This month, Centegra Health System calls attention to the more than 5,000 Illinois residents and 113,000 people nationwide who are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. There also are thousands more who will need life-enhancing tissue transplants at some point in their lives.
Throughout April, Centegra Health System and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, the organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation at Centegra, are on a mission. Through donor registration stations, signage and stories, there will be information available to educate the community about the importance of organ and tissue donation and to encourage people to register as organ and tissue donors.
One organ donor can save the lives of as many as nine people, and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of 25 or more. One person who makes the selfless decision to be a donor can make a big difference in many lives. Registering as an organ and tissue donor is an ordinary action that can produce an extraordinary outcome.To register to become an organ donor or to re-affirm the decision, go to www.giftofhope.org or visit a driver services facility in Illinois.