There are 119,801 people who are waiting for an organ transplant. Each day, 18 people die while they are waiting. But on any given day, about 79 people receive an organ transplant.
Durham’s Ivan Harrell was one of those lucky people on Sunday. Harrell, who had been waiting for a heart transplant for three years, was upbeat going into the surgery. And Harrell has had tremendous support from his church, Union Baptist, as he has journeyed through illness, spent time on the waiting list and finally received the life-saving gift. Union Baptist will be holding its third annual Transplant Awareness Day on Sept. 29 at the church.
The church is raising funds to help pay for medication and other things Harrell will need during his recovery. Harrell’s road to recovery will be made easier thanks to the good people with which he has surrounded himself. He – and the person who agreed to be an organ donor and make possible a second chance for someone else – are the recipients of this week’s Grit Award.
And if you haven’t signed up to be an organ donor, please think of Ivan Harrell and consider it.