February 8th, 2010
Photo caption: Kent Wheeler, RN, NLH Director of Emergency Services, signs the Donate Now flag. Surrounding him is Linda and Greg Potter with their daughters Katie and Emmy. Greg Potter had a heart transplant in 2008. The family resides in New London.
To call attention to the over 105,000 Americans awaiting a life saving organ transplant, New London Hospital raised a Donate Life Flag on Monday, February 8.
Donate Life Flags Across New Hampshire is a companion project of the national Flags Across America initiative that is designed to demonstrate how people in the country have been touched by organ and tissue donation.
"Raising awareness of organ and tissue donation can help to save and enhance lives," said Bruce King, New London Hospital President & CEO. "As a regional health resource, we are pleased to highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation by flying a Donate Life flag."
The same Donate Life flag will fly successively at each of New Hampshire's acute care hospitals. As it tours throughout the state, the flag will be signed by each hospital CEO with the hospital's name. The project will culminate with a flag-raising at the state Capitol in April, which is Donate Life Month.
In addition to honoring the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ and tissue donation, the project invites the community to register as organ and tissue donors at