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Knights field hockey holds organ donor drive

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The Saint Michael's College field hockey team is helping community members sign up to become organ donors this week, organizing a drive in the Alliot Student Center that concludes on Thursday between 12 and 1:30 p.m. through Donate Life America.

The field hockey program's connection with the Donate Life America program is twofold, as Maureen Eddy, a local teenager who has been paired with the squad through Team IMPACT, is afflicted with cystic fibrosis. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, nearly 2,800 people with the disease have received lung transplants since 1990. The Purple Knights became affiliated with Donate Life America through the work of sophomore Monica Miles (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy), who became interested in getting the team involved after her cousin donating organs upon his death.

According to Donate Life America, one donor has the potential to affect 50 lives, and there are currently nearly 124,000 men, women and children awaiting organ transplants in the United States. There were 28,953 organ transplants performed from 14,257 donors in 2013, as well as more than 47,000 corneal transplants. More than one million tissue transplants are performed each year, with a need for the tissue on the rise. For more facts and figures, including daily updates, visit the United Network For Organ Sharing's website at http://unos.org/.

Those interested can register to become an organ donor not only in Alliot on Thursday and at their local motor vehicle registry, but also online, at http://www.donatelifenewengland.org for those living in New England and http://www.donatelife.net for those out of region.

Courtesy: Saint Michael's Athletics

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