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Chef Henry Urges Organ Donor Registry Sign-Ups in April

It's National Donate Life Month, and "Chef Henry’s Challenge to Save a Life” at Henry's Louisiana Grill is back for a sixth year.

Chef Henry Chandler of Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Credit: Henry’s Louisiana Grill
Chef Henry Chandler of Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Credit: Henry’s Louisiana Grill
Patch Staff Report

Throughout the month of April, National Donate Life Month, Chef Henry Chandler of Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth will be raising awareness for organ donation with “Chef Henry’s Challenge to Save a Life”. 

The annual challenge, now in its sixth year, encourages restaurant guests to pledge to register with the Donate Life Georgia registry.

Organ donation is vitally important to Chef Henry because of his own liver transplant. Diagnosed with cancer in 2007, treatments soon proved ineffective, and a transplant was his only option for survival. With little time left for hope, prayers were answered when a donor was found at last and the Cajun chef underwent a successful transplant surgery at Piedmont Hospital on September 2, 2008. 

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.

The database is maintained at the direction of LifeLink of Georgia, a non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization and member of Donate Life Georgia. If you already have “organ donor” on your driver's 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. Unfortunately, the family members were not always aware of their loved one's wishes regarding donation. 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.

"There are 121,944 people right now waiting for an organ donor to save their life, and it's so very easy to arrange that gift," said Chandler in a news release. “My goal is to create an opportunity for my guests to pledge to give life to another by signing the Georgia Donate Life registry. I am honored to be able to pay my blessings forward by drawing attention to the desperate need for organ donors."

Henry’s Gives Back Throughout the Year

Throughout crawfish season, Henry's Louisiana Grill hosts crawfish boil nights every Wednesday, which feature crawfish races (the winner of which receives all the crawfish they can eat for 30 minutes!). Henry's donates all proceeds from its crawfish races to the Georgia Transplant Foundation. Last year, the races alone raised $1,725.00.

The restaurant also holds its annual "Liverversary" celebration in September to celebrate the anniversary of Henry's liver transplant. This event is a fundraiser that includes a sampling of Chef Henry's delicious specialties, live auction, raffle, music, and dancing. 100% of the proceeds of the Cajun Celebration benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation, raising over $18,000 in 2013.

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