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Death leads to life-saving gifts

Dieter-Robinsons talk about organ donations Saturday


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Forest Grove residents Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11, have a square on the Threads of Life quilt created by Donate Life Northwest, a nonprofit that promotes organ donation. Abigails organs were donated after she and her sister died in October.The Dieter-Robinson family is inviting local residents to join them and Donate Life Northwest at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, for a free “afternoon of healing and education” at Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane.

Donate Life Northwest is a nonprofit that aims to save and enhance lives by promoting organ, eye and tissue donation.

Susan Dieter-Robinson and Tom Robinson hope members of the community will attend the event to remember their daughters, Abigail, 11, and Anna, 6, “as well as learn more about the gift of life given through organ, eye and tissue donation,” said spokesperson Karen Werstein.

Susan and Tom will open the event by talking about their daughters and the experience of donating Abigail’s organs after she and Anna “went to heaven” in October.

In Oregon, 74 percent of adults are already registered to become donors — more than 2.2 million people, Werstein said.

But there are 120,000 patients on the national organ-transplant waiting list, which grows daily.

And not everyone gets a transplant in time. Each day, 18 Americans die waiting for one.

Donated body parts must match the physical specifications of the waiting patients, which number more than 3,000 in Oregon and Washington, Werstein said. According to Donate Life Northwest, one organ and tissue donor can help more than 50 people.

RSVP for the free event to Aimee Adelmann at adelmaai@ohsu.edu or 503-494-7836.

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