Pinckneyville residents to discuss experiences as donor receipients

PINCKNEYVILLE | Nefeteria Brewster The Southern

PINCKNEYVILLE — In June 2015, after suffering through a kidney disease for nearly 30 years, Dr. Christopher Reyes, a doctor of medicine at Pinckneyville Community Hospital, traveled to the Philippines to receive a kidney.

A month later, after years of being tethered to an oxygen tank, Diane Hutchcraft, also a Pinckneyville resident, traveled to St. Louis to receive a lung transplant.

On Thursday, April 28, as part of National Donate Life Month at Pinckneyville Community Hospital, the pair will participate in a free talk discussing their personal experiences on how organ donation changed their lives.

According to Jennifer Barbour, marketing director for Pinckneyville Community Hospital, this will be the hospital's first donor event.

In addition to encouraging individuals for registration as organ, eye, or tissue donors, the director said the purpose for the talk is to educate individuals in the community about the renewing power of donations.

“Our goal is to spread the word that donation changes lives every day,” she said. “These remarkable life changes are made possible because someone made the decision to donate. Everyone has the power to donate life.”
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