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University of Louisville Hospital and Jewish Hospital Honor Organ Donors & Recipients - Archived



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University of Louisville Hospital and Jewish Hospital Honor Organ Donors and Recipients
Father of organ donor to take part in event with donor’s recipients

April is Donate Life Month, and representatives from University of Louisville Hospital and Jewish Hospital, both part of KentuckyOne Health, are joining together with organ donors, transplant recipients and their families to honor those who have given the gift of life through organ donation. The Donate Life event will include a walk, flag raising ceremony, and comments from physicians and a donor family. Hospital employees and guests will also have the opportunity to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. This event also falls on “National Donate Life Blue & Green Day,” which is designed to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

Donate Life event honoring organ donors, transplant recipients and their families

Friday, April 21, 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

University of Louisville Hospital (Donor Garden)
530 S. Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

(Brief welcome and flag raising ceremony at University of Louisville Hospital before participants walk to Jewish Hospital, 200 Abraham Flexner Way, for program).

Michael Chumbler, father of organ donor Kam Chumbler
Recipients who were given Kam Chumbler’s liver, lungs and pancreas
Joe Gilene, President, Jewish Hospital and downtown market leader for KentuckyOne Health
Leslie Buddeke Smart, Division Vice President of Development, KentuckyOne Health
Victor Van Berkel, MD, surgical director, Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville Lung Transplant Program
Glen Franklin, MD, Trauma Surgeon, University of Louisville Physicians
Paul O’Flynn Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

Following a brief welcome at University of Louisville Hospital and flag raising, guests, transplant recipients and donor families will walk together to Jewish Hospital, where a program will follow. Michael Chumbler, who donated his son Kam’s organs, will be available to talk to media. Kam Chumbler, a member of the McCracken County basketball team, died in 2015 at the age of 20 as a result of an accidental gunshot wound.

Recipients who were given Kam’s liver, lungs and pancreas will also be in attendance and are available to speak to media upon request.

Publish date: 

Thursday, April 20, 2017