Hartford HealthCare's Walk with a Doc Donate Life Day June 22 in New Britain
[June 18 2013] -
Hartford HealthCare's next Walk with a Doc will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at Walnut Hill Park, New Britain. This special event, Walk with a Doc Donate Life Day, will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from Rekha Singh, M.D., surgeon, who will talk about the value of organ and tissue donation. Participants will also have an opportunity to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor through Life Choice Donor Services.
More than 117,000 people are on the national organ transplant waiting list, according to LifeChoice Donor Services, Inc. And largely due to the rarity of donation opportunities, only about 28,000 organs are transplanted each year.
Hartford HealthCare is one of 10 Walk with a Doc program sites nationwide participating in the June 22 Walk with a Doc Donate Life Day event. Walk sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. New participants will receive a hat and pedometer; each walker will receive a water bottle. To register, or for more information, please visit www.hartfordhealthcare.org/walkwithadoc or call 1-877-914-WALK.
Hartford HealthCare's Walk with a Doc is part of Just Walk!, a Walk with a Doc program that hosts free community walks at area parks that are led by doctors and stress the benefits of exercise while providing health tips. Hartford HealthCare's Walk with a Doc program includes MidState Medical Center and HOCC. June event host is The Hospital of Central Connecticut. Sponsor is HPC Foodservice.
LifeChoice Donor Services, Inc. is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts with a combined population of 2.2 million people. The OPO serves 23 acute care hospitals for organ and tissue donation and two organ transplant hospitals, Hartford Hospital and Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass. LifeChoice Donor Services is a member in good standing of the United Network of Organ Sharing and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. For LifeChoice information and to join the Donor Registry, visit www.lifechoiceopo.org or call 1-800-874-5215.