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Monday, August 25, 2008

Information on organ donation and transplants



NEW HAVEN -Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center will offer a free transplantation and organ donation awareness fair on the Green on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The event will offer information and educational materials on organ and tissue donation and transplantation to the general public to encourage people to register to become donors.
The day will include refreshments, activities for kids, music, heart-warming living donor and patient stories, and on-site registration information on how to become an organ donor.
The fair will also be a tribute to living and deceased organ donors and their families. There will be a brief ceremony to recognize donors which will include remarks from living pediatric recipients and an adult donor.
"We are hopeful that people in our communities will come down to the fair, visit our information and vendor booths and receive information about our programs on how they can help save a life said Sukru Emre, MD, director, Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center and section chief of transplant surgery and immunology in the department of surgery at Yale School of Medicine. "Many local chapters of transplant-related organizations will be in attendance providing opportunities to volunteer and to learn more about the organ donation and transplantation process."
The fair is sponsored by Yale-New Haven Hospital, and will take place rain or shine. For more information, call Jessica Scheps at (203) 688-8727 or email at Jessica.scheps@ynhh.org.

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