Donate Life event set
March 31, 2013 2:40 AM

Indiana County, in conjunction with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), will hold a ceremony in front of the county courthouse on Thursday at noon in recognition of National Donate Life Month.

The county commissioners and other elected officials will be joined by law enforcement officers, volunteer firefighters, paramedics and military personnel to raise awareness of the increasing need for individuals to sign up to be organ, tissue and cornea donors. County residents who have been recipients of organ transplants and representatives from donor families will be on hand to speak briefly about how the program has saved and changed their lives forever. A proclamation will be presented by the commissioners, and the National Donate Life Month flag will be raised to fly at the courthouse throughout the month of April.

Nationwide, more than 117,000 people are awaiting organ transplantation, and about 18 die every day because of the shortage of available organs. The courthouse ceremony celebrates the generosity of county families that have provided life-saving donations for those in need.

Indiana County has been a leader in the commonwealth in organ and tissue donation, and officials encourage county residents to become more involved through signing up to be organ donors, a process that takes only about 90 seconds to complete.

There is no cost for the event, and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact the county commissioners at (724) 465-3801.

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