Celebrating National Donor Sabbath at South Shore Health
South Shore Health Pastoral Care Services and New England Donor Services teamed up to observe National Donor Sabbath, a day where faith leaders and their communities participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, on December 6.
South Shore Health colleagues and members from the New England Donor Services provided information about become an organ donor at a booth at South Shore Hospital and then hosted a celebration of life in the Conren Prayer Room, where community members spoke about what organ donation has meant to themselves and their families.
Sandy Duffy, of Braintree, spoke to the group about her son Christopher, who passed away from a brain aneurism 18 years ago. As an organ donor, Christopher was able to help 45 different people from 18 different states and one person in Barcelona, Spain.
“My son lives on in all of these people,” Duffy told the crowd.
“Through organ donation you can save more lives and enrich more people. Everyone should be an organ donor.”
Currently, 117,000 men, women and children are in desperate need of lifesaving organ transplants, and thousands more can be helped through tissue and cornea transplants. For more information on organ donation, please visit New England Donor Services website.