Donate Life: Organ donation can make a difference in the lives of many
SARANAC LAKE – Behind the thousands of people waiting for an organ transplant, there is an even more significant number: One. That is the one person who can make a difference in lives of others.
April is National Donate Life Month. Every day in April, people across the country follow in the footsteps of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow or blood donors. To encourage others to follow this example, Adirondack Health is offering a free informational session about organ donation at 6 p.m. on April 21 in the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.
Consider this: There are approximately 112,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. Roughly 78 people on the waiting list will receive a life-saving organ transplant today. But just one organ donor has the ability to save eight lives.
At 22%, New York has the third lowest donor registration sign-up rate in the nation, ahead of only Vermont and Puerto Rico. Behind every transplant statistic is a person waiting for a second chance at life with their families and friends. Are you interested in learning more about donation and transplantation? Do you have questions about how to register or exactly what is involved? Come learn how easy it is to become a donor. This selfless act can save a life and in the process improve New York’s donor rate.
Presented by Joann Beach of the Sight Society of Northeastern New York, the public is welcome to attend this free event. Call Kathy McHugh at (518)897-2321 to reserve a seat or for more information.
CAPTION: Each time an organ donation is made at Adirondack Medical Center, the Donate Life flag is flown in front of the hospital.
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JOE RICCIO, Communications Director
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