Generations of hope sheds light on organ donation

THE WINCHESTER SUN | Whitney Leggett 

With high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, African-Americans have an increased risk of organ failure, making them the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant.

The Clark County Circuit Clerk’s Trust For Life, the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee and First Baptist Church sponsored Generations of Hope Saturday evening to spread awareness of organ donation among Winchester’s minority communities.

Along with entertainment from the First Baptist Church choir and youth dancers, the evening offered participants an opportunity to ask questions about organ donation and end-of-life decisions.

Pastors, attorneys, funeral directors and medical professionals were present to answer questions and debunk myths about organ donation.

Rebekah Grimm shared the story of her grandmother, a proud organ donor.

Debra Hampton, a kidney transplant recipient, shared information about kidney disease signs and symptoms. Hampton received her kidney transplant 10 years ago, and encouraged others to register as organ donors. Continue reading
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