Thursday, April 30, 2009

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH- MOBILE, ALA GULF COAST SAYS GOODBYE TO ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED RADIO PERSONALITIES THIS WEEKEND

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MOBILE, ALA, FOXTV10, April 28, 2009. The Gulf Coast said goodbyt to one of the most beloved radio personalities this weekend. Arthur Ray Russell Jr, know as "Ray Ray" was a big supporter of organ donation. For thousands of Americans, being on the waitlist for an organ donation is a matter of lift and death.

Ray Ray never got his transplant. He was just 42-years old when he died from congestive heart failure. Dr. Errol Crook told FOX10 News," At this point it's estimated to be over 100,000 people waiting on an organ of some sort." Reports estimate that more than half of those people will die waiting. Dr. Crook said there's a big need for organ donations. The shortage mostly stems from lack of understanding and awareness. He added, "The most important factor in organ donation is you have to have a blood type match." And the more donors there are, the greater the chance of finding a match, Dr. Crook said, "The opportunity is in the living donations. That is a big push in kidney transplants. In fact, there are more kidney transplants done from living donors than there are from deceased donors now-a-days."

Full story: http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/donateyourorgansforlife.

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH -KHLOE KARDASHIAN WEB FEATURES PICTURES FROM DONATE LIFE RUN WALK


Please visit Khloe Kardashian's website where she features pictures from the Donate Life Run/Walk in Fullerton California on April 25th. Khloe was one of the guest celebs who attended to lend their support to organ and tissue donation. She shares her heartfelt impressions on signing up to be a donor and her feelings about those she met.

Visit Ms. Kardashian's website at: http://khloekardashian.celebuzz.com/2009/04/pics-from-the-donate-life-runwalk.php


NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH - LOCAL AGENCIES PROCLAIM APRIL AS DONATE LIFE MONTH

April was declared Donate Life Month in Jackson and Amador County by the Jackson City Council and Amador County Board of Supervisors this week.
Recieving the proclamations were Judy Regnier, a volunteer for Golden State Donor Services of Sacramento, and Trish Werner, manager of the Jackson office of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Regnier is also the liaison for the local DMV concerning organ and tissue donation. Regnier is a local pioneer resident and retired registered nurse who 11 years ago received a transplanted liver from Stanford Medical Center from an anonymous donor in Arizona.
She shared her personal concern and the urgent need for donated organs and tissues across the national but especially in California. " I would not be here to be appreciating life without my donor family's wonderful gift of life," Regnier said. "For me, it's about giving back. Here in the Amador County area, we have been able to more than double our registration of donors in the past year, but it is still not enough. I personally know of several Amador residents who tragically died while waiting just this year. This is about saving lives."

For full story: www.ledger-dispatch.com/life/lifeview

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH - WINTHROP HOSPITAL, MINELOA, NEW YORK, CELEBRATES NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

Winthrop University Hospital was honored to participate in a special flag raising ceremony to commemorate the significance of National Donate Life month and the importance of saving lives through organ donation. Representatives from New York Organ Donor Network presented Winthrop with an Organ and Tissue Donation flag in honor of the Hospital's deep commitment and success in raising awareness of and participation in organ and tissue donation. Members of the hospital staff and a proud donor family and gracious recipient and loved ones gathered at the Winthrop flag pole to mark the occasion.

DONATE LIFE MONTH - INDIANA COLTS TEAM UP WITH DONATE LIFE INDIANA


Way Cool!
The month of April is National Donate Life Month and the Indianapolis Colts have teamed up with Donate Life Indiana to increase awareness about organ donation.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ORGAN DONATION CELEBRATED AT INTERMOUNTAIN MEDICAL CENTER


video Murray, Utah - Utah organ donors and recipients gathered Tuesday to celebrate those who have shared the ultimate gift of life. Families of deceased donors also gather to attend the ceremony at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Everyone worked together to decorate the annual "Tree of Life". The ornaments included photos of loved ones, inspirational quotes and messages and thank you notes, all in honor of those who what died, to save a life.

Story: www.KSL.com

DONATE LIFE MONTH CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY HEROES AT FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL AT CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITAL


Today, APRIL 28, 2009, Donate Life Ambassadors made up of transplant recipients, living organ donors and family members of organ and tissue donors will join Sacramento area firefighters at the California Firefighters Memorial to receive a proclamation by Senator George Runner and Senator John Benoit commemorating DMV/Donate Life California Month.
"Nearly five million Californians have signed up to become organ and tissue donors," said, DMV Director George Valverde." Those 'pink dots' are more than mere symbols; for Californians who check 'yes' to enroll as organ and tissue donor through the DMV, it provides the power to save lives and represents your decision."
Registered donors have saved the lives of more than 300 organ transplant recipients and healed another 15,000 tissue recipients since the California Donor Registry was linked with the DMV in 2006. "At the young age of 18, my son proudly registered as a donor at the DMV," stated donor mother Nancy McAfee. "In his tragic death, I found comfort in knowing his wishes were to give the gift of life."
Joining Nancy at the State Capitol are members of the Folsom and Sacramento Metro fire departments. "We are undertaking this effort to save lives and to honor heroes in our community." said Dave Haverty, Folsom Fire Chief and a living liver donor. "The City of Folsom placed "Be a Hero" bumper stickers on every fire, emergency, utility and police vehicle to inspire the community to register as a donor."

Pictures from today's event will be posted as soon as we receive them.

Monday, April 27, 2009

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH - THE STORY OF PRE SCHOOLER RAQUEL WALLACE FROM MYFOX DETROIT

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Like most preschoolers, three year old Raquel Wallace is full of life and energy. However unlike most kids, Raquel has fought and won a difficult battle to reach her third birthday. At four months old, Raquel's parents learned that her kidneys were going to fail. They were heartbroken and thought they might lose their little girl. However she received and organ transplant. Since here recent transplant Raquel's parents say she is a different girl.
Full Story: Myfoxdetroit.com/ddp/health/IAOD_needs_help_ to_keep_saving_lives

Thank you Jennifer from Donate Life Michigan.

DONATE LIFE PA NATIONAL CAMPUS CHALLENGE POSTER

NATIONAL CAMPUS CHALLENGE IT'S ON!

DONATE LIFE PA AD

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New Donate Life PA advertising for Donate Life Month

DONATE LIFE FLAGS ACROSS AMERICA - GIFT OF LIFE MICHIGAN RAISES FLAG ABOVE NEW BUILDING

Gif of Life Michigan raises the Donate Life Flag above their new building heralding National Donate Life Month. Participants included, Richard Pietroski, Gift of Life Michigan, Kevin Ross, Midwest Eye-Banks, Sam Watson, Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Rev. Tom Burdette, University of Michigan Health System, Patricia Jo Herndon, Michigan Donor Family Council, David Rozelle, Gift of Life Advisory Committee, University of Michigan Reserve Officer's Training Corps Color Guard, Ryan Hicks Bagpiper and community members. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your photos.





DONATE LIFE "LEGACY OF DONATION" BY CARLOS SAUCEDO

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Heartwarming video from OneLegacy's Donor Remembrance Ceremony, March 2009, produced by Carlos Saucedo.
Thank you Carlos for sharing your video

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH MEDIA CONFERENCE HELD BY MICHIGAN'S SECRETARY OF STATE, APRIL 8, 2009

Michigan's Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land held a media conference at Spectrum Health's Butterworth Hospital on April 8, 2009 to celebrate National Donate Life Month, and to recognize Spectrum Health outstanding support to Organ and Tissue Donation, and to applaud the hundreds of "Buddy Volunteers" staffing information tables inside the Secretary of State branch offices.
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Thank you Jennifer from Gift of Life Michigan for sharing.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

SIMI VALLEY HOSPITAL HONORS DONOR FAMILIES BY FLYING THE DONATE LIFE FLAG

Simi Valley Hospital in Simi Valley California honors donor families by flying the Donate LIfe Flag during the month of April, National Donate Life Month. The Donate Life flag was presented to Simi Valley Hospital by Jackie Colleran, Liver Transplant Recipient and member of the TRIO Ventura West Valley Chapter.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

DONATE LIFE MONTH - SNAPSHOT LONG BEACH NOW TELEVISED ON LONG BEACH CITY CHANNEL LBTV8

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SNAPSHOT LONG BEACH - DONATE LIFE MONTH
This is being currently televised on LBTV8 and is a nice recap of the City of Long Beach Donate Life Flag Ceremony, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Flag Ceremony featuring Associate Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James Leo, Donor family member Jae Park and Onelegacy Glenn Matsuki

DONATE LIFE MONTH UCLA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN WITH TRIO VENTURA COUNTY - WEST VALLEY CHAPTER

UCLA Celebrates National Donate Life Month yesterday with Transplant Recipient International Organization (TRIO) Ventura-West Valley Chapter at a highly attended information table event. Thank you Jackie Colleran for sharing your photos of the event



DONATE LIFE MONTH - PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT BY LONG BEACH CITY COUNCILMEMBER SUJA LOWENTHAL

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The City of Long Beach Second District Council woman Suja Lowenthal's PSA that is currently being televised on LBTV8 encouraging everyone sign-up to be an organ and tissue donor.

NORTH CAROLINA FAMILY ADVERTISES FOR KIDNEY ON CRAIGSLIST

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Appearing today on Los Angeles Station KCAL9 and CBS2 story about a North Carolina Family advertising on Craigslist for a Kidney.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

TEXANS - ACTION REQUIRED TODAY TO SUPPORT HB2027 - REVISED UAGA

The revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act HB2027 is placed on the general state calendar for today, April 22. Please contact your Texas Representative and encourage them to support the bill. There are over 8,000 Texans on the organ transplant wait list. The Texas Anatomical Gift Act has been amended extensively since its original enactment, however many sections of the Act are outdated and often times conflict with federal law, best practices and the realities of modern family relationships.
For more information: www.transplanttexas.org
To Contact your Representative: http://www.fyi.legis.state.texas.us/

CITY OF BELLFLOWER, CALIFORNIA ISSUES PROCLAMATION DECLARING APRIL AS DONATE LIFE MONTH

City of Bellflower, California, Mayor Ray Smith along with city council presents resolution proclaiming April as Donate Life Month. Donate Life Ambassador Leslie Franklin is pictured accepting the proclamation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CALIFORNIA TRANSPLANT DONOR NETWORK KICKS OFF NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH


California Transplant Donor Network kicked off National Donate LIfe Month by hosting a blood, bone marrow, and organ/tissue donor drive at its headquarters in Oakland. The event included a press conference where Oakland Councilmember Nancy Nadel presented a proclamation from Mayor Dellums celebrating April as Donate Life Month in the City of Oakland. A similar event was held at San Francisco City Hall were CTDN received proclamations from Mayor Gavin Newsom and Assemblymember Fiona Ma. It has been exciting to see local political leaders supporting our cause, including San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed who proudly announced that he was a registered organ donor and encouraged everyone to register their wish as well.

UCSF INTENSIFIES EFFORTS TO PROMOTE ORGAN DONATION

To coincide with National Donate Life Month in April, UCSF is stepping up its already aggressive efforts to raise public awareness about organ donation, both on and off campus.
From a student-led campaign to enlist organ donors and a series of seminars to a flag that will hang at the entrance to the UCSF Medical Center, the coming weeks will offer numerous reminders that while the University's transplant programs have saved the lives of thousands of patients, thousands more remain in desperate need of new organs.
More than 21,000 Californians are waiting for an organ transplant, according to Donate Life California, the state's nonprofit organ & tissue donor registry. About one-third of those in need of a transplant will die before receiving one.
"We have to lead by example, and really, we can never do enough," said Amy Peele, UCSF's director of transplant services. "Our job will never be over because we owe it to our patients to keep working to find transplant for them."

Full article: http://today.ucsf.edu/stories/with-thousands-in-need-of-transplants-ucsf-intensifies-efforts-to-promote-o/

FRESNO CALIFORNIA MAYOR ASHLEY SWEARENGIN DRAWS ATTENTION TO ORGAN DONATION


Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingin this week drew attention to organ donation on her Facebook page, directing readers to the California Donor registry website.

More than 21,000 Californians are on the waiting list for organs according to California Transplant Donor Network. One third of them will die before receiving a transplant.

Losing a loved one is tragic, but giving life or improving the quality of life for another through organ donation is a blessed act of generosity and love.

WALL OF HOPE TOURS NORTH CAROLINA

The Wall of Hope is a display of faces representing 3,000 North Carolinians who are waiting for organ transplants and the biographies of local transplant candidates. During the month of April, the display traveled throughout the state to educate the public about the need for organ donors and the legal method for signing up to be a donor.

Representatives and volunteers for Carolina Donor Services made themselves available to answer questions and distribute legal donor cards during the exhibit in each city.

Monday, April 20, 2009

YOUNG GIRL'S LOVE OF LIFE REFLECTED IN SCHOOL GARDEN




Young Erin Choe's love for what she called "God's land" was immortalized April 16th at Golden Hill School in glass mosaics, flowers and 70 kindergarteners' vocal rendition of "What a Wonderful World".
City and school district officials joined the Choe family in the "Celebration of Life" to dedicate the kindergarten garden in the young girl's memory. The 5-year old died in a drowning accident in 2006. Her corneas, donated to Donate Life, gave sight to two people.
"Erin loved life, loved art and the globe" her mother Jennifer Choe said. "All that is reflected in this garden. Out Team Erin is walking in her memory on April 25 at Cal State Fullerton for the Donate Life Run/Walk.

Full story: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/choe-life-erin

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL, ORANGE, CALIFORNIA CELEBRATES TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS AND DONORS AT FLAG RAISING CEREMONY













On April 14, 2009, St Joseph Hospital in Orange, California celebrates and honors transplant recipients and donors in a flag raising ceremony complete with honor guards, transplant recipients and donor families. Dr. Ervin Ruzics officiated the event recognizing the need for organ and tissue donors. Said OneLegacy Hospital Services Coordinator, Craig Hostert who is also a kidney transplant recipient, "this was a very moving event."

CITY OF PARAMOUNT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HONORS ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION



The City of Paramount in Southern California issues a resolution proclaiming April as National Donate Life Month recognizing the thousands on the national transplant wait list. In addition, the city is participating in Donate Life Flags across America by flying the Donate Life Flag.

The Donate Life Flag is being presented to the city by transplant recipient's son, Michael.

DONATE LIFE ILLINOIS VISITS NBC

Donate Life Illinois visited NBC who promoted organ donation! Now is this awesome or what? Congratulations to the incredible Donate Life Illinois team! Read more at: http://iamareyou.wordpress.com

Friday, April 17, 2009

2009 NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION



DONATE LIFE FLAGS ACROSS AMERICA - MORE PICTURES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Donate Life Flag flown at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana, CA






Two year running HRSA Medal of Honor Enloe Medical Center, Chico, CA is proud to fly the Donate Life Flag. Thank you CTDN Donation Services Liaison William Raclin for picture.



Erlanger and Tennessee Donor Services Kick off National Donate Life Month




Penn State Hershey Medical Center - Thank you D. Gail Frankle, Transplant Program Manager!


















TRIO Chapter Ventura, West Valley, CA, tabling event at Ventura Corporate Games







TRIO Chapter Ventura, West Valley, CA
MedCentral Health System, Mansfield, OH

Miami Valley Hospital, OH

White County Memorial Hospital, Monticello, IN

Coshocton County Memorial Hospital, Coshocton, OH - CEO Greg Nowak

Thursday, April 16, 2009

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE FACEBOOK/MYSPACE PHOTO STATUS UPDATE DAY - APRIL 17

On Friday, April 17, supporters and advocates nationwide will be taking part in an easy online effort to call attention to the critical need of organ and tissue donation.

Participants will be replacing their current Facebook or MySpace photo with one of our :I Heart Organ Donors" badges. In addition, supporters will be updating their status on either social networking site with a message that calls attention to April as National Donate Life Month and will provide a link to www.shareyourlife.org for others to quickly find out how to register in their state.
If you are on Facebook, be sure to join this event for this big day and invite everyone to know to partake as well. Over 1,000 people have agreed to participate and may are taking early action to spread the word to friends via status updates.

DONATE LIFE FLAG RAISING AT CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER , LOS ANGELES, CA COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPLANT CENTER HONOR RECIPIENT AND DONOR FAMILIES




Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Comprehensive Transplant Center Director Andrew Klein and team celebrates National Donate Life Month by raising the Donate Life Flag to honor transplant recipients and their donor families on April 14, 2009. Included in the flag raising ceremony is (l-r) Transplant coordinator Vesna Grubic, liver transplant recipient Lori Dunn, transplant urologist Arnold Cinman, MD and Stanley Jordan, MD, Director of the Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program.
The large turn out for the flag raising ceremony is a prelude to Team Cedars-Sinai at the Donate Life Run/Walk on April 25th.

HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, PASADENA, CA - CELEBRATES DONATE LIFE BY FLYING THE DONATE LIFE FLAG