Sammy Smith

Biography

Sam was born in Greenville and attended the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg starting at age five. During his time there, Smith received instruction in piano tuning. He apprenticed at Case Brothers in Spartanburg and, after graduation, went to work there full time. In 1967, Sam and Linda (Lawson) got married. They decided to start their own piano tuning and repair business and moved to back to Greenvilee in 1969.

With their children grown and the business thriving, things were going well for Sam and Linda. Then, in 2000, he was diagnosed with liver disease. It was determined that he would need a transplant. In October 2005, Samís name was placed near the top of the list of people waiting for livers to transplant. After many long months of waiting and hoping, a viable liver was offered and on May 13, 2006, Sam received the gift of life. The Smithís donít know the donor family, but they are grateful each day for their sacrifice.

Sam has done well physically since his transplant. There are no signs of his body rejecting his new liver. He has returned to his business with faithful customers standing by and new ones seeking his expertise. Sam and Linda have both become actively involved in LifePoint, an organization that is the designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) for organ recovery services in South Carolina, excepting Aiken and Edgefield counties. LifePoint actively provides organ, tissue and ocular donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state.

They offer professional education about donation to the hospital staff members in order to maximize the amount and quality of donated organs and tissues. LifePoint also helps support and educate families at an emotionally devastating time, so they can make well-informed decisions about organ and tissue donation. Whether they decide for or against donation, our aim is to assure that they will feel they have made the right decision in the months and years to come.

For more information please visit Lifepoint.

In January 2009, the South Carolina Donor Registry was established. This offers individuals the opportunity to legally consent to organ donation. This is
a decision that cannot be changed by the family. Visit the SC Donor Registry website to update your registry information or register for the first time. You have the power to donate life - sign up today to become an organ and tissue donor. Your generosity can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance another 50 through tissue donation. It's quick. It's easy. It's heroic.

Nationally, another person is added to the organ transplant waiting list every 11 minutes.