April is National Donate Life Month. The celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families while commemorating all transplant recipients.

88 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- It's the greatest gift anyone could receive and thanks to millions of donors, so many people have a second chance at life.

April is National Donate Life Month. The celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families while commemorating all transplant recipients.

More than 3,500 people are currently on the waiting list in North Carolina. And more than 121,000 are waiting for a transplant nationwide.

Local artist Karen King is raising awareness for organ and tissue donation. She joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain Wednesday on The Good Morning Show to talk about her message and share a personal story.

"My friends niece needed lungs. She's 22-years-old and has Cystic Fibrosis," explained King. "Just yesterday, she had the transplant and she's doing great."

King shared the good news with a smile, but also emphasized the need for more donors. "You can give the gift of sight by donating corneas," said King. "There are organs that save lives, there's also tissues that you can donate. Veins which can help in bypass surgery, skin which can save the life of burn victims," she added.

The Be An Angel Art Exhibit is on display Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Old Salem Square in Winston-Salem. You can see it after dusk from around 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and it is free to walk through.

Read or Share this story: http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/local/good-morning-show/2014/04/16/local-art-exhibit-honors-organ-donations/7773571/