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Astellas and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Need for More Organ Donors in Illinois
Date:4/19/2013

, as well as the national transplantation and organ donation community.

"Astellas has been committed to the transplant community for more than 20 years and is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for organ donation," said James Robinson , President, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. "We're excited to work with Gift of Hope to raise awareness about organ donation in Illinois. Through initiatives like today's proclamation, we're educating the public on the important role donors play in giving others a second chance at life."

Becoming an organ donor is a simple process that can be completed in a matter of minutes online or through the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles. For more information on organ donation or to register as a donor, visit www.giftofhope.org.  

About Gift of Hope
Celebrating 25 years of saving and enhancing lives in 2012, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization entrusted by the nation's healthcare system with coordinating organ and tissue donation and providing donor family services and public education in Illinois and northwest Indiana. Since 1987, it has coordinated donations that have saved the lives of nearly 20,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients. As one of 58 organ procurement organizations that make up the nation's organ and tissue donation system, Gift of Hope works with 180 donor hospitals and serves 12 million residents in its donation service area.

About Astellas
Astellas is a recognized leader in transplantation and has been committed to the field of immunology for more than 20 years. Dedicated to supporting the advancement of care for patients, Astellas continues to build upon its l
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