Annual ceremony pays tribute to organ donors

On January 1, Penn State Hershey Medical Center sponsored a rose on the “Rose Parade Donate Life America” float for each organ donor who gave the gift of life at the hospital between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. At a ceremony on March 9 on the Medical Center campus, individuals representing those donors received a live rose symbolizing their loved one’s gift.

Dozens of people representing 15 donors from across central Pennsylvania attended the Organ Donor Remembrance Ceremony. The annual event is coordinated by Medical Center staff and the Gift of Life Donor Program.

The speakers at Sunday’s ceremony include Bill and Christine Hankee, the parents of an organ donor; and Wes Mallicone, a liver transplant recipient. Representatives of the Medical Center and the Gift of Life Donor Program were also on-hand.

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Last Updated March 13, 2014