Tonawanda News

The Town

May 18, 2013

Town police officer awaiting heart transplant

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Tonawanda News — “A lot of people went out of their way to make it happen for me,” Timothy said. “It was overwhelming.”

The ceremony was emotional for Sherry, too. 

“Among all the bad feelings, that is going to be a highlight from this time that will put a smile on everyone’s face ... everyone will remember it,” she said. “It was flawless.” 

In addition to dealing with the day-to-day struggles of Timothy’s diagnosis, the Days are also looking ahead and are working to spread the word about organ donation, in hopes that they can help others who are put in a similar situation. Although many are listed as organ donors on their licenses, Sherry said registering with UNYTS and discussing one’s wishes with family members can aid first responders in retrieving organs quickly.

“Time is of the essence when you are donating,” she said. “If the police can just go to UNYTS, they can quickly verify whether the person is a donor.” 

Sherry added that there are very few organs available locally, and that New York has one of the lowest donor registries in the country — likely due to lack of knowledge. 

“We want the next group of people not to have to think about waiting like we do,” Sherry said. “We just want to help other people, and help get the system improved.”

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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