Donate Life Month Results in Heightened Media Reports About Organ Donation
April 17th, 2015 by Nancy Ryan
America observes National Donate Life Month in April, a time to focus on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation, and transplantation. The success of transplantation, and the dire shortage of donors, has caught the attention of media in the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network region.
West New York Man, Who Received His New Heart at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Meets the Family of 22-Year-old DonorClaude Brown, who lives in the Lockport-area, received a new heart in 2010 at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital. Brown’s donor was 22-year-old Ricky Wieland, an Ohio National Guardsman studying to be a mechanic.
On April 11, during a National Donate Life Month event filled with emotion, Brown and his wife Molly met Ricky’s parents, Richard and Debbie Wieland. The families revealed their identities last November, which led to the meeting.
VIDEO – WNYF-TV: Samaritan Medical Center Partners With FLDRN to Push for Organ Donors
April 15, 2015: Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY, is working with health partner Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network during National Donate Life Month to decrease the number of people who die or whose health deteriorates because they are waiting for an organ transplant. Family members of loved ones who donated their organs shared their stories Wednesday.
VIDEO – WNYF-TV: Jamie Lawrence, Daughter of a Tissue and Eye Donor, Explains the Importance of Family Discussions About Donation
April 15, 2015: Rob Kochik, executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, and Jamie Lawrence, whose father was an eye and tissue donor, are interviewed during National Donate Life Month on 7 News This Morning. The key message: It’s important to discuss your wishes to be a donor with loved ones ahead of time.
LISTEN! – WAER-FM: To Raise Organ Donation Awareness, Upstate University Hospital Shares Stories About Organ Donation and Transplantation
April 15, 2015: Upstate University Hospital is celebrating Donate Life Month and is encouraging individuals to join the organ donation registry. To illustrate the importance of donation, the Syracuse public radio station features the stories of various individuals: Kidney recipient James Rev; Deborah Corapi, who received a kidney from a friend, and Kathy Baker, whose daughter Michelle Coville became an organ donor.
READ MORE AND HEAR WHY KATHY BAKER SIGNED THE DONOR REGISTRY
VIDEO – TWC-TV NEWS, JAMESTOWN, NY: Upstate University Hospital Urges Increased Organ Donor Registry Enrollment
April 15, 2015: As part of Donate Life Month, Upstate Medical University is encouraging everyone to sign up for the donor registry. They say New York is home to ten percent of Americans waiting for a transplant, but only three percent of all registered donors.
READ MORE AND SEE THE VIDEO