McCready Marks National Donate Life Month in April

On February 28, Daisy Butrim of the Living Legacy Foundation visited McCready Health in preparation for National Donate Life Month in April by providing an educational session for nursing staff.Living Legacy Foundation coordinates the organ, eye and tissue donation within the state of Maryland.

While she was here, Butrim recognized three McCready Health nurses for their roles in this life-saving process. Myra Friedley, RN (ED/OR); Laurie Ann Miller, RN (OR) and Laura Spence, RN (ED), received certificates and tokens of appreciation for assisting Legacy while working at McCready Health.

National Donate Life Month is observed to celebrate those who have received organ transplants, to recognize those who continue to wait, to honor donors and donor families, and to thank registered donors for giving hope. This year’s theme is “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” attributed to poet Maya Angelou.

More than 116,000 men, women and children await life-saving organ transplants, and approximately 4,000 of them are from Maryland. Nearly 8,000 people a year (22 people a day – almost one person per hour) die each year because organs they need are not donated in time.

Anyone can be a donor. Nearly one-third of all deceased donors are 50 or older and more than seven percent are age 65 or older. Your medical condition at your time of death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated.

To learn more about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit To register your decision to be a donor, visit

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