Aspirus Wausau Hospital is holding a special donor remembrance ceremony on Sunday to honor those who have given the gift of life through organ, tissue and eye donation. The public is invited to attend.
The ceremony will be held at the Robert W. Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau from 2-4 p.m. On May 19. During the ceremony, a birch tree will be planted in memory of donors everywhere. All participating donor families may also plant a fern in honor of their loved one.
The ferns will be planted in the Memory Grove, which is the first stage of a 15-year, multi-phase project to make the Monk Gardens the only botanical gardens in central Wisconsin.
This event is a collaborative effort between Aspirus, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Donate Life Wisconsin and UW Organ and Tissue Donation.
Since 2005, 47 Aspirus Wausau Hospital patients have donated 145 organs. This year, Aspirus received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Silver Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for the seventh consecutive time. The Silver Medal of Honor recognizes hospitals that achieve at least a 75 percent organ donation rate from eligible donor families and a 10 percent donation after cardiac death rate in a consecutive 12-month period.