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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Need is greater than ever' for organ donation, OSF St. Mary president says

Members of the Galesburg community gather in front of OSF Saint Mary Medical Center Wednesday in honor of those who have either donated or received organ donations. During the event, donors and recipients of organ donations spoke about their experiences and struggles. The ceremony concluded with the raising of a Donate Life flag. CASEY MENDOZA/THE REGISTER-MAIL

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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