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    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring Joyce Roush.


    _______________________, read first time and referred to Committee on


Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)


        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring Joyce Roush.

    Whereas, Organ donations are the gift of life to many patients whose own organs no longer function properly;

    Whereas, Nearly 12,000 kidneys are donated for transplants every year from relatives or acquaintances of the recipient or from donors who have died;

    Whereas, Unfortunately, there are 43,000 people on the waiting list to receive kidneys, 332 of whom are residents of Indiana;

    Whereas, Figures like these make us painfully aware of the shortage of organ donors;

    Whereas, There are few people who are willing to undergo a painful operation and recovery to donate an organ to a person they do not know;

    Whereas, Joyce Roush, a 45-year-old mother of five from Fort Wayne, was willing to do just that;

    Whereas, Joyce Roush, the development coordinator for the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization in Fort Wayne, decided to donate a kidney to anyone who needed it;

    Whereas, That person was Christopher Bieniek, a 14-year-old boy from Aberdeen, Maryland;

    Whereas, Joyce Roush's road to organ donation began in March 1998 when she heard a presentation by Dr. Lloyd Ratner, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center;

    Whereas, Joyce Roush was convinced that she could handle having a kidney removed. Knowing the importance of organ donation, she contacted Dr. Ratner and informed him of her desire to donate one of her kidneys;

    Whereas, Joyce Roush's motivation for this selfless act was simply to give. She felt that her own life had been blessed and that she was "called by a higher power" to help out those who were less fortunate;

    Whereas, The four hour operation, which was performed at Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, is believed to be only the second time a transplant from a stranger to a stranger has been performed in the United States;

    Whereas, Joyce Roush's hopes of increasing interest in the organ donor program have been realized due to the publicity her donation has received;

    Whereas, A national organ donation organization has reported receiving more than the usual number of inquiries regarding live kidney donations, and 20 Hoosiers have requested additional information after learning about Joyce;

    Whereas, Joyce Roush's selfless act gave the gift of life back to a 14-year-old boy: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly wishes to acknowledge the selfless act of a truly kind and loving person and to thank her on behalf of all the citizens of the state of Indiana.
    SECTION 2. That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Joyce Roush and her family.