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April 8, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY


WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER UNVEILS SYMBOLIC FLAG, PLANTS 7,900 PINWHEELS AT ANNUAL EVENT 


More than 100 volunteers will gather outside The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – MONDAY (4/13) – to create a vibrant presentation of 7,900 multi-colored pinwheels, each illustrating an organ transplant performed at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center since 1967. 

Beginning at 10 a.m., the first pinwheel will be planted and a new pinwheel flag will be raised during a brief ceremony on the front plaza of OSU Wexner Medical Center, 450 W. 10th Ave. Volunteers will plant the remaining pinwheels from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Reporters, photographers and videographers are invited to cover the event.

The pinwheels will be on display through the end of April, which is nationally recognized as Donate Life Month. Each pinwheel has eight spokes supported by one stem, symbolizing the power one person has to save up to eight lives through organ donation.

The pinwheel flag will be raised each time a patient at the Medical Center has donated their organs for a lifesaving transplant.

Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center, central Ohio’s only adult transplant center and one of the country’s largest transplant programs, has performed more than 7,900 transplants in nearly 50 years, including heart, lung, kidney, liver, kidney-pancreas and pancreas transplants. Each year, more than 250 patients receive the gift of life – a transplant at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

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Contact: Sherri Kirk, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or Sherri.Kirk@osumc.edu