Each year more than 192,000 people lose their lives to trauma related injuries, coming in at the second leading cause of death in ages 46 and under, totaling more than cancer, heart disease and AIDS combined. On Wednesday, May 17th 2:00pm-3:00pm area trauma survivors will be coming together at Orange Park Medical Center in celebration of their trauma injury survival and recovery.

The event will begin with five area trauma survivors sharing their stories, followed by a chain of survival presentation including EMS, physicians and emergency care staff. The ceremony will come to a close with a butterfly release in honor of the survivors and the lives lost to trauma injuries. The event will also feature trauma injury prevention education and activities.

Since opening in May 2016, Orange Park Medical Center’s level II trauma center has served over 1,500 patients in Clay, St. Johns, Baker and Duval Counties. “Not only is it our job to take care of these patients at the most critical time, during that golden hour, it’s also our job to educate our community on trauma injury prevention. We hope this event will not only celebrate the trauma patients we’ve had the privilege of saving but also help our community become more aware of how to avoid trauma injuries”, said Keri Deaton, Director of Trauma Services.

The Trauma Survivor’s Day Celebration is free admission and open to the public.