Memorial at UC Davis Medical Center Honors Organ Donors

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Organ donations can be the gift of life but not without sacrifice.

UC Davis Medical Center and the Organ Donation Action Team are coming together to honor that sacrifice.

"The donors are our rock," said Gary Narberes.

Narberes received a new kidney in March 2014. He does not know who gave him the gift of live,  but Thursday, he placed his hand on the memorial rock made of granite and said thank you.

"I really had to learn to accept a gift from somebody, first of all that I don't know of, and second of all, that I can't pay them back for that," Narberes said.

The rock is made of granite. On the front is a poem an anonymous author -- its titled "My Final Gift."

The words speak to the families who have lost loved ones like Deanna Santana.


Santana's 17-year-old son Scott died in a car accident four years ago.

His organ donation saved five lives through seven organs, and he helped 73 people through tissue donation.

"I think it's the best thing Scott could have done for us because he gave us a purpose to focus on something good out of the tragedy and not get stuck in the sadness," Santana said.

She helped organize this event through her work with the Organ Donation Action Team.

She hopes it will help families deal with this tough decision.

"Sometimes you are in the hospital for several days, you have a place to go and sit and remember and refocus on why you are going through the process you are," Santana said. "It's not going to make your journey any easier, but it's going to give you time to gather your thoughts and reflect."

The memorial rock is to honor the sacrifice of everyone who donated their organs.

The memorial will be at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento near parking lot 3, near the main entrance, every day from here on out.



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