Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was in Pekin today to honor Pekin Hospital for dedication to organ/tissue donation. An unveiling ceremony in honor of donor families and recipients was held near the hospital's main entrance.Secretary White showed the Secretary of State’s organ and tissue donation commercial, highlighting Vikki Tulcus, a long-time advocate of the organ/tissue donor program, who now finds herself in need of a kidney.
Nationally, more than 113,000 people are currently waiting for organ and tissue donations. In Illinois, more than five million people have signed up for the registry, but 300 people die each year waiting for a transplant. Locally, Pekin Hospital has been a leader in ongoing dedication and commitment to organ and tissue donation.