Hospitals Ask Americans to Give Gift of Life

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Hospital Association

    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, the president proclaims
 National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week to remind Americans of the
 critical importance of organ donation.  This year, the celebration will occur
 from April 15th to April 22nd.
     While it is important to highlight the generous contributions of organ
 donors and their families, there is a pressing need for more donations.
 Sadly, more than 75,000 patients are currently on the waiting list.  The
 waiting list for organ transplants grew by over 300 percent in the last
 decade.
     Hospitals witness first-hand the need for more organ donation.  While 60
 patients receive transplants everyday, another 17 die because too few organs
 are available.
     "As caregivers, we know that organ and tissue donation is truly a gift of
 life.  Few decisions are as personal or as important.  That's why the American
 Hospital Association is calling on Americans to sign an organ donation card
 and share their wishes with family and friends.  These simple steps can be
 life-saving to another," said Dick Davidson, president of the American
 Hospital Association.
     To learn more about becoming an organ donor, contact 1-800-355-SHARE to
 request a donor card.  On the web, go to http://www.organdonor.gov or the
 American Hospital Association website (http://www.aha.org ).
 
 

SOURCE American Hospital Association
    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, the president proclaims
 National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week to remind Americans of the
 critical importance of organ donation.  This year, the celebration will occur
 from April 15th to April 22nd.
     While it is important to highlight the generous contributions of organ
 donors and their families, there is a pressing need for more donations.
 Sadly, more than 75,000 patients are currently on the waiting list.  The
 waiting list for organ transplants grew by over 300 percent in the last
 decade.
     Hospitals witness first-hand the need for more organ donation.  While 60
 patients receive transplants everyday, another 17 die because too few organs
 are available.
     "As caregivers, we know that organ and tissue donation is truly a gift of
 life.  Few decisions are as personal or as important.  That's why the American
 Hospital Association is calling on Americans to sign an organ donation card
 and share their wishes with family and friends.  These simple steps can be
 life-saving to another," said Dick Davidson, president of the American
 Hospital Association.
     To learn more about becoming an organ donor, contact 1-800-355-SHARE to
 request a donor card.  On the web, go to http://www.organdonor.gov or the
 American Hospital Association website (http://www.aha.org ).
 
 SOURCE  American Hospital Association