Tallahassee Memorial Supports Donate Life Awareness Month

Tallahassee Memorial Supports Donate Life Awareness Month

By: Erin Lisch

April 5, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Lives are saved everyday at Tallahassee Memorial. But, you don't have to be a doctor to save a life.

Under the American flag, another flag flies at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The hospital is raising a special flag for Donate Life Awareness Month.

In Florida alone, 3,500 adults and children are in need of lifesaving organ transplants.

A single donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can improve the quality of life for up to fifty people.

Tallahassee Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Alford said,"It's really all about human caring, and love and compassion. It's just one of the most wonderful things someone can do."

19-year-old Anthony Branca has done just that.

He was killed two years ago in a crash caused by a distracted driver.

His father, Demetrius Branca, says he continues to receive letters from Anthony's donor recipients,

"In this otherwise dark time in my life, I have this really beautiful silver lining that I can look to and remind myself and remember how amazing this kid was and how much of an impact he had on people's lives. Even now that he's gone, he's still saving babies and old ladies."

Leaving a legacy of life, as an organ donor.

If you'd like to register to become a donor visit: www.organdonor.gov.

You can also visit the Anthony Phoenix Branca Foundation website, started in the hopes of combating distracted driving:www.s9g.887.myftpupload.com.

Original Article: http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Tallahassee-Memorial--374632141.html