June 04, 2012
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany recently dedicated a bench in its Donor Garden in memory of Debbie Stone. Debbie's family made the decision to donate organs and tissue after she suffered cardiac arrest in January. She was the first donor to have her organs harvested at the hospital in 20 years.
The bench dedication was part of a special ceremony for National Donate Life Month to honor all of the hospital's organ and tissue donors and recipients.
“We want the Donor Garden to be a reminder to families and patients about the importance of organ and tissue donation and the lives that have been touched in our community,” said Carolyn Snyder, R.N., PCCN, Hospital Liaison for LifeNet.
The Donor Garden, which was started last year, now includes several plants, a tree, a plaque and the bench. Inscribed on the bench is a special verse - “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
“We want to be trailblazers when it comes to supporting and facilitating organ and tissue donation at our hospital,” said Greg Madsen, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. “We know one organ donor has the potential to save up to nine lives and enhance the lives of up to 50 others through tissue donation. ”
To learn more about organ and tissue donation go to DonateLifeVirginia.org or visit your local DMV for more information.
In Virginia alone, there are more than 2,500 people waiting on an organ.