Quad City hospital calling upon community to become organ donors

One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others.

New England Donor Services is an affiliation of two federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations: LifeChoice Donor Services and New England Organ Bank.

CHH will be hosting an Organ Donation Awareness Day and Ceremony open to the public and members of the CHH staff on Friday, April 28th to raise a new "Donate Life" flag on the hospital's main campus flagpole, honor past donors, and promote donor awareness and participation. Together, the organizations coordinate the recovery of donated organs and tissues at almost 200 hospitals to provide life-saving and life-enhancing transplants to patients in need.


She said the choice of organ donation was simple.

People can register when they renew their driver's license, or online through the state Department of Transportation website or via a link on the Gift of Life website www.donors1.org, where additional information on organ donation and the organization can be found.

Organ tissue donated by one person can positively impact the lives of over 50 people.


Tony Harding of Scranton received a kidney from his sister in 2002, and three years ago this month was told he was again in kidney failure.

Friday was wear blue and green day, the day helps focus on National Donate Life Month. "Some people even with chronic health problems can still be donors, so we encourage everyone to sign up".

Natalie Oakes, Professional Outreach Coordinator with the Iowa Donor Network, said anyone can register as an organ, eye or tissue donor. "I'm healthy and alive and I'm an advocate for organ donation, because without it, I wouldn't be here". In February, New York lowered the age of enrollment in the Registry to 16, and starting today, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to join the Registry through the NY State of Health Marketplace. Out of the 120,000 Americans now waiting for organ transplants, almost 10,000 live here in NY.


Registration: Being an registered organ donor doesn't automatically mean your organs will be donated to someone else.


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