To honor organ, tissue and eye donors, Mercyhealth's Javon Bea Hospital, along with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, will hold a flag raising ceremony at 2 pm, Monday, April 4 at 8201 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. The ceremony will take place near the adult entrance on the south side of the building.
Leadership from both organizations will offer remarks, followed by the sharing of a poignant story from Joy Beach, who lost her son, John, and honored his wishes to become a donor. A tissue recipient, Shirley Pincus, will also speak. The event is being held in recognition of National Donate Life Month, which was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations to help raise awareness about donation and to honor those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Information on how to become a registered donor will be available.
About Mercyhealth: Mercyhealth is a multi-regional health system with more than 700 employed physician partners, seven hospitals and 85 primary and specialty care locations serving 55 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities. Mercyhealth's over 7,000 employee/partners care for over 2.4 million patient visits each year. As the top vertically integrated health care provider, they continuously work with a passion for making lives better for the people, families and communities they serve.
About Gift of Hope: Gift of Hope is the not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. As one of 57 OPOs that make up the nation’s organ donation system, Gift of Hope works with 180 hospitals and serves 12 million people in its donation service area. Since 1986, its work has saved the lives of more than 26,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients. For more information, visit www.giftofhope.org.