National Donor Life Month encourages people to consider donating organs

 It is National Donate Life Month and St. Vincent Healthcare encourages others to consider and learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation.

KULR-8 spoke with the chairman of the donate life council at St. Vincent Healthcare, Penny Cliffton, who said this is one month out of the year where the hospital tries to encourage people to have that dialogue with themselves and with their families about becoming an organ donor once they've passed away.

Cliffton said there are 181 people in Montana waiting for life saving organ transplants right now, but that number changes regularly. She said some of the Montanans on the waiting list will die before receiving their life-saving organ. She also points out, that there are ways to be a living donor as well.

According to Cliffton, Montanans have the highest rate of donor registration.

"We're very aware of our neighbors," Cliffton said. "This is a huge state, but it's a very small town and everyone knows everyone else and cares about everyone else. We really do want to resonate with the community that this is about your neighbors, about the gift that your neighbors are making and about the gifts that your neighbors are waiting to receive."

Tonight at 10, we'll be talking with a woman who is a living donor. Plus, we'll speak with someone who's child might need a new organ and this story has a twist.

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