• UWA to celebrate National Donate Life Month with Alabama Organ Center

    Posted: March 22, 2017

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama will help kick off National Organ Donor Month in April with a guest speaker from the Alabama Organ Center (AOC). The event is set for April 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the Tutwiler Conference Center in Lyon Hall and is open to the public.

    Amy Woodward will represent the education team of the AOC. Amy works in hospital development and as a community liaison for the center, traveling across Alabama to share the organization’s mission of instilling hope within the people of Alabama by providing education and confidence to take action to become an organ and tissue donor.

    According to Woodward, more than 3,000 Alabamians are waiting for a transplant as of early February. Of these, 2,909 are waiting for a kidney. The liver is the second-most needed transplant organ in Alabama, with 86 on the waiting list. Six people need a pancreas, 14 need both a kidney and pancreas, 38 need a heart, 18 need a lung, and two await a heart and lung.

    Nationally, more than 118,00 are waiting for an organ transplant, and a new person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. For an average of 22 people per day, the wait becomes too long, and they die before a suitable organ is available.

    Woodard and the AOC strive to educate Alabama on organ donation and encourage people to consider becoming a donor so that the wait can become shorter.

    Throughout April, Alabama residents will see a pinwheel symbol promoting National Organ Donor Month. The pinwheel, they say, evokes various images and meanings, but the strongest association revolves around opportunity and energy. The pinwheel is an instrument that turns obstacles into opportunities by capturing and passing on energy.

    Woodard will talk more about the Alabama Organ Center and its efforts and will also provide information on becoming an organ donor.

    For more information on registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit registerme.org. To learn more about the Alabama Organ Center, visit www.alabamaorgancenter.org. 
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