Today: Donate Life Ceremony to celebrate organ and tissue donations

Did you know a single donor can save up to eight lives? University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is honoring organ, eye, and tissue donor families and transplant patients who have received life-changing care throughout April, which is National Donate Life Month.

Alan Reed, MD, MBA, director, UI Organ Transplant Center

“We are very grateful that approximately 70 percent of adults in Iowa are registered organ and tissue donors,” said Alan Reed, MD, MBA, director, UI Organ Transplant Center. “Even so, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of donor organs. On average, 21 people die each day in the United States because the organs that could save their lives are not available.”

A Donate Life Ceremony to honor tissue, eye, and organ donor families and recipients will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in the Clasen Board Room (Elevator H, Level 1) in UI Hospitals & Clinics. The event is open to the public.

Watch live by visiting the UI Hospitals & Clinics Facebook page at 1 p.m.:

Tiffini and Bruce Brockway will discuss their decision to donate the organs and tissue of their son, Garrett, and the new group they formed called Pedal for Life, to help create awareness of the need for tissue and organ donation. A member of the group, John Gavin, will share his experience as a transplant recipient. Bridget Doughan, RN, a staff nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, will explain her role as a caregiver for donor patients.

“A single organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of 50 to 100 people, so we are deeply hopeful that more Iowans will agree to join the donor registry,” said Reed.

Learn more about becoming an organ and tissue donor at

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  1. I am sorry I will miss this. I have wanted to attend one of these ever since my husband passed in 2015, but have not had the courage to go. He was a donor and I still receive letters of those he has helped. Knowing he lives on and is helping others, helps me. I miss him, deeply, every day.

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