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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Organ donors lauded at hospital program

Post - Tribune

Porter Regional Hospital CEO Steve Lunn speaks during a ceremony to honor Donate Life Month at Porter Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

About 30 people gathered Wednesday for the Donor Awareness Day ceremony, which included a proclamation by Porter chief executive officer Steve Lunn and the raising of a flag in front of Porter Regional Hospital.

Kathy Lewis celebrated her ninth anniversary as the recipient of a new kidney last month.

"I'm here today because someone signed their drivers license to be an organ donor," she said, fighting back tears Wednesday during a program recognizing Donor Awareness Day at Porter Regional Hospital. She said she thinks about her donor every morning when she wakes up. "We're all very emotional about being a donor recipient. It's a wonderful thing."

About 30 people gathered for the ceremony, which included a proclamation by Porter chief executive officer Steve Lunn and the raising of a flag in front of the hospital.


"Each and every one of you here today has the power to save lives by becoming a registered organ donor," said Lewis, of Michigan City, who was on a waiting list for almost two years.

"More than 1,300 Indiana residents and 121,000 Americans are now on the transplant waiting list. Every 10 minutes another person is added to that list, and sadly, 22 people die each day because an organ wasn't available for transplant," Lunn said in his proclamation. Continue reading
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