UWA to celebrate National Organ Donor Month with Alabama Organ Center

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The University of West Alabama will help kick off National Organ Donor Month in April with a guest speaker from the Alabama Organ Center (AOC). The event is set for April 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the Tutwiler Conference Center in Lyon Hall and is open to the public.

Amy Woodward will represent the education team of the AOC. Amy works in hospital development and as a community liaison for the center, traveling across Alabama to share the organization’s mission of instilling hope within the people of Alabama by providing education and confidence to take action to become an organ and tissue donor.

According to Woodward, more than 3,000 Alabamians are waiting for a transplant as of early February. Of these, 2,909 are waiting for a kidney. The liver is the second-most needed transplant organ in Alabama, with 86 on the waiting list. Six people need a pancreas, 14 need both a kidney and pancreas, 38 need a heart, 18 need a lung, and two await a heart and lung. Continue reading

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