- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Charity League calls her father a “family man.” A man who has always been there for her.

He attended every recital during her childhood, every sporting event. He drove her to and from school every day.

“He’s always valued family,” the 39-year-old said.

So when Jim Hart Jr., an Inman resident, learned four years ago he would need a new kidney, League, who now lives in Virginia, decided it was her turn to be there for him.

In a Charlotte, North Carolina, hospital, League gave her father new life.

“I want him to be around for a long time,” she said. “Being an organ donor is something I’ve always believed in. Why not be able to see it happen while I’m alive and see my father live a longer and healthier life?”

According to LifePoint Inc., organ and tissue donation services in South Carolina, the waiting list for a transplant is long, and many on the list have to wait five years before they can get the organ they need.

LifePoint is the designated organ procurement organization for organ recovery services in South Carolina. LifePoint actively provides organ, tissue and ocular donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state.

Whether people decide for or against donation, LifePoint’s aim is to assure that they will feel they have made the right decision in the months and years to come.

There is one transplant list maintained nationally by the United Network for Organ Sharing that contains the names of each person in the United States in need of an organ transplant. While the number of people waiting is identified by state, individual states do not have their own waiting lists.

Mark Johnson, media relations coordinator with LifePoint, said many patients on the waiting list die before they receive the transplant.

Nationally, 18 people die a day waiting on a life-saving transplant. That is one person every 90 minutes.

“We need more organ donors all across the country,” Johnson said.

One donor has the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation and improve the lives of 50 or more through tissue donation.

Hart, 65, was diagnosed with a disease called Glomerulonephritis in 1984, and his kidneys had been slowly deteriorating ever since.

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