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2019 ECHO Donate Life Focuses on Diversity and Inclusion

Donate Life message reaches multicultural communities across the country

(Richmond, VA—July 10, 2019) —Celebrated July 14-27, 2019, ECHO Donate Life is an annual initiative focused on reaching multicultural communities with the Donate Life message. Currently, multicultural patients make up a majority of the patients waiting on the national transplant waiting list.

ECHO Donate Life is about community helping community to save and heal lives. Lifesaving conversations are best heard from trusted sources and communities. The goal of ECHO Donate Life is to provide multicultural communities with meaningful tools and resources to support conversations about the importance of donation and transplantation, and how to register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

The ECHO Donate Life initiative engages trusted social media and community storytelling to talk about donation, highlights the importance of registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, honors the generosity of donors and donor families, and celebrates the lives saved in multicultural communities.

“Donation is the one thing that has the power to level the playing field in all communities, regardless of color, race, or religion. It’s about every community helping every community through organ, eye, and tissue donation. Donation, in all its forms, in all its communities, has the opportunity to change and save lives,” says Marion Shuck, President Elect of the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT).

This year, ECHO Donate Life resources, storytelling and outreach will include:

  • Walgreens ECHO Donate Life In-Store Events: On Saturday, July 20, 9am-3pm, Walgreens will be hosting donor registration drives at more than 170 stores across the country. Walgreens has been an incredible national partner in ECHO Donate Life. Walgreens support has helped to bring resources and information about the cause of donation into hundreds of communities. The list of participating Walgreens stores is available at DonateLife.net/echo.
  • Resources: ECHO Donate Life resources and information (flyers, takeaway cards, web banners, social media graphics, videos) are available to the public for download at DonateLife.net/echo. Resources are available in English, Spanish and additional languages. Use the power of your voice to help build community by sharing your decision to register with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Encourage them to ECHO you and Donate Life.
  • Boomerang #ECHODonateLife Challenge: DLA and AMAT are excited to host the second year of the Instagram Boomerang #ECHODonateLife Challenge. Individuals and communities share a Boomerang video on Instagram about why donation is important to them and/or what transplantation has made possible for them. Tag @donatelifeamerica, use the hashtag #ECHODonateLife Challenge and encourage people to ECHO you and register their decision to be a donor.

You can register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org in your iPhone Health App, or in Spanish at DoneVida.org.

Data from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of April 2019.

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About the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT)

AMAT was established in 1992 to address the increasing need for organ, eye and tissue donors in the multicultural communities, while simultaneously offering support, shared expertise and professional development opportunities for its members as they save and heal lives. AMAT is a self-sustaining, self-governed organization operating solely on voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, and other affiliated organizations.

Media Contact: Tanise Love

tlove@donatelifenc.org, 317-413-3299

About Donate Life America (DLA)

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissues available to save and heal lives through transplantation while developing a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation. For more information, please visit, DonateLife.net.

Media Contact: Hilary Czarda

HCzarda@donatelife.net, 804-377-3584

Organ Donation Permissible for American Muslims

Collaboration with Islamic ruling body results in first-ever North American fatwa on donation

On behalf of the Donate Life Community, Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) is pleased to announce the newly released, and first-ever, fatwa* by the Fiqh** Council of North America (FCNA) declaring that organ donation*** and transplantation is permissible within the Islamic faith and among American Muslims.

Founded in 1986, the FCNA is a body of recognized and qualified Islamic scholars from the United States and Canada who interpret Islamic law in the North American environment. Its 19 members issue religious rulings (fatwas), resolve disputes and answer questions relating to the Islamic faith, with the goal of developing methodologies for applying Islamic law to life in the West. Until now, the issue of organ donation among American Muslims had never reached consensus or received an official ruling.

WRTC began its outreach efforts with the FCNA – and other prominent Islamic organizations – in 2015 when a noticeable and persistent pattern developed among family members of potential donors who were Muslim. When approached about donation in the hospital, the vast majority of these family members did not give authorization. The same pattern was seen outside the walls of the hospital; Muslim individuals in the D.C. metro area were not registering to be organ donors. The singular reason given in both situations was: “It’s against my religion.”

Over the past four years, WRTC led the effort to bring together national leaders in donation and transplantation (AOPO, DLA, UNOS, HRSA) with the FCNA and other influential Muslim academic and religious scholars, to reach consensus on this issue. This fatwa is the result of that effort.

It’s important to note that in this fatwa the FCNA states that it is still seeking clarity among its 19 members on the issue of brain death, and whether it meets the standards of legal death in Islam. But this point of internal debate does not conflict with, or supersede, its “Permissible” ruling on organ donation.

In the coming weeks WRTC will be finishing work on a comprehensive toolkit with resources designed to help OPOs and Donate Life State Teams implement a Muslim outreach initiative (both clinical and community-based) in their respective DSAs. This toolkit will be available on the AOPO Portal and the DLA Community Site. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact Lesley Compagnone, WRTC’s Director of Community Affairs at lesleyc@wrtc.org.

* A ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority.
** The theory or philosophy of Islamic law based on the teachings of the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet.

*** This ruling applies only to solid organs. The FCNA has not discussed, or ruled on, eye and tissue donation.

Photos Above: A Donate Life Driver’s License

In the summer of 2016, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) held the country’s first Fiqh Forum on organ donation. After the event, several of the world’s most influential Muslim academic and religious scholars symbolically demonstrated their collective support of organ donation and transplantation acceptance for North American Muslims.

Donate Life America Thanks DMV Partners Across the Country for Helping Save Lives Every Day

(Richmond, VA—September 21, 2018) Donate Life America (DLA) and Donate Life State Teams are dedicating the week of September 24-28, 2018, to saying thank you to Motor Vehicle Departments (DMVs) across the country for their commitment to asking the donor registration question to DMV customers every day. The vast majority of donor registrations in the U.S. come through DMV and driver’s license partner transactions. DMV offices and their employees play an invaluable role in increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors. Through their dedication to the Donate Life mission, DMV leadership and staff help save and heal lives.

National DMV Appreciation Week is a one-week celebration held each year in the last week of September. During this week, the Donate Life Community celebrates this vital partnership through local events and outreach expressing gratitude to DMV and driver’s license partner staff and leadership across the country.

Donate Life America will be celebrating National DMV Appreciation Week by recognizing the regional and national winners of the 2018 DLA DMV Awards. These awards recognize both statewide DMV efforts and individual dedication to successfully increase donor registration. DLA is grateful to have the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) as a national partner supporting the role of DMVs in offering the donor registration opportunity and helping to save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

“At the root of AAMVA’s work is supporting our members to serve their constituents and communities,” says Anne S. Ferro, President & CEO, AAMVA. “We are grateful for our partnership with Donate Life America, which honors this commitment in a very special way.”

To register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in the National Donate Life Registry, please go to RegisterMe.org. To learn more about the DLA DMV partnership and National DMV Appreciation Week, please visit DonateLife.net/DMV. 

About Donate Life America (DLA)
Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.

Media Contact:
Hilary Czarda
hczarda@donatelife.net
804-377-3584

2018 Donate Life ECHO Recognizes the Importance of Donation and Transplantation in Multicultural Communities

(Richmond, VA—June 25, 2018) — Multicultural communities are disproportionately in need of lifesaving organ transplants – especially kidneys. Currently, 58 percent of the U.S. transplant waiting list is comprised of multicultural patients. Donate Life America (DLA) and the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) created Donate Life ECHO to focus on the importance of donation and transplantation in multicultural communities.

ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives through donation and transplantation. Donate Life ECHO, July 8-21, 2018, is a national observance that engages social media and community storytelling to talk about donation education, highlight the importance of registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, honor donors and donor families, and celebrate what transplant has made possible in multicultural communities.

Increasing educational efforts, outreach and registration opportunities are vital steps towards increasing the number of registered donors and lives saved in multicultural communities.

This year, Donate Life ECHO storytelling and outreach will include:

  • Boomerang #DonateLifeECHOChallenge: DLA and AMAT are inviting the public to share a boomerang video on Instagram about why donation is important to them and/or their community. Donate Life ECHO Challenge participants will tag @donatelifeamerica, use the hashtag #DonateLifeECHOChallenge and encourage people to register their decision to be a donor at RegisterMe.org.
  • Walgreens efforts to help raise consumer awareness: Throughout July, information about Donate Life ECHO will be featured on Walgreens health resource panels included with prescriptions filled at its retail and local specialty pharmacies nationwide. Walgreens will also be hosting donor registration drives at Walgreens stores in six markets across the country: Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; San Antonio, TX; Detroit, MI; and Phoenix/Tucson, AZ.
  • Donate Life Caregiving: This year, the Donate Life ECHO observance will center on the theme of Donate Life Caregiving. DLA and AMAT are paying homage to the caregivers within and for our communities. Caregivers are vital to the health and well being of patients, families and our societal fabric. The thread of Donate Life Caregiving will be woven through stories shared during the two weeks of Donate Life ECHO. Videos focused on Donate Life Caregiving, submitted by organizations across the country, will be featured on DLA social media platforms during the last week of ECHO.

“We created Donate Life ECHO to give a national voice to the experience of multicultural communities with donation and transplantation. The voices and experiences from these communities need to be heard,” says Maria Veve, President of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT). “This year, join us to include Donate Life Caregiving in the Donate Life ECHO message. Caregivers lift us up, walk with us and catch us when we fall. We are grateful for the opportunity to recognize all they do to make LIFE possible in this year’s observance. ”

Join us in celebrating 2018 Donate Life ECHO. Donate Life ECHO resources are available in English, Spanish and additional languages. Resources and more information about how to be a part of Donate Life ECHO are available at: DonateLife.net/ECHO and amat1.org/programs/ECHO.

You can register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org, in the Medical ID Tab of your iPhone Health App, or in Spanish at DoneVida.org.

Data from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of April 20, 2018.

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About the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT)

AMAT was established in 1992 to address the increasing need for organ, eye and tissue donors in the multicultural communities, while simultaneously offering support, shared expertise and professional development opportunities for its members as they save and heal lives. AMAT is a self-sustaining, self-governed organization operating solely on voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, and other affiliated organizations. For more information, visit: www.AMAT1.org. 

About Donate Life America (DLA)

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available for transplant to save and heal lives. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life℠; develops and executes effective multi-media donor education programs; motivates the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors; manages the National Donate Life Registry, RegisterMe.org; and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registration programs. For more information, please visit DonateLife.net.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Donate Life America
Hilary Czarda
HCzarda@donatelife.net, 804-377-3584
AMAT
Tanise Love
tlove@donatelifenc.org, 317-413-3299

National Pediatric Transplant Week April 23-27, 2018

Join us in celebrating a new observance during the last week of National Donate Life Month: National Pediatric Transplant Week.

National Pediatric Transplant Week grew from the question of a father whose young son is a heart recipient: Can we as a national Donate Life Community create a dedicated observance to raise awareness and help save the lives of children waiting for transplant?

National Pediatric Transplant Week offers donation and transplantation organizations the platform to talk about the powerful message of ending the pediatric waiting list, to engage clinical partners to share their innovative work and patient stories (candidates and recipients), and to honor donor families whose children have saved and healed lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

National Pediatric Transplant Week gives pediatric donor and recipient families an opportunity to share their stories, encourage others to help save and heal lives by registering to be organ, eye and tissue donors and to learn more about becoming a living donor.

Donate Life America (DLA) would like to thank the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) for their collaboration and support in piloting the first annual National Pediatric Transplant Week.

2018 National Pediatric Transplant Week statistics:

  • Currently, nearly 2,000 children under the age of 18 are on the national transplant waiting list. More than 500 of the children waiting for transplant are between 1 and 5 years old.
  • More than 1,800 children received transplants in 2017.
  • There were nearly 900 pediatric organ donors in 2017.
  • The donors ranged in age from newborn to age 17, most were between 11 and 17 years old.
  • In 2017, more than 120 pediatric organ donors were babies under the age of 12 months.
  • The size of the recipient’s body and the donor organ are taken into account when matching donors to recipients. Very small children most often receive donations from other young people – although older children and adults can also be a good match.
  • Sometimes, children can receive deceased or living donations of partial organs, like a portion of a liver.
  • Most children under the age of 1 year are waiting for a heart or a liver.
  • Most children age 1 to 5 years are waiting for a kidney, liver or heart.
  • Most children age 5 to 10 years are waiting for a kidney.
  • Most children age 11 to 17 years are primarily waiting for a kidney, followed by liver and heart.
  • More than 138 million people, approximately 56% of the U.S. adult population, are registered organ, eye and tissue donors.*
  • Pediatric donation: A parent or legal guardian must authorize the donation for anyone under the age of 18 years. 15-17 year olds may register their intent to be a donor; however, until they are 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian makes the final donation decision.
  • To register your decision to save and heal lives, visit RegisterMe.org. To learn more about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit DonateLife.net.

For more information about National Pediatric Transplant Week and pediatric donation, please visit: https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/pediatric-donation/

For more information about National Donate Life Month, please visit: https://www.donatelife.net/ndlm/.

Living donation is not included in a donor registration.
Data from the Donate Life America Quarterly Donor Designation Report and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of March 19, 2018. 

Donate Life America Celebrates 2018 National Donate Life Month

[April 3, 2018 – Richmond, VA]—Every April, Donate Life America celebrates National Donate Life Month, focusing national attention on every individual’s power to make LIFE possible by registering their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, and learning more about living donation.

To help illustrate the message of donation, Donate Life America creates unique artwork for each National Donate Life Month. The 2018 National Donate Life Month (NDLM) art was inspired by the image of a rainbow, and Maya Angelou’s quote, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”*

Often following a storm, the presence of a rainbow provides optimism and motivates us to endure through dark times. Organ, eye and tissue donation is the bridge of comfort and hope between one family’s mourning and another’s healing — turning tragedy into renewed life. The Donate Life rainbow in the National Donate Life Month artwork rises from stormy clouds, recognizing that it takes both rain and light to create the gift of a rainbow.

Maya Angelou’s message applies to all of us, no matter our background or experiences. We all know rainbows in the people that have helped carry us through life and its challenges. In turn, we have the opportunity to be rainbows in other people’s clouds through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. By registering to be a donor and considering living donation, you can change one ray of light into a spectrum of healing and compassion.

“The act of registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor takes less than a minute. Your one action can serve as a lifesaving prism, transforming your decision into life and healing for more than 75 people, their families and their communities,” says David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America.

You can register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at RegisterMe.org or in the Medical ID tab of the iPhone Health app. To learn more about being a living donor, please visit DonateLife.net.

This year, Donate Life America will also be celebrating a new observance during the last week of National Donate Life Month: National Pediatric Transplant Week.

National Pediatric Transplant Week offers donation and transplantation organizations the platform to talk about the powerful message of ending the pediatric waiting list, to engage clinical partners to share their innovative work and patient stories of transplant candidates and recipients, and to honor donor families whose children have saved and healed lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Donate Life America (DLA) would like to thank the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) for their collaboration and support in piloting the first annual National Pediatric Transplant Week.

We celebrate that 56 percent of U.S. adults have registered their decision to make LIFE possible and be organ, eye and tissue donors at the time of their death. Yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated. Currently, 115,000 people are waiting for a transplant and a second chance at life. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time—that is almost one person dying every hour. You can help by registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, and learning more about living donation.

*Maya Angelou™ is a trademark licensed by Caged Bird Legacy, LLC

**Data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of April 2, 2018

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About Donate Life America

Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.

Contact:

Hilary Czarda
Donate Life America
804-377-3584
hczarda@donatelife.net

Presidential Proclamation of April 2018 as National Donate Life Month

Americans celebrate the blessing of life in many ways, but perhaps none is more transformative than their choice to donate organs or tissue to family members, friends, or to people they may not ever meet.  During National Donate Life Month, we honor our Nation’s organ and tissue donors for their decision to give the precious gift of life to someone in need.  We also give thanks to the many remarkable medical professionals, scientists, and researchers who have dedicated themselves to improving the health of others.

My Administration supports efforts to raise awareness about the life-saving power of organ donation.  The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network reports that, in 2017, there were nearly 35,000 transplants performed, a 3.4 percent increase from 2016, and the fifth consecutive record-setting year for transplants in the United States.  Last year, more than 16,000 living and deceased individuals donated the gift of life to someone in need through an organ or tissue donation.

Every person, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, or economic status, has the power and the potential to transform a life through organ and tissue donation.  Despite record setting years, we are still working to overcome a gap between the availability of organs and people in need of an organ donation.  Today, nearly 115,000 Americans are awaiting a lifesaving transplant, and a new name appears on the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.  Amazingly, 1 donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation.  This month, I encourage all Americans to consider participating in the gift of life by becoming organ and tissue donors.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2018 as National Donate Life Month.  I call upon health professionals, volunteers, educators, government agencies, faith-based and community groups, and private organizations to help raise awareness of the urgent need for organ and tissue donors throughout our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Donate Life America to Honor Air Force Pilot on the 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade® Float

Family, Air Force Officials and Members of His Squadron Participated

in Special Recognition Ceremony at Edwards AFB,

Showcasing How Donation can Help Make a Difference in the Lives of Many

Donate Life America has joined efforts with the U.S. Air Force to honor Major Benjamin “Chex” Meier on the 2018 Donate Life Float, which will be part of the 129th Annual Rose Parade® in Pasadena. Now in its 15th year, the Donate Life Float is part of a national effort of more than 50 organizations that have teamed up to deliver the simple, lifesaving message that the kind and generous act of becoming a donor helps save and heal lives.

Last week at Edwards AFB, Air Force Officials joined Major Meier’s family in a ceremony where his squadron finished the decorating of his Floragraph. The squadron added the word “Chex” on his uniform and signed the back of his portrait. This floral portrait, made of dried flowers, seeds and spices, will be placed on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, to honor Major Meier’s memory and lifesaving gifts.

“Major Benjamin Meier saved the lives of many through his service as an Air Force pilot,” said David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America. “We are grateful to partner with the Air Force to honor Major Meier’s memory as not only a war hero, but also as a donor who helped save and heal the lives of many more through organ, eye and tissue donation.”

Major Benjamin “Chex” Meier always wanted to be an Air Force pilot. He succeeded in his goal, flying combat missions over Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya and saving many dozens of ground troops from hostile fire while under fire himself. His heroic actions earned him the 2013 U.S. Air Forces in Europe Daedalian award.

In 2015, while on his morning run, Chex was struck in the head by the mirror of a passing truck. He was declared brain dead less than 24 hours later. He was able to donate his heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, saving the lives of five more people. Ben is survived by his wife, two young sons, two sisters and their families, as well as his parents, who will forever miss him.

This year’s float entry, The Gift of Time, reflects the parade’s theme of Making a Difference, by celebrating the kindness of people throughout the world who are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Perhaps no act is more emblematic of this than becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor: a single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people, and improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and tissue.

“The ultimate gift anyone can give is the gift of time,” said Tom Mone, chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade® float committee and CEO of OneLegacy, “We are deeply grateful to all of our Donate Life Rose Parade® float sponsors, who are helping us spread the word about the importance of donation on one of the biggest stages in the world, the Tournament of Roses® Parade. Our sponsors’ continuous and unconditional work within their communities empowers organ, eye and tissue recipients, as well as donor families to share their stories and inspire others to register.”

The Gift of Time float depicts a vibrantly colored, tropical backdrop that dates back to the ancient civilizations of Mexico. It celebrates the gift of life as transplant recipients sit against stone carvings reflecting the strength they have gained from their donors to continue and thrive on life’s journey. The float will also feature floragraphs honoring 44 donors who have made life possible. Eight living donors and recipients will walk alongside the float carrying baskets of fruit and flowers in celebration of the renewed life they have shared with one another and the world.

As one of the world’s most visible events to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, The Donate Life Rose Parade® float inspires viewers to help the over one million people in need of organ, eye or tissue transplants each year. Register today to become an organ, eye or tissue donor by visiting DonateLife.net

For additional information about the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.

 

Donate Life America Presents the Nicholas Green Award for a Lifetime of Giving to Howard M. Nathan

(November 7, 2017–Richmond, VA)–Donate Life America is honored to present the Nicholas Green Award for a Lifetime of Giving to Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program, Philadelphia, PA.

The Nicholas Green Award for a Lifetime of Giving was created to recognize outstanding lifetime achievement in saving and healing lives through organ, eye and tissue donation, especially in the field of public education and outreach. The award is named for Nicholas Green and The Nicholas Effect, a movement that grew from the incredible story of the Green family, who donated Nicholas’ organs after he was killed while on vacation in Italy. Their decision of compassion encouraged people across Europe and the world to give the gift of life.

For decades, Howard Nathan has been a leading and untiring force in encouraging Americans, and many across the globe, to save and heal more lives through donation. He has inspired the public, and he has inspired donation and transplantation professionals to always strive for improvement and innovation to best serve those waiting for a second chance at life. Howard truly represents the dedication and commitment for which this award stands.

Howard was a founding member of Donate Life America. His commitment to donor families and transplant recipients alike is unmatched in donation and transplantation. Howard’s contributions to public education and saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation have saved and touched thousands of lives.

Howard has trained and influenced today’s leaders in the Donate Life Community. Rob Kochik, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, spoke of Howard’s leadership and inspiration in the field, “Howard was the first soldier,” and his leadership and passion made us want “to be part of the army” saving lives.

The Donate Life Community owes a debt of gratitude to Howard M. Nathan for his leadership. Donate Life America is honored to recognize his lifetime of work and giving with the Nicholas Green Award.

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Currently, 117,000 people are waiting for their transplant and second chance at life. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time. That is one person dying almost every hour, and 8,000 people dying every year.* You can help. Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to save and heal lives through donation, and is a sign of hope and support to those who continue to wait. *Based on OPTN data as of November 6, 2017

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About Donate Life America

Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.

 

Donate Life America and Simon & Schuster Partner to Launch the Donate Life #MyEncore Challenge

(Richmond, VA; New York, NY—October 3, 2017)–Donate Life America and Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books are partnering to launch the Donate Life #MyEncore Challenge. The Donate Life #MyEncore Challenge seeks to channel attention from the release of The Encore, by Charity Tillemann-Dick, toward a movement that expands the reach of the Donate Life cause and helps save and heal lives.

The Encore (Atria Books) is the remarkable true story of a young opera singer, Charity Tillemann-Dick, who underwent not one, but two double lung transplants, and continued to become a top-selling Billboard classical artist and sing all over the world.

The Donate Life #MyEncore Challenge will engage national and local community partnerships and events to bring attention from The Encore to the amazing encores – second chances at life – taking place every day in communities across America, and to empower individuals to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and give an encore to the 117,000 people waiting for a second chance at life.

The Donate Life #MyEncore Challenge will ask individuals to do 3 things:

  • Share their Donate Life encore/second chance stories on social media using #MyEncore.
  • Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor at DonateLife.net/MyEncore.
  • Tag five friends to do the same.

In The Encore, Charity describes an encore as, “standing triumphant, then bowing in gratitude.” The Donate Life #MyEncore Challenge will invite individuals sharing their story to share a photo of their arms in the air or taking a bow – and/or wearing opera gloves (or whatever gloves they have – doctor, nurse, baseball, riding, winter!) Group photos including all who made LIFE possible for the recipient are also encouraged – the full ensemble cast taking the encore bow!

Charity Tillemann-Dick will be discussing the Donate Life #MyEncore Challenge on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon (September 30th) and launching the Challenge on the new Megyn Kelly Today on NBC (October 3rd). Charity will also be appearing across the country on her national book tour and at Donate Life events.

Currently, 117,000 people are waiting for their transplant, waiting for their encore. On average, 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time. That is almost one person dying every hour, and 8,000 every year. You can help. Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to save lives through donation, and is a sign of hope and support to those who continue to wait. Sharing the encores of those who “stand triumphant, then bow in gratitude,’ uses the power of storytelling to bring attention to the cause of donation and to save and heal lives.

*Data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of September 12, 2017

  

About Donate Life America

Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.

About Atria Books

Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit our website at http://imprints.simonandschuster.biz/atria.

 

CONTACT:

Milena Brown

Simon & Schuster

212.698.2289

milena.brown@simonandschuster.com

Hilary Czarda

Donate Life America

804-377-3584

hczarda@donatelife.net