Friday, May 29, 2009

INDIVIDUALS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Ever thought of having one of those pink dots on your driver's license?

Powegian Kathleen Stark hopes more residents will do so, after spotting a bumper sticker that she and local firefighters have displayed on their personal vehicles.

The sticker says, “Got the dot? Be a Hero,” and is sponsored by the nonprofit group Donate Life, which encourages organ and tissue donations.

Stark and her daughter Brooke, 15, a Poway High School student, appeared before state legislators last week to endorse a 30-minute program geared to educate high school students about the benefits of becoming an organ donor.

The proposal passed 7-1 and will go forward to another committee, Stark said.

Students between 13 and 17 can sign up, but, as minors, their parents will make the ultimate choice, until they reach 18. Those who want to register for the transplantation program can register online at http://www.donateLIFE california.org, or at local Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

As a Lifesharing ambassador, part of the Donate Life program, Stark knows the value of a transplant.After her daughter Brittany died in 1998, she and her husband, Peter, donated their daughter’s corneas to two male recipients. For the full story:

www.mylocalnews.com/nws/index.php?/main/content/powegians_push_organ_donation/

LIFELINE OHIO: MOTORCYCLISTS ENCOURAGED TO DONATE ORGANS

Ask a motorcycle enthusiast what they think of the term “organ donor” and you’ll likely get a heated reaction. For years, this slang term has been thrown at bikers by individuals who don’t understand or appreciate the passion for biking.

Lifeline of Ohio, the nonprofit organ procurement organization responsible for promoting organ and tissue donation in central and southeastern Ohio, is setting out to change that by reclaiming the phrase and showing the public what an organ donor really is: a hero.

“Motorcyclists should be proud to declare themselves organ donors,” said Kent Holloway, CEO of Lifeline of Ohio. “Our goal is to demonstrate the positive impact they can have by registering in the Ohio Donor Registry and let them know they have the opportunity to live on and ride on by donating life.”

Lifeline of Ohio is working to connect with motorcycle enthusiasts, a group known for its philanthropic efforts and sense of community. This month, coinciding with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, they will launch their “Live On. Ride On.” campaign and will reach out over the next several weeks to motorcyclists at events, retail locations, rider training programs and through social media.

“We chose to launch during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month because we know the members of this community are safe drivers and we want to show that ‘organ donor’ shouldn’t be a negative term, it’s the ultimate gift,” said Holloway.

Lifeline of Ohio will kick off its campaign at the 5th Annual Brandy Winfield Memorial Poker Run in Marion, Ohio, on June 6th with a water/information table. The group will also participate in several other events throughout the summer. Event attendees that show they are registered donors, and those who register onsite, will receive their choice of a cruiser-style patch or a sport-bike inspired t-shirt showing support for the cause. For entire article: http://www.roadracerx.com/news/motorcyclists-encouraged-to-donate-organs/

GIVING ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS: SIGHT

The importance of eye and tissue donation is often overlooked so it is great to have a heartwarming story about the comfort and meaning tissue donor families experience from their decision to donate tissue and to have the ability to help others.

Hope Sepulveda's 5 year old daughter, Jaslynn Faith, had just died from cancer when hospital personnel approached her about donating the child's corneas to the San Antonio Eye Bank.
"It was something I was at first against doing, because she had been through so much that I just didn't want her to go through anything else," Sepulveda said.
But after talking with friends and family, she said, they decided to make the donation.
Jaslynn Faith's donation was handled by Methodist Children's Hospital in 2005, but Sepulveda was on hand Thursday as eye bank officials thanked the entire emergency department of North Central Baptist Hospital for its support of eye and corneal donation in 2008.

FREE FROM HRSA "THE TRANSPLANT PUZZLES: HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW"

This FREE booklet from HRSA features puzzles designed to increase knowledge about organ donation, gives tips for healthy living, and provide the truth about organ donation myths. It includes word hunts, word scrambles, a true false game, a matching game, and a crossword puzzle. This booklet provides the puzzle answers and refers potential donors to www.organdonor.gov for additional information.
To order your free copy: www.ask.hrsa.gov/


Sunday, May 24, 2009

3rd ANNUAL KOFFEEHOUSE EVENING OF INDEPENDENCE - TO BENEFIT DONATE LIFE AMERICA JULY 25, 2009

3rd Annual KoffeeHouse Evening of Independence features special guest, including Alex Band of THE CALLING, and the hottest emerging new singer/songwriters and bands to benefit Donate Life America.
Event is July 25, 2009 at 8 PM, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA
The 2008 event was SOLD OUT so purchase your tickets early at www.fordtheatres.org or phone 323.461.3673
This is an excellent demonstration of the collaboration between the Organ Donation and Transplant Community coming together for a common cause with tremendous human impact.

Your support of these emerging new artists allows Donate Life America to continue their great work in building awareness for the tremendous need for organ and tissue donation.
More information on the event: www.koffeehouse.com/site/

Thank you Deborah Hagerman from Alex Band

Saturday, May 23, 2009

MEDICAL DRAMA WITH TRANSPLANT SUBJECT MATTER "THREE RIVERS" PICKED UP BY CBS ON FALL LINE UP

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CBS will air the medical drama with transplant theme "Three Rivers" this fall on Sundays at 9 PM immediately following the "Amazing Race". Donate Life Hollywood consulted extensively on the pilot, a supporting role that they expect to continue as the series progresses. Come meet Carol Barbee, the show's executive producer at the Donate Life Film Festival on June 13 at the Directors Guild in Hollywood where she will take part on the writer's panel. Donate Life Hollywood will honor the "Three Rivers" pilot at the Donate Life Hollywood Awards dinner that same evening.

Friday, May 22, 2009

GREENVILLE'S WYFF NEWS 4 "CHRONICLE" TO LAUNCH WITH PAUL'S GIFT

Greenville WYFF News 4 is proud to announce of "Chronicle" a new primetime program. The first edition, "Paul's Gift" airs Thursday, May 28 at 8pm and is presented with limited commercial interruption by Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center.
"Paul's Gift" is the story of a local man whose sudden death saves three strangers. This family's powerful story also brings to light the tremendous need for for more organ donors in the Carolinas.
WYFF New 4 photojournalists traveled the Southeast with a team of doctors as the raced to recover Paul's organs and match them with people who desperately needed a transplant. This extraordinary special chronicles the life and death struggle and the effort to save as many lives as possible. Paul's gift save three lives, but also changed countless lives forever.

For full story and information about the telecast: http://www.wyff4.com/news/19527739/detail.html

DONATE LIFE NEW JERSEY DONOR REGISTRY NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

Donate Life New Jersey recently announced the availability of their on-line donor registry enabling all New Jersey residents with a state-issued license or ID, age 18 or older, to register their decision to be an organ and tissue donor. This decision qualifies as a legal documentation of gift that can not be revoked. This is a secure registration maintained by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). To date, close to two million people have registered their wishes to be organ and tissue donors in New Jersey through the MVC. Please visit www.donatelifenj.org for more information and we encourage you forward this information to all your friends and family.
Thank you Nell Ryan from NJ Sharing Network

GIFT OF LIFE MICHIGAN KICK-OFF EVENT FOR "LIFE WALK 2009" ON JULY 25TH

Gift of Life Michigan, Life Walk 2009 is in its 12th year of promoting public awareness about organ and tissue donation. The event will be filled with family, friends, food and fun. The supports, of organ, tissue and eye donation gathered at Marygrove College (pictured here) in Detrioit for the "Lifesaver's" breakfast to celebrate life and to kick off LIFE Walk 2009. LIFE Walk will take place at the Historic Belle Isle Park.
For more information on how to join Life Walk: www.motteplifewalk.org

Pictures from the LIFE Walk will be posted when available.
Thank you Jennifer George Tislerics for the story










Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS HONORED AT ONELEGACY'S "CELEBRATING OUR PARTNERS" DONATION & TRANSPLANTATION CONFERENCE

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Southern California Hospitals were honored on May, 20, 2009 for exceeding or attaining collaborative goals in organ donation conversion rates, organs transplanted per donor, donation after cardiac death (DCD) recoveries, highest percentage of timely referrals after death, greatest number of number of tissue donors and most improved performance in tissue donation.
The day began with the heartwarming story of Lily Allen, who received her liver in 1984 from Matthew Bemis. Milton and Janet Bemis spoke about their experience and their decision to help other children - knowing that they had just lost their son Matthew, they could not bear the idea of losing another child whom they may be able to help through donation. Lily Allen who recently married high school sweet heart Brian on August 8, 2008, the anniversary of her liver transplant, was full of life and thanked the conference participants for their great efforts. There was not a dry eye in the ballroom during both families talk.

Presentations from conference are available on OneLegacy's website:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

DONTE LIFE ILLINOIS PARTNERS WITH US99 FOR KENNY CHESNEY CONCERT GIVEAWAY

Please visit our friends at "I am R U" who have partnered with country station US99 for concert ticket giveaways for Kenny Chesney's upcoming concert on June 13 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Headliner Kenny Chesney will also feature Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum.

In addition to the radio station giveaway, Donate Life Illinois will also give away 20 pairs of tickets to 10 different winners between May 18 and June 5 through Twitter and Donate Life Illinois Facebook page.

For more information: http://iamareyou.wordpress.com/

This is an excellent blog supporting our national efforts to build awareness for organ and tissue donation, please visit them regularly or subscribe to their blog page.

GIFT OF LIFE MICHIGAN CAMPUS CHALLENGE - SAVING LIVES THROUGH ORGAN DONATION

The Gift of Life Michigan's Campus Challenge is an annual competition amongst Michigan's colleges and universities, to see which school can sign up the most people up to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. During the six week competition, 2,339 people signed up to be organ and tissue donors.
Congratulations to Michigan State University for winning the trophy for recruiting the most donor registrants, 422 people, and to Siena Heights University for recruiting the most donor registrants in comparison to the school's student population (12.82% of students signed up)!!
To check out standings for all the schools go to:
What an awesome accomplishment Michigan!! Come on everyone lets see if we can top their incredible efforts.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

EMMY AWARD WINNING "30 ROCK" URGES KIDNEY DONATION IN MUSICAL SEASON FINALE

This is a terrific demonstration of the media and the donation community coming together. We should encourage more positive interactions such as this.
The national organ shortage is not a laughing matter, but this season's episode of "30 Rock", the NBC comedy starting Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, had viewers smiling and rocking with a musical plea for kidney donation. The show featured special guest star Alan Alda whose character needed a transplant. The specially written song - "He needs a Kidney" - brought out top musical talent Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper and the Beastie Boys, among other major stars. (See photo above.) To generate additional awareness for the cause, producers have partnered with iTunes to distribute a music video of this song online for six months after the show airs. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION.
To support NKF and download the "Renal Rock Anthem - He needs a Kidney" music video, which is prefaced by an NKF PSA featuring Tina Fey, visit the "30 Rock" page on iTunes.com. You can also access the link by visiting the NKF home page: www.kidney.org.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE ALL YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC VIDEO!

Thank you Linda Small from NKF Southern California and Bryan Stewart, OneLegacy.

Friday, May 15, 2009

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI HOSPITAL RAISES DONATE LIFE FLAG TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

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University of Cincinnati Hospital raised the Donate Life Flag during the month of April, celebrating National Donate Life Month and to honor donor families and to bring to attention the critical need for organ and tissue donors. Donor family members attended the flag ceremony to personally recount their families story and share what donation meant to them.

We are very thankful for those who continue to send us stories from events taking place to share with everyone; please send us or direct us to stories for us to post. Thank you Katie Pence, Public Information Officer for University of Cincinnati.

Monday, May 11, 2009

DONATE LIFE HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL - JUNE 12 -13, 2009

The first annual Donate Life Hollywood Film Festival celebrates the entertainment industry's inspiring and accurate depiction of organ and tissue donation storylines while showcasing featured films; documentaries; online shorts/videos;news; comedic; dramatic and reality TV.
The event will be held at the Directors Guild of America bringing together DGA members, TV and film writers, directors, producers ; documentary filmmakers; entertainment leaders; film students; organ donor families and transplant recipients; transplant and trauma surgeons; medical leaders; Donate Life California partners and the general public.
For more information and to purchase tickets: http://www.donatelifehollywood.org/festival_information.html

Friday, May 8, 2009

DONATE LIFE DAY JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 2009


"Donate LIfe Day turned out to be a terrific day at Jacksonville Landing", said event organizer Steve Vandergriff. "
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"The weather was warm and sunny, the music was stop notch, speakers were poignant, and the staff at the Jacksonville Landing was amazingly supportive. Crowds steadily built throughout the day and by the time the last couple of bands took stage the Landing courtyard was nicely filled!"
This event was supported by TRIO, LifeQuest, SETA, the Blood Alliance, the Florida Tissue Alliance, the DMV, donor and recipient family members, friends, supporters and volunteers.
Congratulations Steve Vandergriff!

DONATE LIFE FUN WALK - SPARKS NEVADA

The 2nd Annual Donate Life Fun Walk will be held in Sparks, Nevada on May 17, 2009. This is a great family fun event sponsored by the The Transplant Network to raise awareness for the need and success of organ donation while honoring local donor families. Register on-line at www.active.com, type in "donate life".

"CLUB DAVE' RUNS THE DISTANCE FOR ORGAN DONATION DURING THE RELAY

Janet Cain is an inspiration. Fresh from running her 50th marathon in Boston earlier this month, she is pulled together yet another rendition of the "Club Dave" team to run The Relay on May 2. The race, a 199-mile team relay from Callistoga to Santa Cruz, has been raising money and awareness for organ donation since 1995.
Cain and her husband Dave, the namesake of the team, have run The Relay eleven times and they are the only consistent entry from the town of Sonoma, California. Janet Cain has been captain for the past seven years, a feat as critical as the actual running, give the logistics of organizing a team of 12 runners, two volunteers, and a van full of snacks, drinks and gear that doesn't stop moving for the entire 199 miles.
The relay is a fundraiser for Organs R Us. But lacking a major corporate sponsor of late, each team is asked to contribute $600 to the cause, on top of the $80 per head entrance fee.

To donate to Organs R Us or the Club Dave team, please contact Janet Cain at 708.938.2646

ORGAN DONATION HOPE FLOATS

Green balloons, 3,000 of them, floated April 27th in the Union Oval at Bowling Green State University, Ohio to raise awareness of organ donation. The balloons represented the 3,000 Ohioans waiting for organ transplants.
"Eighteen people die every day waiting for an organ transplant," said senior Laura Butts, who is the campaign manager for BGSU Do it Now.
Students participating in the flash mob event woke up at 4 a.m. to fill the balloons, Butts said, "What are you waiting for? is the slogan adopted by the University chapter.
The effort is part of the Do It Now campaign, whose goal s to register 240,000 new donors in Ohio this year. The University is one of 17 schools competing in Ohio to register the most organs.

STUDENTS 'GET TWISTED' MAY 21 TO SUPPORT ORGAN DONATION AT UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE


Students at the University of Delaware will play "Get Twisted" to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation during a special event from 1 - 4 pm; Thursday, May 21, in Gym 1 of the Carpenter Sports Building. The event at UD is being sponsored by Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority.
In "Get Twisted", students will twist around each other on a giant floor mat to reach brightly-colored caricatures of designated organ - heart,lung,kidney or liver- symbolizing how organs intertwine their lives with others.
The event highlights the importance of organ and tissue donation and encourages students to register online as donors.
The Gift of Life Donor Program, the region's organ and tissue donor program, is sponsoring the event in collaboration with student organizations.

For more information about the "Get Twisted" event and to sign up as an organ and tissue donor, please visit, http://gettwisted.donatelife-de.org/

Thursday, May 7, 2009

CELEBRATING NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH - A.T. Still University & Northeast Regional Medical Center

A.T. Still University and Northeast Regional Medical Center partnered in celebration of National Donate Life Month on April 29. With an afternoon of moving, real-life stories from organ donors, recipients and prospective recipients, the message was clear: become an organ donor and inform your family and all those around you of your decision. Midwest Transplant Network specialist Cheryl Tuggle shared information on past and current donor laws, explaining that past law was merely an intent registry, which means when someone registers as a donor, the donor's family can disregard their intent. Current la is a first-person registration; the donor's consent is always respected.

Full story: http://iconnect.atsu.edu/?p=538



Sunday, May 3, 2009

DONATE LIFE CONCERT SERIES- 104.3 MYfm / KTLA May 6, 2009

Donate Life Concert Series at the New Grammy Museum at LA Live!
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This was a great intimate concert at the new Grammy Museum at LA Live featuring Carolina Liar that was broadcast on KTLA 5 and 104.3 MYfm. This second in a series of Donate Life concerts features an on air interview with donor family member Jae Park who is also a fireman at the Santa Ana Fire Department. He describes his families thoughts on the importance of organ and tissue donation and relayed his experience being a fireman and how "first responders" do make every attempt to save the lives of individuals they are helping.
The performance by Carolina Liar was very personal with many stories by the band members on how they met and began their project from thoughts jotted down during a long flight by Chad who is from Carolina and Sweds Johan (the quiet one) and Rickard who make up three of the six band members. Apparently Rickard celebrated Cinco de Mayo the night before and continued his partying with laughter and funny anecdotes about their rise in the industry.
Keep checking back to this blog for news on the next Donate Life Concert which will take place in a few weeks.

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY (LO-RES ONLY) HERE

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

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DONATE LIFE MONTH CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY HEROS AT THE FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITOL.
Speakers included Senator George Runner, Senator John Benoit, Senator Alex Padilla, Two time liver recipient Indra Michaca and Bryan Stewart, Chair, California Donor Registry.
Thank you Dave for the wonderful pictures.

DONATE LIFE RUN/WALK - CAL STATE FULLERTON, CA; A SMASHING SUCCESS

videoThe 2009 Donate Life Run/Walk, the largest event of its kind in the nation was a smashing success in bringing awareness to the tremendous need for organ and tissue donation. The event was kicked off on Friday with televised features and heartwarming donation stories on KTLA Channel 5. Saturday, record breaking crowds participated in the run/walk and enjoyed the family festival following.