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2013 National Donor Designation Report Card Released

Number of Registered Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Continues to Rise Steadily

RICHMONDJune 27 – Donate Life America unveiled its sixth annual National Donor Designation Report Card during the organization’s annual meeting, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year. The document reports 109 million people had enrolled in state donor registries by the end of 2012. The public can add to that number and help save the lives of the more than 120,000 men, women and children awaiting organ transplants by designating a donation decision at

This year’s Report Card puts specific emphasis on the efforts of Donate Life America and its constituents to reach the 18-24 year old demographic, who say they have not registered because they “have not heard about it” or “simply have not gotten around to it.”  Though it is extremely important to educate all demographics, the 18-24 is least likely to register, followed closely by people 65 and older, who often erroneously believe they are too old to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

Nationwide, 45 percent of individuals age 18 and older have registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors. Montana and Alaska top the state list with 82 percent and 80 percent respectively, followed by Washington with 78 percent.

The document also reports that of all recovered donors in the United Sates in 2012, 40 percent of organ, 48 percent of eye and 45 percent of tissue donors, were authorized through the state donor registry.  These numbers have continued to rise since Donate Life America began collecting this data in 2007.

“Eighteen people die each day due to a lack of available organs for transplant and the number of people on the national organ transplant waiting list continues to rise, “ said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America.  “The only way to give greater hope to all of the individuals waiting is for all who have not year registered to take the time to do it today.”

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Donate Life America Teams Up with PGA Tour Golfer and Two-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Erik Compton to Raise Organ Donation Awareness

– “Play Through with Erik Compton” – a Program to Educate Americans and Support Donate Life’s “20 Million in 2012” Campaign 

RICHMOND, Va., May 15 –Donate Life America (DLA) announced today that it has partnered with PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton on a new educational campaign, “Play Through with Erik Compton,” which is supported by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.  “Play Through” aims to raise public awareness of organ donation and urge Americans to consider becoming organ donors.

“Last year, Donate Life America achieved a significant milestone when the 100 millionth American registered to become an organ donor,” said David Fleming, president and CEO of Donate Life America. “One of our goals in 2012 is to build on that success and register an additional 20 million donors. In his rookie year on the PGA TOUR, Erik’s incredible story will reach golf fans, sports enthusiasts and beyond, and we hope to inspire them to sign up today to save lives.”

“Off the golf course, organ donation is a topic that is very personal to me, which is why I am so excited to be partnering with Donate Life America,” said Compton. “I hope that by sharing my experience with others, Americans can see for themselves how important it is to learn the facts about organ donation and consider taking the next step of registering to become an organ donor.”

“Play Through” will travel to five cities in the United States in 2012, highlighting the importance of organ donation and educating the public on how to register to become a donor.

For more information on organ donation, transplantation and to learn how to become an organ donor, please visit Donate Life America’s website at

About Organ Donation and Transplantation

There are more than 114,000 patients who are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. [i],[ii]An average of 18 people die every day while waiting for a transplant; this is due to a shortage of available organs.[iii]Approximately 90 percent of Americans say they support organ donation, but only 30 percent know the essential steps that need to be taken in order to become a donor.[iv]

About Erik Compton

PGA TOUR rookie Erik Compton holds the distinction of being the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. The 2011 season was momentous for Compton as he enjoyed three top-5 finishes on the Nationwide Tour, including a win in the Mexican Open. During any given tournament week, Compton can be found volunteering his time for special events and hospital visitations to meet transplant recipients and their families in support of organ donation and transplant awareness.

Compton was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a disease that inflames the heart muscle and limits its ability to pump blood, at the age of 9. After his first heart transplant in 1992 at age 12, Compton gave up contact sports and began playing golf. His second transplant came in 2008 and marked a turning point in his professional golf career.

[i] U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Latest Data. Available at: [Last accessed: 19 April 2012].

[ii] Donate Life America. Statistics. Available at:[Last accessed: 19 April 2012].

[iii] Donate Life America. Statistics. Available at:[Last accessed: 19 April 2012].

[iv] Donate Life America. Statistics. Available at:[Last accessed: 19 April 2012].

2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float Design Unveiled


Lantern Design with Riders, Walkers and Floragraphs to
Spotlight Importance of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

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LOS ANGELES, Calif.  June 17, 2013 – More than 70 organizations supporting Donate Life America’s lifesaving mission unveiled their 11th Donate Life Rose Parade float: “Light Up the World,” a festival of beautiful lanterns which will inspire viewers worldwide to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. The Donate Life float and its honored participants are the centerpiece of a national campaign that leads up to the 2014 Rose Parade.

“We were inspired by the theme of the 125th Rose Parade, ‘Dreams Come True,’ to reflect on how our dreams are illuminated by the examples of others,” said Bryan Stewart, chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float Committee and vice president of communications at OneLegacy, the non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. “Through their life-changing experiences, individuals and families touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation shine a light on us all. Transplant recipients radiate with gratitude and renewed life thanks to the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donors; families of deceased donors rekindle their spirits by carrying on their loved ones’ dreams; and both living and registered donors are beacons of hope to patients who aspire to live longer, fuller lives. Like lanterns illuminating the night sky above or the path before us, those who give and receive the gift of life light up the world with their compassion and courage.”

The 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float entry features a festival of lanterns illuminating 30 riders – all grateful organ and tissue transplant recipients – and 12 living organ donors walking alongside to demonstrate their ongoing vitality. The float’s five enormous lanterns are adorned with 72 memorial floragraph portraits of deceased donors whose legacies of life shine brightly. The riders are seated throughout a dedication garden filled with thousands of roses bearing personal messages of love, hope and remembrance.

Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ, eye, and tissue donors. The campaign began as an idea expressed in a letter by lung recipient Gary Foxen of Orange, Calif., who wanted to show gratitude to donors who make life-saving transplants possible. Now, in addition to the 40 million viewers who view the Rose Parade in the stands and on TV, hundreds of events are held in cities and towns around the country to put the finishing touches on floragraph portraits and present dedicated roses to donor families and community partners that play a role in making donation possible.

The 2014 Donate Life float is built by Phoenix Decorating Company from a design by Dave Pittman and is coordinated by Donate Life America member OneLegacy. Each year, the Donate Life float campaign is supported by more than 140 official sponsors from coast to coast, including organ and tissue recovery organizations, tissue and eye banks, hospitals, transplant centers, state donor registries, funeral homes, donor family foundations and affiliated organizations. Joining OneLegacy as top-level benefactors are the Dignity Memorial® network, North America’s largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers; the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)Donate Life America; the Orange County-based Donate Life Run/Walk CommitteeThe Order of St. Lazarus; SightLife; andTBI/Tissue Banks International. To date all 30 recipient float riders, 12 living donor walkers and 62 of 72 floragraphs have been sponsored.

“Every single person who takes action to be a donor gives hope to the nearly 120,000 people across America waiting for their dream – a life-saving organ transplant – to come true,” said Stewart. One person can save up to eight lives through the donation of lifesaving organs – heart, kidney, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine – and help 50 people or more who need corneas to see, skin to heal from burns, and bones and connective tissue for common knee, back and dental surgeries. In addition, approximately 6,000 lives per year are saved by living kidney and liver donors.

The Donate Life Rose Parade Float’s family of sponsors urges viewers to help make dreams come true for more than one million people in need of life-saving and healing organ, tissue and cornea transplants. Join America’s 110 million registered donors so that everyone whose life and livelihood depends on a transplant can have one. Sign up when renewing your driver’s license or by visiting Further information about the Donate Life float can be found at

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO and various associated events. The 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Dreams Come True,” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the parade, the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO 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