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Gift of Life Breaks National Record for Life-Saving Organ Donations
Date:1/12/2010

Coordinating Highest Number of Donors Continues Organization's Role of Leading OPO in U.S.

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ron Boris Jr. waited over four years for one phone call – a call that would save his life.  After years of serious cardiac issues, Boris was placed on the heart transplant waiting list in late 2004 in the hopes of receiving his gift of life.  That second chance arrived on April 25, 2009, thanks to the generosity of a donor and donor family.

"I have never enjoyed life more than I have since receiving my new heart," Boris, of Auburn, PA, said.  "I learned not to take anything for granted and live every moment the best I can."

Gift of Life Donor Program – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – announced that 439 individuals gave gifts of life through organ and tissue donation in 2009, making this region the most generous in the U.S. and setting a new national record.  

The gifts given by those 439 generous organ donors allowed Gift of Life to coordinate a total of 1,114 life-saving transplants over the course of the year. With nearly 10 million people in this region, Gift of Life's procurement of 44 donors-per-million-population ranks among the highest in the world.

Transplants like Boris's can only occur through the generosity of donors and their families, who make the decision to save or enhance lives through organ and tissue donation.  In 2009, this was a decision Nadine Faulkner, of Atlant
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