King Rotary Club pushes for more organ donors in NC

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KING, N.C. — Members of the King Rotary Club are teaming up with Donate Life NC and the Carolina Donor Services to encourage people to register as an organ and tissue donor.

Last year, 7,025 people died waiting for an organ transplant and 195 were from North Carolina.

"Lucky for me I had lots of folks signing up to be a kidney donor," said Brent Hunter, who lost both of his kidneys after a severe sinus infection spread to his blood and kidneys. "One of my wife's best friends donated one of her kidneys. She was actually a better match than my brothers."

Hunter joined members of the Rotary Friday night outside the West Stokes High School Basketball game to encourage those 18 and older to sign up.

"More people that sign up the more opportunities. It's kind of a race if you will,” he said.

In North Carolina alone, more than 3,000 patients are waiting for an organ transplant most waiting for a kidney.

The King Rotary has a goal to sign up 20 people and with help from a grant will honor each of them with a dinner.

Twenty people may not sound like a lot but experts say 20 people can potentially help save 160 lives.

If you would like to help, you can sign up at the DMV, online at DonateLifeNC.org and talk to your family.

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