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Flag Raised in Honor of Organ Donors at Meritus Health

"It gives you a gleam of hope that you're helping somebody out. You're saving somebody else's life. You're giving them a second chance. You can't take your organs to heaven," said Sonja.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - April kicks off the month for organ donation and Meritus Health holds the distinction of being the only Maryland hospital to receive acknowledgment for encouraging this initiative.

Two parents are trying to send a message, after their 17-year old son, Quinn Hoover, died in 2012 after falling asleep at the wheel.

"He loved school, he loved being on the soccer team, very faithful," said Sonja Hoover, mother of Quinn.

Quinn's parents decided to donate his organs to three women who were clinging on for life. They simply did not want his body to go to waste.

It is a decision they have not regretted one bit.

"It gives you a gleam of hope that you're helping somebody out. You're saving somebody else's life. You're giving them a second chance. You can't take your organs to heaven," said Sonja.

In honor of celebrating the gift of life, the staff at Meritus Health and members of the Living Legacy Foundation raised the "Donate Life" flag.

Over 2,000 Marylanders are on the waiting list for a transplant with approximately 120 organ donors per year.

"When someone is facing an end of life event, whether it's an unplanned death or a death that the family knew was coming, and we help support their families through the death and dying process," says Debbi McRann, director of Living Legacy clinical services.

Several organs can be donated such as kidneys, hearts, lungs, and the liver.

"We did his pancreas, both kidneys and his liver," said Sonja.

While it is emotionally difficult for families who have to say goodbye to their loved ones, they know a part of them lives on through the recipient's life.

If you or know someone who is in need of an organ transplant or would like to be an organ donor, click here.




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