Friday, July 31, 2009

INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS -UK, WESTFIELD HEALTH BRITISH TRANSPLANT GAMES


Warwick will be playing host to the 32nd Westfield Health British Transplant Games this summer, between Thursday

30 July and Sunday 2 August.


The Games are organised by the charity Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) and take place in a different city each year.

This year the Games are taking place in Coventry and the University will be home to the Games Village, as well as

hosting a number of the sporting events.


Over 600 athletes will compete in front of more than 1,500 supporters to raise awareness of the need for more organ

donors, and to encourage transplant patients to regain fitness. All of the athletes have had a transplant and now lead

healthy and fulfilling lives.


Spectators to the event are welcome. A range of events are taking place in a variety of venues, with an opening

ceremony taking place on Thursday 30 July in University Square, Coventry between 19.00 and 21.00. A day of

athletics (track and field) will take place on Sunday 2 August between 09.00-17.00 on the Westwood campus at the

University.


In addition, runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the Transplant Games Donor

Run on Saturday 1 August 2009 in Coventry from 7pm. There will be a 5k challenge for runners and walkers aged

13 and over, and a 3k fun run open to all ages. For more information, visit www.coventrytelegraph.net/donor


Registering as an organ donor is quick and easy. For more information and to sign up with the NHS, visit their

transplant website at www.uktransplant.org.uk or you can call them on 0845 60 60 400.

DONATE LIFE - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TO HONOR TRANSPLANT PATIENTS AT "CIRCUS" THEMED PICNIC

UCSF Children’s Hospital will celebrate children and their families at the 14th annual Pediatric Transplant Picnic. Attending will be children – from infants to teens – who have had kidney, liver or intestinal transplants, children who are awaiting transplants, their families and their organ donors. This year’s picnic will have a circus theme, featuring a performance by the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, as well as a costume contest, dancing, face painting, kayaking, piñatas and crafts. Some 250 attendees from the Bay Area and throughout the country are expected to attend.

WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: McNear’s Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA. From Highway 101, take the Central San Rafael exit and go east on Second Street (which becomes San Pedro Road) to Cantera Way.

WHO: Pediatric transplant patients and their families, organ donors, physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and research coordinators.

For more information click HERE.

Pictured above are Suisun Valley Residents who are living donors: Mother donating a kidney to her son when he was 20 months old.

INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS -RAISING AWARENESS, TRANSPLANT KIDS STYLE!


This is great story out of the U.K. about children getting involved to raise awareness for organ, eye & tissue donation. If the Brits are able to do it, certainly we can too!
We often get a lot of emails from people asking "How can we raise awareness about the organ donor register?". We at LLTGL think that there are hundreds of ways you can, and that even the smallest of gestures such as writing a letter to your local newspaper has the potential to change someone's life for the better.

One example of what kind of things you can do to raise awareness relatively easily is the campaign day organized by the awesome Catriona Hamilton, from Transplant Kids to coincide with National Transplant Week. Cat launched Transplant Kids following her experiences with her son's liver and small bowel transplant in May 2000 as a way of providing information, contacts and support to families affected by transplant in words that a child can understand. Because of her personal link with transplants, Cat is a strong advocate of organ donation and we are pleased to be able to share her experiences of putting an awareness-raising day together with relatively little effort

Every year for National Transplant Week, Cat always writes a "Letter to the Editor" with her personal story, and this year got it published in 5 local papers, including this one in the Southern Reporter! Because of the letter, Cat managed to accumulate a few star turns in the media, including local radio stations and her local ITV news.

Cat also had organ donation/awareness raising stands outside her local Tesco's and the Tontine Hotel, which were arranged relatively easily with just a phonecall! To load your stall up with information about organ donation, just head over to UK Transplant, where you can order leaflets, registration forms with donor cards, pens, balloons, logo bugs, sweets and window stickers to remind people how to sign up!

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - TAIWAN CABINET TOUGHENS ORGAN SALE PENALTIES

According to a Taiwan Today News article posted on July 24th, Taiwan's Executive Yuan passed a draft amendment to the Organ Transplant Act, raising fines for those who sell organs for transplant or those who broker organ sales. The amendment proposed by the Department of Health would subject those providing organs for sale, organ brokers and medical institutions that perform transplants with purchased organs to fines between NT$200,000 (US $6000) and NT $1 million. The proposal will be referred to the Legislature for review.
The draft seeks to tighten the rules for 18 & 19 year-olds donating parts of their livers. If the proposal is passed, teen will only be allowed to donate an organ to blood relatives within five generations with the consent of their guardians. Only adults will be allowed to make liver donations to their in-laws, the draft states. Those who want to donate their organs after death will be able to indicate this on their National Health Insurance Cards. The proposal would also abolish an article that obliges hospital staff to try and persuade family members of potential organ donors to donate the patient's organs after death.
The head of the Transplant Society of Taiwan said its research showed that about 5,000 patients had kidney transplants in the past 10 years, but almost half had their surgery in a foreign country, mostly China. "Many of these patients have their kidney transplants done in China, the Philippines, India, Pakistan and the U.S., but most go to China, Lee Po-Chang said.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

WORLD'S BIGGEST WALK TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR ORGAN, EYE & TISSUE DONATION - OCTOBER 25, 2009 @ NOON

THE WORLDS BIGGEST WALK TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR ORGAN,EYE & TISSUE DONATION
OCTOBER 25, 2009 @ NOON (your local time)
On October 25th 2009 at noon, your local time, the world will walk 5 KM across 5 continents to raise awareness for organ donation and transplantation.
This second annual World's Biggest Walk is the only global event that knows no borders or state lines and has ONE vision. We all have a choice and a voice through the power of our feet.
Be a part of a life changing event that will make a difference to someone's life.
To Register for the World's Biggest Walk or for more information, click HERE.
The World's Biggest Walk is FREE for anyone who wishes to participate

DONTE LIFE FLORIDA - ORGAN DONORS IN FLORIDA CAN NOW REGISTER ONLINE

Donating an organ is now just a few mouse clicks away.State health officials and a nonprofit group, Donate Life Florida, announced Tuesday that organ donors can now register their gift through a special website, www.donatelifeflorida.org, rather than fill out paperwork at a driver's license office.Proponents of the registry say it will increase organ, eye and tissue donations and will give possible donors a choice, in life, of how they want to contribute.

The Joshua Abbott Organ and Tissue Donor Registry is named in memory of lung transplant recipient and donation advocate Joshua Abbott, who died in 2006 after languishing on a waiting list.

Previously, the most convenient way for Floridians to register as organ or tissue donors was by completing paperwork at their local driver's license offices.The new option allows people to designate themselves as organ, tissue and eye donors from the privacy of their own homes. Registered donors will be able to update their wishes on the secure website with their user names and passwords.The online registry makes the exact wishes of registered donors more accessible and up to date for recovery organizations. When someone dies, these organizations will be able to quickly determine, online, whether thatindividual is a potential donor.Kathy Giery, chairwoman of Donate Life Florida, said more than 3,600 patients are waiting for an organ or tissue donation in Florida. About 5 million Floridians have registered to give their organs, meaning 10 million more drivers haven't signed up as donors, DHSMV director Elektra Bustle said.

To learn more and to register as a donor in Florida please click HERE

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

DONATE LIFE CONCERT - THE FRAY PRESENTED BY DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA, KTLA5 AND 104.3 MYFM

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Yesterday's Donate Life Concert featuring the Fray in one word, ROCKED. The New Grammy Museum Theatre was filled to capacity with donor families, transplant recipients and fans of the Fray. The donation message was broadcast on 104.3 MyFM Valentine Morning Show and aired on KTLA 5. WOO HOO!
The slide movie attached captures the essence of the morning so please enjoy.

Asked by Val of 104.3MyFM who would Issac Slade, lead singer of the Fray, like to sing for: Obama
What song? "Raindrops keep falling on my head..."

To download a full resolution version of the slide video please click HERE.
To register in California to be an organ,eye & tissue donor please click HERE.
To learn more about donation in your state please click HERE.
104.3 MyFM Behind the Scenes video from this concert HERE.
The Fray's newest album is now available on iTunes - support the Fray who truly supports organ, eye & tissue donation.

Photo credits: Luis Ramierez, OneLegacy, 104.3 MyFM, Brian Ascani

DONATE LIFE - LONG BEACH MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES THE CRITICAL NEED FOR DONORS IN THE MINORITY POPULATION

OneLegacy Ambassador Jim Krupa at Donate Life table raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation focusing on the minority population. August 1 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day which is being recognized by Long Beach Memorial Medical Center located in Long Beach, CA.
The need for minority donors is critical as African Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population however they are 32 percent of patients on the kidney transplant wait list. Hispanic / Latinos also represent 12 percent of the U.S. population but are 15 percent of patients awaiting a kidney transplant.
These are sobering statistics culminating with the fact that nearly half of those on the U.S. transplant wait list, now 110,000 registrants, are from the minority population.
AUGUST 1, 2009 IS NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY
To Become a donor please register on the California Donor Registry by clicking HERE.

Please continue to send us information on your events promoting organ, eye & tissue donation so we may share with the world.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

UNOS & CROWN ACURA-RICHMOND, VIRGINIA WEEKEND "CELEBRATE LIFE" EVENT TO ENCOURAGE ORGAN DONATION

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UNITED NETWORK FOR ORGAN SHARING AND CROWN ACURA, RICHMOND VIRGINIA PARTNERED THIS WEEKEND TO ENCOURAGE ORGAN DONATION.
Co-hosting a "Celebrate Life" event to encourage people to become organ donors and raise awareness of UNOS and the importance of organ donation. Lisa Schaffner, Director of Public Relations and marketing for uNOS and former WRIC News 8 anchor will be on hand to answer questions about organ transplantation and register people to become organ donors. Mr. Stuffee, an eight foot stuffed animal will also be on hand to educate children on organ donation.

This event demonstrates the impact that local businesses can have to raise awareness for organ,eye and tissue donation. We congratulate Crown Acura for stepping up to the plate to save lives and make a difference.

Founded and headquartered in Richmond, UNOS administers the national Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network (OPTN) under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For full story please click HERE

Saturday, July 25, 2009

DONATE LIFE - ONE MAN, ONE MULE, ONE HORSE AND ONE GOAL

A Hagerman, Idaho horse trainer is out to break a record to raise money and awareness for child organ transplant. This is an incredible story of how one person can and will make a big difference to help build awareness for organ, eye & tissue donation and focus on the need for pediatric organ donation.

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Owner Phil Dawson's mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey making him perfect for traveling - mule's name is Cooper. Dawson is about halfway through his trip of 2,000 miles and has looped down through Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington and is now headed east. Dawson said it's hasn't always been easy, but his goal of raising awareness and money for organ transplant for children keeps him going
Read the full story by clicking HERE.

Friday, July 24, 2009

DETROIT SHOCK SUPPORTS THE GIFT OF LIFE & MOTTEP - SHOCK vs CHICAGO SKY, AUGUST 9


Alexis Hornbuckle, the 2008 WNBA steals leader, knows all about taking away. But the Detroit Shock second-year guard also knows how to give back, which is why she’s serving as the team spokesperson for the Gift of Life and its minority outreach program, MOTTEP, in 2009.

Founded in 1993 with a Detroit branch added two years later, MOTTEP (Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program) is the first national organization designed to educate minority communities about organ/tissue donation and transplantation. It aims to address the No. 1 problem in transplantation - the dwindling number of organ and tissue donors.

On May 20, Alexis spoke at Gift of Life’s 2009 Lifesavers Breakfast to encourage everyone to “get in the game and help save lives” by adding his or her name to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. See photos from the breakfast to the right.

You too can become an organ/tissue donor simply by visiting the link below, which will let Gift of Life know you heard about organ donation through the Detroit Shock:www.giftoflifemichigan.org.

To support Alexis and Gift of Life you can attend the Shock game at The Palace Aug. 9 against the Chicago Sky, which will include a Gift of Life seating section in the lower level. Register for organ/tissue donation and receive a $38 seat for only $20! To purchase tickets simply fax this registration form to Samantha Hicks at 248.377.3260.

Gift of Life members will also take part in a Family Fun Tunnel and Ball Exchange before the game. Bring proof of your organ/tissue donation to the game and you also will receive a free Gift of Life T-shirt (while supplies last). Support a great cause while enjoying some great basketball!

DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA - CO-SPONSORS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF KOREA'S INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION

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DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA is a co-sponsor of the 65th Anniversary Celebration of Korea's Independence at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, on August 15, 2009 at 8 pm. The ad which is currently running on area Korean television stations features the beautiful voice of Kwang Bok who is one of the featured artist at the independence concert celebration.
To purchase your tickets to this event or for more information please click HERE.
To become an organ, eye & tissue donor, please click HERE.
For more information about organ, eye & tissue donation, please click HERE.

Thank you Sabrina Ho, OneLegacy's Asian Community Development Coordinator for allowing us to share this with everyone. If our visitors have more events promoting donation they wish to share, please forward them to us.

AUGUST 1, 2009 IS NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY

DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA - ORGAN DONATION AD CAMPAIGN- CALIFORNIA REACHES OUT TO THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN A BIG WAY

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Donate Life California's new television ads appearing on local Chinese Phoenix TV is appealing to the Chinese community to become organ,eye and tissue donor by featuring the heartwarming story of liver recipient Kenny Wong.

Thank you Sabrina Ho, OneLegacy's Asian Community Development Coordinator for allowing us to share this with everyone. To our visitors, if you have other examples of how minority donation needs are being addressed please send them to us so we may share.
To become an organ,eye & tissue donor please click HERE.
To learn more about organ, eye & tissue donation please click HERE.

AUGUST 1, 2009 IS NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY

Thursday, July 23, 2009

GIFT OF LIFE PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY - AUGUST 1, 2009

Gift of Life Philadephia partners with minority communities, challenging them to reach out and encourage more people to save lives by supporting and becoming organ & tissue donors. This continued effort is getting an extra push as part of the annual observance of National Minority Awareness Day on August 1. This day is meant to call specific attention to the minority communities together to help support to those who are waiting for a life saving transplant.

Gift of Life is asking everyone to get involved at the following event:
13th ANNUAL GOSPEL CONCERT AND VIGIL SUNDAY - The Gift of Life will partner with local gospel artists to help sing and praises of donation during the event held on August 1 from 4 - 7 pm. This FREE event is at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, at 7500 Germantown Avenue.
For more information on the Gospel Concert and Vigil Sunday and other National Minority Donor Awareness day events please contact Gift of Life Philadelphia or visit their website HERE.

Test your knowledge on Minority Donor issues by taking the Office of Minority Health (Dept. of Health & Human Services) quiz by clicking HERE. Please share with us via the comments or chat box in the right side bar how you did. Also share what your community is doing to bring awareness to our multicultural community.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - ORGAN DONATION LAW CHANGES MADE IN SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE has recently made changes to its Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) which takes effect in November.

According to the Strait Times, the changes include the increase in penalties for illegal organ trading and prison terms for any person buying or selling organs making significant strides in stemming international transplant tourism.

Highlights include:
  • Lifting the age limit for deceased donors beyond the current legal age group of 21 to 60; follows the examples of other countries, the limit of 60 years will be removed adding another 10 to 12 donors each year.
  • The upper age limit of 60 fr those on the kidney wait list has been removed
  • Paired kidney matching permitted
  • Living donors will be paid - only for the purposes of reimbursing or offsetting the expenses incurred as a result of organ donation.
  • All Singapore citizens and permanent residents above the age of 21 and of sound mind will be included in HOTA unless they opt out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT TEST RIDE PHOTOS

This past Saturday, twenty-four Donate Life Ambassadors took the 2010 Donate Life Rose Bowl parade float "New Life Rises" out for a test drive.

According to Donate Life Rose Parade float Chairman, Bryan Stewart, "The sight of the float at it's full 29-foot height and the phoenix's 17-foot wingspan were striking".

Photos of the float test ride are posted and may be seen HERE.

The Rose Bowl Donate Life Float is the United States premiere organ, eye & tissue donation awareness campaign and is the product of countless number of organizations and individuals coming together with a common cause and with a passion to make a huge difference. Over the years, the Donate Life Float captured the interest of millions both domestically and around the world with the heart warming stories of those touched by organ, eye and tissue donation.

We encourage you to check back often to the Rose Parade Float website and support in anyway the great work of these dedicated group.

Monday, July 20, 2009

JAPANESE FAMILIES CELEBRATE CHANGE IN ORGAN DONOR LAWS

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From CNN, Tokyo, Japan, July 17, 2009. One of the stories that have most affected us in the Tokyo bureau has been the trials of Japanese families trying to get life saving organ transplants for children.
We have spoken to several such families, the emotions involved are some of the most intense I have been through in this job. The video attached is a profile of one family.
These are parents fighting for, and sometimes losing, the lives of their children. But what is most striking is not the tragedy, its the strength and determination of these families.
Just a few weeks ago, we had done a story about Japan's organ transplant law and its effects on families whose children need a transplant to survive.
The law required donors to have provided written consent, and prohibited those younger than 15 years old from donating organs.
With next to no donors under 15, many Japanese families with children in need of transplants were forced to go abroad, in many cases in order to keep their children alive.
To read more about CNN Correspondent's Morgan Neill's heart wrenching story and a profile of another brave Japanese family please go to: CNN News

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

DONATE LIFE FREE CONCERT SERIES - THE FRAY, JULY 27, 2009


JOIN US
DONATE LIFE CONCERT SERIES
THE FRAY
Monday, July 27, 2009, 8am
The New Grammy Museum
@ LA Live!
Downtown Los Angeles

To get your Donate Life FREE pass please Click HERE
Limited Passes Available

Please attend and show your support for organ, eye & tissue donation. Portions of the concert will be televised on KTLA5 Morning News and broadcast on 104.3MYFM Valentine's Morning Show.







Past Donate Life Concert Performance slide show links are on the right side bar of this blog.
Directions to LALive Click HERE
Parking @ LALive Click HERE
Public Transportation to LALive Click HERE

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA - 92.3 HOT SUMMER NIGHT - FUNK FEST, AUGUST 8, 2009


Please Join Donate Life California

92.3 Hot Summer Night

FUNK FEST

August 8, 2009
7:00 PM
Greek Theatre
2700 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Featuring:

Morris Day
The SOS Band
ZAPP
Midnight Star
Con Funk Shun

Tickets Click Here


Stop by the Donate Life California Table and learn more about organ, eye & tissue donation


What is "Hot Summer Nights"? Donate Life Presents the HOT Summer Nights concert series. A collection of Old School and R & B bands that you love - performing just for you HOT listeners all summer long!

DONATE LIFE OHIO - AN AFFAIR ON THE SQUARE CELEBRATING NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY, JULY 31, DAYTON, OHIO

Life Connection of Ohio, Community Tissue Services and Lions Eyebank of West Central Ohio invite you to join them as they celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Day (NMDAD) at an Affair on the Square, Friday July 31, 2009, from 11-2, at Montgomery County Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

National Minority Donor Awareness Day, occurring annually on August 1, is a nationwide observance to highlight the need for organ and tissue donation and promote health and wellness in multicultural communities. It celebrates the heroes and families in our community who gave the gift of life, celebrates those who have received the gift of life and brings attention to the critical need for organ donation to save lives within multicultural communities.

The celebration will be from 11am until 2pm and will include music, food vendors, health screenings, games and fun! Everyone who registers that day as an organ and tissue donor or shows their donor designation on their driver’s license can enter to win one of two summer fun gift baskets. Screenings of the award winning ESPN Ray of Hope video will be shown every 15 minutes in the historical Old Courthouse. Enjoy your lunch or join us for refreshments as you watch the story that inspired a nation to Donate Life!

National Minority Donor Awareness Day Affair on the Square Friday, July 31, 2009 from 11am-2pm Montgomery County Courthouse Square and the Historic Old Courthouse 125 East First Street Dayton, Ohio 45402 Contact information: Cathi Arends at 800-535-9206 or carends@lcodro.org www.lifeconnectionofohio.org
For more information on Donate Life Ohio, please click HERE.

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - MALAYSIA


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Our colleague, Cheryl Wong from Malaysia informed us of her country's efforts to increase organ donation. Their efforts are particularly interesting to us because of the predominance of Islam and because this method of treatment is not mentioned in the Holy Quran or by the Prophet Muhammad's Sunna. In Malaysia, the organ donation and transplantation decree was established in 1970 (National Decree Council accepting brain death as a diagnosis of death).

In Islam, organ transplant is permissible as long as that it is the last resort and there are not other alternative in saving a patient's life. This type of treatment is permitted if both the donor (in live donation) and the recipient are not facing with any untoward harm because of the procedure involved. The donation has to be made sincerely and not because of monetary payment or rewards, nor to gain popularity or glamour. Organ donation must also receive a donor's consent and must not be forced upon."

The video attached is Malaysia's recent TV ad promoting organ donation.

Malaysia's National Transplant Resource Centre, Ministry of Health Malaysia webpage, please click HERE.
To learn more about Decrees of other Muslim countries on organ transplant please click HERE.

Monday, July 13, 2009

DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA DONOR REGISTRY REACHES 5 MILLION DESIGNATED DONORS!



Donate Life California has reached 5 MILLION designated donors! This announcement was made by Donate Life California's President Bryan Stewart who goes on to say that "this milestone was reached in June and came less than three years into the first five-year DMV driver's license renewal cycle; many millions more will check "YES" by the time the first cycle is completed in June 2011. California joins Florida as the only state donor registry in the nation to have reached the 5 Million number."

To learn more about becoming a donor in the state of California, please go to Donate Life California HERE.
There are 21,000 Californians on the transplant wait-list.

To learn more about becoming a donor in your state, please click HERE.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

DONATE LIFE - LIVING LEGACY FUND - JOIN THE DECISION TO DONATE MOVEMENT

Join the Donate Life Living Legacy Fund for a very special event as they launch the Decision to Donate Washington Movement. Inspiring this movement is the award winning documentary "Decision to Donate" featuring John Bacus and Larry Hietpas, produced by Seattle's Massimo Backus and Alex Rubin. This documentary received the First Place Inspiration Film Award at the Donate Life Film Festival. The film chronicles John's journey in becoming a living kidney donor to save the life of his friend Larry.
Decision to Donate Movement
July 23, 2009, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Donate Life Today, Northwest Kidney Centers, Seattle Children's Hospital, Sight Life, Swedish Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center and Virginia Mason Medical Center are the sponsors.
To RSVP please phone 425.201.6611 or email Nickic@LCNW.org
For more information on Donate Life Living Legacy Fund, please click HERE

Friday, July 10, 2009

DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA - ORGAN DONATION AD CAMPAIGN- CALIFORNIA REACHES OUT TO THE KOREAN COMMUNITY

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Donate Life California Television Ad reaching the Korean community in California is being shown on Korean Broadcast System TV.
For our Donate Life partners, if you would like to share Ads reaching our multicultural community and the effectiveness of these campaigns please let us know so we may post for our visitors.

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - KOREA

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This is another TV Ad that is currently running on Korean Television encouraging South Koreans to sign-up to be a donor.
For our international visitors, if you have any television ads you wish to share please forward them to us so that we may share your good work with the international community.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS - "A PART OF YOU..." BRAZIL

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This is the latest Brazilian TV commercial for organ donation,
"When you donate your organs, a part of you remains alive.", "Be a donor".

How can anyone resist that sad dog's face?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION - SO.CALIF - 2ND ANNUAL TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER TOURNAMENT, JULY 31, 2009


Come play your best hand in poker and show your support for the 2010 US Transplant Games, "Team So-Cal" This year's 2nd Annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament will help send more than 50 athletes, each have had a life-saving organ transplant to the US Transplant Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
Your participation in this tournament will help to demonstrate the success of transplantation and the critical need for donors.

For Registration form, please click HERE.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

DONATE LIFE TRI FOR LIFE - TRIATHLON TEAM - HY-VEE TRIATHLON DES MOINE, IOWA


This story about Tri for Life - Triathlon Team was brought to our attention by our friend and lung transplant recipient Steve Ferkau. Team Tri for Life commitment to triathlons is extremely personal. Every triathlon they do is a testimony to the physical drive and infectious spirit of a fourth brother Chase who was an avid cyclist, one of the three core disciplines of the triathlon. Chase was taken at the age of 20 on May 10, 2003, the victim of a single-care crash near Millington, Michigan. Chase didn't simply live his life seeking to push himself further along the spectrum of athletic achievement, he wanted to give life to others, specifically, by designating his wishes to be a donor. Chase's moment came sooner than anyone could have imagined. As a result seven people received a life-saving organ. Today the brothers are dedicating their lives to running triathlons in Chase's memory and raising awareness for organ donation.
The Brother's challenge is to participate in every triathlon in all 50 States and promoting organ donation while running each race; "a mix of personal goals and a nationwide message of organ donation awareness."

To read about the June 28th Hy-Vee Triathlon attended by our friend Steve Ferkau, please click HERE, this will take you to Steve's wonderful blog, "Revive Hope".
To learn more about the Tri for Life Triathlon Team and to contribute to their cause, please click HERE.
Tri for Life Team's next event is on July 11 at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis followed by the Cleveland Triathlon on August 9, and the Chicago Triathlon on August 29, 2009.

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS - ONTARIO, CANADA-GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE WALK 2009

Transplant Cafe Member, Angie (KidneyKorner.com), is walking and raising money in Ontario Canada's Give the Gift of Life Walk this coming September, Sunday, September 13, 2009.
Contributions will benefit The Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian national volunteer organization committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease.
An estimated 2 million Canadians have kidney disease or are at risk while each day an average of 14 Canadians learn that their kidneys have failed.

The Facts in 2008:
4330 Canadians are on the wait list for an organ transplant
215 people died while waiting for and organ transplant
303 people withdrew from the waiting list due to being too sick, opted out of the surgery, or health improved.
2083 transplants took place of which 1541 transplants were from deceased donors.
++Statistics courtesy of Canadian Institute for Health Information.

To help Angie raise money, secure on-line donations may be made by clicking HERE.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, established in 1964, continues to focus on stategies to improve the organ donor rate in Canada. It is also exploring preventative approaches to detect chronic renal insufficiency at an early stage, delay its progression and prevent complications associated with the disease.

If you want to register for the walk, please click HERE.

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS -UK, NATIONAL TRANSPLANT WEEK, JULY 5 - 12, 2009


In the UK, National Transplant Week, July 5-12, 2009, is an annual awareness event devoted to promoting organ and tissue donation and encouraging people to sign-up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. Statistics show 90% of the UK population is in favour of organ donation, but only a quarter signed onto the register.
Today more than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or dramatically improve their life. Most are waiting for a kidney, others for a heart, lung or liver transplant. But less than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.
For more information on organ & tissue donation please access the Transplant Trust website HERE.

The NHS Organ Donor Register website may be accessed HERE.

SONDRA KAY SHARPE ORGAN DONATION DRIVE AT THE WEBSTER GOVES COMMUNITY DAYS, ST LOUIS, MO

The Sixth Annual Sondra Kay Sharpe Organ Donation Drive took place at the Webster Grove Community Days Lions Club Carnival and BBQ this past Fourth of July Weekend
The donation drive was in partnership with Mid-America Transplant Services, Webster Groves Lions Club, The Something Different Network, Enterprise Leasing, Goldson Law Firm, Sondra K. Foundation and UncommonSesneRadio who broadcast live from the Carnival site throughout the weekend.

Sondra K. Sharpe (12) was a resident of Webster Grove. She died June 8, 2004 after battling Cystic Fibrosis and receiving a double lung transplant in February of that year. Sondra originally planned the first organ donation drive as part of her Confirmation service project in 2004. She died a month before the first drive.

The sponsors encouraged visitors to stop by the organ donation booth and sign-up to be a donor.
For more information on the Sondra K. Foundation please click HERE
For more information on becoming a donor in Missouri, please click HERE

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may share.

Friday, July 3, 2009

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS - "I WANNA BE THE RICE" - SOUTH KOREA

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South Korea's Organ Donation campaign, " Bob and I want to be" "I wanna be the Rice" reminds us that the need for organ donors is a universal problem.
A rough Translation of the ad:
" I want to be the rice"

A wife can be the husband's rice,
A parent can be the child's rice.
Share hope with needy neighbors,
Share love with those who are lonely,
Share life with those who are suffering
Love is giving of yourself
(Quoted by Cardinal Su Hwan Kim)
Filling the world through sharing - rice
I want to be the rice

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS - EPIC BIKE RIDE FOR ORGAN AWARENESS - AUSTRALIA

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A Brisbane man plans to cycle the 1800 km from Cairns to Brisbane to raise awareness about organ donation. It is the second time Josh Moorman has taken on such a challenge, and its also to pay tribute to the donor who saved his mum's life. Here is an example where one individual can make a huge difference in attempting to save other people's lives.
In Australia, one person a day dies without receiving a life saving transplant. Please designate your wishes to be a donor.