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Finley in Dubuque flies "Donate Life" flag

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Dubuque, IA  - Finley Hospital, along with 60 Iowa hospitals (half of the hospitals in Iowa) and thousands across America, have made a commitment to fly the Donate Life Flag during the month of April. The Donate Life America mission is to serve as a national voice and inspire all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Locally, the Iowa Donor Network is spearheading this campaign and inviting Iowans to view these flags locally and to register their intentions to be donors by visiting www.IowaDonorRegistry.org . Individuals who want to donate organs or tissue can also indicate this desire in their will or when they register for or renew their driver's license.

"We hope displaying the Donate Life Flag at Finley will make people stop, take notice, and take action to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor," says Karen Sabers, RN and volunteer Organ Donor liaison at Finley.  "A donor gives others a valuable gift -- the gift of life."

Sabers conducts approximately 20 Organ Donor Awareness Classes for junior high and high school students annually. "People need to be aware of their loved one's decision to donate so their wishes can be upheld. This way, family members won't need to make those decisions at a stressful time."  states Sabers.

About Iowa Donor Network:
Iowa Donor Network is the non-profit organization that operates as the primary contact for organ, tissue and eye donation services for the state of Iowa. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has certified Iowa Donor Network to function as the single organ procurement agency serving the state of Iowa.  Iowa Donor Network also serves as the tissue recovery agency for the state.  Iowans can consent to organ, tissue and eye donation prior to death by joining the Iowa Donor Registry (www.IowaDonorRegistry.org).

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