National Donate Life Month: Flag raised at Wyoming Medical Center to promote organ donation

By The Pulse Apr 1, 2014

Written by The Rev. Keith A. Evans, board-certified staff chaplain at Wyoming Medical Center

David Stoner, organ donation advocate, raises the Donate Life flag at a ceremony Tuesday morning to commemorate the beginning of National Donate Life Month.

David Stoner, organ donation advocate, raises the Donate Life flag at a ceremony Tuesday morning to commemorate the beginning of National Donate Life Month.

At 10 a.m. this morning, Wyoming Medical Center marked the beginning of National Donate Life Month by flying the Donate Life flag in front of our Emergency entrance on Second Street. The flag will fly throughout April, honoring organ, eye and tissue donors in our community and state.

Our special guest, David Stoner, raised the flag to honor his wife, Sandra Klun, who was an eye donor at Wyoming Medical Center in July 2012.

“As an eye donor to the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, she would have been pleased to know that her thoughtful donation went to help someone else. This epitomizes who she was, always thinking of others. She was a devoted wife and mother, who was truly loved and is deeply missed,” said Janell Lewis at the ceremony, Public and Professional Relations Coordinator at the Eye Bank.

There is a huge need for organ donors. Between Colorado and Wyoming, there are 2,400 people waiting on the organ transplant list.

In 2013, Wyoming Medical Center had 84 eye donors and 26 organ and tissue donors. These tissues were transplanted locally, nationally and even internationally.

Statewide, 59 percent of Wyoming citizens are already registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors; but we would love to that number up to 70 percent. Since 2007, WMC has continued to receive national recognition by the US Department of Health and Human Services for meeting or exceeding national goals of organ and tissue donations. Please join us in giving the Gift of Life!

If you or a family member are not yet organ donors but would like to be, go to DonateLifeWyoming.org to register or to get more information.

XXXXXXXXXX show off the Donate Life flag which will fly over Wyoming Medical Center through April.

Janell Lewis, at left, Gary Loghry with Donor Alliance, David Stoner, Keith Evans, WMC care management coordinator Beth Holscher and ICU nurse manager Jenea Goddard show off the Donate Life flag which will fly over Wyoming Medical Center through April.

Donor Awareness fun run/walk

To help promote this great cause, the WMC Organ Tissue Donation Team is sponsoring the Donor Awareness and Appreciation 5K Run/Walk on April 26. Everyone is welcome. You may walk or run, or just stop by to give support and honor those who have given the Gift of Life to others.

  • When: 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26
  • Where: At the north end of the Sunrise Shopping Center parking lot, 4000 S. Poplar St.
  • Register: Go to www.runsignup.com and search for Wyoming in the “Find a Run” link.

The Rev. Keith A. Evans

Keith Evans has been staff chaplain at Wyoming Medical Center since January 2012. Evans serves on the Ethics, Institutional Review Board,  the Caring Tea Coalition, as well as leads the in-house WMC Critical Incident Stress Debrief Team. Evans calls himself a “trauma chaplain” as his chaplain career began in law enforcement. He is often at the bedside of the critically ill, and enjoys his involvement with the  WMC N.O.W (No Organ Withheld) Organ Tissue Donation Team.

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