ALBANY, N.Y. -- Donate Life month, an effort to bring awareness that thousands of people are waiting for a lifesaving gift, begins Monday.
To celebrate the month, Albany Med has partnered with the Center for Donation and Transplant to help people up to help save a life.
Vicki Crosier is just one of several volunteers at the registry drive, but she has a personal connection to the work being done here.
"Our son Kyle John was a senior in high school when he was killed in an unfortunate automobile accident," said Crosier.
In the wake of tragedy, Crosier found a way to help others.
‘We became a donor family. Really, it was very selfish. I needed a part of Kyle to go on living," said Crosier.
And go on he did. Kyle's kidneys and corneas went to those who needed them.
Crosier now hopes her story will inspire others to help give the gift of life.
There are five ways to donate: organ, eye, tissue, bone marrow and blood. And the need is very real -- there are more than 117,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the United States.
By joining the registry, Crosier explains, it's an easy way to make a big difference long after you're gone.
"Somewhere, 30 years later -- Kyle still exists. His recipients are probably married by now and have kids of their own. But somewhere that little boy still lives," said Crosier.