Kaweah Delta and Donor Network West sponsor April 12 event to register organ donors
VISALIA – On Friday, April 12, Kaweah Delta will partner with Donor
Network West to increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors
in Tulare County.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaweah Delta Medical Center, the event will educate
the community about organ, eye and tissue donation and provide information
about how to register as a donor. The event will take place in the Acequia
Wing Lobby, 305 W. Acequia Ave., Visalia. Throughout the nation, on Friday,
April 12, people are also asked to wear blue and green, Donate Life colors,
in celebration of those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
“Organ, eye, and tissue donation is possible because of life-transforming
decisions made by donors and their families. But we could not carry out
those wishes without Kaweah Medical Center’s unwavering support,”
says Jason Bailey, Regional Director of Donor Network West, Kaweah Delta’s
partner in organ and tissue recovery.
The need is urgent: California ranks first among all states with approximately
22,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list, 420 of those people
live in Tulare County. Of those on the transplant list in California,
84% are in need of a life-saving kidney. On average, three people die
waiting each day in California. Donations can help fight to give more
people on the waiting list hope that they too, will get their second chance
at life. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and
a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others. Anyone can register as a
donor at DonorNetworkWest.org or at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Kaweah Delta partners with Donor Network West, the federally designated
organ and tissue recovery organization for Central and Northern California
and Northern Nevada. Kaweah Delta has received awards from the federal
government for its involvement in educating the community about organ
donation. 2018 was a record year for the number of people who saved lives
through their gift of donation at Kaweah Delta with 12 donors saving 48
lives via organ transplants.
Kaweah Delta is a publicly-owned community healthcare organization that
provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and
Tulare County. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org. #