WILMINGTON, MA — Wondering why there’s a new flag flying underneath the American flag outside Wilmington Town Hall?
Last week, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Michael Murphy to fly a “Donate Life” Flag at Town Hall.
Murphy, a 33-year resident, is a retired Fire Chief and FEMA disaster relief worker. In 1975, he donated a kidney to his sister who was in kidney failure. He lived for 40 years on a single kidney without issue. Two years ago, however, he was in need of a kidney and received a life-saving donation from a decease donation.
“I’m here as a volunteer for New England Donor Services, which acts as a clearinghouse for the kidneys for the various hospitals. They encourage people to sign up when they get or renew their licenses to volunteer to be donors,” said Murphy.
“In addition to being Autism Awareness Month, April is ‘Donate Life Month,” added Murphy. “Many communities across the Commonwealth are flying the flag to bring awareness for the need of kidney and organ donations… 8,000 people each year die on lists waiting for organ donations. That’s 20 a day. It’s an awful rate because there aren’t enough organs available.”
On Wednesday morning, Murphy held a brief ceremony outside Town Hall before the flag was raised. Despite the rain, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Assistant Town Manager Dee Casey, Fire Chief Joe McMahon, and several other town officials and public safety officers were present.
Given the late date of the request, the flag will be flown for several weeks in May.
Consider being an organ donor with Donate Life HERE.
(NOTE: Cover photo from Town of Wilmington’s Twitter page.)
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