TMH raises 'Donate Life' flag for organ, tissue donation

Published: Apr. 2, 2019 at 4:27 PM EDT
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By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News

April 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A white flag was raised in front of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Tuesday morning. The flag, not a sign of defeat, but one of hope and resilience, with a message to donate life.

The "Donate Life" flag was raised Tuesday as part of an annual ceremony commemorating organ and tissue donation. Medical personnel and donation recipients shared stories of how a donation is a gift of life.

June Faircloth was the main speaker during the ceremony. Faircloth's son, Dylan was killed in a car accident in 2010. Her son was an organ donor. His heart was donated to a man in Warner-Robins, Georgia. Faircloth's one usable lung went to an accountant in Florida who was suffering with cystic fibrosis, and his liver saved a mechanic in Georgia. Faircloth's kidneys went to two women who were previously undergoing dialysis, and a cornea was donated to a child in Dubai.

"The knowledge that Dylan helped saved and enhanced the lives of others helps me to cope and enables me to move forward in his honor," said June Faircloth. "Death does not have to be the final comment of our lives. Instead of one stone marker, there could be living memorials. Real people with real families. Their lives have been put back together through your gift of life."

April is designated as 'Donate Life' month. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare workers hope that the flag can serve as a reminder for families to have a discussion about becoming organ and tissue donors.

"During a time of tragedy, when those decisions are being made, it really brings a calm to the situation if the family knows what the wishes are for their loved one," said Nancy Anne Teems, TMH director of Critical Care.

The 'Donate Life' flag will fly in front of TMH throughout the rest of April.