LA CROSSE,Wis. (WXOW) – Nationally, there are 114,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
At Mayo Clinic Health Systems in La Crosse Monday morning, a flag was raised to honor organ donors and their families.
People from both sides of the organ donation spectrum spoke at the gathering.
Some had family members who were saved with organ donations, while others had family who were organ donors.
Part of the ceremony was a moment of silence for 1 minute, 14 seconds to recognize the 114,000 patients in need.
Mary Bubbers shared her story of her son who passed away and became an organ donor. She said it reinforced the life he lived as a giving, generous young man.
Lori Morton-Lockley said her father was a transplant recipient whose life was extended six years thanks to an organ donor.
In Wisconsin, nearly 2,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant.