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Organ, tissue donor info session to be held

The national transplant waiting list holds the names of more than 105,000 adults and children, including more than 2,800 in the upper Midwest.

Eighteen people die each day in the U.S. waiting for an organ or tissue transplant, and more than 105,000 are waiting for a life-saving transplant.

St. Joseph's Area Health Services has aligned with LifeSource, a non-profit organization that manages organ and tissue donation, to create awareness about organ and tissue donation and to support families confronted with end-of-life issues.

St. Joseph's and LifeSource are taking part in a life-saving initiative to encourage the public to register to become organ, tissue and eye donors.

Deb Andvik, LifeSource Hospital Liaison, will be on hand for two upcoming informational sessions in Park Rapids.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 or Oct. 4, the public is invited to learn more about organ and tissue donation and hear personal stories of families affected by the process.

The Sept. 27 meeting will be held in the Northwoods Bank downstairs meeting room. The Oct. 4 meeting will be held in St. Joseph's lower level conference room.

The presentation will cover all aspects of organ and tissue donation with specific questions addressed

Andvik wants everyone to know that every organ and/or tissue donor is regarded by their recipient as a hero, and that everyone can be a "hero" for up to 60 people.

Becoming registered is simple. One can check "yes" for organ and tissue donation when they renew their driver's license or by registering online at

St. Joseph's Auxiliary will host both public presentations.