Thursday, May 12, 2016
Celebrate Donate Life All Year Long
“Celebrate Donate Life All Year Long”
(May 12, 2015, Marietta, Ohio) – Memorial Health System recently celebrated Donate Life Month in April, but it’s important to remember the significance of organ, eye and tissue donation all year long. If you haven’t considered becoming a registered donor, here are some facts to remember:
- 122,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants. More than 1,000 of that number are 10 years or younger.
- Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
- A single tissue donor can help more than 50 people.
- It’s estimated that nearly 30,000 patients began new lives in 2015 because of organ transplants.
- More than 121 million people, approximately 51 percent of the U.S. adult population, are registered organ, eye and tissue donors.
There are many different opportunities to donate – from the more commonly known transplants of organs such as the heart, kidneys or lungs, to lesser known procedures involving bone marrow, tissue and cornea. In fact, recent Strecker Cancer Center Swab-A-Thon community events encouraging individuals to see if they are potential bone marrow donors have included the following matches:
- Grand Central Mall (2012) – 1 match
- Swab-A-Thon for Tommy Pethtel at Marietta Memorial Hospital (2013) – 17 matches
- Wood County Towne Square Building in honor of Angie Smith Bussey (2013) – 9 matches
All of the Swab-A-Thon events will continue to help for years to come because potential donors are on the national registry until they are 55 years old. Many of the patients at Strecker are bone marrow recipients.
The Strecker Cancer Center in Marietta and Belpre are both national bone marrow registry sites. They have kits available on-site if you are interested in becoming a donor. For more information on bone marrow donation, visit www.deletebloodcancer.org. If you have questions about our recent Swab-A-Thon community events or specific questions about becoming a bone marrow donor, contact Cortney Beymar, Belpre Strecker Cancer Center, at (740) 401-0257.
The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for health needs of our communities in the future. You can learn more by visiting http://www.mhsystem.org.