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Hospital to raise ‘Donate Life Flag’

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Lincoln Medical Center is pleased to announce it will raise the “Donate Life Flag” during the month of April.

In collaboration with Donate Life Tennessee and Tennessee Donor Services, Lincoln Medical Center will join hundreds of hospitals and businesses across the nation as they recognize April as National Donate Life Month. This declaration commemorates the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their loved ones and honors the recipients of he generous donations.

The Donate Life Flags Across America program honors the hundreds of thousands of donors, recipients and their loved ones symbolizing the uncountable lives touched by organ, eye and tissue donation. Organizers also hope it will motivate people to consider the benefits or organ donation and join the Donate Life Tennessee Donor Registry.

“We are pleased to join together with our hospital partners to honor those who provided the unselfish gift of life to others through donation,” Bridgette Fredenberg, Community Services Director for Tennessee Donor Services. “One person can save or enhance the lives of over 50 individuals. Through education on organ and tissue donation we have the opportunity to save more lives through transplantation.”

In 2013, 421 Tennesseans gave the gift of life, saving 796 lives. Tragically, the need far exceeds the number of those who give. While most Americans are in favor of donation, many believe they are too old or unhealthy to donate, and others simply don’t take the steps required to sign up. Almost everyone can be a donor. There is no age limit to organ donation and very few diseases preclude donation.

Currently in the United States there are more than 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and over 2,600 of those live in Tennessee. Every 18 minutes a patient on the waiting list will die, and every 10 minutes a new name will be added.

As of March 2014, over 1,890,000 Tennesseans have signed up on the Donate Life Tennessee Organ & Tissue Donor Registry either online or through the Department of Safety. On average nearly 3,500 people are added each week. While the rate falls far short of nationwide goal to register 50 percent of each state’s licensed drivers, Tennessee’s registry is growing quickly.

Tennesseans can register to be an organ donor by simply checking Yes when applying for or renewing their driver’s license. A small red heart is placed on the driver license. Residents can also sign up online by visiting www.donatelifetn.org.

Donate Life Tennessee is a non-profit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry, administered by the state’s two organ procurement organizations, responsible for facilitating the donation process in Tennessee: Tennessee Donor Services and Mid-South Transplant Foundation. The Donate Life Registry assures that all personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized OPO personnel.