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BBC TO DOCUMENT ACTIVITIES OF REGIONAL ORGAN DONOR PROGRAM

 BBC TO DOCUMENT ACTIVITIES OF REGIONAL ORGAN DONOR PROGRAM
 Transplant Recipients Hit the Streets in Philadelphia;
 Family of Slain Prosecutor to Be Honored
 PHILADELPHIA, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A crew from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is in Philadelphia this week to document the activities of the Delaware Valley Transplant Program (DVTP), the regional organ donor program, as part of a news documentary on kidney transplants and the organ procurement process.
 The BBC crew will film volunteers and staff of DVTP while on the streets in Center City today, distributing organ donor cards as a part of National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week programs. The volunteers will be out today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. around City Hall, JFK Plaza, 10th and Market streets and 15th and Market streets distributing organ donor cards.
 Tomorrow, April 22, at 10 a.m., DVTP will participate in a ceremony at the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office in Mt. Holly, N.J., to honor the parents of Richard Barbour Jr., an assistant prosecutor who was murdered in Philadelphia a year ago while withdrawing money from a MAC machine. Barbour's organs were donated to four other individuals.
 The ceremony and donor card distribution are part of several donor awareness activities being held in the region. There are more than 1,100 people awaiting organ transplants in the Delaware Valley region. For many, their only hope for survival is the family who gives consent to organ donation upon the death of a loved one.
 More than 700 organ transplants were performed in this region last year, making the Philadelphia area one of the largest centers for transplantation in the world. There were 201 organ donors in the region last year, more than any other region in the nation.
 The BBC program is focusing on kidney transplantation with an emphasis on proposed financial incentives to increase the rates of donation. Prior to Philadelphia, the producers of the program have traveled to Oman, India and China documenting the sale of kidneys for transplant.
 It is against the law to buy or sell organs for transplant in the United States; however, recent debate has focused on financial incentives or "death benefits" to encourage more people to give consent to organ donation.
 For information, contact Kevin Sparkman at 800-543-6391.
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