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"Walk For Life" encourages organ donations

Peggy Lyons, Liver Transplant Recipient Peggy Lyons, Liver Transplant Recipient
Carla Hawkins, Education Specialists for Life Link of Georgia Carla Hawkins, Education Specialists for Life Link of Georgia
Gene and Michelle Pender Gene and Michelle Pender
Isaac Anderson, Former Baker County Sheriff Isaac Anderson, Former Baker County Sheriff
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of South Georgians raised awareness about organ donations at Darton State College.

These runners and joggers are encouraging others to save a life by becoming organ donors.

"Please consider becoming an organ donor,” said Peggy Lyons, Liver Transplant Recipient.

The 5K "Walk for Life" is organized by Life Link, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating others on the importance of becoming an organ donor.

Education Specialists, Carla Hawkins, says there's a critical shortage of organs nationwide.

"In the state of Georgia, a very critical shortage of kidney donations and a lot of people are starting to raise in numbers on the transplant waiting list for a kidney,” said Carla Hawkins, Education Specialists for Life Link of Georgia.

One of those people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant is former Baker County Sheriff, Isaac Anderson, who wore these "Team Anderson" t-shirts with his family during the walk.

"It's been going real good, and I want to thank everyone for coming out for me, all my team,” said Isaac Anderson, Former Baker County Sheriff.

Gene and Michelle Pender's 16-year-old son, Nicholas, was hit and killed by a car in 2010. His heart was donated to a 12-year-old girl in North Carolina who they recently visited this past year.

"It's amazing to put the stethoscope up to her heart and actually hear your son's heart,” said Michelle Pender.

"It all came together, it was just amazing,” said Gene Pender.

Peggy Lyons received a liver transplant 15 years ago and has been passionate about organ donations ever since.

"Being an organ and tissue donor is a very important thing,” said Lyons. “For many of us it is our last option."

You can learn more about becoming an organ donor by clicking here.

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