Pro Neighbor- Pro Life

Pottstown, PA

#1 Aug 25, 2012
The North Whitehall planning hearing board is faced with a proposition to approve a Helipad request on Rte 309. The owner of the property proposes to live on the 47 acre property and seeks a use permit to pursue a business that aides in the transport of recovered human solid organs. Based on statistical data this could equate to less than 1 take-off and landing per month. The remaining time the helipad owner would use the helipad to provide professional videography services out of Slatington airport to sustain his helicopter operation.

Based on the United Network Organ Sharing (UNOS) Website statistics it would seem that this landowner is suggesting to provide valuable service to the Lehigh Valley community.

The proposed site is not within view, is buffered by the sound of the tree line and provides a needed humanitarian service to the community.

I encourage you to look at the statistics below because this could be your spouse, child, parent, friend or neighbor. This is not about land value since the proposed helipad does not depreciate land values like, rezoning from residential to commercial, commercial dwellings, environmental hazards, etc. Instead the landowner fixed over 10 years of EPA violations from the prior land owner; a positive reflection of a neighbor that cares and adds value to the community.

Look at the national statistics and then drill down to the small number of kidney and pancreas transplants performed at LVH. Consider standing behind this effort and cast aside the inaccurate information that some residents have shared. Stand tall and help save a life:

More than 114,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants.
Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
An average of 18 people dies each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
In 2011, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors resulting in 28,535 organ transplants.
Last year, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.
According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ donation and 86% have heard of tissue donation.
90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor
Statistics
114,712 Patients Waiting*

64,292 Multicultural Patients*

1,737 Pediatric Patients*

28,535 Organ Transplants Performed in 2011

14,144 Organ Donors in 2011

More than 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2011

More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising

*of July 2012

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