MASON CITY, Iowa- There are 700 Iowans in need of organ transplants throughout the state according to the Iowa Donor Network.
On Thursday they teamed up with Mercy medical Center North Iowa to encourage people to become organ donors.
Samantha Dugan of Thompson spoke publicly for the first time since her father passed away ten years ago from a brain aneurysm.
Dugan said she was put in charge of deciding whether to donate her father’s organs, something she said was not an easy decision to make.
But she said doing so helped her and her family through the grieving process.
“When you are gone and you have that kind of impact to help other people, your legacy lives on,” she said. “You bring better lives for other people. I just don’t know how there could be anything better that comes from losing someone.”
According to the Iowa Donor Network, there are 1.7 million organ donors in the state of Iowa.