Carondelet Health Network celebrates National Donate Life Month with flag-raising to honor donors

Apr 11, 2022

TUCSON – Carondelet Health Network has teamed up with Donor Network of Arizona throughout April in recognizing National Donate Life month, to build awareness about the ability of organ and tissue donors to heal and save lives.

There are more than 1800 people in Arizona waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

Last year at Carondelet Health Network, organ donors saved 35 lives and improved the quality of life for many others, including restoring sight to 38 people and healing countless more through tissue donation.

To honor the generosity of donors and their families, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital will hold ceremonies for raising the Donate Life flag. Staff will gather in front of the hospitals to honor the generous donors who have given the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. A donor family member will share what donation has meant to them.

“The need remains great despite a growing awareness that has led more than 4.2 million Arizonans to say yes to the gift of life,” said Dawn Curry, donor program coordinator with Donor Network of Arizona. “It takes less than a minute to register. It’s a simple act of generosity that touches so many others.”

“We are so humbled by the generosity of those families who have made the choice to extend the gift of life to others,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, market chief executive officer for Carondelet Health Network. “We are proud to have been a part of the positive impact to dozens of lives last year with organ donation.”

There is cause for hope: In Arizona in 2021, a record-breaking 315 organ donors saved 790 lives. Carondelet Health Network is proud to participate in Donate Life Month to honor the gift of donation and raise awareness about the benefits of donor registration.

Arizonans can register for organ, cornea and tissue donation at or by checking the donor box when applying for or renewing their driver license or state ID.

The flag raising ceremony will take place at:

St. Joseph’s Hospital
Monday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m.

St. Mary’s Hospital
Tuesday, April 19 at 7:45 a.m.

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