NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-STANFORD HOSPITAL IS CELEBRATING DONATE LIFE MONTH BY PARTICIPATING IN CTDN TRANSPLANT CENTER CHALLENGE
Source: Los Altos Town Crier
Donate Life Month highlights organ needs
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is celebrating National Donate Life Month April as by participating in the California Transplant Donor Network’s Transplant Center Challenge.
The non-profit organ recovery agency, which serves Central and Northern California, works closely with Stanford and other transplant centers to recover organs from deceased donors for patients awaiting a lifesaving transplant.
Stanford will compete against three other transplant centers in the center’s service area to register the most donors. California Pacific Medical Center, UC San Francisco and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital are the challengers.
The drive for organs runs through April 30 in conjunction with National Donate Life Month, which celebrates the generosity of those who have saved countless lives by becoming organ, eye and tissue donors.
Founded by Donate Life America in 2003, the annual public observance serves as a call to action by highlighting the need for donations. More than 105,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant – 21,000 of them in California.
After 13 years of trying several different medications for his cardiomyopathy, it became clear that Justin Carlino needed a heart transplant. In 2005, he underwent transplant surgery at Stanford, which gave him the opportunity to get back on his feet. He has become an ambassador for the donor network and willingly shares his story throughout California’s Central Valley.
“I would not be here today if not for the generosity of my organ donor and donor family,” Carlino said. “When I was in dire need of a transplant, someone said yes to donation.”
For more information, visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.