STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — November is National Donor Sabbath Month 2011 and Staten Island houses of worship are educating their parishioners on the topic of organ and tissue donation.
Tomorrow, Our Lady Help of Christians in Tottenville will have a guest speaker, parishioner Denise Carsten of Tottenville, who’s son Danny received a heart transplant at age 13 in 2009. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a disorder in which the left side of his heart never developed, leaving him with essentially half a heart. Danny had three open-heart surgeries within the first two years of his life.
The church youth group will be the hosts at the 12:30 p.m. mass, with Mrs. Carsten’s presentation to follow at about 1:15 p.m. The New York Organ Donor Network is providing materials and bracelets educating and celebrating organ donation.
“Our parish supported this family in prayer and well wishes and Mrs. Carsten is giving some of those blessings back by speaking on this topic like only a mother could,” said Deacon Richard Salhany.
He said the parish has other parishioners in need of or who have benefited from organ donations. OLHC is located at 7396 Amboy Rd. For information, call 718-317-9772.
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