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At Special Event at Harlingen Medical Center

Harlingen – Organ donation.  It is not a topic of conversation most people in the Rio Grande Valley engage in too often.  But, it is a very important topic of conversation since, here, in the Valley there is a high need for kidney transplants, 90%-plus high.  That’s a substantial amount of residents.  April is National Donate Life Month and Harlingen Medical Center has partnered with a very special San Benito resident to ensure organ donation is a topic of conversation – all in an effort to save lives.

Victor Blanco, a life-long resident of San Benito, is an organ recipient and he is on a mission to educate residents of the Valley on the importance of organ donation and the incredible impact it can have on one’s life, and family.

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“For me, it was a real Blessing from God.  It was a second chance at life,” said Blanco.  “I couldn’t believe that I was going to get a kidney after being placed on a recipient list and waiting for two years and four months.  It seemed like an eternity, but it finally happened, and boy was I grateful.”

Blanco will be the featured speaker at Harlingen Medical Center’s “Wear Blue and Green Day” observance event, scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Administration Classroom, in which the hospital will invite both employees, and the community, to come in and learn about organ donation, registering to be a donor, and the incredible impact the donation of an organ has on a recipient and their family. 

The Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) will also host an Organ Donor Registration Drive, at the hospital’s Main Lobby, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Those interested in the topic – may ask questions and register on-site to become an organ donor.

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