Franciscan St. Anthony Health marks Donate Life Month April 4 with stories of donor heroism

CROWN POINT | Colorful and emotional stories of people who have given of themselves so that others might live will be told April 4 during a Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point observance of National Donate Life Month.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the hospital’s Corpus Christi Chapel on the second floor with a prayer, a procession of flowers and remarks from hospital officials and representatives of organ donor agencies, including the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank and Life Line Stem Cell Services. The hospital partners with those agencies to facilitate organ, eye, tissue and stem cell donations.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health donor witnesses will present testimonies of how their lives and those of loved ones have been affected. They include Linda Belcher, an Emergency Medical Services educator, whose son was a heart transplant recipient; Jean Miller, Emergency Department nursing manager, whose son was a vascular tissue recipient; and Julie Parent, an Alverno Information Services business analyst, who was a kidney donor.

City Council President Andrew Kyres, on behalf of Mayor David Uran, will present a proclamation honoring the observance. An 11 a.m. Mass will follow in the chapel.

A donor registration drive will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside of the cafeteria, near the main lobby.

According to Donate Life-Indiana, more than 117,000 persons nationwide, including nearly 1,500 Hoosiers, await life-saving transplants.

For more information on the Donate Life program, visit:

Video from 2012 Event

April 27, 2012: Heartfelt and heartwarming stories of organ donors and recipients were told during the fourth annual National Donate Life Month observance at Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point. Franciscan Alliance proudly partners with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, Indiana Lions Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank and Donor Services of Indiana to facilitate organ, eye and tissue donation.

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