Organ donation awareness group begins local meetings

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POINT PLEASANT — Each year, more and more gather people at Pleasant Valley Hospital to celebrate the gift of life through organ donation.

And now, a volunteer team with similar goals of spreading awareness on this topic hopes to be established in Point Pleasant.

CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education) will be hosting an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.

During the meeting, members will have a chance to share their stories, connect with one another, plan and organize local volunteer awareness events and receive on-going training from a CORE professional.

CORE is no stranger to Mason County and works each year with PVH to organize a special “Donate Life” ceremony in the hospital’s lobby, where those affected by organ donation share their stories. Locally, Brandy Barkey Sweeney, of Point Pleasant, is helping to bring these CORE meetings to Mason County. Sweeney, herself the recipient of a heart transplant, is a supporter of organ donation awareness and education.

According to CORE, it’s one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas.

CORE states: “With integrity and compassion, our goal is to bridge the gap between donor families, health care providers and transplant recipients so that we may forever transform lives.”

Its mission, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving lives through organ, tissue and cornea transplantation.

If you answer yes to the following questions, attending the meeting may be for you: Are you looking to spread awareness about organ donation right in your backyard? Do you want to get to know people near you who’ve also been affected by a life-saving transplant? Are you interested in being educated about the latest information and trends in organ procurement?

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