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There are more than 117,000 people waiting on a list for an organ in the United States. 'Donate Life Month' is dedicated to raising awareness about organ donation.

"Out of 117,000 people 18 will die every day. It brings the awareness about it and makes us become more educated on a topic that is very important that a lot of people understand or have much knowledge on," said TJ Roser, with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, or CORE.

To honor 'Donate Life Month' Davis Funeral Home hosted a flag raising ceremony on Monday in conjunction with CORE.

During the ceremony many people who have been impacted by organ donation told their stories, including Nancy Davisson.

Davisson's husband Lynn suffered a heart attack, and learned about organ donation by attending the cardiac rehab program's classes.

"One of the meetings a CORE representative was there and my husband and I decided to become donors. At my husband's sudden death at 57 years old I received a letter informing me that they were able to use Lynn's corneas," said Davisson.

Davisson said many of her family members are organ donors, because it can help others.

"It was such a rewarding thing to hear that someone was able to see, because of his corneas," Davisson said.

Davisson's husband died 11 years ago, but one woman at the ceremony lost her husband just a week ago.

"My husband passed away on March 27th suddenly from a heart attack, and in the emergency room I made sure they knew that he was an organ donor and we talked about it. He was able to donate his eyes, his large bones in his arms and legs, and tissue," explained Brenda Mazzie.

Mazzie's brother-in-law Jimmy Mazzie said organ donation is something he believes in, because his brother helped someone to see again.

"We got a letter from CORE saying 'because of your donation, I will get to see my kids grow up, and my grandkids. It really tugged at our hearts," Mazzie said.

For more information on organ donation click here.