The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) and Willis-Knighton Health System are joining together to present a Donor Flag Raising Ceremony on Tuesday, April 2, at 11 a.m. The flag raising ceremony will be held at the main entrance of Willis-Knighton Medical Center at 2600 Greenwood Road in Shreveport. A reception to further honor donors will be held afterwards at the WK Eye Institute Conference Center.
Willis-Knighton’s flag ceremony, now in its third year, helps LOPA promote awareness for donation and encourages people to become registered donors. Currently, more than 116,000 individuals are awaiting an organ transplant in the United States. In Louisiana alone, more than 1,600 people are waiting. A single donor has the potential to save nine lives, restore sight to two through cornea donation, and enhance the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation.
Hospitals throughout the state of Louisiana participate in National Donate Life Month celebrations and ceremonies with LOPA every April. Beginning April 1, 2013, hospitals across the state will implement a 30-day initiative to raise awareness about the critical need for individuals to register as organ, eye and tissue donors by participating in flag raising ceremonies, donor drives, and educational outreach.