April is National Donate Life month and it’s a month of special importance for Chef Henry Chandler of Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Throughout the month of April, Chandler will be raising awareness for Organ Donation with “Chef Henry’s Challenge to Save a Life”. “Chef Henry’s Challenge” encourages restaurant guests to pledge to register with the Donate Life Georgia registry. Staff members at the restaurant will be happy to assist you with your pledge.
This cause is particularly important to Chef Henry as he was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2007. His treatments were ineffective. A transplant was his only option for survival. Though no donor was immediately available, at the eleventh hour prayers were answered and the Cajun chef underwent a successful transplant surgery at Piedmont Hospital in 2008.
“The amount of prayers and support that my family and I received when I was sick was incredible. I want to use my good health and prominence in the community to draw attention to the ongoing need for organ donors and pay my blessings forward,” Chef Henry said.
The Donate Life Georgia registry was created in 2008 to allow Georgians an easy and user-friendly means of joining the state’s registry. Their website, www.donatelifegeorgia.org, provides the opportunity to join Georgia’s organ, tissue, and eye donor registry, a confidential database of donor designations to be carried out upon death. If you already have “organ donor” on your driver license, you still are encouraged to join the new registry to ensure your previous designation is documented.
Prior to the Registry, the responsibility for giving authorization for donation fell solely on the donor’s family. The Registry eliminates any doubt that a family member may have about your intention to DONATE LIFE. In the event of your death, your family will be provided a copy of your Registry sign-up at the hospital so that your life-saving wishes can be fulfilled.
“My goal is for all of my guests to pledge that they will sign the Georgia Donate Life registry and give life to another. There are 117,353 people right now waiting for an organ donor to save their life. I am very blessed that my donor agreed to sign the registry. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today. I will always support this important cause and encourage everyone to do the same,” says Chef Henry.