To the Editor:
Modern medical marvels have opened a whole new world of life-giving transplants and donors that make these procedures possible.
Thousands of critically ill patients have not only been saved, but have returned to full health. McHenry is at the forefront of these breakthroughs with two organizations.
We have the annual Donna Frett Organ Donor Association, which annually raises thousands of dollars to benefit various programs and housing for those going through the transplant process. Also, we are home to the Transplant Support Group of Northern Illinois, which serves McHenry and surrounding counties, including Wisconsin. This group meets the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in a classroom at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
The meetings are informal, and, at times, have a guest speaker. The main object of this group is to lend support to transplant patients – pre or post – along with caregivers, family members, friends and anyone wishing to learn more about the subject or wishing to add to the group. At present, the group is composed of liver transplant, kidney transplant and lung transplant patients and their families.
Transplants are very nerve wracking and emotional times. Patients will have been seriously to critically ill before a suitable donor organ is found. In some cases, the patient dies before that happens. Therefore, any and all support is welcome and needed.
The group welcomes anyone with any interests to join them and contribute. You will find others who have gone through the same fears and stresses.