GALESBURG — OSF St. Mary Medical Center raised a flag to raise awareness Wednesday. The "Donate Life" banner is a reminder about organ and tissue donation.
In Illinois, over 5,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, OSF St. Mary President Roxanna Crosser said, and the average person waiting for a kidney has to wait three to five years.
"The need is greater than ever," Crosser said.
Lori Kohl spoke about receiving a kidney 15 years ago as she was suffering from Alport syndrome and her kidney function had dropped from 36 to 12 percent in less than a year.
"My donor's name was Jordan, and she was 2 years old when she died," Kohl said. "I don't know much about her story or what led to her family choosing to donate her organs, but I do know that Jordan's story continues through me and the other people she helped." Continue reading
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