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Editorial: Rose Garden Rededication Celebrates Organ Donation

On Saturday, Sept. 22 the Rose Garden at Eisenhower Park will be rededicated, as part of the Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization’s (LITRIO) annual ceremony to recognize and honor organ donors and donor families. The opening ceremony begins at noon near parking field 6 in the park.

I recently made the effort to check that little box on my driver’s license to indicate that I am a willing participant in the organ donation program. It was simple and could enhance the quality of life for dozens. Thousands of people die each year waiting for vital organs. My gesture could also one day save a life. In addition, something that I have not done yet is also indicating my organ donation intentions in the language of my will.

The ceremony on Sept. 22 is an extension of the organization’s “Truly the Gift of Life – Organ Donation” campaign that began in August. Among the speakers will be elected officials and health care professionals, donor families and organ and tissue recipients.

For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

— CH