Donate Life Flags to Fly at Utah Transplant Centers

April 3, 2018 – The sight of a flag billowing in the breeze is majestic and can bring a sense of pride. Flags are also often used as a signal. Throughout the month of April, Donate Life flags will fly at many Utah hospitals to signal the need for people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. These flags will represent the almost 800 people in Utah who are waiting for a second chance at life.

To kick off National Donate Life Month, the three Salt Lake hospitals will raise the Donate Life flag in honor of donors who gave the gift of life. The schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday, April 3

9:00 am – Intermountain Medical Center
5121 S. Cottonwood Street, Murray
Meet by the flag pole outside building 4

11:00 am – University of Utah Hospital
50 N. Medical Drive, Salt Lake City
Meet in the main entrance to the hospital

1:00 pm – Veteran’s Administration Hospital
300 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City
Meet in the main entrance to the hospital

At these events, you will have the opportunity to hear the stories of people who have been affected by donation, including Susan Rabiger. Susan had a family history of kidney disease. Her mother died at a young age from complications related to this disease. Unfortunately, Susan and two of her siblings were also diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and each needed a transplant. Susan was lucky enough to have a niece who was able to donate a kidney to her seven years ago. She has lived an active, healthy life thanks to this gift.

A veteran who will be speaking at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital spent 27 years in the US Air Force and recently received the first kidney/heart transplant at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City.

To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation, or to sign up on the Utah Donor Registry, please log on to www.yesutah.org.