Keck Hospital of USC transplant recipient returns to celebrate 10 years of life thanks to organ donation
Former patient Bill Widen, who received a lung transplant 10 years ago at Keck Hospital of USC (then USC University Hospital), returns to the hospital in his special “Donate Life” car to celebrate with the medical professionals on his transplant team, show support for transplant recipients and donor families, and raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Keck Hospital of USC
Valet parking area in front of hospital
1500 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles CA 90033
Parking is available in the hospital parking structure with advance notice. Metered street parking is also available on surrounding streets.
Bill Widen, Ontario resident and lung transplant recipient
Richard Barbers, M.D., medical director, Lung Transplantation program, Keck Hospital of USC and member of Widen’s transplant team
Nurses, social workers and other staff from Widen’s transplant team
Bill Widen’s “Donate Life” Chevrolet Nova; Widen and faculty physicians and staff from Keck Medical Center of USC meeting and talking about his transplant 10 years ago.
April is Donate Life Month, encouraging people to sign up to become organ and tissue donors. To underscore that message, lung transplant donor Bill Widen is bringing his Chevrolet Nova, signed by hundreds of donor families across America, to Keck Hospital of USC. Ten years ago, Widen, at age 60 received a lung transplant at the hospital after suffering from emphysema. He doesn’t know the 18-year-old man whose lungs take in the air he breathes, but he demonstrates his gratitude by spreading the word about organ donation.
“How do you give back for this gift of life, this second chance?” he said. “You can’t say thank you enough.”
Widen will park his car in front of the hospital from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Members of his transplant team will be present at 11 a.m.
For more information about transplant programs at Keck Hospital of USC go to http://www.keckhospitalofusc.org/uscuh/services/transplant-programs
Please note this event is not open to the public.
Contact: Leslie Ridgeway at (323) 442-2823, (213) 200-8015 or firstname.lastname@example.org