Get Prepared for Donate Life ECHO! July 9 - 22, 2017

Donate Life ECHO

WHAT IS DONATE LIFE ECHO?

ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives. Donate Life ECHO began in 2015 as a collaborative partnership between the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and Donate Life America (DLA). It is a nationwide observance focused on the importance of donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. The ECHO concept is that one voice with a donation message or story can be carried, amplified and echoed throughout a community. There is power and strength in one voice sharing a story or message and their decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Multicultural communities play a vital role in donation and transplantation. Multicultural communities save and heal lives as donors; need lifesaving kidney transplants in higher numbers; and educate and work with patients and families as healthcare professionals. According to clinical research shared by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), “successful transplantation often is enhanced by the matching of organs between members of the same ethnic and racial group.” For more information and ideas, please visit ECHO.

HOW DO I ECHO?
>>Change your profile picture to the Donate Life ECHO bubble to show your community that you are a registered donor. 
>>Print an ECHO speech bubble and take a selfie holding it. Post it on your social media pages and ask your personal network (family, friends, place of worship, neighborhood, workplace, clubs, etc.) to do the same. 
>>Participate in the Donate Life ECHO Video Contest. The video can be simple, spontaneous and no frills or it can be more polished and rehearsed. Video entries must be based on the theme “Donate Life ECHO: Every Community Has Opportunity...#HearMyStoryOf” and encourage donor registration. Videos should share an individual’s or group’s donation or transplantation story and should include #HearMyStoryOf. For example: #HearMyStoryOf #Hope, #HearMyStoryOf #Waiting, #HearMyStoryOf #LIFE, to speak on a personal level about the importance of a community, especially multicultural communities, registering their decisions to be organ, eye and tissue donors. Earn points for inclusion of the theme, inspiring others to register, creativity and originality, video quality and votes on Donate Life America’s Facebook page. Learn more at DonateLife.net/echo. 
>>Explain to others why it is important to be a donor and ask them to ECHO you. (See FAQs, Talking Points and Statistics). Use the hashtag #DonateLifeECHO. 
>>Reach out to a local celebrity, political or sports figure, dignitary or influential faith leader and ask them to participate. 
>>Post web banners that are available on DonateLife.net/ECHO throughout the two weeks. 

Print and use one of our existing speech bubbles in pictures of yourself, friends and family! You can also create your own message with the bubble template provided.
>Speech Bubbles – English – 23 printable options
>Speech Bubbles – Spanish – 20 printable options
>Speech Bubbles – Template
>Speech Bubbles – JPEG and PNG


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