The Community is invited to Donate Life Month activities at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

April 20, 2018

The Community is invited to Donate Life Month activities at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

Each year Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) celebrates April as National Donate Life Month by promoting organ, cornea and tissue donation awareness.

Although there have been advances in medical technology, the demand for donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. According to Donate Life America, 115,000 men, women and children are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list, and unfortunately, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time.

On Thursday, April 26, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital will sponsor a day-long event to raise awareness about organ donation.  There will be an information table set up in the main lobby area, providing important facts about organ donation and providing the opportunity to add their name to the organ donor registry.

At 1:00 p.m., community members are invited to join LCRH team members in the Memory Garden, located in the hospital’s Wellness Park, across from the parking garage.  The Garden is designed to have an ever-changing collection of living, blooming plants to symbolize the new life given to organ recipients by organ donors.  The plaque at the edge of the garden is inscribed with the message, “This garden is dedicated to organ and tissue donors and their families. Transplantation saves lives. Help life bloom eternal.”

Each year since the garden was established in 2013, LCRH has made additions to the plantings or other embellishments during Donate Life Month. This year, a lovely new wind chime will be will be hung in the garden and dedicated in memory of donors. It is hoped that the beautiful melodies from the chimes will bring peace and solace to those who visit the garden. Special guests at the dedication ceremony will include donor families and recipients.

The garden ceremony will be followed by raising the Donate Life flag at the front of the hospital. In addition to honoring donor families and transplant recipients, flying the Donate Life flag serves as a constant reminder about the importance of organ donation all year long. Donate Life activities will culminate with a reception in the hospital’s Chapel. Everyone is welcomed.

For information about Donate Life activities at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, contact Susan Ramsey Wilson at 606-678-3264 or susan.wilson@lpnt.net.

For more information about organ, tissue, and cornea donation, visit www.kyorgandonor.org or www.donatelife.net.