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Thousands of twinkle lights representing each renewed life at Banner Good Samaritan


PHOENIX (Feb. 23, 2012) – More than four thousand twinkle lights will be lighting up Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center tonight as the hospital hosts its first annual ‘Celebration of Life’ for transplant donors and recipients.

Featured during the event will be the ultimate story of paying it forward from a couple who participated in a ‘paired kidney exchange’ (involving multiple donors and recipients), as well as the heartwarming tale of a family who donated their loved ones organs, so others could live.

The special event also marks the opening of a new transplant unit at the hospital. The renovated rooms will make it easier for patients and their families to recover following a transplant.

“This new unit demonstrates the commitment Banner Good Sam has to the transplant community,” said Larry Volkmar, Chief Executive Officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. “Our staff is excited to show the community the special services we can offer to those needing transplant services.”

The storytelling begins at 6pm in the hospital’s Healing Garden, followed by an official candle lighting ceremony, involving nearly one hundred donors and recipients lighting up the night in a celebration of how transplant recipients and donors bring light to each other. 

And the highlight of the night-- more than four thousand twinkle lights will be shining in the hospital’s healing garden—each one representing every transplant performed a Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. BGSMC performed the state’s first kidney transplant in 1969 and was also the first to start offering liver transplants starting in 1983.  Banner Good Samaritan's Kidney Transplant Center was recently ranked #1 in the U.S. in a 2011 study funded by the National Institutes of Health (Konnectology).

Media are welcome to attend the event. Please contact Public Relations to arrange special parking.

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