During the month of August, the Agawam Public Library will display a panel of Loving Squares, a quilt sponsored by LifeChoice Donor Services (LifeChoice), the organ procurement organization serving counties in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Each square on the quilt was hand-stitched by local families to commemorate the lives of their loved ones who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
In 2002, LifeChoice started the local quilt to offer families a meaningful way to commemorate their loved ones. The last stitch on the quilt will remain open, as the quilt will never be finished. On the quilt, there are lyrics to songs, birth and death dates, photographs, drawings, and remnants of a wedding dress…all held together to share an important message with the community—that one decision can save lives.
“The quilt reminds us that organ and tissue donation is a precious gift from people within our community. Anyone can donate, and everyone should consider their decision to become registered donors. It is important for people to understand that donation saves lives, and those who choose to donate are heroes,” says Caitlyn Bernabucci, Public Education Specialist, LifeChoice Donor Services. There has never been a more important time for people to consider registering as organ and tissue donors—over 1,200 people are currently waiting for a transplant in Connecticut (over 3,000 people are currently waiting for a transplant in Massachusetts). Information about registering as an organ and tissue donor online at Donate Life New England (www.donatelifenewengland.org) is also available at the library.
LifeChoice Donor Services, Inc. is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts with a combined population of 2.2 million people. The OPO serves twenty-three acute care hospitals for organ and tissue donation and two organ transplant hospitals, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
CONTACT: CAITLYN BERNABUCCI, LIFECHOICE DONOR SERVICES, 860-286-3120 email@example.com