Recovering Marion Barry Supports Organ Donor Effort Saturday

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014  |  Updated 11:38 AM EDT
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Recovering Marion Barry Supports Organ Donor Effort

D.C. Councilman Marion Barry.

District Councilmember and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry celebrated his 5th anniversary of his kidney transplant this week -- and now he is challenging everyone to become organ donors.

Barry is supporting a Kidney Donor Registration Drive at Howard University Hospital in Northwest Saturday, tweeting frequently.

He also plans to call in to the drive, and Barry's own kidney donor, Kim Dickens, will be there to launch the campaign.

Organ donation is a longtime cause for Barry, a diabetic. He was released from the hospital earlier this week after treatment for a urinary tract infection, and is still rehabilitating.

The national kidney foundation reports more than 4,900 patients died last year while waiting for a kidney transplant.

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