Organ Donation as Important as Ever

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HOWARD, Wis. (WFRV) – Next month is National Donate Life Month.

A teacher and a student at one Howard school want people to understand how important it is to be an organ donor.

That’s why the student council at Bay View Middle School is hosting a walk to raise awareness and funding for Donate Life Wisconsin.

The tiny orange dot on a Wisconsin driver’s license has a huge meaning.

It signals that one has chosen to be an organ donor.

French teacher at Bay View Middle School, Gail Burant, says her family now realizes the impact that small orange dot can have on a family.

“Five years ago this April, Ethan had a liver transplant. When he was born everything seemed perfect. Three months after he was born, we found out that he had a rare liver disease,” says Burant.

Burant says Ethan was lucky that his cousin shared his same blood type and qualified to become Ethan’s living donor.

However, many who receive organ donations rely on those who have passed away.

“To know that she’s still living on, like all around the country, just to think about that, she’s not truly gone, she’s still here, it helps,” says Victoria Weseloh.

Eighth-grade student, Victoria Weseloh, lost her mom, Michelle, three years ago due to complications from a brain aneurysm. Her mom was an organ donor.

“She says, you know, if something were to happen to me, make sure that my organs are donated,” says Michelle’s husband, Scott Weseloh.

Weseloh and her father want people to understand that being an organ donor means having the possibility to help dozens, even after you’re gone.

“When they told me that she was going to be helping a lot of people, I didn’t realize, how large a number, approximately 100 people, that she was able to help,” says Weseloh.

Helping others by raising money for the Donate Life organization is just one reason Weseloh and Burant are striving to make the 3rd Annual Northeast Wisconsin Donate Life Walk better than ever.

They also want to continue to inspire people of all ages to register as an organ donor.

“Last year I got a text from a former student who said, ‘Mrs. Burant, I want to thank you. Today I went to get my license, and I put my orange dot on my license.’ And he said, ‘I’m doing this for Ethan because I know that it makes a difference to put the orange dot on my license.” recalls Burant.

The NEW Donate Life Walk is April 11th at Bay View Middle School in Howard.

Early registration ends Monday, March 30th, but you can sign up anytime, including on the day of the walk.

Sign up for the walk or donate to the organization by clicking HERE.

Donate Life Walk – Northeast WI Facebook Page.

For more information on organ donation and how to become and organ donor, click HERE.

As a transplant recipient herself, Local 5’s Erin Davisson is proud to be a part of this years walk and hopes to see you there.

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