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R.I. Blood Center, Organ Donors Join Forces For National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month – celebrating the heroes who donate blood, donate bone marrow and donate organs.


The Rhode Island Blood Center, its marrow program, and many leading organ donation groups are joining together in April (National Donate Life Month) to increase awareness of the need for both blood and organ donors, and the use of blood products associated with many organ transplants. 

The idea is to encourage people across Rhode Island to consider donating blood, registering their bone marrow, and making sure you've signed up for organ donations after death. 

On Tuesday, April 2, there will be a press conference showcasing four people who have benefited from donations and transplants. 

  • Wendy Foley, a double lung transplant who used more than 150 blood products during her procedures. Wendy is from Bristol and is now training for the triatholon.
  • Ritchie Price, a kidney transplant, who is among Rhode Island’s premier musicians, 10 years as lead trumpet player with Lionel Hampton and a member of the National Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame. Ritchee received his transplant a year ago, and is now back playing trumpet.
  • Dawn Antaya, living liver donor, who is also the spokesperson for the local organ donor organization.
  • Representatives from Rhode Island Hospital’s transplant unit, organ donor groups, the Rhode Island Blood Center’s Marrow program, and Rhode Island Blood Center officials.

If you want to learn more, contact the Rhode Island Blood Center.

Russell Archambault March 29, 2013 at 10:29 PM
The state is already sucking the blood out of me. My ex took my heart, and I already sold my soul to the devil years ago, and Ive used up any dignity Ive once had. What ever is left when I'm dead, any of you people can fight over it.
Narragansett Mom March 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I am grateful the states Blood Center is so vigilant in recruiting heroes. My 14 year old son has had his life saved by all three: blood donors, to sustain him until the bone marrow transplant could be performed, a now more recently, an organ donor has stepped up. Words can not express my gratitude. My son now has the chance for a completely normal life. He will attend the high school this fall after having been out for two years overcoming medical issues. Please please register as an organ donor at the DMV. If you are ever fatally injured, and sustained on life support, realize that you simply can't take all your healthy organs with you ... but you can leave them behind to save others. Organ Donations from a single person's body (bone, blood, lung, heart, liver, kidney, skin, and eyes) can save multiple patients waiting to be saved or helped. I've told my family and friends to recycle and reuse any part of me if it can help others. It's a heroic and loving gift to leave behind. Encourage young folks in your family to become consistent, life-long donors of blood products and get their cheek swabbed to be added to the "Be The Match" for bone marrow. We hope to meet the marrow donor someday, who saved my son's life.
Stephen Weber March 30, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Gave my regularly scheduled double red cell donation yesterday .... Every 16 weeks ..... Makes me feel pretty good because you are literally saving someone's life every single time ya give and it only takes about an hour of your time...
susan r March 31, 2013 at 09:57 PM
It is a shame more people don't get involved, it doesn't take long and you can save a life.

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