ELIZABETHTOWN-Essex County Clerk Joe Provoncha had two compelling examples of the importance of organ donation.
As Essex County officially recognized April as National Donating Life Month at the April 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Provoncha was joined by recent organ donation recipients Molly Rascoe (kidney transplant) of Westport and Brock Marvin (heart transplant) of Elizabethtown, along with Rascoe's kidney donor, Ben Sudduth of Westport.
"Essex County has been very fortunate and we have seen many success stories when it comes to giving life and organ donation," Provoncha said. "These are just two of them."
Provoncha said that 97 percent of all those who sign up to be an organ donor happen through the Department of Motor Vehicles. He added that he hoped the DMV and clerk's office would be able to promote more awareness to the need for organ donation, along with a drive that they conducted as part of the day on April 4.
Sudduth said that he would encourage anyone who was able to sign up.
"Most of us have two kidneys - except me and a few others now," Sudduth said. "I would encourage everyone who can to sign up and do it. You benefit a lot from it."
"I am here now and have a full life in front of me thanks to an organ donor," Marvin said. "It's great to have the county doing what they are for organ donation."
Westport Supervisor Dan Connell said that the selfless act of one has brought a lot of joy to the community.
"Ben knows how we all feel about what he did," Connell said. "It has been great to watch Molly back out on the court and playing sports - it's great to see her back as an active young lady."
"These are two miracles in Essex County that we can all be thankful for," Elizabethtown supervisor Noel Merrihew said.
For more information on National Donating Life Month, visit the Essex County Clerk's Web site at www.co.essex.ny.us/cclerk.asp or www.donatelifenewyork.com.