Massapequa Freshmen Learn About the Gift of Life
Ninth-grade health students at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus learned about the impact of organ donation firsthand when guest speakers from Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization (LITRIO) — Bobby Seeback, a heart recipient and Jeffrey Fenn, a two-time kidney recipient — discussed their incredible stories of serious health issues and second chances thanks to the generosity of organ donors.
Seeback described his experience in the hospital waiting for a transplant as being on death row and the only way out is through organ donation.
“When I was there, five people didn’t make it and then on St. Patrick’s Day in 1996 I received a heart transplant, which was performed by Dr. Oz,” he said. “In 2000 my twin boys were born. I’m here, they’re here and generations will be here because of a 17 year old young lady whose heart was donated.”
Coordinated by health education teacher Denise Baldinger, the presentations “show firsthand the profound effects organ donation has on the lives of those in need,” she said. “Many students who may have found the topic hard to fathom now understand the value of donating and the impact it could have on another human being’s life.”
The organ recipients gave the students bracelets, pens and book bags displaying the LITRIO logo as a thank you for inviting them to their school.
Source: Massapequa Public Schools website