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Regional Medical Center Supports Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation

12/27/2016



RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge signs a vial to be included in the 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade float that honors transplant donors and recipients.
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) will participate in the Donate Life Rose Parade float honoring organ donors in Pasadena, Calif., on January 2, 2017.

“RMC honors the patients, families and staff whose commitment to others makes the gift of life through organ donation possible,” said RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge, who signed a rose vial that will include RMC on the 2017 float. RMC has participated in the program for several years.

According to Donate Life, each year their Rose Parade float features a contingent of riders representing transplant recipients; living donor walkers; and dozens of memorial "floragraph" portraits of deceased organ, eye and tissue donors integrated into the float design. In addition, the deck of the float is covered with thousands of roses with vials carrying personal messages of love, hope and remembrance.

According to Donate Life South Carolina, more than 123,000 candidates are on the national organ transplant waiting list, but only about 28,000 organs are transplanted each year in the United States. As a result, 22 people die each day because a life-saving organ is not available.

A single organ donor can save and heal as many as 50 others through needed heart valves, corneas, skin bone and tendons that mend hearts, prevent or cure blindness, heal burns and save limbs. In addition, living kidney and liver donors save approximately 6,000 lives per year. Anyone can sign up to be a donor when renewing a drivers’ license or state ID, or by visiting DonateLifeSC.org.


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