Fair To Raise Awareness About Need for Life-Saving Organ Donations

Every year, more than 6,000 people die while waiting for organ transplants, notes Dr. Sukru Emre, section chief of transplant surgery and immunology in the Department of Surgery.

“With nearly 100,000 Americans awaiting life-saving organ transplants, the nationwide shortage of donors means every day, 18 people die waiting for organs that could save their lives,” he adds.

Emre is director of the Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center, which is hosting a fair on Saturday, Sept. 6, to raise awareness about the importance of organ donations and to encourage individuals to sign up to become donors. The event — which also pays tribute to living and deceased organ donors and their families —- will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the New Haven Green. All are invited.

The event, which will take place rain or shine, will feature refreshments, children’s activities and music. There will be a brief ceremony featuring remarks by young people who have benefited from organ donations and by an adult donor. Chapters of local transplant-related organizations will be on hand to offer information about organ donation and the transplantation process, and to sign up new donors.

“The decision to become an organ and tissue donor can help make a difference in someone’s life,” says Emre.

For more information about the fair, call (203) 688-8727.

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