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“Donate Life” Flag Raising Ceremony to Bolster Donor Registries

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Antelope Valley Medical Center recognizes Donate Life Month with Flag Raising Ceremony

(LANCASTER, CA – April 3, 2023) – Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC), in partnership with OneLegacy, the organ, eye and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, will celebrate the commencement of National Donate Life Month with a flag raising ceremony. The annual event highlights the importance of organ, eye and tissue donations, and honors those who gave the ultimate gift of life through donation.

The Flags Across America campaign is part of a national effort to bolster donor registries in April, which is National Donate Life Month.

In California alone, nearly 20,000 people are waiting to receive lifesaving organ transplants, but there are simply not enough donors to meet the growing need. A single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and tissue. Becoming a donor is easy, people may register at the local DMV or online at

“Our goal is to increase awareness and inspire others on the importance of organ donation, ultimately to provide many more people a second chance at life,” said Edward Mirzabegian, Antelope Valley Medical Center CEO. “Nationally 17 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving organ donation; however it doesn’t need to be this way.”

Antelope Valley Medical Center staff members will raise a OneLegacy “Donate Life” flag as a visible and unifying statement about the importance of donation, and celebrates the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.

Media is invited to interview participants, including donor and recipient families; and take photos of the ceremony.

What: Flag Raising Ceremony to Honor National Donate Life Month

When: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Antelope Valley Medical Center – Main Entrance, Flag Poles

1600 West Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93534

RSVP: Cynthia Frausto, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

About Antelope Valley Medical Center

Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC), the only full-service, acute-care hospital in the Antelope Valley. AVMC has been delivering exceptional care to the community since 1955. It offers the region’s only Level II Trauma Center, Pediatric unit, NICU, Inpatient Behavioral Health Department, Labor and Delivery, Accredited Chest Pain Center/STEMI Receiving Center, Advanced Primary & Comprehensive Stroke Center and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. AVMC is now a Thrombectomy Capable Center. More information is available at or by calling (661) 949-5000. Follow us @avmedicalcenter