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Home > Mercy News > Mercy observes National Donate Life Month with service, flag-raising and walk
Published on March 27, 2017
Mercy Medical Center, in partnership with the Iowa Donor Network, will observe National Donate Life Month with a reflection and prayer service, flag-raising and a one-mile wellness walk on Monday, April 3. (Event details below)
Donate Life Month recognizes and celebrates transplant recipients who have been given new life and hope, as well as those patients, and their families, who are still waiting for a transplant. Awareness activities throughout April are designed to inspire people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Approximately 65 percent of adults are registered donors in Iowa. Still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organ donors. There are currently 119,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; more than 700 of them live here in Iowa. Unfortunately, not all who are waiting will receive an organ in time to save their life. On average, 22 people die each day in the United States while waiting for a transplant.
Registering your decision to become an organ donor is the most effective way to ensure you can save lives through a donation. For more information, visit www.iowadonornetwork.org.
Please join Mercy Medical Center’s organ and tissue donation committee for a reflection and prayer service at the Donor Memorial Wall on the mezzanine level of Mercy’s Lundy Pavilion at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3. Immediately following, those in attendance will walk to the flagpole outside Mercy’s 10th Street entrance and the Donate Life flag will be raised and flown for the month of April. After the flag-raising, please join others in a one-mile walk around Mercy in support of Donate Life month.