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"First Family Pledge" campaign in increase organ donation launched by ASTS

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS ASTS American Society of Transplant Surgeons
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) has launched a nationwide public education campaign aimed at increasing organ donation Organ donation is the removal of the tissues of the human body from a person who has recently died, or from a living donor, for the purpose of transplanting or grafting them into other persons.  by asking America's national leaders to publicly pledge to be organ donors. Outgoing ASTS President Ronald Ferguson Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson (born on October 10, 1931 – died on March 16, 2003) was the father of Sarah Ferguson, former wife to Prince Andrew. He is the maternal grandfather of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. , MD, unveiled the program during his presidential address at the ASTS Annual Meeting in Chicago last week.

"This initiative is a campaign designed to increase organ donation called the `ASTS First Family Pledge The Family Pledge of the Unification Church is an eight-part promise of church members to focus on God and His kingdom. Eight verses of the Family Pledge include the phrase "by centering on true love. ,'" Ferguson told meeting attendees. "The idea behind the First Family Pledge is to get America's leadership families - from the President and Vice President, on through the Cabinet, Members of Congress, Governors, Mayors - to sign a pledge, a contract if you will, with their families to donate their organs in the event of death to provide life for the loved ones loved ones nplseres mpl queridos

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 of others."

"In the course of the weeks and months ahead we are going to be asking Senators, Members of Congress, Governors and all those aspiring to public leadership to sign the pledge," Ferguson added.

Reg and Maggie Green, the northern California Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The region contains the San Francisco Bay Area, the state capital, Sacramento; as well as the substantial natural beauty of the redwood forests, the northern  family who donated the organs of their son Nicholas after he was killed in Italy, will chair the campaign.

The Greens were joined by Illinois gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State George Ryan and his wife in signing a giant replica of the ASTS First Family Pledge following Ferguson's address.

In addition to national leaders, the ASTS campaign will focus on enlisting America's leading companies as corporate supporters of the pledge, Ferguson said.

"One of the things we are going to ask them to do - in addition to providing financial support - is to encourage members of their corporate family to sign the ASTS First Family Pledge," he explained.

The first organization to join in the campaign was the United Resource Networks (URN (Uniform Resource Name) A name that identifies a resource on the Internet. Unlike URLs, which use network addresses (domain, directory path, file name), URNs use regular words that are protocol and location independent. ), an affiliate of the Minneapolis-based United HealthCare Corporation, the largest managed care company in the U.S.

"We look forward to bringing this important program to our employees as well as to the more than 34 million people United Resource Networks touches through its national transplantation network," said David McLean, URN's chief executive officer.
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 29, 1998
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