Ceremony honors tissue donors after Trios Southridge Hospital helps more than 1,000 people

A tissue donor can impact or save up to 150 lives and a ceremony at Trios Care Center in Kennewick is honoring those sacrifices.

On Tuesday, community members gathered at Trios for the Tree of Life ceremony. The ceremony was a way for families, donor recipients and medical staff members to remember the donors in the eastern Washington area.

Personal testimonies were shared and a special musical number kicked off the event. From there, attendees made ornaments to decorate the tree. Some ornaments had the names and stories of some donors that were donated by family members.

Trios Southridge Hospital was awarded the 2018 Operating Room of the Year Award from LifeNet Health, a transplant solutions provider, after their operating rooms were used 19 times for donations. Since then, those donations have impacted more than 1,000 lives in the northwest.

LifeNet Health holds the Tree of Life event throughout the United States but this was the first time the event was in eastern Washington.

LifeNet Health representative, Gretchen Lopez, said Trios has put a lot of effort into helping the community and really wanted to give back during the holidays. She said the holidays can be a hard time for families that are missing their loved ones, but this is a way to honor their sacrifice.

The tree will be displaying in the Trios Care Center at Southridge throughout December.