McCook Man Awarded for Impact of Organ and Tissue Donation

NORTH PATTE, Neb. (Nebraska) – A McCook man who helped save more than 130 lives is recognized on National Donor Day, a day celebrated annually on February 14. The day is also dedicated to spreading awareness and education about organ, eye and tissue donation.

Daniel Scott is the son of Vicki and Darwin Scott. He died suddenly in a Lincoln hospital in September 2021.

His parents donated his organs and tissue. Her donation helped save 137 lives in 27 states.

“For some reason God helped us not get lost in our loss, but the opportunity has come to help others,” Vicki said. “We are deeply moved by how much he has affected other people’s lives and I know he would be very proud.”

Currently, more than 300 people in Nebraska and 100,000 in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

According to Live On Nebraska, Nebraska performed 236 life-saving organ transplants in 2022. Additionally, 538 people in Nebraska donated tissue such as bone, skin and heart valves.

In the United States, donors have contributed to a record number of transplants, and more than 42,800 organ transplants were performed last year.

“People are taking more time to think about it and choose to register as a donor,” said Kara Cordell, PR and Marketing Manager at Live On Nebraska. “We see stories like Daniel’s on social media and on TV and there have been advances in medicine that allow us to harvest more organs and help more people too.”

Anyone aged 16 or over can register as an organ and tissue donor. Age, health and lifestyle do not limit an individual’s ability to register. Donor registration is available online anytime at

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