Valentine Day's is National Donor Day

From Staff Reports

   Feb. 14 is National Donor Day, sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association, non-profit health organizations and participating Saturn retailers.
   The one-day event is designed to raise awareness and encourage blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donations.
   More than 80,000 patients are currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. An average of 16 people die every day because not enough organs are available to meet the need.
   Each year, approximately 30,000 patients will be diagnosed with leukemia or other blood diseases potentially treatable with marrow cell transplants. Only one in three will find a donor match within their family.
   Blood is typically in short supply during the month of February. Although 60 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood, only five percent do so.
   To raise awareness of the need for donation, Saturn is getting support from Chris Klug, a 1998 U.S. Olympic Team Alpine snowboarder who is expected to medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
   Eight years ago, Klug was diagnosed with a rare degenerative liver disease called primary scelrosing cholangitis. He underwent a liver transplant in July 2000 and he is now one of the top Alpine racers and the U.S. men's best chance to medal in Salt Lake City.
   For more information on Saturn National Donor Day, visit their Web site at www.saturnuaw.com or www.ena.org.