May 1, 2003

MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Blum
PHONE: 410-955-1534
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Johns Hopkins Honors Organ Donors at May 4 Ceremony

About 75 people who have donated organs for transplant surgeries at Johns Hopkins will be honored in a ceremony at the hospital on Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m.

Former kidney transplant patients Shelley Minch and Wendy Voss of Wilmington, Del., will give the keynote address. The two became close friends shortly after Voss' son died in 1998. When Minch needed a kidney transplant, Voss volunteered and was found to be a perfect match. Their surgeries were in September 1999, and both women are now advocates for organ transplantation.

Donors will be presented with "Gift of Life" pins and certificates of appreciation during the event, to be held in the courtyard behind the Phipps Building, 600 N. Wolfe St.

Since the last ceremony of this kind in 1998, more than 500 people have donated kidneys or part of their livers to relatives, friends or total strangers. Donors attending the ceremony hail from as far away as Florida and West Virginia. Those who cannot attend the ceremony will receive certificates by mail.