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Local family joins organizations to spread word on organ donation

Updated: Tuesday, April 8 2014, 07:22 PM EDT
WEIRTON, W.Va. -- Thousands of lives are saved each year with organ transplants and more are waiting to be saved.
Still, only a fraction of people register to donate. West Virginia has only 34 percent of organ donors among its population.
Family members and CORE officials, along with Weirton Medical Center staff, helped to spread awareness of Donate Life Month as they raised the CORE flag Tuesday.
"What greater gift can you give anyone than your organs?" asked Gwen Haddon, mother of organ donor Rob White, Jr. "We're happy to do it."
Haddon and members of her family never thought they would have to say a final goodbye to the 37-year-old White, who passed away last August.
On Tuesday, as they sat in Weirton Medical Center to honor National Donate Life Month, tears filled the room when Haddon told the crowd the importance of her son, who was an organ donor.
"Donating  my son's organs helped us get through that period," Haddon said. "It wasn't the easiest thing we've ever done, but it really helped us. It was something to hang on to, something to make good out of the tragedy."
White's son Dylon is also trying to make good out of the loss of his father. Shortly after his dad passed away, he got a camera and took up photography.
Tuesday, he set up his camera to capture a moment he will never forget.
"I like to take pictures in most of my free time because it just kind of gets my mind off stuff and helps me out with stress and stuff like that," he said.
White's organs saved the lives of two people with the help of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education Organization and Weirton Medical Center.
"Well that's what keeps me engaged in this organization because this is what it's all about," Kurt Shutterly, CEO of CORE, said. "This family's loved one was able to save two individuals' lives. That is just what we do and what this hospital is able to help us with it just makes this the greatest job in the world ."
Dylon white said while he enjoys photography, he wants to be a nurse when he grows up so he can help people in need.

Local family joins organizations to spread word on organ donation

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