Center for Organ Recovery & Education Launches “LiVE: 8” to Encourage Organ Donation Awareness
—Public Awareness Campaign Emphasizes that One Organ Donor Can Save Eight Lives—
“Thousands of lives are saved each year with organ transplants, but thousands more are waiting to be saved,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE, one of the 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. “Amazingly, a single donor can save up to eight lives, but only a fraction of us are registered to donate. It doesn’t add up, which is the basis of our campaign. Educating others about the importance of donation begins with you. So join us, and LiVE 8.”
The integrated campaign comes at a critical time, as more than 122,000 individuals are on the national waiting list in need of an organ transplant. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea. Through the campaign, CORE aims to grow awareness of donation and transplantation and help dispel myths. “LiVE 8” provides simple, effective ways to inspire others and raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation:
- 8 Myths to Socialize: Help family and friends understand that registering as an organ and tissue donor is something that we all can do to make a significant difference in the lives of others. Help us spread the truths about organ donation. Read the myths here: http://live8.today/h8ZJ2J
- 8 Ways to Say Amen: All major religions support organ and tissue donation as an act of charity. If you or someone you know is concerned about registering, pray about it and talk to your clergy. LiVE: 8 and you’ll find out that many of your fellow believers have made the life-saving choice to become a registered organ and tissue donor: http://live8.today/4eJivJ.
- 8 Places to Live it Up: Stop by and see us. Bring eight of your friends. Register to become an organ and tissue donor and teach others the importance of donation at our events throughout the community: http://live8.today/FSklOF.
- What You Can Do to LiVE: 8: Save lives, help others and give back. For eight things that you can do today, visit: http://live8.today/dZt3MG.
For more information about LiVE: 8, visit www.core.org/live-8.
For more information about CORE, the organ procurement organization that serves western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, New York, visit www.core.org.
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.