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San Ramon Regional, Donor Network West unveil new artwork

'Hearts of Life' honors organ donors, recognizes the many lives they saved

Visitors to San Ramon Regional Medical Center may notice some new art displayed in the hospital’s dining room -- art that was created and installed in honor of donors whose gifts have saved countless lives.

Created by artist Marlene Lewis, the work entitled “Hearts of Life” was dedicated to San Ramon Regional and Donor Network West -- a San Ramon-based organ and tissue recovery non-profit -- depicts a multitude of colorful intricately designed hearts representing the lives that have been saved and greatly improved through organ and tissue donations.

“The Hearts of Life artwork will remind us every day of the gift of life shared by our donors and the impact they have had on thousands of organ recipients in California,” San Ramon Regional CEO Ann Lucena said in a statement.

People will also undoubtedly notice that “Hearts of Life” is accompanied by a commemorative plaque which reads:

“A heart transplant extended Marlene’s sister’s life for more than 10 years. This act of kindness from a perfect stranger is the inspiration for the artist’s artwork.

This art piece represents how one life can change the lives of many others through the gift of organ donation. The heart represents the grateful recipients and their families for the gift of more time, while the dark background reminds us of the thousands who wait for a second chance to live.

A hero is present in all of us who choose to help those in need. We all have the power to transform a life.”

According to Donor Network West, one organ donor can save up to eight people and can heal another 75 through tissue donation, and that currently, more than 10,000 people are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in Northern California and Nevada.

“Our hospital team is made up of individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of people every day. Our partnership with Donor Network West is an extension of this passion we have and the mission we serve. We are grateful to be partners with such a wonderful organization,” Lucena added.

Anyone can register as a donor by visiting their local DMV or online at DonorNetworkWest.org.

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