Auburn woman works to save lives through organ donation

1:57 PM, Apr 21, 2013   |    comments
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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was just three years ago when Hallie Twomey's life change dramatically when her son committed suicide.  Since then, she's made it her mission to make something positive out of what was a tragedy for her family.

After her son C.J. took his own life, Hallie and her family decided to donate his organs to save other people's lives.  

It's a cause Hallie knows well, because her father is a heart transplant survivor.

"Being an organ donor, it's not a statistic," Hallie Twomey said. "There are faces behind it.  We are the reality of organ donation."

Hallie Twomey has been working with the New England Organ Bank over the last several years, and organized a blood drive recently with the American Red Cross and the organ bank on the anniversary of her son's death.  

Twomey said this is the third year she's organized the event, with the goal of sharing information and raising awareness about organ donation.

"My biggest fear is that my son will be forgotten, which is a mother's worst nightmare.  C.J. is worth remembering, and these are just ways that we honor his memory," Twomey said.

More than 130 people showed up at the third annual event to honor C.J. Twomey.  

The New England Organ Bank said there are more than 117,000 people nationwide waiting for a live saving organ transplant.

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Hallie Twomey is also conducting a fundraiser to raise money for the New England Organ Bank.  For more information, click here.


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