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Mrs. Mississippi to promote organ donation
by Kimberly Shelton
Jul 25, 2014 | 239 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Raising awareness for a cause near and dear to her heart, Mrs. Mississippi Dawn Kennum Gaines of Olive Branch is coming to Corinth in hopes of casting a spotlight on the need for Mississippians to register as organ and tissue donors.

On Tuesday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m., Gaines will make a special guest appearance at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, located at 2759 S. Harper Rd.

Master Sergeant Tammy Hall and Supervisor Gerrilyn Tate will be present during the program.

In addition to stressing the importance of becoming donors, Mrs. Mississippi will also be singing.

Gaines chose to promote saving lives through organ and tissue donations as her platform after seeing first hand how a heart transplant restored the life of her father-in-law and that of his family.

John Gaines of Nesbit received a heart transplant 12 years ago. Thanks to the transplant he was able to not only live, but thrive.

After returning to Houston, Texas with his wife, Linda, he went on to compete for Team Mid-South in this year’s Transplant Games of America where he won a Gold medal in the corn hole toss.

The games held July 11–15, consisted of 45 member teams who competed in swimming, golf, ballroom dancing, basketball, corn hole toss, track and field, cycling and a 5K run/walk.

It is estimated that 123,000 patients are currently on the National waiting list for organ transplants. Each day 18 people will die while waiting to receive help.

“Why would you not want to be a part of something bigger than yourself and make a difference in someone’s life? Donate life Mississippi,” said Gaines.

(To save lives, register as an organ and tissue donor each time driver’s licenses, permits or state I.D.’s are up for renewal at or visit
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