Flag-raising ceremony honoring organ donors and recipients hosted by ECU Health

The ECU Health Medical Center is hosting a special event on Wednesday morning to honor organ donors and recipients, regardless of the weather conditions. Despite only about 50 percent of adults in North Carolina being registered organ donors, there are 3,000 people waiting for organ and tissue donations in the state, and over 100,000 people waiting nationally, according to the hospital.

As part of the “Pause to Give Life Event,” ECU Health will raise the Donate Life Flag at 10:08 a.m., followed by a 30-second moment of silence to recognize donors, their families, those waiting for donations, and recipients who have received the gift of life. The specific start time of 10:08 a.m. symbolizes that one donor can save eight lives. The event will take place at the ECU Health Medical Center flag pole at 2100 Stantonsburg Road.

In light of the weather conditions and a First Alert Weather Day, the hospital plans to have the flag-raising ceremony outside at the flag pole. However, if it is raining, the ceremony will be moved to the chapel at the hospital. This event aims to raise awareness about organ donation and encourage more people to register as organ donors.

By Aiden Johnson

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