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Mile Bluff raises Donate Life flag during Pause to Give Life event

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  • Written By: Nikki Cowan
Mile Bluff raises Donate Life flag during Pause to Give Life event

Mile Bluff Medical Center has a long history of supporting organ, tissue and eye donation. On April 10, Mile Bluff joined organizations across the nation for the annual Pause to Give Life event. The ceremony honors donors and their families, while also bringing attention to the need for registered donors.

The flag was raised at 1:08 pm to recognize that one organ donor can save up to eight lives. The flag-raising was followed by one minute and three seconds of silence, dedicated to the more than 103,000 individuals who are still waiting to receive a lifesaving gift. Of those patients, nearly 1,500 live in Wisconsin.

On this monumental day, Jo Peterson, who is a Mile Bluff employee and a recent organ transplant recipient, was honored to raise Mile Bluff’s Donate Life flag.

Becoming a donor is an opportunity to touch the lives of multiple people. Mile Bluff’s CEO, Dara Bartels, stated that there are many ways to donate and save a life, or help someone live a more fulfilling life. “We were able to donate my son’s eyes and some tissue; a piece of him lives on,” expressed Bartels.

In observation of National Donate Life Month, please consider being an organ, tissue and eye donor. You can register at a Wisconsin DMV Service Center, or visit