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Boone Memorial Hospital Celebrates National Donate Life Month

Raising awareness in an effort to register more organ, tissue and cornea donors

PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2018 – Nationally, 115,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, including 2,500 in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. At least 20 will die each day without receiving the transplant they so desperately need. Someone is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison, WV is pleased to join the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) to raise awareness about organ, tissue and cornea donation, and to inspire everyone during Donate Life Month to be a hero — to be an organ donor.

“Donate Life Month provides an opportunity to remind ourselves of what heroes look like,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO, CORE. “They are the sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, who — through organ, tissue and cornea donation — gave life and offered healing to others. They are the 115,000 people who are waiting for a life-saving transplant; yearning for more time with their loved ones. We also recognize the healthcare professionals, our hospital heroes, who — through their hard work, ingenuity and compassion — provide the precious gift of life to so many in our area.”

“Our close collaboration with CORE sets the gift of life in motion,” said Virgil Underwood, Boone Memorial Hospital CEO. “That process starts with creating a culture of donation within our hospital and includes being donation champions — raising awareness about the vital importance of registering as organ, tissue and cornea donors.”

Approximately 11,000 people die annually who are considered medically suitable to donate organs, tissue and corneas, yet only a fraction donate. Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.

To sign up, visit

On Monday April 9th, Boone Memorial Hospital will host activities to celebrate

National Donate Life Month

Schedule of Events (April 9, 2018)

11:30am – 12:30pm:

Informational booth with CORE resources and materials will be set-up

*Main hospital lobby

11:45am – 12:10pm:

Flag Raising Ceremony & Song

Guest Speaker (organ recipient)

*Outside main hospital entrance (flag poles)


Group Picture

*Outside main hospital entrance (flag poles)

*Donor recipients and hospital staff are encouraged to wear BLUE & GREEN (CORE colors)


Cake & Punch

*Main hospital lobby


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