02/14/2013 01:04 pm ET

National Organ Donor Day 2013: 5 People Who Have Given The Gift Of Life

February 14 isn't just a day to celebrate your main squeeze -- it's also National Organ Donor Day, raising awareness for a way to spread love to someone who really needs it.

In the U.S. alone, 18 people die each day day waiting for an organ, and every 10 minutes someone new is added to a waiting list of 117,112 nationwide according to

To illustrate this kind of selfless giving, we've compiled a list of five amazingly inspiring organ donor stories. From strangers to family members, these people have sacrificed to give another the gift of life.

To learn more on becoming an organ donor click here.

5 Inspiring Organ Donor Stories


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