California Transplant Donor Network - Spread the word "Donation save lives"
Throughout this week, employees and visitors to area hospitals and manufacturing plants saw some bright blue banners with a simple message, "You Have the Power to Donate Life."
What those who stopped by the table learned was how signing up to become and organ and tissue donor can mean the opportunity later to save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of 50 other people with tissue donation.
It's all part of the National Donate Life Month -- when the focus turns to the 110,000 in the United States who are currently waiting for an organ which for many means saving their lives.
Ambassadors from the California Transplant Donor Network staffed the brightly-colored tables. The network is the link between those who choose to donate organs and area hospitals.
In some cases, the ambassadors had a personal connection to donation. Valda Vangelderen is one of those. In 2005, her grandson, Matthew, was injured and later died as the result of an accident during a high school football game. Because his family decided to donate his organs, four other people who were facing deaht or a limted lifestyle, got a second chance.
The opportunity to become a donor is there for anyone 13 years old or older. They can register at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org orwww.doneVIDAcalifornia.org or do so when they obtain or renew their state drivers license or ID card.