Ceremony focuses on organ donation

  • March 25, 2013
Members of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg, along with representatives of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, participated in a program Monday at Southwest Regional Medical Center in support of organ donor awareness month. From left, Chuck Trump,Rotary Club of Waynesburg president; Nicole Cornell, CORE representative; Mary Ann and Dave Cumberledge; Joy Eggleston, SRMC; and Renee,Tim and Addison Basiorka, who received a heart transplant as an infant.

The Rotary Club of Waynesburg met Monday in support of fellow member Dave Cumberledge, who is awaiting a lung transplant, as Southwest Regional Medical Center raised a flag in recognition of organ donor awareness month.

The ceremony, which also included representatives from the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, symbolized the need to educate Americans about donation and the need for more designated donors. Nationally, more that 113,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant; with 18 to 20 dying each day.

Weather forced most of the ceremony inside, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the event. Addison Basiorka, who received a heart transplant as an infant, was also at the event. Cumberledge and Addison’s mom, Renee, both made remarks about the impact the process has had on their lives.

Cumberledge has already been called to sit and wait for a possible transplant. He, and all potential organ recipients, await the call that an organ has been identified.

To learn more about organ donation, visit www.core.org.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Ethics inquiry into justice’s emails cites new revelations

Ex-cop accused of hitting man pleads guilty to lesser charge

CDC: Transplant patients who died likely breathed in mold

Officials: Broken rail caused West Virginia train derailment

Jury convicts three men in Western Pennsylvania heroin ring

Pennsylvania orders youth mental health facility closed

Richard Shearer, former Alderson-Broaddus president, dies

Activist, ex-mayoral candidate gets prison for 911 calls

Warden resigns at jail where inmate murder suspect escaped

Jury seated, openings conclude in ex-Massey CEO’s trial