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April is National Donate Life Month

A local heart transplant recipient encourages everyone to become a donor
April is National Donate Life month
Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 31, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS — National Donate Life Month is in April. It encourages Americans tosign up to become organ, eye, and tissue donors.

On Friday, St. Francis Medial Center Staff, Donor Alliance employees, and a heart transplant recipient came together for a flag-raising ceremony in Colorado Springs.

Laura Jefferies with Donor Alliance says Colorado is one of the most generous states when it comes to signing up to become a Life Donor. Last year, there were 829 transplants in the state. However, between Colorado and Wyoming, there are still 1500 people waiting for a transplant.

Joe Kovarik received a heart transplant 20 years ago after being put on the donor list for a heart condition. He says since then, he's been able to climb mountains and spend time with his family.

"I've had 20 plus years now of not only enjoying [being active] but more importantly enjoying my daughter and my grandchildren who have grown up. I've watched them become adults, and I've been able to be a part of their life," said Kovarik.

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