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Celebrate World Kidney Day

Get screened for chronic kidney failure

Date: March 8, 2012

Location: Cathedral Housing Community Room
1472 Washington Street

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Contact: Kendall Maggi at 800-542-0001

Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation Serving New England


Some people are afraid to register as donors because of misperceptions and myths.

MYTH The doctors will not work as hard to save my life.
FACT The first priority of a doctor is to save your life — not someone else’s. The doctor in charge of your care has nothing to do with transplantation. Organ and tissue donation isn’t even considered or discussed until after death is declared.
MYTH I’m too old to donate. No one could use my organs.
FACT There is no age limit on donation. The quality of the organ — not age — is the deciding factor.
MYTH My family would prefer an open casket funeral.
FACT There are no visible signs of organ or tissue donation. The donor’s body is clothed for burial.
MYTH My family will be charged if I donate my organs.
FACT Costs for organ removal go to the transplant recipient.

Age is not a factor

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration