OREM, Utah (News4Utah) – The City of Orem and Utah Valley University are proclaiming Thursday as Organ Donor Awareness Day.
UVU President Matthew S. Holland said there are more than 700 people in the state of Utah who need a transplant.
Lauren Warner, a transplant survivor, said she thought she was going to die at the age of 26 after she was diagnosed with liver failure at the 18 years old.
Lauren had her transplant three and half years ago and she said she is happy to be alive.
“It hasn’t been an easy road, but I am alive. I am no longer surviving day to day, but I am living and I am thriving,” said Warner. “Going through this experience has taught me how amazing life is. Though I still struggle with depression and anxiety and fear every time I go to the doctor that my numbers aren’t OK, I’m able to be more appreciative of everything –for every breath I get to take.”
Warner said she has been in 5Ks and even participated in a half-marathon. Officials encourage everyone to sign up to be an organ donor to help save lives like Lauren’s.
For more information about becoming an organ donor, visit lifetolifeuvu.org.