Friday, October 9, 2015

Local man hopes Seahawks can score touchdown for organ donation

The Issaquah Press | Tom Corrigan
The first Seahawk-themed photo promoting organ donation was taken in the atrium of the Swedish Medical Center-Issaquah Campus. Dressed in their best Seahawks attire, dozens of staffers gathered for the photo.

Without hesitation, Issaquah resident David Hall easily runs through a handful of statistics regarding organ donations and the ever-present need for organ donations.

For instance, there are more than 120,000 people nationwide on various organ transplant lists. There are approximately 3,100 people on such lists in the Pacific Northwest. Of the nationwide number, about 18,000 are children.

And on any given night, about 22 people will die while waiting for an organ donation.

While trying to encourage people to become donors, Hall hit on the idea of posing folks in Seattle Seahawks gear holding signs of some kind encouraging organ donation.

“I wanted to capture that excitement people have for the Seahawks,” Hall said.

But Hall added the popularity and success of the city’s football team isn’t the only reason he chose to use the Seahawks in his promotion. With fans referred to as the team’s 12th man, the number “12” obviously plays a big part in Seahawk tradition. And here’s another organ donor statistic: Someone gets added to a transplant waiting list every 12 minutes.

Hall is the founder and head of the Seattle branch of Transplant Recipients International Organization Inc. Probably not surprisingly, he is a transplant recipient himself; he received a new kidney five years ago. Hall spent 10 years on kidney dialysis while his name sat on the transplant list. Continue reading

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