Forrest General to Celebrate National Donate Life Blue & Green Day
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (March 30, 2020) Forrest General is encouraging the public to help them Celebrate National Donate Life Blue & Green Day on Friday, April 17. On this day, the public is asked to wear blue and green and to engage in sharing the Donate Life message and promoting the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) is teaming up with Forrest General and other hospital partners across the state to promote National Donate Life Month during April. Throughout the month, they will place emphasis on the need for individuals of legal age to indicate their desire to donate by signing up on the Mississippi Donor Registry at www.donatelifems.org.
“I feel honored and blessed to be part of the work MORA does in Mississippi and the countless lives that are improved or saved because of organ donation,” said Steven Stogner, MD, FCCP. “I thank MORA for everything they do. These healthcare professionals counsel patients and their families on organ donation and approach what is a difficult time for families with compassion, professionalism, and expertise. Most of all, I hold the patients who become donors and their families in the highest regard, because there is no greater love than to give life to another person.”
Currently, there are more than 112,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list. Twenty people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. One person can donate up to 8 lifesaving organs – heart, 2 lungs, liver, pancreas, 2 kidneys and intestines.
“I would like to thank Forrest General and the families who have given the gift of life,” said Joel Stevens, MORA representative. “They have had a huge impact on individuals and families in our community over the past year.”
For more information about organ donation, visit www.donatelifems.org and to learn more about Forrest General, visit forrestgeneral.com.
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