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CCMH HOSTS “LUNCH & LEARN” EVENT FOR DONATE LIFE MONTH

04/11/16

(Denison, IA) – April is designated as “Donate Life” month. To raise awareness of the need for organ donors, Crawford County Memorial Hospital is hosting a “Lunch & Learn” event on Friday, April 15. The event will features guests from the Donate Life Iowa organization as well as member of families of organ donors to tell their stories. The Lunch & Learn begins with a light lunch at 11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room D at CCMH. Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 712-265-2547.

More than 112,000 men, women and children in the United States are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. In Iowa alone, over 600 people are waiting for a transplant at any given time. The numbers continue to grow each year; every day more than 100 people are added to the national transplant waiting list and 18 people die while waiting for needed organs and tissues. One donor can save or enhance up to 60 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation. Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives. Additional information about organ donation can be found at http://www.iowadonornetwork.org/.