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Local hospital needs more organ donors

April is National Donate Life Month, and Memorial Hospital is celebrating with a Donate Life Program and Donor Registration Drive.

Currently, more than 120,000 men, women and children are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the United States. In Indiana alone, there are more than 1,500 people.

Memorial Hospital in South Bend held a donor registration drive Wednesday.  Organizers say becoming a donor saves lives.  "One organ donor could save as many as eight lives and then through tissue and eye donation you could save about another 50 people," says Marti Cooper with Indiana Organ Procurement.  In the Hoosier State alone there are over 1500 people waiting for an organ donor.
To celebrate National Donate Life Month, Beacon will participate in the following activities:
Memorial Hospital - Today, April 23
  • 9 - 11 a.m. - Donate Life Rounds throughout hospital departments
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Donor Registration Drive in the hospital's main lobby
  • 11:30 a.m. - Noon - Donate Life Program (Cancer Center Conference Room)
    (This event will include testimonies from recipients and donor families, as well as remarks from hospital representatives, a moment of silence, and a rededication of the "Donate Life" plaque.)
  • 7:30 - 9 p.m. - Donate Life Rounds throughout hospital departments
Elkhart General Hospital-Week of April 20 - 27
  • Continual organ donation presentations and information in Radiology area
  • Indiana Lions Eye Bank to collect eye glasses throughout the week

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