April 23, 2024 2:54 pm
Flag-raising ceremony honoring organ donors and recipients hosted by ECU Health

The ECU Health Medical Center is hosting the “Pause to Give Life Event” on Wednesday morning, honoring organ donors and recipients. Despite only about 50 percent of adults in North Carolina being registered organ donors, there are 3,000 people waiting for organ and tissue donations in the state, and over 100,000 people waiting nationally.

The event will include a flag-raising ceremony at the ECU Health Medical Center flag pole at 2100 Stantonsburg Road. At 10:08 a.m., the Donate Life Flag will be raised, followed by a 30-second moment of silence to recognize donors, their families, those waiting for donations, and recipients who have received the gift of life. The specific start time of 10:08 a.m. symbolizes that one donor can save eight lives.

In light of the weather conditions and a First Alert Weather Day, the hospital plans to have the flag-raising ceremony outside at the flag pole. However, if it is raining, the ceremony will be moved to the chapel at the hospital. This event aims to raise awareness about organ donation and encourage more people to register as donors.

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