Nearly 700 Lives Saved, More Healed

The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) serves Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York. In their service area they represent five million people, seven transplant centers and one hundred and fifty hospital partners. In 2021, they had a third consecutive record breaking year saving nearly 700 lives.

Who is CORE?

The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) is a nonprofit organization that facilitates organ, tissue and cornea donation throughout the region. They broke records across several donation categories in 2021 through the community’s generosity.

Giving Older Donors a Chance

The organization made possible nearly 700 life-saving organ transplants, all thanks to its selfless, record-breaking 325 organ donors. Of those donors, 10 were over the age of 75, a group that is often overlooked for donation. This number is the highest the region has ever seen, marking a 67% increase over 2020.

CORE contributed to the increase by encouraging a case-by-case approach to donor evaluation. The aim is to give more individuals the ability to give the gift of life, including older donors. The most notable of these donors was Cecil F. Lockhart of Welch, West Virginia, who in May 2021 became the oldest organ donor in U.S. history at 95. The recipient of his liver, a woman in her 60s, continues to do well.


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“As we continued to persevere amid the pandemic in 2021, we leaned heavily on our hospital partners to make this record-breaking year possible,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “The combined efforts of their teams and our own, along with the generosity of our donors and their families who said yes to organ donation, gave hundreds of recipients a second chance at life. We hope to help even more people together in 2022 – more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant depend on it. A commitment to pursuing ‘every donor, every time’ is our promise to make that goal possible.”

Saving Lives

“I can ride roller coasters, I can dance, I can run, I can do anything I set my heart to. Truly the sky’s the limit”, said Faith, who was the recipient of a heart donation through CORE.

Stories like that happen every day through the generous gifts given by donors. In addition to lives saved, CORE also facilitated the healing of nearly 100,000 lives. Giving people a second chance with cornea, tissue, and skin transplants.

Make the Pledge for Life

Even with CORE’s record-breaking year, the need for donors remains critical. A new person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. Nearly 2,600 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia alone. Yet, only half of Pennsylvanians and a third of West Virginians are registered as organ donors.

A single donor can save the lives of eight others and heal many more. Registering as an organ, tissue and cornea donor is the most important thing you can do. Be a hero to one of the 112,000 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

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