DONATE LIFE GEORGIA CELEBRATES THE GIFT OF LIFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The Program

The lights on the tree are a symbolic celebration of the love in our hearts. We celebrate the lives of those who have given and received the gift of life through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

With your purchase of a light or string of lights, you can help share this celebration with your community and honor a loved one. The lights will be placed on a tree to be illuminated with all of the others to create a wonderful display of love. The proceeds from Love Lights A Tree help support Donate Life Georgia's mission to save lives through Organ & Tissue Donation.

The Event

Join us on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 @ 6:30pm, at the One Buckhead Plaza

Santa and Mrs. Clause along with their Elves will be in attendance. Music and refreshments will be provided as we Celebrate Life!

The Event will be held at the following address:

One Buckhead Plaza.
3060 Peachtree Road NW,
Atlanta, GA 30305

ATLANTA – (Nov. 13, 2009) –Donate Life Georgia , the non-profit organization which educates Georgians about the importance of organ, tissue, and eye donation will celebrate the Gift of Life this holiday season with its Love Lights a Tree event; a celebration that illuminates these Gifts through organ and tissue donation and the hope of life through transplantation. A tree lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the One Buckhead Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia. Bring the family and friends to celebrate the Gift of Life with transplant recipients, organ and tissue donor family members, and living organ donors. Music and refreshments will be provided and Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Elves will also attend.

“The lights on the tree are a symbolic celebration of the love in our hearts. We celebrate the lives of those who have given and received the Gift of Life through organ, tissue, and eye donation and transplantation in Georgia,” said Dia Johnson, Chair, Love Lights a Tree. Through the purchase of a light or a string of lights, Georgians can honor a loved one, transplant recipient, or organ and tissue donor. Proceeds for the Love Lights a Tree will support Donate Life Georgia’s mission.

In 2003, Mike Rampey suffered from end-stage heart failure and needed a life-saving transplant; meanwhile Cynthia Edwards faced a life-altering tragedy, the death of her eldest son Melvin. Melvin’s injuries were too severe for survival; his family followed his wishes to become an organ donor and Melvin’s Gifts saved the lives of Rampey and six others. After the donation Cynthia and Mike began to communicate through letters and eventually met one another during a Donate Life Georgia event at the Georgia State Capitol. They each keep Melvin’s memory alive and their families spend time together during holidays and other special events.

Donate Life Georgia seeks individual, business and community sponsors for the Love Lights a Tree campaign. Individual support of Love Lights a Tree can be done by hosting a Love Lights a Tree celebration, volunteering time, and take action by joining the state’s organ donor registry. Businesses can host a company Love Lights a Tree campaign or sponsor a community Love Lights a Tree celebration.

For more information regarding organ and tissue donation, to purchase a light or string of lights from $5 and above, or to become a sponsor of the event contact Donate Life Georgia at 866-57-4273 (866-57-SHARE) or visit www.georgia.lovelightsatree.org.

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