Donors, Recipients and Supporters Join Hands at Lutheran Hospital to Celebrate the Gift of Life
National Donor Awareness Month Seeks to Save Lives
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Wednesday, April 22, 2015) – In supporting National Donor Awareness Month, the Lutheran Hospital Donor Council, Indiana Donor Network and Indiana Lions Eye Bank are hosting a “Linking Hands for Life” ceremony in Lutheran Hospital’s main lobby at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 23. The ceremony will bring together organ, tissue and corneal donors, as well as recipients and staff who support a cause that touches so many lives.
Dozens of supporters are expected to attend and join hands to remind everyone that one person can make a difference for many. Besides the potential of eight organs, one donor can help an additional 50 people with tissue donation, in addition to two corneas to share the gift of sight. One donor could easily affect 60 or more lives with their altruistic decision.
The lives of more than 120,000 people are in the balance waiting for transplantation in the U.S., including nearly 1,500 Hoosiers. Nationally, about 18 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
Indiana Donor Network and Lions Eye officials prefer that people register to donate despite medical condition or age. One in 10 deceased donors is age 65 or older. Physicians determine at the time of death what organs and tissues qualify for donation.
Lutheran Hospital’s Donor Council is comprised of 25 members and represents 19 hospital departments, plus representatives from Indiana Donor Network and Indiana Lions Eye Bank. The council meets monthly to review processes. Its purpose is to improve awareness; to educate associates and families about the benefits of organ, tissue and corneal donation; and to enhance ways to avoid missing potential donation referrals.
Register to become an organ and tissue donor at IndianaDonorNetwork.org. Be sure to share your decision with loved ones.