Community Regional Medical Center Displays Wall of Hope in Celebration of Donate Life Month

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Award-winning exhibit highlights stories of families affected by organ and tissue donation

(Fresno, CA) April 2, 2018 – Donor Network West, the federally designated organ and tissue recovery organization for northern California and Nevada and Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Fresno announced that the hospital is hosting the Wall of Hope, a 20-panel traveling exhibit that features stories and photos of community members affected by organ and tissue donation.

April is National Donate Life Month, an observation dedicated to inspire individuals to register as organ and tissue donors and to pay tribute to those who have given the Gift of Life. The Wall of Hope exhibit, which opened on April 3, will remain on display at CRMC’s main lobby throughout the month.

Donor Network West’s first Wall of Hope was installed at a Central Valley hospital in 2012. The campaign put the organization on the national spotlight when it won the 2013 Platinum Pinnacle Award for best overall community initiative. The Pinnacle Awards, given annually by Donate Life America, recognize programs successful in inspiring more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors as well as establishing donation as the cultural norm.

The exhibit’s 2018 iteration once again highlights stories and photos of donor families as well as organ and tissue transplant recipients and their families. Among them are the Dickson and Amezcua families of Fresno. Carolyn Dickson depended on an oxygen tank to do any kind of activity until she received a double-lung transplant in 2016 that saved her life. German and Jessi Amezcua lost their son, Sebastian, ten years ago. Along with the sadness that his death brought, came hope, as he ultimately saved three lives through organ donation.

The Dickson and Amezcua families shared their stories at the official exhibit unveiling at CRMC on April 3.

The Wall of Hope at CRMC.
The Wall of Hope at CRMC.

Nearly 1,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Fresno County. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others. Anyone can register as a donor at DonorNetworkWest.org or at the DMV.

About Donor Network West
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. The organization was established in 1987, and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 40 counties in northern California and Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries. For information, visit DonorNetworkWest.org and find us on social media: @mydnwest