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Letter: Be a symbol of hope to those who are waiting


National Donor Sabbath is an annual interfaith commemoration to celebrate the gift of life made possible through organ donation. It is being observed this weekend and throughout November, a prelude to Thanksgiving’s focus on community, family, and gratitude.

Faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals will join to raise awareness about the lifesaving and healing gifts made possible through organ and tissue donation. Their efforts encourage people to register and to celebrate the greatest blessing of all — life.

Faith leaders urge support for the generosity, humanity, and compassion inherent in saving lives through donation. Every 10 minutes someone is told they need a lifesaving transplant. Across the U.S., more than 100,000 people are waiting for a transplant and 20 will die each day waiting. We can all do something about this.

Everyone can register as an organ and tissue donor regardless of age or health status. Your legacy can make a difference. Share your decision with loved ones. Donation will not interfere with medical care or funeral arrangements. As someone who counsels grieving families, I know firsthand the power of legacy and the comfort it provides to know your loved one’s wishes.

Go to and be a symbol of hope and faith for those who are waiting, their families and all who care about our community’s health.

The Rev. Brenda Alton
UPMC Spiritual Care Services, Central Pa. Region

Source: Berkshire mont

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