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April Donate Life Month in memory of Colin Dean Cornett

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On Monday, April 27, Mayor David Bower signed a proclamation making April Donate Life Month in memory of Colin Dean Cornett (Pete). 

Below is the proclamation written by Colin’s mom, Amy Cornett.

“April is Donate Life Month. Register as a donor and provide hope to those in need. Organ, eye and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at a healthy, productive and normal life and returns to their families, friends and communities. 

Nearly 125,000 men, women and children are currently awaiting life saving organ transplants and hundreds of thousands are waiting for cornea and tissue transplants. On average, 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time. One donor can save eight lives, enhance up to 50 lives and restore sight to two people. Registering to be a donor sends a powerful message of hope to those waiting. It is also a gift for your family, giving them certainty of your decision to help others in need.

Pete Cornett - Organ & Tissue DonorColin Dean Cornett (Pete) became a donor at the BMV of Salem, Indiana, when he was just 15 years old. He was so proud of the decision he made entirely on his own. We had no idea how soon we would be making his wish a reality. He turned 18 on June 13, 2012. An accident had occurred on July 11, 2012, which led to Colin passing away on July 12, 2012. On July 13, 2012, he was a miracle that people had been looking for months and years.

At University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, Colin saved six lives, enhanced 43 lives and gave sight to one in 16 states so far. We have enjoyed meeting two recipient families. Linda, from Jeffersonville, Indiana, received a kidney and Earnest, from Williamsburg, Kentucky, received both lungs. We keep in touch with both families. Last week, we received another letter from the heart recipient and his entire family. They are all so grateful for Colin. They know how hard our loss is. One day, we will see part of him there in someone else’s eyes and hear his heart beat again.

Colin was a giving person and continues to live and travel (as far as Washington State). Some of them have picked up on his habits and things he used to do. Colin lived in Salem, Indiana, his whole life and attended Salem Community Schools. He also worked for Rose Acre Farms. Colin was a son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin, boyfriend and best friend. He was an organ donor. So, let’s declare Washington County, Salem, Indiana April is Donate Life Month in memory of Colin Dean Cornett (Pete). 

You can register at Donatelifeindiana.org or at the BMV. Colin’s story can be viewed online at Louisville Lions Eye Bank.”