3rd Annual Meridian Donor Recognition Ceremony

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Local families gathered Sunday to recognize those who help to give the gift of life.

Sunday was the 3rd Annual Meridian Donor Recognition Ceremony. All the family members of donors in the area came together to share their own memories.

Those who donate are not the only ones recognized. Transplant recipients are also welcomed and honored at the ceremony.

Recipients are able to express their gratitude.

"Quite frankly, it's a very emotional time. Recipients are able to see and really tell family members how much they appreciate what was done for them. And for donor families, it's a time they can remember their loved one and really remember what they were able to do for other people," describes Charlotte Mullinix, with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

"We recognize all of those donors that we've had this year and in the Meridian area. So we've brought together families where they have allowed their loved one to be a donor and we are expressing our appreciation of that," says Ron Waterman, with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

The ceremony was held Sunday at 2:30 in the afternoon. It was hosted at Meridian's Central United Methodist Church

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  • by Donor Family Member Location: Meridian on Oct 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    What a creep this David J from Nashville guy is. Here is a nice story about those of us that have lost loved ones, and he has to post his stupid comments trying to promote his own business. This junk has no place in this article or the comments for this article. Our loved ones are heroes and they don't deserve to have their memory stained by some creep that just comments to push his own business. The 73 members that he claims to have in Mississippi had ought to be ashamed to be members of an organization that would stoop to levels this low to promote their own business interests. If people want to be a donor in Mississippi - they should sign up on our state's official Donor Registry at: www.donatelifems.org
  • by David J Location: Nashville TN on Oct 11, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    Your story about the Organ Donor Recognition Ceremony highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations. Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs. Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,000 members at this writing, including 73 members in Mississippi.
  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Oct 11, 2010 at 02:28 AM
    Your soul is the only thing that is leaving your body when you die so why not give what would be worm food to keep another person alive for who knows how many years to be with their family. If by my death if a father gets to walk his daughter down the aisle or or a mother gets to see her first grandchild how could anyone not give this gift of life? Look into the eyes of God or pee in the face of Satan it is your soul not your what is soon to be worm food that does this.
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