The University of Toledo Medical Center, in partnership with Life Connection of Ohio, will mark the beginning of National Donate Life Month with a flag-raising ceremony Thursday, April 4.
The annual event is meant to serve as a reminder of the ongoing need for organ and tissue donors, as well as to recognize those whose donations have helped save lives and those who are living today because of an organ transplant.
Attendees will include hospital leaders, officials from Life Connection Ohio, and two women who will speak about how their lives were changed after organ transplant surgery. One of the women scheduled to speak received a life-saving kidney transplant at UTMC in 2018.
More than 110,000 Americans are currently awaiting organ transplants, and a new name is added to the nation’s organ transplant waitlist every 10 minutes. Approximately 80 percent of those on the waitlist need a kidney.
UTMC is northwest Ohio’s only organ transplant center. In 2018, the hospital performed 88 kidney transplants.
The hospital also will be raising money throughout the month of April with a bike raffle to offset the cost of sending a UTMC transplant recipient to the 2020 Transplant Games in New Jersey.
Tickets for the bike, which was donated by local bike shop Cyclewerks, may be purchased for $2 each. In addition to the April 4 ceremony, tickets will be available at the following events:
• Friday, April 12, during Blue and Green Day all day throughout the hospital. Everyone is encouraged to wear Donate Life colors to promote the need for registered donors.
• Wednesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an educational table outside the Four Seasons Bistro.
• Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an educational table outside the Four Seasons Bistro.
For more information on organ and tissue donation or to register as a donor, visit the Donate Life Ohio website.