15-year-old organ donor honored at flag raising ceremony

Posted at 8:23 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 23:23:10-04

April is “Donate Life Month,” to raise awareness for organ donation. 

Becky Smith’s son Nicholas died in June of last year at the age of 15. By making the decision to donate his organs, five people were able to receive life-saving transplants. 

Becky was understandably emotional at a flag-raising ceremony Monday morning. 

“There's so many people who need that gift so that they can live a full and happy life,” she said.  “We're really happy that we're able to give that gift to other people.”

Throughout the month of April, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin is encouraging community members to indicate their willingness to be an organ donor on the state and national registries, while also taking time to honor donors and their families. 

Nicholas’ tissue was also donated, which has helped save and improve the lives of potentially 50 other patients. 

For more information on how to join the registries, click HERE.