Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 11, 2013

Organ donors to be honored at ceremony

HUNTINGTON — Those who have given selflessly will be honored at a ceremony this month.

A Donor Recognition Ceremony for those who donated organs will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at St. Mary’s Center for Education.

The ceremony will honor donors of organ, tissue and corneas, Joy Adkins, a Kentucky Organ Donor Association representative, said.

Families of donors are invited to submit a quilt square for the Donor Family Quilt, as well as a photograph to be used in a video tribute to donors. The quilt square should be 8 inches by 8 inches. The person contributing the square will be asked to pin it to the quilt; if that person is unable to attend, the square may be sent in and it will be included on the quilt.

Families also may contribute a framed photograph of the donor for the memory table to be displayed during the event. Those who bring a 3-inch photo of a donor may have a memory button created by a donor mother using that photo. The button is free.

The center is at 2825 Fifth Ave.

Adkins said donor families from eastern Kentucky are encouraged to serve as members of the local Donor Family Council, which assists in efforts to support families undergoing the donation and grief process.

To join the council or for more information, email Deb Rumer at d.rumer@kodaorgan.org.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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