The ultimate gift

April 2, 2014

April is Organ Donor Awareness Month and on Wednesday, Pleasant Valley Hospital hosted a reception to celebrate those who have given the ultimate gift and those who have received it. Pictured speaking at the reception are Jody Goard, certified nurse practitioner with the PVH hospitalist program who has a daughter who was saved by a liver transplant. Also appearing at Wednesday’s ceremony, Brittany Franklin who sang a version of “My Heart Will Go On.” Franklin is the cousin of Tré Smith, a young man badly burned by a tragic house fire earlier this year. Franklin said Smith was recovering thanks to skin transplants from donors. Prior to the ceremony starting, members of the American Legion Post 23 raise the “Donate Life” flag outside of PVH. More on the stories from this ceremony in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.