Press Release for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Saturn National Donor Day Encourages Life-Saving Donations


Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102



The University of North Florida’s Department of Health Promotion is hosting Saturn National Donor Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, on the UNF campus Green. This event is free and open to the public.

Everyone will have the chance to give from the heart in a special way just in time for Valentine’s Day. Come enjoy free food, drinks, entertainment and prizes. Information will also be available on organ and tissue donation, blood donation and joining the National Marrow Registry.

Saturn National Donor Day focuses on the need for life-saving donations. Our local community needs more than 350 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of our local hospitals; however, only 5 percent of the population chooses to donate blood, even though 60 percent of the population is eligible to give a donation.

Donating bone marrow as well as organs and tissue is another way to save a life. Joining the National Marrow Registry can potentially help people with diseases, such as leukemia, that are waiting for a successful marrow match.

More than 83,000 men, women and children are also currently awaiting life-saving organ transplants, while hundreds of thousands more are waiting for a tissue transplant to save or enhance the quality of their life. In Florida alone, over 3,000 individuals are in need of an organ transplant.

Saturn National Donor Day is the nation’s largest single-day donor awareness event. Hundreds of Saturn’s retailers host National Donor Day events in conjunction with their local blood centers, organ and tissue donor programs and many community organizations.

For more information about Saturn National Donor Day, contact Shelly Purser, UNF Department of Health Promotion, at (904) 620-1570 or Spurser@unf.edu.

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