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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 Texas in Search of New Executive Director

OVERVIEW

The Donate Life Texas (DLT) Executive Director (ED) is responsible for increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors in Texas, administering the registry and providing a unified voice for donor registration statewide. The Executive Director spearheads collaborative efforts, communications and outreach opportunities among numerous independent stakeholder organizations Individual state stakeholder organizations include: Southwest Transplant Alliance (Dallas, TX), LifeGift (Houston, TX) the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (San Antonio, TX), several eye and tissue banks, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Driver License Division.

EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE NEEDED

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in management or administration required
  • Experience in donor registry, organ / tissue procurement or transplantation field highly desirable
  • Healthcare, nonprofit, community / public relations, communications, legislative affairs experience a plus
  • Excellent verbal, written, public speaking and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate to a variety of individuals on all levels
  • Ability to work a fast-paced, demanding, primarily self-directed, flexible work schedule
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail, organization, multi-tasking and time management skills as well as exceptional personal and ethical standards
  • Demonstrates high level of discernment in working with legal and statutory concepts
  • Ability to convey natural sense of empathy and compassion for those who have lost loved ones or who are facing life-threatening health conditions. A comfort level with medical / surgical concepts, death and dying is required.

ABOUT DONATE LIFE TEXAS

  • Donate Life Texas (DLT) is the official organ, eye and tissue donor registry for the State of Texas. Registering with DLT is the only way to ensure that your decision to donate will be honored.
  • By registering, you can record your legal consent for organ, eye and tissue donation after death. Many feel that registering is a compassionate step because it lifts the burden of decision-making off of family and loved ones during an emotional time.
  • Donate Life Texas is part of the national Donate Life America registry network which is consulted by Texas organ, eye and tissue recovery organizations to confirm registration status when a person passes away.
  • The Donate Life Texas registry does not cover living organ donation, living bone marrow, blood or whole body donation. Find resources for those options here.

WHY IS DONATION SO IMPORTANT?

Simply put, donation makes lifesaving transplants possible. Donated organs and tissues save lives, restore vision and improve mobility in ways that synthetic materials and products just can’t. Until the long-term viability and biologic function of organs, corneas and other tissues can be duplicated in a lab, transplantation will continue to rely on donors.

 

For more information on applying for the Executive Director position please contact:

Jo Ann Arias, Southwest Transplant Alliance Director of Human Resources

Email: jaarias@organ.org

Phone: 214.443.3318 About Donate Life Texas

Apply: STA Careers