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Mercyhealth Pauses to Give Life During Statewide Observance Honoring Organ, Tissue and Eye Donors and Their Families

JANESVILLE, WI—Mercyhealth was among the 80 Donate Life Wisconsin member and partner organizations that participated in a statewide Donate Life Flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence on Monday, April 5. This event promoted the mission of organ, tissue and eye donation and honored organ, tissue and eye donors and their families. 

The Donate Life flag was first introduced in 2006. Since then it has become a national symbol of unity, remembrance and hope, while honoring those touched by donation and transplantation. During the past 15 years, 50,000 Donate Life Flags have flown across America.

Donate Life Wisconsin created the inaugural Pause to Give Life event in 2018 as a statewide observance to occur annually on the first Monday morning of April to mark the start of National Donate Life Month. 

“One donor can save eight lives and this event recognized the more than 107,000 patients waiting for a life-saving transplant. Of those patients, nearly 1,600 are right here in Wisconsin,” said Ruth Ramirez, Nursing Team Lead and Chair of Organ and Tissue Donation Team at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville. “We also honored the gift of life that donors and their families have made possible.”

Last year in Wisconsin (and even during the extraordinary times of the COVID-19 pandemic), there were nearly 125 living kidney and liver donors and more than 270 deceased organ donors who gifted more than 800 organs. Despite a challenging year, more than 900 tissue donors and nearly 1,000 cornea donors helped heal others! More than 750 organ recipients received the gifts of life and hope.

Save and heal lives. Register as an organ, tissue and eye donor at DonateLifeWisconsin.org or at a Wisconsin DMV Service Center. Anyone age 15 and one half or older with a Wisconsin Drivers’ License or state ID can register as a donor regardless of age, health, gender or ethnic or racial background. Nearly three million, or almost 60 percent of those eligible, have said “Yes” and registered as organ, tissue and eye donors on Wisconsin’s Donor Registry.

About Donate Life Wisconsin: Donate Life Wisconsin (DLW) is a nonprofit alliance of organizations and caring individuals dedicated to increasing donated organs, eyes and tissues to save and heal lives. Through education and advocacy, DLW inspires people to register as donors and works together to create a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility.

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.