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Portage Health to host A Quilt with Heart July 8

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Note: This was originally posted on: 07/07/2010 

HANCOCK — In conjunction with Portage Health's ongoing Organ Donor Drive, "A Quilt with Heart" presentation will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8 in the lobby of the main campus in Hancock.

The quilt is on short-term loan to Portage Health from Gift of Life Michigan in Ann Arbor. Each of the 25 squares on the quilt honors a Michigan individual who either chose organ donation at their end of life or whose families made the decision to donate their organs. In some cases, the families have provided information about their loved ones, and those stories also accompany the quilt.

"The quilt is a visual reminder of how anyone can have an impact on another's quality of life, even after their death," said Portage Health Organ Donor Drive Coordinator Karen Kelley. "Regardless of age, race, gender, nationality, occupation, achievements, how they lived or how they died, every one of these people were loved by someone they left behind, who honored their wishes to help someone else live a better life."

Portage Health President and CEO Jim Bogan will also provide an update on Portage Health's Organ Donor Drive, which began April 14 and will continue through the end of 2010.

Note: This was originally posted on: 07/07/2010 

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