Community Invited to Learn about Organ Donation

Shore Health System and The Living Legacy Foundation invite the community to learn about organ donation at a free forum on Wednesday, April 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Memorial Hospital, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, 219 S. Washington Street in Easton. Refreshments will be served.

The program will be moderated by Brian Childs, PhD, director of clinical ethics and spiritual care for Shore Health System. Dr. Childs is also a member of the clinical advisory board of The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. In this role, he consults with the board about the ethical implications the decisions and protocols related to organ, tissue and eye donation.

“The data shows that the majority of Americans support organ donation,” Dr. Childs says. “These same people often do not take the next step to designate themselves as organ donors and forget to tell their loved ones about their wishes.”

Dr. Childs adds, “One person may be able to save the lives of many individuals with the donation of  kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas along with many live-enhancing tissues including corneas, bone and skin. These gifts enrich the lives of many people who might otherwise die or live with limiting disabilities.”

Participants at the April 28 organ, eye and tissue donation program will learn how they can designate themselves as donors through the Motor Vehicle Administration registration process. They will also hear about the Maryland Donor Registry, an online database of all donor designation records, which are stored in a central and secure place. Speakers on the program include family members of a deceased organ donor and an individual whose life was saved through organ donation.

For more information and to register, call Annie Kusinitz, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5722 or Brian Childs, ext. 5259. For more information about the Living Legacy Foundation and the Maryland Donor Registry visit www.thellf.org.

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