April 24, 2012
Low Moor, VA, April, 2012 – LewisGale Hospital Alleghany is holding a special organ donation ceremony on Thursday, April 26 to honor a local woman who gave the gift of life. Debbie Stone suffered cardiac arrest and was on life support, when her family made the decision to donate her organs.
“I wanted to see something good come out of something horrible,” said Mitzi Wilkerson, Debbie’s sister. “I didn’t want her death to be a waste.”
A bench will be dedicated in Debbie’s memory in the Donor Garden that was established last year in the front of the hospital in honor of National Donate Life Month.
“Debbie’s organs gave someone a second chance at life and we want to honor her for that gift,” said Carolyn Snyder, R.N., PCCN, Hospital Liaison for LifeNet. “One person can save up to nine lives. We hope by sharing Debbie’s story, more people will realize the importance of organ donation.”
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany invites the public to attend the ceremony on April 26 at 1 p.m. An organ recipient will also speak at the event. LifeNet, an organ and tissue procurement organization, will also be at the hospital on April 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sign up people to become organ donors.
“This is the first time in more than 20 years that an organ donation has taken place at our hospital,” said Greg Madsen, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. “We feel honored to be able to offer this service to our patients and their families to fulfill their wishes and to give them the opportunity to potentially save another life.”
In Virginia alone, there are more than 2,500 people waiting on an organ.
To learn more about organ donation go to DonateLifeVirginia.org or visit your local DMV for more information.