Memorial unveiled celebrates the art of giving life

REFLECTOR | Michael Abromowitz
The Wall of Hope, unveiled Tuesday at Vidant Medical Center, memorializes and celebrates those who have donated organs for transplantation, in death and in life.
As more people learn about and respond to the need for organ donor-ship, Vidant Medical Center’s appreciation increases for all who have given to keep others alive and well.

Medical center leaders hosted a dedication ceremony this week for the new organ donor memorial, prominently displayed near the hospital lobby.

The memorial. called, “The Wall of Hope,” depicts a multitude of colorful butterflies on glass, over a carved wood background. The mural was installed to raise awareness and celebrate and honor the heroic people and their families who have shared life through organ and tissue donation, Vidant spokeswoman Erica Mizelle said.

The memorial piece, designed by Pitt County native Jasmine Flood, design and development coordinator for Eastern North Carolina Donor Impact Project, was funded by the Pitt Charity Golf Tournament, organized by Sheila Martin and her son, Jim Pittman. Martin donated her kidney to her son more than 20 years ago and both have been dedicated since to raising funds for organ donor awareness. Continue reading

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