Right now in America, nearly 119,000 people are waiting for an organ. Each day, 22 people die waiting. Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
Many of you have been following the story of 5 On Your Side anchor Anne Allred, who recently received a life-saving kidney donation from one of her lifelong friends after developing Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome during pregnancy.
Now that Anne is feeling better and back at work, she's using her platform to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation. And it just so happens that April in National Donate Life Month.
On Wednesday, April 12 at 2 p.m., Anne hosted a Facebook Live event with Dr. Wellen, her surgeon from Barnes-Jewish Hospital, about organ and tissue donation, and what the process was like for her. They answered questions about living organ donation, and Anne told more of her donation story.
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Anne will also be emceeing the Celebrate Life 5K Run/Walk on April 29 at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. The 5K brings together the St. Louis transplant community to honor organ and tissue donors, celebrate new life with recipients, support those waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and inspire others to say “yes” to donation. Visit http://www.midamericatransplant.org/5K to register.