Tri‐County Honors Organ, Tissue and Eye Donors and Recipients; Flag Flying Ceremony set for April 8

Wadena, MN – April 1, 2016 —The Donate Life Flag will be raised on April 8 and 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 Friday, April 8 at 9 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.
According to the Life Source website, there are more than 123,000 men, women and children in the United
States waiting for life‐saving organ transplants and more than 3,700 live in the Upper Midwest. Every 10 minutes
another person is added to the list and on average 22 people will die every day because they won’t receive a transplant
in time. The donation from one person can save and heal up to 60 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.
“Last year, two tissue donors at Tri‐County Health Care provided more than 120 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.
Your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor saves lives! Go to the Life Source website at www.lifesource.
org to learn how you can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.
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. The family of a local organ donor, 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
jil.fiemeyer@tchc.org or by calling 218‐632‐8722 in advance to coordinate an interview.
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About LifeSource
LifeSource is the non‐profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in Minnesota, North
Dakota, South Dakota and parts of western Wisconsin. Visit www.life‐source.org or visit their Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/donatelifemn.
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