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TOMORROW BEGINS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH - WHAT AM I DOING TO PROMOTE ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONATION

Tomorrow begins 30 days of promoting organ, eye and tissue donation. As a heart transplant recipient I am passionate about remembering the over 106,000 American on the transplant wait list and to do everything in my power to educate and encourage people to register as an organ donor. My mission is to eliminate deaths on the wait-list and eventually eliminate the need for a wait-list because everyone is a registered donor.
So what am I doing? I hope this gives you some idea of what you can do to make a difference.
Fly the Donate Life Flag at my residenceAsk my neighbors to fly the Donate Life Flag or Donate Life Garden BannerMake sure the Donate Life Bumper magnet is on my car and ask my neighbors to put one on their car.During the work week, I wear the green Donate Life Bracelet and Donate Life pinDuring the weekend, I wear the Donate Life California T-shirt every where. You would be surprised how many people come up to me who are recipients, donor family members, on the wait list or…

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-NEW JERSEY - NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donation Blog readers, if you are living in New Jersey we encourage you to participate in Donate Life Month activities coordinated by NJ Sharing Network and DonateLife New Jersey, please click on the calendar for Donate Life Month events link below.
Learn more!
View our complete calendar of Donate Life Month events.
Thank you to Nell Ryan from NJ Sharing Network for sharing your calendar with us.
If other Donate Life Organizations would like to share their National Donate Life Calendars with our readers, please email us HERE.

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION HITS YOUTUBE!

Source: Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC)

ANNANDALE, VA (March 29, 2010)—Bill Peters, a retired marine from Woodbridge, lost his teenage son Scott when he was shot and killed in 1997. Despite Scott’s tragic death, Bill finds comfort every day knowing that Scott saved two people and gave two others the gift of sight through the donation of his kidneys and corneas as an organ and tissue donor. Hearing this story come directly from Bill, you know Scott’s donation is important to him.

“As a marine, you’re taught to protect your fellow marines,” explains Bill. “It’s ingrained. To literally save someone’s life—it doesn’t even compute in my mind not to do that. Why wouldn’t you do that if you had the capability?”

Bill typically explains his experience at schools, hospitals and at DMV offices. But now Bill will reach a much wider audience: YouTube. His compelling story is one of 30 that will be featured in a project titled “30 Days, 30 Stories,” which allows families of org…

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-QUILTS OF LOVE EXHIBIT - A LEGACY OF LOVE

The Quilts of Love are quilts created in memory of those that passed away and whose organs were donated for transplantation. Each panel is in memory of someone’s loved one — a brother, a sister, father or mother. I had the opportunity to see some of the quilt panels two years ago. It was an extremely moving experience and one I will never forget. The Quilts of Love will be on exhibit again this year. Read below for more information:A Legacy of Love and Life: NJ Sharing Network Quilts Exhibition
Hosted by Jersey Shore University Medical CenterNJ Sharing Network is partnering with Jersey Shore University Medical Center for National Donate Life Month to showcase our “Quilts of Love.” These beautiful quilts were made with love by the families of the true heroes of transplantation, our organ and tissue donors. The quilts put a human face on the subject of donation and have a powerful impact on those who see them.A selection of quilts will be on display from April 14th through April 30th in …

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-IDAHO FALLS- ORGAN DONOR GIVES GIFT OF LIFE

By Emily Florez
Trever Tremayne from Idaho Falls, died almost three years ago. Long before he passed, he chose to be an organ donor. Years later, his parents are saying the lives he saved through giving, is in a way, how he is living on.

"I'm very grateful for Trevor's choice to be a donor. And for his gift that he is given to me," Jolene Hansen said. For years Jolene she has spent nearly 12 hours a week, every week, at the Gem State Dialysis Center.

"You're energy is all drained and you just don't feel good and you're spending all your time hooked up to a machine," Hansen explained.

But almost three years ago, she received a gift from Trever Tremayne, his kidney. This changed her life.

"I feel like basically I have my life back. Now I can go be apart of the activities with my family," Hansen said.

Trever's mother, Trina Sharpe, says it was just his personality to be a donor.

"Trever was a do something for everybody all the time kind…

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-MICHIGAN-ALLEGAN SECRETARY OF STATE PROMOTES ORGAN DONATION ON BUDDY DAY

Soure: Penasee GlobeBy Advance NewspapersMarch 29, 2010, 3:11PMIn observation of April as Donate Life Month, the Allegan Secretary of State office is among SOS offices statewide hosting a Buddy Day. The “Buddies” are volunteers from Gift of Life Michigan, the Michigan Eye Bank, Lions Club and Hospice of Michigan. The volunteers promote the importance of organ, tissue and eye donations. Some are organ and tissue recipients or members of donor families. Buddy Day gives the public a chance to meet people involved with organ donation and to learn more about becoming a donor.

“We want to motivate as many people as we can to become organ, tissue and eye donors,” said Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. “Signing up is easy. Show us your heart by becoming an organ donor.”

Prior to 2007, prospective donors signed the back of their driver’s licenses, indicating that they wished to be donors. Since 2007, donors have registered by visiting any Secretary of State office or logging onto www.…

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-DYER COUNTY-GIVE TO LIVE DAY KICKS OFF NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

Source: State GazetteTuesday, March 30, 2010
Dyersburg State Gazette
Local leaders gathered in the office of Dyer County Court Clerk Diane Moore on Friday, March 26, for Give to Live Day, the official kickoff of National Donate Life Month. April has been set aside as a month of education for the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc. The foundation's goal is to educate the public on the critical shortage of donated organs and how easy it is for local residents to get their name on the list to help others who are running out of time. From left, Stephanie Cagle, Amanda Taylor, Dyersburg Mayor John Holden, donor recipient William 'Bo' Joplin of Burlison, Diane Moore, Johnna Jelonek, Kim Owen, Rebecca Moore, Darla Estes, Regina Elam and Nita Twilla. Not pictured, Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill.
Each year, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation designates April as National Donate Life Month and kicks off a campaign to educate local residents on the importance of becoming an organ dono…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - HOLLYWOOD, CA- GEORGE LOPEZ, KIDENY RECIPIENT INDUCTED TO THE COLLECTION AT MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM

George Lopez To Unveil Wax FigureThe Ann and George Lopez Foundation invite you to come and share in the celebration! The star of "Lopez Tonight" is the first Mexican-American TV Star to be inducted into a collection at Madame Tussauds!

All The Details!

DATE: April 1, 2010
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Madame Tussauds Courtyard6933 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028 Next door to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre
MORE: The event is FREE and open to the public. The first 100 fans to show up get access to a special VIP area!
What do Barack Obama, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley all have in common? They all have Madame Tussauds wax figures. And now George is about to get one too! He can't wait! http://www.tbs.com/video/index/0,,210742%7C%7C,00.html
The Ann & George Lopez Foundation
Warner Bros.4000 Warner Boulevard - Building 8 - Room 9 Burbank, CA 91522818-954-3320 PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO REGISTER AS AN ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONOR BY VISITING DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA OR D…

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - 2011 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES -THEME ANNOUNCEMENT-BUILDING DREAMS, FRIENDSHIP AND MEMORIES

JEFFREY L. THROOP ELECTED PRESIDENT
OF 2011 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®Throop Announces Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories
as Theme for 2011 Rose Parade®PASADENA, Calif. (January 22, 2010) – In a ceremony yesterday, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association’s Board of Directors confirmed Jeffrey L. Throop as President for the 2010-2011 Tournament year. Throop will provide leadership for the 122nd Rose Parade and the 97th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Citi on Saturday, January 1, 2011.President Throop revealed Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories as the theme for the 122nd Rose Parade. “The Tournament of Roses means many things for different people around the world. For some it is a dream to make it to Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Whether it’s as a player in the Rose Bowl Game, as a trumpeter in the Rose Parade or a fan watching from the curbside,” said Throop. “Involvement with this organization leads to building friendships and memories that last a lifetime. The 2011 Tourname…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS-SUPERMAN JOSH - A TRANSPLANT STORY

This heart warming story was submitted to us by Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donation Blog reader Joshua Carlisle who received a heart transplant on July 1, 2004 when he was 23 years old. In sharing his story, Josh hopes to inspire others to become organ, eye and tissue donors and encourages listeners to visit their Donate Life organization websites to sign-up.
WE HOPE OUR READERS WILL FOLLOW JOSH'S EXAMPLE AND SHARE THEIR STORIES TO INSPIRE OTHERS IN MAKING THE DECISION TO GIVE LIFE. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR STORIES BY EMAILING US HERE.
REMEMBER APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH! GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

DONATE LIFE HOLLYWOOD-FIANL WEEK TO VOTE FOR THE BEST ORGAN DONATION FILM OF ALL TIME!

This is the final week to vote for the BEST organ donation film of all time! The four nominees were selected by TRIO Philadelphia’s Transplant Movie Night, which consists of donor family members and transplant recipients. The film with the most votes by April 5th will be honored at the Donate Life Hollywood Inspire Awards on June 12th as part of the Donate Life Film Festival. The writer, director, producer and cast of the winning film will be invited to receive this award.
TO VOTE GO TO: http://www.facebook.com/l/ef8fe;www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJ6WG8G

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-LONG BEACH, CA - CITY OF LONG BEACH CITY PROCLAIMS APRIL AS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

Pictured above Left to Right: Council member Second District Suja Lowenthal, OneLegacy, Glenn Matsuki, Donate Life Ambassadors Jim Krupa, Dave Hollon, Mayor Bob Foster
In a ceremony on March 23rd, the City of Long Beach for the fourth year has demonstrated their support for the over 106,000 Americans on the transplant wait list of whom nearly 8,000 reside in the Los Angeles area by proclaiming April as National Donate Life Month.
On April 6, 2010 at 10:30 am at the City of Long Beach City Hall Plaza both Mayor Bob Foster and Council member Suja Lowenthal will raise the Donate Life flag which will be flown for the entire month of April. We hope many in the Donate Life community will join in on the flag raising ceremony.
For more information please email me HERE

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS-LOS ANGELES - DONATING ORGANS: MYTHS VERSUS FACT

Source: Archivos radio bilingueBy: Linea Abierta
Tue, 03/16/2010 - 15:40 — sshakirTitle: DONATING ORGANS: MYTH VERSUS FACT.Guest:Esther PadillaAdditional Guests: Germán Amezcua, Nick RazoHost:Chelis LópezDate: TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010Description: DONATING ORGANS: MYTH VERSUS FACT. Organ donation can save lives, but there are still not enough donors to meet the demand. Latino donors are even harder to find.Genre: NewsLocation:San Francisco, CAProgram Number: 6050Producer: Samuel Orozco

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-LOS ANGELES - JOIN HEALTH DIALOGUES FOR A JOURNEY INTO THE COMPLICATED WORLD OF ORGAN DONATION

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Organ DonationJoin Health Dialogues for a journey into the complicated world of organ donation. We explore the phenomenon of "donor rings," as well as how race, income and social status can affect access to transplants and the insurance to cover them.A Double-Lung TransplantGurjeev Sachdeva, a 45-year-old Bay Area woman, received a double-lung transplant at UCSF in 2007. Health Dialogues speaks with Gurjeev, her surgeon, and a heart and lung transplant coordinator about the experience. Guest: Dr. Charles Hoopes, director of cardio-pulmonary transplantation at UCSF. Guest: Gurjeev Sachdeva, double-lung transplant recipient. Guest: Karen Breen, heart and lung transplant coordinator at UCSF..Kidney Gives Artist Second Chance at Life: See photo and hear San Francisco artist Victor Zaballa tell how he received a kidney transplant, and what it means to him.At The California Transplant Donor Network LabHost Scott Shafer interviews a surgi…