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WHEELING, W.Va.– (WTRF) Hospitals across America raise flags to honor National Gift of Life Month in April.

The WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital held a CORE Flag Raising Ceremony just outside the hospital’s main entrance.

An organ recipient who works at the hospital and the mother of an organ donor raised the flag during Friday’s ceremony.

The two joined WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital staff, family members and others who have been impacted by CORE.

Four organ donors saved the lives of eight people in 2021 at WVU Medicinie Wheeling Hospital alone.

So you can imagine how many people CORE helps.

Now, CORE, which stands for Center for Organ Recovery and Education, has partnered with WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital to offer the gift of life by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation.

In our case I am a donor mother, my daughter gave the life of four complete strangers 14 years ago today so on our darkest day was someone’s best day else is what we all want, please check this box.

Jody Miller, mother of an organ donor

June 1st will be seven years since I had my liver transplant. I needed a liver so I got mine. I’m back at work. I do everything I’m supposed to do. I feel good. I am living proof that organ donation works.

Todd Hood, organ donation recipient

CORE is headquartered in Pittsburgh with an office in Charleston.

CORE oversees a region that covers 155 hospitals and nearly six million people in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and New York.

For more information, you can visit the CORE website at core dot org or call 1-800-donors-7.