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Photo of the day: Remembering those who gave the gift of life

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DonorConnect employee Tiff Blue spreads rose petals along the Celebration of Life Monument at Library Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 30, 2021, as part of Donor Remembrance Day.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Employees with DonorConnect on Friday marked Donor Remembrance Day — and the end of National Donate Life Month — by decorating its Celebration of Life Monument on Salt Lake City’s Library Square.

The monument, 297 E. 500 South, honors organ donors, especially those who are deceased, and their families. Any family member whose loved one was an organ, tissue, cornea, whole body or research donor can submit their name to be added to the monument free of charge. The names of living kidney and liver donors are also included.

“We invite anyone who has been touched by organ, eye, or tissue donation to take a few moments on Friday to reflect on their experience, and join us at the monument if time permits,” said David Robles, director of donor family services for the nonprofit that is dedicated to the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissues in the region.

DonorConnect’s service area encompasses 3.8 million residents, 94 hospitals and three transplant centers — Primary Children’s Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center and University of Utah Hospital, along with the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.