UMMC Celebrates Donate Life Month to Raise Awareness of Organ and Tissue Donation

For immediate release: April 02, 2014

Nearly 3,000 people in Maryland are currently waiting for an organ transplant, and they are depending on the selfless efforts of organ donors. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is supporting the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF) during April’s Donate Life month in its efforts to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

In 2013, the UMMC Division of Transplantation performed more than 400 transplant surgeries thanks to selfless donors and their families. No UMMC patient understands the selfless gift of organ donation and its life-saving abilities better than Pamela Nowell, a patient who received a simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplant in July 2013. Pamela, who spent most of her life with Type I Diabetes, is “eternally grateful” for the new lease on life that her SPK transplant has brought her. She no longer requires dialysis or has to keep a strict watch on her diet and sugar levels. She has effectively been cured of her Type I Diabetes.

UMMC encourages those who are not already registered as organ and tissue donors to consider the life-saving benefits of donation.

More than two million Marylanders have already made the decision to designate themselves as an organ donor, either through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration or the Maryland Donor Registry. For more information on organ, eye and tissue donation, please visit the Donate Life Maryland website at or call 866-MD-DONOR.