Tri-County Honors Organ, Tissue and Eye Donors and Recipients; Flag Flying Ceremony April 2

Wadena, MN – March 26, 2015 —The Donate Life Flag is being flown at Tri-County Health Care during the month of April to honor local organ and tissue donors, their families and recipients. The display is part of a national initiative, Flags Across America, designed to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.

A flag-raising ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 8 a.m. to commemorate the event. All donor families, transplant recipients, friends and the public are invited to gather outside the Emergency Room entrance of Tri-County Health Care, near the flag pole.

Growing from one person’s idea into a nationwide display of unity, the vision of Flags Across America is to proudly fly a Donate Life Flag at organizations that support the gifts of donation. This initiative is meant to encourage the public to designate donation decisions by registering their wishes in their state donor registries.  Locally, Tri-County Health Care partners with LifeSource to support families at the end-of-life and offer the opportunity of organ and tissue donation.

“Our staff is committed to the mission of donation and we encourage others to give the precious gift of life,” said Joel Beiswenger, Tri-County Health Care President and CEO. “There are more than 123,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant in the U.S. right now, with another person being added to the list every 10 minutes.  Twenty one people will die today because they won’t receive their transplant in time.  One in 20 people will need a tissue transplant in their lifetime, and more than 50,000 cornea transplants occur annually in the U.S.  Last year, three tissue donors at Tri-County Health Care provided more than 150 gifts for transplant recipients.  Flying the flag honors our local donor families and the many people their loved one’s gifts have touched,” Beiswenger added.

Across the nation, thousands of Donate Life flags will be flown and displayed throughout the month of April – National Donate Life Month.  In addition to this bold initiative, Tri-County Health Care now offers donor families the option of flying the flag at the hospital, during their loved one’s donation event, in a show of support and to honor their loved one’s memory.

Photo and Interview Opportunity

Media personnel wishing to get a local perspective on this national event are invited to attend the flag-raising ceremony at Tri-County Health Care. A local heart recipient, a LifeSource volunteer and members of the Tri-County Health Care Administrative Team will be available onsite after the event. Please contact Jil Fiemeyer at or by calling 218-632-8722 in advance to coordinate an interview.

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