Los Alamos County Councilor Kristin Henderson, right, presents a proclamation on behalf of council Tuesday evening to, front row from left, Linda Boncella who donated a kidney to her brother in 1987 – her sister donated one to the same brother in 2014, Linda Rickel who received a kidney 29 years ago, Sue Conner who received a cornea 15 years ago, Kay Fletcher who received a kidney from her husband Mike in 1998 and later received a second kidney in 2013 and Cathy Walters who received a heart nearly three years ago. Back row from left, Mike Fletcher who donated a kidney to his wife Kay in 1998, Arnie Sierk who received a kidney and pancreas nearly 21 years ago and Bob Fuselier who donated a kidney in January to a stranger in need. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
WHEREAS: More than 121,000 Americans are in need of a life-saving organ transplant, including over 800 New Mexicans; and
WHEREAS: Each day, 21 people die waiting for a transplant, and every year one million people are in need of cornea or tissue transplants; and
WHEREAS: The decision to become a donor can save up to nine lives and restore the lives of many more men, women and children; and
WHEREAS: We celebrate and honor all those who have given the extraordinary gift of life through living and deceased donation; and
WHEREAS: We encourage individuals of all ages, backgrounds and medical history to consider the opportunity to help those in need and to discuss this choice with friends and family; and
WHEREAS: During National “Donate Life Month,” we renew our call for life-giving donors and ask Los Alamos County residents to register on their driver’s license or at NMdonor.org;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the Month of April 2016 as “DONATE LIFE MONTH” in Los Alamos County, and ask our citizens to consider signing up this month to be an organ donor in order to save lives.