Donor dash highlights need for organ donations

6:22 PM, Jul 21, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- More than 2,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming are in need of lifesaving organ donations. On Sunday, the Donor Dash highlighted the need, and the payoff, of organ donations.

Many participants in the Donor Dash say they wouldn't be here without the donation.

"This is not just a life-changing, this is a life-saving procedure. Without the procedure, the patient will go downhill until their death," said Dr. Igal Kam, who runs the transplant program at University of Colorado Hospital. "This day is a meeting between many donor families and recipient families. Even if they don't recognize each other," said Kam.

"At the time of the transplant, they look so sick," said Kam.

"Today, they look normal," he added.

Nationwide organ, eye and tissue donation is in high demand, as well. More than 116,000 people are waiting for transplants, according to Donor Alliance.

Every year, more than 6,000 people die while waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

To become an organ donor, you can sign up online at donatelifecolorado.org

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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