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Giving thanks for the gift of donation


November is a time to gather with loved ones and give thanks. It is also when we reflect on the healing gift of eye donation, as November is also Eye Donation Month.

This year, we celebrate Eye Donation Month by remembering Elijah Perez, a young man who saved lives and gave the gift of sight.

Elijah had a heart of gold—loving animals and children, often seen in pictures with him.

“When he passed, I got messages from his friends, and they all told me they knew Elijah because he helped them through a hard part in their life,” his mother, Crystal Aristizabal, says.

Elijah’s father, mother and dog.

Elijah got his Arizona state ID when he was 17 years old, and he decided to check the box at ADOT MVD to be an organ and tissue donor.

Only one year later, he saved the lives of four people through organ donation.

“He showed his caring heart,” his mom says, saving and healing lives with this simple choice.

While you’re gathering with loved ones this holiday season, take a moment to be grateful for those whose selflessness saves and heals the lives of so many. While you’re at it, encourage your family and friends to register at!

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