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Plant City mayor proclaims ‘Donate Life Month’

Published:   |   Updated: April 16, 2013 at 02:02 PM

Mayor Mike Sparkman encouraged Plant City residents to consider signing up as organ donors as part of National Donate Life Month in April.

The proclamation said that 28,000 Americans receive a lifesaving organ transplant each year, and that more than 117,000 people are currently on a national waiting list for an organ transplant.

Valrico resident Gerard Williams accepted the proclamation from Sparkman. Williams said his late daughter received a kidney transplant on two occasions before her death in 2004.

Williams said his daughter, Veronica Williams, had lupus and died when she was 40 years old while awaiting a third transplant. He said he has been a volunteer since 1982 of LifeLink Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes organ and tissue transplants.

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