Celebration slated to honor families
Submitted by Krista Stallbaumer
National Donate Life Month was established in 2003. Every day in April, people across the U.S. make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow and blood donors and to encourage more Americans to follow their fine example.
The donor families and recipients support group from the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital hosts a Celebration of Life memorial once a year to honor the heroes of donation – the donors and their families. A special candlelight ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the Castle Rock Rental Space at 517 Main Street in Seneca. If you would like to honor a donor, please join us. Feel free to share a picture of your loved one at the memorial. Your hero’s story matters!
There are several ways to be a donor. One can be a tissue donor, an organ donor or a living donor. Tissue donation happens after a person is deceased. One tissue donor can help up to 50 people. Tissues that can be donated are bone, skin, connective tissue, veins, and heart valves.
Bone and connective tissue donations help people who need spine, neck, bone and dental repair, as well as sport related injuries. Ninety-nine percent of skin donations help save the lives of burn victims when they do not have enough good skin of their own.
Vein donation helps people who need procedures such as Femoral/ Popliteral bypass grafts, dialysis access grafts and deep femoral thrombosis repairs. Heart Valve donations save the lives of those who need replacement of their own deceased valves.
Organ donation happens when death is imminent but the heart has not yet stopped beating. Organs that can be transplanted include the heart, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, liver and intestines. More than 95,000 people are in need of an organ for transplant. Each day, about 77 people get the organ transplant that gives them a second chance, but 17 to 19 others die because they did not receive the life saving transplant.
A third way to give the gift of life is to be a living donor. While many people are willing to be living donors, not everyone has the qualities necessary to participate in living donation. Donors must be chosen carefully in order to avoid outcomes that are medically and psychologically unsatisfactory.
There are several ways to sign up to be a potential donor. Say yes to donation on your driver’s license. Tell your family, friends, physician and faith leader that you want to be a donor. You can register by phone by calling 1-888-744-4531, or by registering online at www.DonateLifeKansas.com.
For questions about the candlelight reception, or for other information about Organ/Tissue donation, please call Krista Stallbaumer at 785-336-2189 ext 221.