Baseball Great and Transplant Recipient Rod Carew to be Among
More Than 1,000 Gathering October 24 in Pomona to Share
Messages Aimed at Increasing Organ and Tissue Donation
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Registration is now open for the nation’s largest Donation and
Transplantation Symposium to be held October 24 at the Sheraton Fairplex
Hotel and Convention Center in Pomona. Sponsored by OneLegacy, this
eighth annual gathering is expected to attract more than 1,000 hospital
and transplant professionals, along with baseball Hall of Famer and
transplant recipient Rod Carew, who will share best practices designed
to positively impact organ and tissue donation activity at their own
hospitals and in their own communities.
Registration for this free symposium – along with a complete program
listing – may be obtained at www.onelegacy.org/symposium.
Physicians, nurses, transplant center staff, pastoral care
professionals, palliative care professionals and social workers are
among those expected to attend.
“Equipped with the proper knowledge and understanding of donation,
hospital staff can help give a recipient a second chance at life while
supporting the donor family who may find their grief a little less
painful as they honor their loved ones through this generous act,” said
Tom Mone, chief executive officer of OneLegacy, the largest organ, eye
and tissue recovery organization in the world. “This symposium is
designed to help provide hospitals with the tools and information they
need to raise public awareness and ease the donor management process.”
Toward that end attendees will hear from and interact with respected
healthcare professionals, organ procurement specialists and donor
recipients. Among the inspirational speakers will be transplant
recipient Rod Carew and Mary Reuland, mother of former NFL tight end
Konrad Reuland. Konrad died of a brain aneurysm in December 2016 and his
generous gift of heart, kidneys and liver donations gave three
recipients a second chance at life, including Carew who received
Konrad’s heart and right kidney.
“A single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and
improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and
tissue,” said Mone. “Still more than 22,000 California residents are
waiting to receive lifesaving hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and other
organs; but there are simply not enough individuals saying ‘yes’ to
donation to meet the growing need. Through our combined efforts we have
made significant progress, but much more is needed.”
Last year OneLegacy achieved a record-setting performance in lives saved
with nearly 1,500 transplants from a record number of organ donors.
Since 2000, OneLegacy has seen a 74 percent increase in lives saved by
organ transplantation and a 300 percent increase in lives healed through
Symposium attendees will also get a preview of the 2018 Donate Life Rose
Parade float honoring “The Gift of Time.” Celebrating its 15th
year of participating in the parade, the Donate Life Rose Parade float
is the centerpiece of a national effort of more than 50 organizations to
reach a broad audience with the simple, life-giving message that organ,
eye and tissue donation saves and heals lives.
OneLegacy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through
organ, eye and tissue donation in seven counties in Southern California:
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara
and Kern. Serving more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers, and a
diverse population of nearly 20 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ,
eye and tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information,
call OneLegacy at 800-786-4077, or visit onelegacy.org.