This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, but recipients of transplanted organs want everyone to know it's also National Donor Day.
An Indianapolis man who's alive thanks to a lung transplant is eager to tell his story because it’s given him a second chance at life.
Lance Lewis runs 5k events, climbs stairs and rides bikes because his new lungs allow him to compete. And everyday he says thank you to the IMPD officer who made it possible.
Officer David Moore was shot and killed in January 2011. His mother and father complied with their son’s wishes and made his organs available for transplant. Lewis was the recipient of David Moore’s lungs; six others received Moore's other organs and tissue.
Today, Lewis’ passion is to tell his story, get people to consider being a donor and then actually make it happen.
“If you would like to be an organ donor, you can do it at your license branch when you renew your driver’s license,” says Lewis. “Like any transaction there, you can sign up on line at donatelifeindiana.org.
The Moore family is never far from Lewis’ mind. It was a horrible event made miraculous for the seven families. So when it was time to meet Joanne and Spencer Moore, Officer Moore’s parents, Lewis was overwhelmed.
“It was truly family at first sight. I was nervous and apprehensive when we met them. How’s it going to go? Well, she walked over and hugged me and from that point on, it was like, what was I worried about. It felt like we’d known them forever.”
In 2014, 29,532 people received organ transplants. But every day 22 people die waiting for transplants. National Donor Day focuses on the five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood.
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