Friday, July 17, 2015

Think about organ donation

Detroit Lakes On Line

As of Tuesday afternoon at 2:40, there were 122,728 people in need of an organ transplant. That number changes continuously, which you will see.

Unless someone you know has been touched by organ donation — whether it was to give or to receive — chances are, it’s not something you think about much. It’s something you should though.

Completely unplanned, this issue of the Detroit Lakes Tribune has two stories about organ and tissue donation running in it. The people in the stories don’t know each other, and the reporters didn’t plan to run them in the same issue, and it shows the importance of the topic. And the importance of it at any age.

Dean Rogers, a retired Detroit Lakes man, received a kidney transplant eight years ago. He’s healthy and happy, and he and his wife, Kathy, are working to spread awareness of the importance of organ donation.

The children of Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes are working together to host a blood drive. They are taking care of the project from start to finish - marketing it, scheduling appointments and greeting people when they come to donate. For more information or to schedule to donate at the Aug. 11 blood drive, call 218-847-5700 ext. 4.

As a part of the Boys and Girls Club event, Amy Degerstrom visited with the kids about tissue donation. She and her husband, Sean, had their baby Bennie’s organs donated when he died less than a month after he was born. While it was a difficult time in their lives, they were able to save two more children with Bennie’s organs. Continue reading


You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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...and have a conversation with your family.

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