- Fly the Donate Life Flag at my residence
- Ask my neighbors to fly the Donate Life Flag or Donate Life Garden Banner
- Make 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 pin
- During 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 know someone on the wait list or are curious about donation.
- I will be speaking at several neighborhood churches about organ donation.
- April 16th is National Healthcare Decision day were people are encouraged to talked to their family about healthcare decisions including organ donation. I am working with local (Long Beach area) medical groups and dialysis centers to place information about National Healthcare Decision day and National Donate Life Month in their offices. I will be speaking to their patients about donation.
- I am working with my local city government. We have already received the City of Long Beach Proclamation declaring April as National Donate Life Month; On April 6th the City of Long Beach will be raising the Donate Life Flag for National Donate Life Month in a ceremony at City Hall.
- I am working with the City of Long Beach, city TV channel who will air the Donate Life California Public Service announcement for the entire month of April.
- I am working with the Downtown Business Association to place Donate Life information in their members businesses.
- During the weekends I have several Donate Life Information and donor drive tables at my local malls.
- I will be participating in the Donate Life Run/Walk on May 1, 2010 in Fullerton California.
- My Facebook page features daily information and inspiring stories on donation, encouraging my friends and groups to participate and to remind them to sign up as an organ donor by visiting their Donate LIfe organization.
- I twitter everyday about what organ donation means to me and what I am doing to make an impact
- I do work at OneLegacy, a donate life organization and will have all my assigned hospitals participate with Donate Life Information and donor drive tables throughout the month of April.
- Several of my assigned hospitals will be airing the Donate Life California Public Service Announcements on their television system - one has created a special channel that will continuously air the spots.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
TOMORROW BEGINS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH - WHAT AM I DOING TO PROMOTE ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONATION
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 of person," she said.
Tuesday, Sharpe was given a portrait of Trever that was displayed on the Donate Life Float in the 2010 Rose Parade. The floragraph signifies the difference Trever's decision made in the lives of others.
Nationwide, more than 106,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant, but there are only about 28,000 who receive organ transplants a year. The Hansen Family says they're very fortunate to have been given the gift that will keep on giving.
If you are interested in learning more about organ and tissue donations visit http://www.yesidaho.org/
Some of the common misconceptions or myths are:
1. Many think that there religion does not allow organ donations.
2. Some think doctors will not try as hard to save their life if they are an organ donor.
3. People think that they are not qualified to be an organ donor.
Dixie Madsen from Intermountain Donor Services said ways to clear up the misconceptions are: talk with your religious leaders. Talk with your doctor about whether you can be a donor. More often than not you can.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
March 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.Michigan.gov.sos. Prospective donors are enrolled Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry. Maintained by the Department of State, the registry is a database of citizens who want to be organ and tissue donors. After registering, prospective donors receive a heart sticker to place on their driver’s license or identification card.
According to statistics gathered by Michigan organ and tissue donation program, Gift of Life, out of the state’s 10 million residents, around 1.7 million are registered organ donors. Since 2009, over 200,000 Michigan citizens have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
An average of 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week. The supply of organs does not meet the need of around 3,000 injured or ill patients whose names are on the state’s organ recipient waiting list. 2008 was a record setting year for organ donations, with 327 organ donors providing 900 organs to people on the waiting list.
“One organ donor can bring the gift of life to nearly 50 people,” Land said. “It’s amazing how one simple act can touch so many lives.”
Buddy Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, at participating Secretary of State offices. The Allegan branch is located at 430 Western Avenue. For more information, visit the Web site or call (517) 373-2520.
|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 donor. But nothing takes the place of meeting the results face-to-face.
William "Bo" Joplin of Burlison was an honored guest and volunteer at Dyer County Clerk Diane Moore's office on Friday, March 26, as part of MSTF Give to Live Day.
Each month, Joplin volunteers his time to educate residents throughout the Mid-South on the importance of organ donation. Joplin takes time to talk to residents who are considering being organ donors because he knows the pressure of the ticking clock, the burden of waiting for a lifesaving phone call and the tremendous gift that can be offered when the world seems to stop for another family.
"I'm 2 years old," said the gray-haired Joplin with a smile. "I received a liver March 14, 2008. I tell everybody I am most appreciative that my 12-year-old son gets to grow up with his daddy."
Joplin, who received his transplant at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, acknowledged Dr. Easton, the hospital staff, members of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation and, of course, the donor who provided his son with a lifetime of memories.
"If I listed all the people who helped me, you'd have pages and pages of the newspaper taken up with just the names," said Joplin, who joined local leaders and employees of the County Clerk's office for the kickoff.
Statistics provided by MSTF paint a desperate picture for residents across the nation who are still waiting by the phone.
* There are currently more than 106,000 men, women and children on the national list awaiting lifesaving transplants
* As many as 18 people will die each day because the organ they needed did not come in time
* National research shows that although 98 percent of Americans support donation, only 30 percent know the essential steps to become a donor.
So what can area residents do to help?
Choices are as simple as adding a dollar to the total when you renew your license plate or checking a box on the form when you renew your driver's license.
Donate Life Month is dedicated to helping Mid-South residents make an informed decision about offering someone else the "Gift of Life."
"Residents may give a $1 donation when they renew their tags and it goes to this cause," said Dyer County Court Clerk Diane Moore.
"I think it's a good thing," said Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill, who is an organ donor himself and attended the kickoff. "I think it's a good program. I signed up. I believe in it. If they can use anything that this old body has, they can have it."
"I am certainly supportive of people signing up and being organ donors," said Dyersburg Mayor John Holden, who also attended the kickoff. "I think it's a great cause to help others."
In the month of April, MSTF encourages residents to:
* get the facts about organ and tissue donation
* make an informed choice about giving the "Gift of Life"
* register your wishes online
* share your decision with your family
Those interested in more information may contact the Mid-South Transplant Foundation at 1-877-228-5433, (901) 328-4438 or www.midsouthtransplant.org.
The not-for-profit organization is a member of Donate Life America, designated by the federal government to be responsible for servicing the 150-mile radius surrounding the greater Memphis area including parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee.
DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - HOLLYWOOD, CA- GEORGE LOPEZ, KIDENY RECIPIENT INDUCTED TO THE COLLECTION AT MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM
All The Details!
DATE: April 1, 2010
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Madame Tussauds Courtyard
MORE: The event is FREE and open to the public.
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!
The Ann & George Lopez Foundation
Warner Bros.4000 Warner Boulevard - Building 8 - Room 9
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 Tournament of Roses will celebrate the builders who put our parade and game together and the dreams, friendships and memories that ensue from it.”
Throop has been a volunteer member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association since 1974 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2003. Throughout his extensive Tournament career, Throop has served on, and chaired, various committees including Float Entries, Post Parade, Membership, University Entertainment, Press Photo/Trophy, Hall of Fame, Music, and Parade Operations, among others.
In addition to Throop’s many years of service with the Tournament of Roses, he has been and still is involved with numerous community organizations. Throop is currently an active member at St. Rita’s Church in Sierra Madre. In the past, Throop served as president of the Pasadena Jaycees, the Pasadena Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Pasadena Boys Club Council. He has also been a member of the board of directors for the Community Dispute Resolution Center, the YMCA and the California Building Material Dealers Association. In addition, he has also been active in the Pasadena Police Reserve Unit, the American Concrete Institute and the Optimist Service Club and served on the board of the Pasadena Museum of History. Professionally, Throop is an executive at the George L. Throop Company, a building supplies retailer and specialty ready mix concrete producer.
Born and raised in Pasadena, Throop attended Pasadena City College and served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and stockade security. He currently lives in Sierra Madre, Calif. with his wife, Angel. The Throops have five children, Jason, Kelli, Ashley, Heather, and Alissa, and one grandson, Russell. Throop enjoys sports, snow skiing and traveling. He also enjoys old classic cars and riding motorcycles.
About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, Rose Bowl Game® presented by Citi and various associated events. The 122nd Rose Parade, themed Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories, will take place Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the Rose Parade, the 97th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi will kick off at 2:10 p.m. and feature an exciting match-up between two of the top collegiate football teams in the nation. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.
Monday, March 29, 2010
NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-LONG BEACH, CA - CITY OF LONG BEACH CITY PROCLAIMS APRIL AS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH
- Title: DONATING ORGANS: MYTH VERSUS FACT.
- Guest: Esther Padilla
- Additional Guests: Germán Amezcua, Nick Razo
- Host: Chelis López
- Date: TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
- Description: 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: News
- Location: San Francisco, CA
- Program Number: 6050
- Producer: Samuel Orozco
- Progam Number: 6050
- Publisher: Radio Bilingüe
- Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License
- Subject: Health
- Year: 2010
- Program Name: la_100316.mp3
- Length: 59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)
- Format: Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
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. Promoters of organ donation say many Latinos are dissuaded from organ donation because they believe the Catholic Church doesn’t support organ donation or they believe organs are harvested from people before they are pronounced brain dead. This program is in collaboration with the series Health Dialogues of KQED, San Francisco's public radio.
Guests: Esther Padilla, Donor After Care Services Coordinator, California Transplant Donor Network, Fresno, CA, www.ctdn.org ; German Amezcua, Father of 9-year-old organ donor Sebastián Amezcua, Fresno, CA; Nick Razo, Liver transplant recipient, Berkeley, CA.
NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-LOS ANGELES - JOIN HEALTH DIALOGUES FOR A JOURNEY INTO THE COMPLICATED WORLD OF ORGAN DONATION
Join 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.
Gurjeev 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.
Host Scott Shafer interviews a surgical coordinator and a nurse educator from the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) about the science and logistics of organ donation. Guest: Sharon Swain, nurse educator at California Transplant Donor Network. Guest: Thomas Wood, surgical coordinator at California Transplant Donor Network.
Scott Shafer speaks with Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter with ProPublica, a non-profit journalism organization based in New York City. When he was an investigative journalist with the Los Angeles Times, Charles Ornstein did extensive coverage of organ transplantation in California. Guest: Charles Ornstein, senior reporter with ProPublica.
Just why is it that Californians sign up to be organ donors at the DMV? Reporter: Sarah Varney