Support group reaches out for organ donors
By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sixteen people in Pennsylvania will die today waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.
That's despite a 26 percent increase in donations in 1999 in western Pennsylvania, an area served by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), a nonprofit group that promotes organ, tissue and corneal donation.
As part of the ongoing effort to educate Pennsylvanians on organ and tissue donation, CORE and a Franklin County organ donation support group will observe Organ Donation Awareness Week, which begins Sunday.
CORE plans to pass out organ donor cards and green ribbon pins that symbolize organ donation awareness.
Between 15 and 20 people attend the monthly support group meetings at Chambersburg Hospital, which began in 1991.
Ron and Donna Ocker helped establish the group following Ron Ocker's successful liver transplant.
"When Ron had his transplant, there was no support group in the area," Donna Ocker said. "There was no one to turn to."