LifeSource Celebrates A Gift to Share During National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, April 15-21

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from LifeSource

    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeSource, the non-profit,
 federally-designated organ donation organization serving the Upper Midwest,
 joins organizations around the country to celebrate life during National Organ
 and Tissue Donor Awareness Week (NOTDAW) April 15-21, 2001.  Congress
 established NOTDAW in 1986 to honor those individuals who have given the "Gift
 of Life" and to promote organ and tissue donation.
     "During this week we honor the generosity of the families who at a time of
 great personal grief chose to share the Gift of Life with others through organ
 donation," said Susan Gunderson, LifeSource Chief Executive Officer.
     Last year, 20,000 Americans received a second chance at life through organ
 donation and transplantation.  In the year 2000, 160 organ donors in the Upper
 Midwest extended the Gift of Life to 560 recipients.  Families said yes to
 donation nearly 60 percent of the time, compared to a national average consent
 rate of approximately 50 percent.
     However, there are more than 2,000 men, women, and children in the Upper
 Midwest waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.  According to the United
 Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) there are more than 75,000 Americans waiting.
 Clearly, this is a crisis of national importance.  The cure to this crisis can
 only come from the compassion and dedication of individuals who commit to
 organ donation.  The Bush administration recognizes this need and plans a
 national initiative to boost the number of organ donations.
     One donor can save the lives of up to eight people through organ donation
 and enhance the lives of more than 40 others through tissue donation.
 LifeSource asks people to make a decision about organ and tissue donation and
 share their wishes with loved ones.
     LifeSource is the non-profit organization designated by the federal
 government to manage all aspects of organ donation in Minnesota, North Dakota,
 South Dakota, and portions of western Wisconsin.
     For more information on organ and tissue donation, call LifeSource at
 888-5-DONATE.
 
 

SOURCE LifeSource
    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeSource, the non-profit,
 federally-designated organ donation organization serving the Upper Midwest,
 joins organizations around the country to celebrate life during National Organ
 and Tissue Donor Awareness Week (NOTDAW) April 15-21, 2001.  Congress
 established NOTDAW in 1986 to honor those individuals who have given the "Gift
 of Life" and to promote organ and tissue donation.
     "During this week we honor the generosity of the families who at a time of
 great personal grief chose to share the Gift of Life with others through organ
 donation," said Susan Gunderson, LifeSource Chief Executive Officer.
     Last year, 20,000 Americans received a second chance at life through organ
 donation and transplantation.  In the year 2000, 160 organ donors in the Upper
 Midwest extended the Gift of Life to 560 recipients.  Families said yes to
 donation nearly 60 percent of the time, compared to a national average consent
 rate of approximately 50 percent.
     However, there are more than 2,000 men, women, and children in the Upper
 Midwest waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.  According to the United
 Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) there are more than 75,000 Americans waiting.
 Clearly, this is a crisis of national importance.  The cure to this crisis can
 only come from the compassion and dedication of individuals who commit to
 organ donation.  The Bush administration recognizes this need and plans a
 national initiative to boost the number of organ donations.
     One donor can save the lives of up to eight people through organ donation
 and enhance the lives of more than 40 others through tissue donation.
 LifeSource asks people to make a decision about organ and tissue donation and
 share their wishes with loved ones.
     LifeSource is the non-profit organization designated by the federal
 government to manage all aspects of organ donation in Minnesota, North Dakota,
 South Dakota, and portions of western Wisconsin.
     For more information on organ and tissue donation, call LifeSource at
 888-5-DONATE.
 
 SOURCE  LifeSource