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Miami Valley Hospital and Donate Life Organizations Honor Local Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Wednesday, April 9

DAYTON, OH (April 9, 2014) - In observance of Donate Life Month, Miami Valley Hospital joins Life Connection of Ohio, Community Tissue Services and Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio today to raise awareness of organ donation by holding a special ceremony Wednesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in the Interfaith Chapel.

Featured speakers include Rebecca Rice whose husband died in 2003 and was a tissue donor, Gina Mc McFarlane-El who donated a kidney to her cousin and Dr. John Donnelly, professor of medicine at the Wright State University School of Medicine, who is a pancreas recipient. Following remarks, names of those who donated organs while being cared for at MVH will be read and honored.

MVH holds this event yearly to bring attention to organ donation and how being an organ donor can save lives. Last week to kick off National Donate Life Month, MVH raised a flag in the courtyard that symbolizes the uncountable lives touched by organ, eye and tissue donation.

MVH Donate Life Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 10 to 11 am

Location: Miami Valley Hospital, Interfaith Chapel

Parking: Park along the north side of the drive opposite the chapel and walk across the courtyard to the entrance. The chapel is between the Weber Building and the main hospital.

Contact: Nancy C. Thickel 239-1105 (Cell Phone)

Donate Life Statistics

  • Currently, more than 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States.
  • Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
  • Across America 18 people on average die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant. Once every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. In the last 10 years more than 2,000 Ohioans have died waiting for a transplant.
  • Last year, 288 Ohioans shared the Gift of Life through organ donation at the time of their death. Through their unselfish generosity 962 individuals received a second chance at life through transplantation.
  • 1,885 Ohioans gave improved quality of life to others through tissue donation.

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