Subject of Upcoming TV Movie to Share Organ Donation Story

March 09, 1998

Their story captured world attention for the dimensions of both its horror and its generosity. While vacationing in Italy in 1994, American tourists Reggie and Maggie Green and their children were confronted by highway robbers in an attack that left their seven-year-old son, Nicholas shot to death. Despite their grief, the Green's made a decision to donate Nicholas' organs to seven Italians.

The story of Reggie and his wife Maggie's decision to donate Nicholas' organs became a major international news story and is the focus of an upcoming CBS movie of the week. Green hopes the upcoming movie will convince viewers to support organ donations. "Our hope is that, building on the work healthcare professionals are doing day in and day out, viewers all over the world, will find themselves thinking: donation isn't horrifying, isn't deflating, isn't disrespectful, but quite simply the natural thing to do," he said. Nicholas' Gift is slated to air on Sunday, May 3, at 9:00 p.m. on local CBS affiliate, WHEC TV 8.

On Saturday, March 12th at Rochester's Hyatt Regency Hotel, Reggie Green will share his uplifting story as keynote speaker at an appreciation dinner for more than 400 individuals who are being honored by the Finger Lakes donor Recovery Network. This group of nurses, physicians, drivers, pilots and others helps recover and deliver donated organs. The 6:30 p.m. appreciation dinner is preceded by a cocktail reception which starts at 5:30 p.m.

Nine individuals will be honored with special awards, including Monroe County medical examiner Nicholas Forbes, M.D.; Zara Brenner, director of SUNY Brockport's Nursing program; Michael Matney, CEO of PepsiCo Rochester; Prakish Joshi, M.D., Highland Hospital internist; David Kaufman, M.D., medical director of Rochester General Hospital's Surgical Intensive Care Unit; Dick Tuites, founder of a local support and advocacy group for transplant recipients; Michele Bonyak, a donor recipient who works with nurses; Stan Phillips of Oser Press; and Linda Lechner, a donor mom who teaches physicians how to approach families about organ donation. "It is a pleasure to honor these individuals who have consistently demonstrated a willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty," said William F. Morris, executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Program.

The appreciation dinner is being underwritten by a variety of sponsors including Fujisawa, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Cryolife, Oser Press, Prestige Limousine Service, and the Rochester Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation.

Mr. Green is available for comments during the 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour and following the presentation. To arrange an interview, please contact Teri D'Agostino through the Strong Memorial Hospital page 275-2222.

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