Raising the flag for organ donations

From left, Trish Ebner, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s liaison to the Living Legacy Foundation; Jessica Fluharty, director, Critical Care and Emergency Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; and Chris Wright, Living Legacy Foundation hospital services coordinator, are shown at the flagpole in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. The LLF flag honors those who saved or enhance lives through organ or tissue donation.

EASTON — The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health celebrated April as National Donate Life Month with a virtual flag-raising at the UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Members of the Donor Council of UM Shore Regional Health met in the front circle to honor the families and donors who chose to give the gift of life to those in need.

Created by Donate Life America in 2003, Donate Life Month is observed annually to honor organ donors and their families’ choice to save lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland works with hospitals, transplant centers and other health care partners to ensure organ transplant safety. In 2020, organ transplants saved more than 39,000 lives nationally. Of these, an all-time high of 33,000 lives were saved were from deceased donors.

“Thanks to the generosity of donors and their families, and the dedication of healthcare and transplant professionals, lives were able to be saved through donation and transplantation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Wright, hospital services coordinator for The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland and UM Shore Regional Health.

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