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UPMC Hamot Hosts Donate for Life Event

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UPMC Hamot and CORE - the Center for Organ Recovery and Donation want you to Donate Life.  They hosted an event on the hospital lawn to highlight Donate Life America's initiative.  Students from Cathedral Prep ROTC raised a Donate Life flag over the hospital to raise awareness.

The event paid tribute to those who have chosen to become organ donors and recognized the families of those who have supported those decisions.  One mother shared a personal story of the death of her 21-year old daughter.  Her daughter made the decision to be a donor at age 16 when she applied for her first PA driver's license. 

In the United States, there are more than 127,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ.  In Pennsylvania alone, more than 8,600 people are waiting.  A single donation can save up to eight lives and the donation of one person's tissue can save the lives of more than fifty people.

UPMC Hamot Trauma medical director, Gregory Beard, DO believes families should talk about donation now.  He says it's much better to make decisions when you are not facing a traumatic situation.

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