Friday, December 22, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – With Christmas approaching and the spirit of giving top of mind, a local man’s ultimate gift was honored at Chambersburg Hospital this week.

Last Christmas Eve, 36-year-old Jason Johnston passed away at Chambersburg Hospital. While his unexpected death left his loved ones devastated, they find comfort knowing he helped save the lives of several others though organ donation.

Friday, Johnston’s family gathered at Chambersburg Hospital where a quilt was displayed in honor of his donation. Representatives from the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), a non-profit organ procurement organization, were also at the hospital to share information about organ donation. 

“It was important for me to do this, this is the day to the year he was brought here,” explained Jason’s mother, Mindy Johnston.

Also on display at the hospital, a letter from one of Jason’s recipients to his mother.

“It was as good as a miracle to know he gave this person life, and to know how their family felt,” she explained.

Chambersburg Hospital is proud to partner with CORE in facilitating organ donation. For more information on becoming an organ donor, please visit

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