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CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 35 Organ donor's mother urges others to give Off of life Five people are enjoying a sec- ond chance at life because of the decision Timothy Layfield and his family made to donate his organs and tissue when he died suddenly at the age of 23. A strong support- er of organ and tissue donation, Anita Layfield, Tim's mother, hopes to save many more lives by simply sharing his story with other Delawareans. "Tim was such a generous per- son," said Anita. "Organ and tis- sue donation was a way to keep Tim's organs alive and to keep others alive." As a continuation of the Gift of Life Donor Program's statewide "Donate Life Online" campaign, Anita is currently featured on bill- boards throughout Delaware. The program's website, radio spot and brochure have been revised. In addition, a birthday mailer is sent to Delawareans as a reminder to renew their license, which includes an insert about register- ing to become an organ and tissue donor. The public education campaign is intended to increase organ and tissue donor awareness and encourage Delawareans to say yes to donation by adding the donor designation to their license or state ID card by simply going online to the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, www.donatelife- de.org. The secure website was launched in 2005 by the DMV to enable every Delawarean to regis- ter to become an organ and tissue donor by simply filling out an online form. "The online registry is an extremely powerful tool," said John Green, director of com- munity relations at the Gift of Life Donor Program. "It gives people a convenient way to say yes to sav- ing lives." Currently 38 percent of Delawareans are registered as organ and tissue donors. The Gift of Life Organ Donor Program would like to see this number increase to 45 percent by the end of 2008. There are more than 5,400 people in this region await- ing a lifesaving organ transplant. After a driver registers on the website, the DMV processes the forms and updates that individ- ual's DMV record to display the new donor designation. Donors will then receive a letter and a brochure in the mail confirming their donor designation. "Tim is a true hero," Anita said. "By donating his organs, he saved not one, but many lives." Anita Layfield and the Gift of Life Organ Donor Program hope that more Delawareans will register to become organ donors and make their license a license to heal. Since its founding in 1974, the Gift of Life Donor Program has served as the link between patients awaiting lifesaving trans- plants and donors, coordinating more than 25,000 vital organ transplants and tens of thousands Bayhealth holds grief support group meetings Bayhealth Medical Center's grief support group, for anyone who has lost a loved one, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the third Tuesday of every month, at the Milford Memorial Hospital chapel. Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend. To register, call Chaplain Connie Perry at 302-744-7187 or Bayhealth's Education Department at 302-744-7135 or toll-free at 877-453-7107. There is no fee. care- NO Exercise and TOPS meet at Post 28 The American Legion Post Unit 28 Auxiliary holds aerobic exercise classes at 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday, at the post on Route 24 in Millsboro. The low-impact aerobics are open to the general public. In conjunction with the exercise program, the auxiliary also sponsors a TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group that meets at 8 a.m., Thursdays, prior to aerobics. For information on the TOPS group call Marlene at 945-4009. For information on this and any other auxiliary program call 945-1673, Ext. 14. of tissue transplants. The Gift of Life Donor Program, one of the oldest of the 58 donor programs in the United States, is the primary source of information regarding all aspects of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the tri-state area that includes Walk Different! Think.! Healthy Shoes Natwaily beautut Deigned in Austria Ilehoboth bach, OE J-,'COMFORT'00' wwwAmlWu m 1elk c4=U aw -.4S Delaware, the eastern half of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. For more information on organ and tissue donation, contact the Gift of Life Donor Program toll- free at 1-800-DONORS-1 or at www.donors 1.org. =There's still ONLY ONE Mike Donohoe's Sterling Optical, Route 1 South in Rehoboth!" Coastal Highway Rehoboth (302) 226-8800 O 1,800.EYES.789 See Whot You're Missinq www.stedlny.com