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Donate Life Month celebrated at Warren General Hospital | News, Sports, Jobs

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Warren General Hospital, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education, transplant recipients, donor families and others gathered at the main entrance of Warren General Hospital for a celebration at 1 p.m. on March 28 to raise the Donate Life Flag.

Organ donation ended up running in Caleb Hultman’s family.

Pam Hultman, Caleb Hultman’s stepmother, was among the speakers this week at the Center for Organ Recovery and Education’s celebration at Warren General Hospital.

Hultman gave an emotionally charged speech about how much donation and transplants have affected her life — however, her story was specifically about her step-son, Caleb Hultman, who died in June 2020 at age 25 in an accident.

He decided to become an organ donor because of a family member’s gift of a heart, according to Pam Hutlman. Pam Hultman went on to describe Caleb Hultman’s childhood and teenage years in Warren and then his accident and what it was like to have a family member become a transplant donor, and save so many others’ lives.

National Donate Life Month is celebrated each April and the annual observance encourages organ donation awareness, as well as honoring previous organ donors and their families. The 2024 theme this April, designated each year by Donate Life America, was inspired by the shining stars in the night sky.

The Donate Life Flag raised at Warren General Hospital on March 28 flutters in the wind, reminding those passing by during the month of April to honor all those touched by donation and transplantation.

“Stars remind us that even on the darkest night there is light, and just as stars illuminate the night sky so does donation — giving life to so many,” said Christine Stone, a representative of CORE.

According to Stone, In 2023, CORE had a fifth record-breaking year with nearly 2,000 transplants and tissue donations were performed with specifically 229 of those at Warren General Hospital.

Next, the step-mother of a local donor from Warren, Pam Hultman, Last, a spry woman in dark glasses, spoke about how thankful she had become to those who decided to give the gift of donation when she became the recipient of a dual corneal transplant at Warren General Hospital. Due to the gifts she received, she can now see more clearly.

Hospitals across the whole of the United States fly the Donate Life flag in the month of April to signify their support for National Donate Life Month.

The Donate Life flag is meant to remind individuals to support donor individuals and to serve as a display of unity, remembrance and hope. The Donate Life flag was introduced in 2006.

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