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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Celebrates National Donate Life Month

April is Organ Donor Awareness Month

CAMDEN, NJ—Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center once again joins NJ Sharing Network—the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant in New Jersey—in celebrating April as National Donate Life Month. The celebration honors those who have given the gift of organ and tissue, those who have received a life-saving transplant, those who are currently waiting for a transplant and those who have died while waiting for the gift of life.

“While increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors that save lives is part of our daily work, this month serves, not only to honor the lives of those who have given and received, and remember those who died while waiting, it is also an opportunity to renew our commitment to saving lives,” said Joseph S. Roth, president and CEO, NJ Sharing Network.

“As a transplant center, we are acutely aware of the need for donors. Organ donation saves lives. Through the generosity of patients and their loved ones, we are able to provide second chances at life to residents across South Jersey and the region. We strongly urge people to register as donors so we can ultimately help increase the number of organs available for transplant,” said Alan Pope, MD, Lourdes Health System Chief Medical Officer.

Currently, there are 115,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. There are nearly

4,000 New Jersey residents on the waiting list for transplantation, and the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. Each day, 20 people die while waiting for a life-saving organ.

New Jersey is served by six transplant centers, only two of which perform liver transplantation. Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is the only solid organ transplant center in southern New Jersey.

In 2017, Lourdes performed 30 kidney, four kidney-pancreas, three liver-kidney and 20 liver transplants. Also, there were more than 1,600 gifts of tissue by 27 donors and 25 gifts of organs by nine donors.

In an effort to honor all organ donors, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center lights the hospital’s iconic 30-foot, 15-ton statue of the Blessed Mother green each time a patient has an organ transplant at the hospital.

There are four easy ways to become and organ and tissue donor in New Jersey: register online at www.registerme.org/campaign/lourdes or http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/drivertopics/organdonor.htm, add your name to the donor registry during a driver’s license or ID transaction, or request a paper registration at (800) 742-7365.

To learn more about organ and tissue donation, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.

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