“April is National Donate Life Month, and we couldn’t think of a better time to unveil this new partnership,” said President and COO Alan Mattson. “Organ donation is a significant issue that has touched many lives, mine included. We are proud to share in Legacy of Life Hawaii’s goal of promoting a ‘donation-friendly America’ by fostering organ donation education and offering new opportunities for individuals to register as donors.”
Organ donation saved Mattson’s father-in-law’s life. After being on dialysis for several years and in poor health, he received a kidney through the efforts of Legacy of Life Hawaii.
“We are excited to partner with Castle Resorts & Hotels to encourage more people to register as organ and tissue donors,” said Legacy of Life Hawaii President and CEO Stephen A. Kula, PhD, NHA. "As the number of people in need of transplants continues to grow, it is critical that we increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors to save and heal lives, in Hawaii and across the United States.”
Legacy of Life Hawaii is the only organization in Hawaii that is federally designated to recover organs for transplant. The mission of the nonprofit is to save and enhance lives through recovering organs and tissues for transplant; encourage organ donation through community outreach and education; and honor and support organ donors and their families. Its staff works very closely with the hospitals in Hawaii to promote the importance of organ donation and its impact on the general community.
Patients needing transplants outnumber donors. There are more than 118,000 people awaiting an organ transplant in the U.S., including 438 in Hawaii. Every week, more than 100 people on the national transplant waiting list die because no organ is available. On a daily basis, 79 Americans receive lifesaving organ transplants and thousands more benefit from cornea and tissue transplants. These extraordinary gifts have been generously donated by ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds who took just a few minutes in a busy day to indicate their decisions to become organ and tissue donors.
To register to be an organ and tissue donor, please visit www.LegacyofLifeHawaii.org.
ABOUT LEGACY OF LIFE HAWAI‘I
Legacy of Life Hawai'i is a nonprofit organization and the only organization in Hawai'i federally designated to recover organs and tissue for transplant. Founded in 1987 to serve the people of Hawaii, Legacy of Life Hawai‘i’s mission is to save and enhance lives through recovering organs and tissue for transplant, encourage organ donation through community outreach and education, and honor and support organ donors and their families. For more information, call (808) 599-7630 or visit www.LegacyofLifeHawaii.org.
ABOUT CASTLE RESORTS & HOTELS
Castle Resorts & Hotels was founded in 1988 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Castle Group, Inc. Headquartered in Honolulu, Castle manages a broad portfolio of guest accommodations including value/economy hotels, full-service hotels, spacious all-suite condominium resorts, luxury villas and vacation rentals in the Hawaiian Islands on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai and Hawaii, and in New Zealand on the North Shore of Auckland. To learn more or to make a reservation, visit www.castleresorts.com or call (800) 36