Click here for more information.

April is National Donate Life Month.

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