Portland Quilt will Celebrate Heroes who have Donated their Lives

April 17, 2013

There are 915 people on a waiting list to receive a life-saving organ in Oregon alone. Nationally, there are over 116,000 people waiting for a transplant according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Donate Life Northwest in conjunction with Adventist Medical Center will be unveiling the Threads of Life Quilt on Sunday, April 21 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the hospital to commemorate the compassion of donors. The quilt will feature squares created by those connected to, and affected by donation and transplantation. The unveiling is an opportunity for the community to learn more about organ donor registration and see the quilt inspired by heroes who have donated eyes, tissue or organs for transplant.

Donate Life Northwest encourages everyone to register to be a donor to ensure that as many lives as possible are saved and improved each day through the miracle of donation and transplantation. Becoming a registered donor in Oregon is simple. Add the “D” code on your Oregon driver’s license application when you are up for renewal or when you are getting your license, permit or ID card for the first time. Other options are to go online any time at www.donatelifenw.org to register or request a paper form by calling 1-800-452-1369.

There are 110 million registered organ, eye and tissue donors in the United States, 2.2 million from the state of Oregon. Still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. Events such as the tragedy in Boston this week remind us the importance of tissue, organ and eye donors.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC)

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is home to Adventist Health-Portland, which includes more than 30 primary care and specialty clinics in the metro area.

Adventist Health-Portland is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,900 includes more than 21,200 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,200 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 170 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.adventisthealthnw.com for more information.

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