Volume LVIFebruary 2009Number 1

Thirty-fourth District Lodge Past Master Became Organ Donor

Steve Hoover, P.M., Mount Zion Lodge No. 774, McConnellsburg, died on Oct. 18, 2008. Bro. Hoover joined the lodge in 1970 and had served in various capacities including lodge secretary from 1984-1994.

Bro. Hoover had expressed interest in becoming an organ donor upon his death. In fact, he had signed an organ donor card requesting that any viable organs or tissue be used to help those who were waiting for life-saving transplants. Bro. Hoover realized the importance of service to his fellow man through organ donation.

Upon his death, Mrs. Linda Hoover was contacted by CORE, the organ procurement agency in Pittsburgh. Since permission from the next of kin is required, CORE called Mrs. Hoover to secure her permission to proceed with organ and tissue donation. She readily agreed, knowing that this was her husband's request. CORE explained that Bro. Hoover could possibly help over 200 people through his donation. Mrs. Hoover felt this would be a final act of charity on Steve's behalf.

CORE has notified Mrs. Hoover that both corneas were used to restore sight to a 64-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman. In addition, bone, ligaments, tendons and skin will be used to help countless individuals up to five years from the date of Bro. Hoover's donation.

Bro. Rick Knepper, P.M., Cromwell Lodge No. 572, Orbisonia, Past District Deputy Grand Master for District 34 and Chairman of the Masonic Organ Donor Program, emphasizes that all Masons should follow Bro. Hoover's example. Organ donation is vitally needed to save the lives of thousands of individuals each year, and the quality of life of others is greatly enhanced through the tissue transplants. As a Freemason, if you have never considered organ donation, today is a good time to take that step.

For information on the Masonic Organ Donor Program contact:
Rick Knepper
1461 Hospitality Drive
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Phone: (717) 263-1189

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