Munford Organ Donation Celebration
Nationally, more than 116,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant. A new person is added to the waiting list every 18 minutes. For an average of nineteen people per day, the wait is too long and people usually die before a suitable organ is available. But not in the special case of Angelynn Luckado. The story begins with one woman’s unselfish decision to donate her organs---giving another Alabama family the chance to see their daughter live healthier and longer. Today, the Munford Middle School dedicated their butterfly garden with a bench inscribed with the names of Courtney Harris and Luckado. Organ donor Harris saved the life of one-time Munford Middle School student Angelynn. She is now a freshman at Munford High School and she was at the dedication. She says she now plans to live for both herself and Harris. The father of Courtney Haynes-Harris, Donald Haynes says the Munford community has done tremendous things on behalf of organ donation, and he wants to thank them. Munford Middle School teachers and students say anyone has the opportunity to be one of the individuals who make these kinds of miracles happen. A person can decide to be a donor and give the gift of hope ... hope for the thousands of individuals- just like Luckado. Her journey inspired the school to bring the real life situation into their classrooms by Project Based Learning. Not only did the school make organ donation awareness a mission, but they also took the initiative to Montgomery for a name change to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. They say it’s a possibility that the laws name will be changed to Angleynn and Courtney’s Law. According to Legacy Organ and Tissue Donation Registry, in Alabama, more than 3,800 people are waiting for a transplant.