ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A celebration was held Sunday for those who have saved lives.
A ceremony and balloon release at New Mexico’s Veterans’ Memorial was a way to say “thank you” to organ and tissue donors.
The featured speaker was Willie Martinez, a liver transplant recipient.
He knew his donor, a friend and football buddy of his son, who was sadly killed in an accident.
“My donor, Jonathan Madrid, had a beautiful smile. He loved life, he loved his friends and family and he loved football,” said Martinez. “No one wants to lose the life of a loved one…This is a tough place to be.”
Nearly 800 New Mexicans are currently on the waiting list for organ, eye or tissue transplants.