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Published in This Week on March 31, 2014

MORA to celebrate organ donation with event at UMMC

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Tuesday, April 1 to promote the start of National Donate Life Month. A ceremonial balloon release at noon on the State Street side of the UMMC campus adjacent to Parking Garage A will honor organ, eye and tissue donors from UMMC and celebrate the miracle of the organs transplanted at Mississippi’s only transplant center.  A first come, first serve picnic will follow the release. 

“We are excited to have this kickoff of National Donate Life Month at Mississippi’s transplant center,” said Kellie Wier, MORA co-director of hospital development. “With all the great things going on within the UMMC transplant program, we think this is a perfect way to start the largest month of celebration and awareness for the world of organ, eye and tissue donation.”

Nationally more than 121,000 Americans are awaiting lifesaving transplants and an average of 18 of those die each day waiting for a gift that never comes. To register as an organ and tissue donor go to

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