Lutheran celebrates National Donate Life Month with flag-raising to honor donors, recipients and loved ones
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Monday, April 17, 2017) – Lutheran Hospital will celebrate National Donate Life Month with Indiana Donor Network and VisionFirst by hosting a flag-raising ceremony in front of Lutheran Hospital’s main entrance at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 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.
Special guests include Rev. David Moore, a Lutheran Hospital heart transplant recipient, who will share how organ donation has changed his life. Tracy Fox, the market manager for the American Red Cross, will speak to the importance of donating blood to sustain life.
Besides the potential of eight organs, one individual can help two people regain vision and help an additional 75 through tissue donation. One donor could easily impact 85 or more lives with their altruistic decision.
According to data released in January by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, more than 119,000 men, women and children were awaiting lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. – 1,100 of them were 10 years old or younger. Nationally, about 22 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. Of all the people waiting for an organ donation, approximately 80 percent need a kidney transplant.
Indiana Donor Network and VisionFirst officials prefer that people register to donate despite medical condition or age. Nearly 33 percent of donors are age 50 and older. Physicians determine at the time of death what organs and tissues qualify for donation.
Register to become an organ and tissue donor at IndianaDonorNetwork.org. Be sure to share your decision with loved ones.