Did You Know?
One donor can save or improve the lives of as many as 75 people through organ and tissue donation.
On Dec. 16, 2009, NFL wide receiver Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals suffered fatal injuries after falling from a moving vehicle while visiting friends and family in Charlotte. In the wake of the tragedy, Henry's mother, Carolyn Glaspy, decided to donate his organs.
Ms. Glaspy's brave decision in her time of grief meant life for four men and women awaiting organ transplants. The story of their reunion just 11 months later was profiled in a CBS Sports NFL Today feature. Watch this moving account on Carolinas HealthCare's YouTube Channel.
Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is the only transplant center in the region, performing nearly 200 organ transplants per year. Thanks to the skill of the staff, a caring attitude and the latest in technology, patients awaiting transplants generally experience a shorter waiting time than average for each of the organ-specific programs offered.
CMC works collaboratively with LifeShare of the Carolinas, its organ recovery partner. Both organizations are federally designated members of the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network.
LifeShare, a not-for-profit organization, facilitates transplants throughout 22 counties in southwestern North Carolina, serving as the link between patients who need transplants and the donors who make those transplants possible. LifeShare works closely with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) which maintains the national transplant database.
UNOS manages the nation's organ transplant system and ensures that its strict guidelines are met and enforced. For patients and donors, this means that all patients are given a fair chance to receive an organ transplant regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle or financial/social status.
Learn more at LifeShare of the Carolinas website.