SPOONER, WI -- Spooner Health was among the dozens of hospitals and organizations that celebrated National Donate Life Month by participating in a nationwide Donate Life Flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence on Monday, April 10 at 1:08 p.m. This event honored organ, tissue and eye donors and their families, and promoted awareness of organ, tissue and eye donation and the need for more registered donors.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives. This event honored the gifts of life that donors and their families have made possible and recognized the more than 104,000 patients currently waiting for a life-saving transplant, nearly 1,500 of which are right here in Wisconsin.
The Donate Life flag was first introduced in 2006. Since then, it has become a national symbol of unity, remembrance and hope, while honoring those touched by donation and transplantation. During the past 16 years, more than 60,000 Donate Life Flags have flown across America
Wisconsin Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Facts:
- Anyone age 15 or older can register as a donor in Wisconsin, regardless of age, health, gender, ethnicity, or racial background.
- Nearly 3 million Wisconsin residents, almost 60% of those eligible, have said “Yes” to organ, tissue and eye donation by registering as organ, tissue and eye donors on Wisconsin’s Donor Registry.
- All major religions in the United States support donation and view it as a final act of love and generosity.
“We are proud to celebrate National Donate Life Month by participating in the nationwide flag raising ceremony and moment of silence. It’s an important reminder of the more than 104,000 patients who are currently awaiting a life-saving transplant. Today we recognize the strength and courage of those awaiting a transplant and those selfless individuals and families who have chosen to give the gift of life.” Mike Schafer, Chief Executive Officer, Spooner Health
Save and heal lives. Register as an organ, tissue and eye donor at HeroicDeed.com or at a Wisconsin DMV Service Center.
[Photo (left): Diane Neste, Clinical Social Worker, and Mike Schafer, CEO, both from Spooner Health, speak at the Pause to Give Life Flag-raising ceremony. Photo (right): The Donate Life flag flies proudly at Spooner Health during the month of April.]
About Spooner Health: Spooner Health is a licensed 25-bed critical access hospital with a wide range of services from emergency and inpatient care to outpatient therapy, surgery and diagnostic imaging. Spooner Health is dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare with excellent service.