National Donor Sabbath 2010

When faced with the decision of organ and tissue donation during the trauma of a loved one’s death, a person’s religion suddenly becomes very important. As the decision is being made, the question often arises, “What is my religion’s stance on organ and tissue donation?” Most people are not aware of their religious group’s position regarding organ and tissue donation. As a result, the decision maker often looks to a faith leader or hospital chaplain for an informed answer.

FACT: Nearly all religious groups support organ and tissue donation and transplantation as long as it does not impede the life or hasten the death of the donor.

This weekend, November 12-14, is designated as National Donor Sabbath. Marylanders are encouraged to spread the powerful message of lifesaving donation and transplantation to local houses of worship across the state. Although the need is ongoing, donation and transplant professionals set aside a weekend every year during this season of giving thanks to bring the need for registered donors to the attention of faith-based communities.

Faith and hope play an important role in the donation and transplant process.  From those who await organ and tissue transplants to return them to their lives and families, to registered donors who believe one day they will make a lifesaving difference, to donor families who carry the hope that their loved ones gave life to others, all have faith in something greater than themselves.  By registering today as organ, eye and tissue donors, individuals provide hope to the more than 108,000 men, women and children currently on the national organ transplant waiting list and the thousands more who await corneas and tissue to restore them to their everyday lives.

If you are interested in bringing a organ and tissue donation awareness presentation or event to your place of worship, please contact Latrice Price at lprice@thellf.org or 410-242-7000.

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About Jennifer

Jennifer Gelman is the director of Communications for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. She is responsible for creating and executing educational and awareness programs for LLF’s donor service area, along with overseeing the company’s volunteer program, and the relationship with Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. With nearly ten years of experience in non-profit and cause-related marketing, on a national and local level, Jennifer is focused on raising awareness and creating an open dialogue about organ, eye and tissue donation throughout diverse communities the organization serves. Follow Jennifer on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennifergelman
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