Organ donor wait list growing, hospitals recognize donors with ceremony

SOUTH BEND In honor of Donate Life Month, Beacon Health System and Memorial Hospital are hosting several events on Wednesday to commemorate the tough decisions families in Michiana have faced.

More than 120,000 people across the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, 1,500 in Indiana alone. Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the waitlist and 18 people die during the wait every day.

Trauma staff at Memorial say end-of-life decisions are some of the hardest a family will make. They encourage people to make their wishes known.

At Memorial Hospital on Wednesday:

9-11 a.m. Donate Life Rounds through hospital departments
11-1p.m. Donor Registration Drive in hospital lobby
11:30-noon Donate Life Program in the Cancer Center Conference Room
7:30-9 p.m. Donate Life Rounds through hospital departments

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