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 organdonor.gov.
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.
Daughter Saves Mom's Life
When former HuffPost Impact editor Erica Liepmann found out that she was a match to donate a kidney to her adopted mom, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erica-liepmann/mother-daughter-donation_b_844687.html" target="_hplink">the news felt that much more miraculous when Liepmann learned just how rare it is for biological strangers to be compatible.</a> "The fact that my mother didn't actually give birth to me, yet I still had the perfect organ to save her life, solidified my belief that this was fate -- perhaps even part of a divine plan -- for me to be the one to donate," Liepmann said.
Best Man Donates To Bride
Leanne Stefanovic, 31, found her soulmate with ease, but it was the best man who became her perfect match. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23/organ-donation-best-man-d_n_1224258.html" target="_hplink">He stepped up to donate his kidney to the bride</a> who had been chained to dialysis for four years.
A Craigslist Donor Saves Life
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/27/sisters-use-craigslist-to_n_740577.html" target="_hplink">After three sisters found out they weren't matches to donate a kidney to their father</a>, they brought their plea to Craigslist. There, they found a donor and the inspiration to start T<a href="http://www.floodsisters.org/" target="_hplink">he Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America</a> to help pair donors with those in need.
Stranger Donates Kidney
Charles Hoffman was getting desperate, so turned to MatchingDonors.com, a site that matches living donors to recipient in need and hoped for a miracle. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/19/stranger-saves-mans-life_n_469729.html" target="_hplink">When Hoffman was saved by a complete stranger, he became the site's 114th success story.</a>
2-Year-Old Saves Lives With Organs
After 2-year-old Jariah Henderson was accidentally shot while playing at a relative's house in Gary, Ind., <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/jariah-henderson-organ-do_n_1210259.html" target="_hplink">his family donated his organs, helping to save up to seven lives. </a>
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