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There are currently more than 113,000 American men, women and children waiting to have life-saving organ transplants, with more than 3,000 of those in Ohio and more than 500 in Cincinnati.
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CINCINNATI -- There are currently more than 113,000 American men, women and children waiting to have life-saving organ transplants, with more than 3,000 of those in Ohio and more than 500 in Cincinnati.
April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM), a movement aimed at inspiring Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to commend those who saved lives by donating their organs.
NDLM was created by Donate Life America and partnering organizations in 2003.
The Christ Hospital Health Network is celebrating the start of NDLM Tuesday with a flag ceremony at the main hospital. The Donate Life flag will be displayed throughout the month of April to recognize the lives saved each year through organ and tissue donation.
Mayor John Cranley proclaimed Tuesday as "Organ and Tissue Donation Day at The Christ Hospital Health Network."
More than 1,600 kidney transplants have been performed at The Christ Hospital since the transplant program began in 1972.
On September 30, 2011, WCPO anchor Tanya O'Rourke donated a kidney at The Christ Hospital to her sister's sister-in-law.
“This was, perhaps, the most fantastic experience of my life, without a doubt,” O’Rourke said. “It was a life-changer.”
After Cincinnati Bengals’ wide-receiver Chris Henry was killed in a crash in 2009, he saved four lives with the donation of his organs.
Hear Chris Henry’s story HERE.
Donation and transplantation FAQs from Donate Life America:
To find out how to register as a donor or for more donation information, CLICK HERE.