On Earth Day, April 22, in Mt. Echo Park, LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (LifeCenter) in collaboration with Cincinnati Parks and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation commemorated the significance of organ, eye, and tissue donation in our community. This partnership brought “The Path of Life” to Mt. Echo Park where LifeCenter donated and planted 40 native hardwood trees and signage in honor of their 40th Anniversary and National Donate Life month.
The purpose of The Path of Life is to create a meaningful space to visit and reflect. The trees will serve as a living memorial growing and flourishing with the passing years and will breathe new life into Mt. Echo Park. Many of the trees planted were Oak trees, for their significance in supporting a variety of life.
We learned a lot from this partnership. Here are a few takeaways:
- Did you know that Oak Trees support more life-forms than any other North American tree species?
- Oak trees provide food and habitat for birds and countless insects, including 897 caterpillar species!
- One organ donor can save up to 8 lives!
- Organ donation can save and enhance more than 100 lives through a lifesaving gift of tissue.
LifeCenter will be on-site at Mt. Echo Park Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th from 9am-11am gifting biodegradable ribbons to honor a loved one lost or someone that connects you to donation. Participants can add a ribbon on the newly planted native trees as they walk the path.