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Partners Newsletter – Spring 2015

This edition includes a note of thanks for your efforts to promote organ donation during National Donate Life Month; two donor families share why they are grateful to hospital staff; we explain who should talk to families about donation, and how the donor 1-800-hotline operates; and you meet transplant surgeon Dr. Vaughn Whittaker, who wrote a poem in praise of organ donation and transplantation.

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To All Our Hospital Partners … THANK YOU For Your Support During National Donate Life Month

Rob Kochik, FLDRN executive director

As we welcome you to the Spring edition of Partners, we want to start out with a huge shout out to all our hospital partners across our service area for helping to make National Donate Life Month 2015 so successful.

Through your efforts, we reached thousands of people. Because of you, we were able to share our important message that New Yorkers can “pass life on” by enrolling in the Donate Life Registry.

While we appreciate your Donate Life Month support in April, we truly appreciate the fact that, as this edition’s Gift of Life Stories illustrates, your collaboration continues all year round. Your interactions with us and families of donors make a life-saving difference every single day.

For all you do, thank you!

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Upcoming Events

June 12 – 5th Annual Ryan Converse Golf Tournament, Watertown, NY at Willowbrook Golf Club: The tournament honors Ryan who passed away in July 2010 and helped save others through the gift of organ donation. Hurry! This tournament fills quickly and the registration deadline is June 5th. Visit the Ryan Converse Memorial Foundation website for more information.

July 17 – Syracuse Chiefs Donate Life Night: Join us for another great night at the ballpark with the Chiefs as they take on Gwinnett. Game time is 7:05 p.m. 

July 23-26 – Oswego Harborfest:  Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network will be a proud participant at the 4-day festival that highlights Oswego’s beautiful harbor.  Stay tuned for information on where to find our Donate Life tent! The event is free to the public.  


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