For Immediate Release…


Sarah Diina (Unyts) at 716.400.7249 /

Peter Cutler (ECMC) at 716-898-6505 /   


Joe Cirillo (ECMC) at 716.898.4300 /


Unyts and ECMC Kick-Off Donate Life Month

WHAT: Unyts and ECMC to emphasize importance of “Donate Life Month” (April)

The Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care at ECMC is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to comprehensive patient care.  Unyts is WNY’s ONLY organ, eye, tissue and community blood center.  Together, Unyts and ECMC are teaming up to launch “Donate Life Month.”  New York State currently has the lowest donor registry rate in the United States.  It’s important that ECMC and Unyts continue to collaborate and concentrate on increasing the community’s knowledge and understanding about the need for donation and transplantation.

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

News Conference; Donor Wall Plaque Dedication during Reception to follow

WHO: Emcee-Phyllis Murawski, VP, Transplant Program, ECMC; Rev. Dr. James Lewis, Director, Pastoral Care, ECMC; Mark Simon, President & CEO, Unyts; Rocco Venuto, MD, Medical Director, Renal Transplant and Director, Chronic Kidney Disease Program, ECMC; James Hereth, MD, Pulmonologist, Kaleida Health; Deanne Mills, Donor Family; Tom Noonan, Kidney Recipient; Jeff Carter, waiting for a kidney transplant.

WHERE: ECMC, Main Hospital area/entrance, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY

WHY: To recognize those who have donated organs and to create greater awareness of the need for organ donation. There are currently over 118,000 people waiting in the U.S., and 10% of these people are from New York.


Suggested ARRIVAL by 1:45 P.M. at the ECMC Main Hospital Entrance, REPORT to FRONT DESK to REQUEST ESCORT to event location. 

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