More than 123,000 adults and children in the United States are waiting for organ transplants to save their lives, according to Donate Life America.That’s why The University of Toledo Health is partnering with Life Connection of Ohio and Community Tissue Services for a series of outreach to spread awareness about organ and tissue donation during April.
UT Health will kick off Donate Life Month with a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. outside the main entrance of UT Medical Center. A UTMC transplant recipient and a UTMC donor family will make some brief comments at the event. Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to attend.
Other events scheduled during the month include:
• Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7 and 8 — The Green Chair, an awareness tool used by Life Connection of Ohio and Community Tissue Services, will move across Health Science Campus with an educational table display. The green chair represents someone who has received a second chance at life because someone else made the decision to be a donor.
• Thursday, April 9 — An educational vehicle in Lot 44A on Health Science Campus will be open to the public and feature a raffle to win Mud Hens tickets and a prize basket.
• Friday, April 17 — On Blue and Green Day, representatives from Life Connection of Ohio and Community Tissue Services will visit floors and units throughout the day and night with interactive educational games for prizes. Staff members are encouraged to dress in blue and green, decorate office doors, and take photos for the Life Connection of Ohio and UT Health Facebook pages.
To learn more about organ, tissue and eye donation, call 800.262.5443 or go to donatelifeohio.org.