MIAMI, FL—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 24, 2002–As a tribute to those who have given the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation, Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA) will hold their first Donor Medal Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 PM during National Donate Life Month. The event will be held at the University of Miami James W. McLamore Executive Education Center, Storer Auditorium, located at 5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.
The men, women, and children, who became organ donors between the years 1985 to 2002, as well as their families, will be honored for having given the ultimate gifts of life through organ and tissue donation. During the recognition ceremony, donor families will be presented with the “Life Alliance Donor Medal.” The medal, symbolizing their gifts of life, can be used as a keepsake or grave marker.
Participating in the ceremony will be LAORA staff members and Wilfredo Fleites, who lost his father Wilfredo Sr. in 2002 and made the decision to donate his organs for transplant; Miriam L. Kamin, who received a liver, pancreas, stomach and bone marrow transplant on June 1999; and Scott Shamis, who received a heart transplant in July 2001. Several transplant recipients will be presenting donor families with votive candles and lighting them as a symbol of the gifts of life during a moment of reflection highlighted by a violist solo. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.
LAORA, a subdivision of the University of Miami Department of Surgery/Division of Transplantation, is a federally mandated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that works with hospitals and families, in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Palm Beach, Collier, and Port St. Lucie counties, to coordinate organ and tissue donation. In 2002, it worked with the families of 115 donors to make possible 528 lifesaving organ transplants. Additionally, many families consented to tissue donation, enabling thousands of patients to receive medical transplants of heart valves, bone, and other tissue. LAORA’s commitment is to enhance and save lives through organ, tissue and eye donation while maintaining respect for those who give the gift of life.
Karen Garcia, Assistant Director of Community Affairs & Public Relations
800/232-2892 fax: 305/243-5139