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Organ Donation to be Focus of Panel Discussion

Participants at the Sept. 30 event include DYC Health Services Administration and Unyts.

Buffalo, New York – September 24, 2014 – More than 20,000 organ transplants take place every year in the United States, with a vast majority coming from deceased donors. The demand for organs greatly exceeds the supply available.

A panel discussion on “The Gift of Life” will be held Tuesday, September 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Kavinoky Theatre on the campus of D’Youville College.

Panelists include Christina Joyce '10, a DYC Health Services Administration graduate in Health Education and Operations (BS). Joyce serves as a DYC Alumni Association board member and Quality Coordinator at Unyts. Also speaking are May Rhinehart RN, Manager of Organ Services at Unyts and transplant coordinator at ECMC; Tom Jasinski, pancreas & kidney transplant recipient; and Rev. Jeff Carter, faith leader, donor family member, living kidney and platelet donor.

Sponsored by the Health Services Administration Department at D’Youville and Unyts, WNY’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center the discussion will focus on the life-savings gifts of organ, eye, tissue and blood donations.

Unyts, headquartered in downtown Buffalo, is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States and one of the only eight centers nationwide to house organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location. Serving the eight counties of Western New York, Unyts operates as a nonprofit and works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding transplantation.

The discussion is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


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