Lenore Ford, Chair of the Donate Life Committee of Overlook Hospital Auxiliary, spoke about tissue donation, which is different from organ donation. Members of the organization give talks to raise awareness about being a donor. They work with organizations like the NJ Sharing Network and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF). MTF is sometimes regarded as the “bone bank”.
Lenore handed out a poster showing the many body parts (not organs), which can be donated to help improve the lives of people. Donors can provide eyes, heart valves, skin, blood vessels, tendons, cartilage, bones and more. As an example, she discussed an 8-year old girl who had bone cancer. Her doctor avoided amputation of her leg by transplanting a healthy bone from a donor. To make operations like this possible, generous donors are needed. She ended her presentation by asking all members of Kiwanis to say “yes” and become donors.
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