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Ed has honored his son by working with Donate Life SC and the SCDMV to create the Donate Life license plate.
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Gift of Life History:
Founder Lawrence F. McManus, MD: Larry McManus, was an orthopedic surgeon, a transplant patient, an activist, and ultimately, the visionary of Gift of Life Trust Fund, the not-for-profit organization promoting organ and tissue donation whose name was changed to Donate Life South Carolina (DLSC) during 2006 in keeping with the national Donate Life America branding effort.
It was personal…
By 1989, Larry's liver had failed. He was told he could expect 12 to 18 months of life without treatment - and the only treatment and chance for long-term survival was a liver transplant. In May 1991, Larry was placed on the national waiting list to receive a liver. After waiting 180 days he received a donor organ, the “Gift of Life.”
Experience into action…
As a result of their experiences, Larry and his wife, Kitty, founded Donate Life South Carolina (DLSC) formerly known as the Gift of Life Trust Fund (GLTF), an organization whose mission was to educate South Carolinians about the importance of becoming organ and tissue donors. The couple's challenges in navigating the transplant process inspired them to later include a patient assistance component.
Spreading the message…
The passing of Act 262 officially established Donate Life South Carolina in 1996.
Dr. McManus died June 19, 2001 but his legacy continues through the work of the DLSC staff, Board and his wife, Kitty McManus. The last years of his life were filled with accomplishments and gratitude for the donors who gave him the gift that enabled him to achieve great things during his time here. In his words, "What greater act of love and charity can one show than by becoming an organ and tissue donor? I thank my donors every day for their generosity."