VIDEO: WROC-TV Pays Tribute to Organ Donor Michelle Coville, Her Family — and ALL Donors
March 3rd, 2016 by Nancy Ryan
As WROC-TV/News 8 Rochester anchor Maureen McGuire described it:
“It’s hard to believe it’s been three weeks already since Scott Hetsko returned to work. All of us at News 8 want to take a moment to say thank you to his heart donor and his heart donor’s family. We’re all too aware that because of a shortage of donors, too many people die waiting for life-saving transplants.”
McGuire was referring to WROC’s chief meteorologist Scott Hetsko, who received a heart transplant in September last year, after desperately waiting three months for a new heart while hospitalized at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Transplant Center.
McGuire and WROC are emphasizing the shortage of organ donors in the U.S., and particularly in New York State. They are recognizing donors and their families who make transplants possible—even though Hetsko’s donor remains anonymous.
A Symbol of Love and Generosity
For WROC, organ donor Michelle Coville, and her parents, Kathy and Kevin Baker, symbolize the love and generosity of all donors and their loved ones.
The Bakers, who reside in reside in Baldwinsville, NY, lost Michelle in early May 2014. Michelle donated her heart, liver, kidneys and corneas at Upstate University Hospital.
“For anyone who has met the Bakers, you know that they find great solace in knowing Michelle’s gifts of life and sight honors their daughter’s legacy of kindness,” said Nancy Ryan, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network’s director of marketing and communications.
“I think Maureen’s introduction to the story and sincere delivery is a great tribute to all donors and donor families.”