Letters to the editor

Apr. 26, 2013 @ 07:25 PM

Organ donation saves lives

This year our Legislature and Governor McCrory passed Duffy’s Law, establishing April as Organ Donation Awareness/Donate Life Month in our state. Durham County's Board of County Commissioners also issued a proclamation in support of Donate Life Month. Registering as an organ donor is non-partisan and we are grateful to many state and local elected leaders who support this educational campaign.  

National Donate Life Month commemorates those whose lives have been touched by donation and transplantation. We honor the lives of donors and their families who have given the ultimate gift of life. We recognize individuals and their families who wait for life-saving or enhancing transplants and the many medical professionals who facilitate the process. April is when we renew our commitment to saving lives and increasing awareness. 

Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor, either at the DMV when you get your license or ID card or online at DonateLifeNC.org, is one of the most important legacies you can leave. One donor can save up to eight lives and improve the quality of life for more than 50 others. 

Learn more at DonateLifeNC.org and discuss your wishes with your family. You have the power to save lives.


Sharon Hirsch, Executive Director

Donate Life North Carolina



Appreciative of attention for MomsRising event

I was delighted to see coverage of our MomsRising event with the giant Chutes and Ladders game featured on your front page.

During this time of massive cuts to programs that help children learn and grow up to become strong workers for North Carolina's economy, we just cannot talk about this issue enough. This is why MomsRising is bringing our giant game to multiple counties across the state in an effort to encourage citizens to call their legislators and tell them that early learning programs are vital to ensure a bright future for our state.
I also wanted to give a huge thanks to White Rock Child Development Center for hosting our event. Their staff was extremely gracious and flexible in allowing us to use their fellowship hall and we are so grateful that they were able to join us in speaking out in support of the children in our community.


Felicia Willems