The Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) Teams Up with Donate Life America (DLA) to Launch New National Observance: Donate Life ECHO

(Richmond, VA—July 6, 2015)—The Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and Donate Life America (DLA) are joining forces to launch “Donate Life ECHO,” a new national observance designed to reach multicultural communities. ECHO, which stands for: Every Community Has Opportunity, is being launched to bolster engagement with African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, and other multicultural communities.

The new observance, ECHO, has two objectives: one is to focus on the power of sharing one’s personal decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor with members of one’s community; the second is to encourage registered donors to ask members of their personal networks and extended communities to register as donors. Through the ECHO concept of reiteration and repetition—with people sharing the life-affirming message of donation within their community—more lives will be saved and healed.

“This strategic initiative is about empowering individuals to echo the message of donation throughout their respective communities, while building momentum together,” said Remonia Chapman, president of AMAT. “We are delighted to collaborate with DLA for this groundbreaking effort to equip people from all backgrounds with a host of culturally relevant tools and resources that have been designed to foster meaningful conversations and personal testimonies about the vitally important health topic of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.”

The two-week observance will be held during the second and third full weeks in July. This year’s inaugural observance will be held July 12 – July 25. ECHO is not intended to replace current programs and commemorations; rather, it offers a new mid-year opportunity with tremendous social media and community potential. As nearly 60 percent of the current U.S. transplant waiting list is comprised of ethnically diverse patients, the need for increased education efforts and new strategic approaches is a critical step toward increasing the number of registered donors in multicultural communities.

David Fleming, DLA President and CEO, added: “DLA is excited to be working with AMAT on this new observance, which has the potential to reach specific communities in an innovative way. It is no coincidence that the words ‘community’ and ‘opportunity’ both include the word ‘unity,’ as together, we can create lifesaving change. This transformative observance highlights that great good that can come from sharing the importance of registering as a donor with our family, friends and communities.”

The new observance will be translated into multiple languages, including Spanish. Done Vida ECO, which stands for Esperanza, Comunidad y Oportunidad, translates to “hope,” “community,” and “opportunity.” Together, AMAT and DLA will offer a Donate Life ECHO digital toolkit that will include: social media banners, graphics, talking points, and an array of resources that can be customized for specific audiences. To learn more, visit: www.amat1.org/programs/echo and www.DonateLife.net/echo.

 

About the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT)
AMAT was established in 1992 to address the increasing need for organ 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 not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to saving and healing lives through increased organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America, with the help of its corporate partners, is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. For more information, visit: www.DonateLife.net.

 

Media Contacts:

AMAT
Ayanna Anderson, Public Relations Chair
aanderson [at] dnwest [dot] org, Ph: (510) 251.7003
Donate Life America
Aaron Kelchner
akelchner [at] donatelife [dot] net, Ph: (804) 377.3584

Erik Compton and Genentech Showcase the Importance of Donation for National Donate Life Month

 

In conjunction with National Donate Life Month, Donate Life America and Genentech have partnered to develop a PSA featuring PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton. The PSA also includes Los Angeles news anchor and kidney donor Phillip Palmer, along with additional transplant athletes who have received organ transplants and are leading active, healthy lives today. The key objective of the PSA is to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. For more information, please visit DonateLife.net.

Kenton Koch Partners with Donate Life America

Inspired by His Mother’s Heart Transplant, Kenton Koch of JDC Motorsports partners with Donate Life America to Increase the Number of Registered Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors

Kenton Koch & Donate Life CarRICHMOND, VA – MARCH 18, 2015 – Donate Life America (DLA) and Kenton Koch of JDC Motorsports are proud to announce that the two will work together to spread the inspiring message of organ, eye and tissue donation and increase the number of registered donors who save and heal lives. Koch, a twenty-year-old native of Glendora, CA kicks off the 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda series this week at the Sebring National Raceway in Sebring, Florida.

Koch knows firsthand about the lifesaving power of donation and transplantation. This past January, Koch’s mother received a heart transplant after spending six months on the national transplant waiting list. “It’s amazing to think that someone else’s heart is beating within her,” said Koch. “Thanks to them and their decision to be a donor, I still have my mom here today.”

Now in his second season as a Mazda Motorsports Development driver, Koch is excited to be adding the Donate Life logo to the other sponsor names on his car in order to honor those who have given the gift of life, like his mother’s heart donor. “The generosity of those who have registered are second to none,” said Koch. “I hope that by sharing my mother’s story on and off the track, we can inspire even more people to register and help put a big dent in the national transplant waiting list.”

Nearly 124,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Those who are waiting are sisters, brothers, sons, fathers, daughters, grandparents, grandchildren, and mothers. “Knowing what it is like to have your mother on the waiting list and dealing with the uncertainty that comes with it, I don’t want others to go through that. Not everyone is as lucky as my mom,” said Koch. Sadly, on average, 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.

“With more registered donors comes more hope for those waiting,” said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “The organ shortage is a public health crisis that we know how to fix – all it requires is more signatures.” To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and to register your decision to be a donor, go to www.donatelife.net.

Click here for Kenton Koch’s official website. Koch’s 2015 schedule is as follows:

Date                                                  Venue                        

March 18-20                                    Sebring International Raceway

April 10-12                                       NOLA Motorsports Park

June 25-27                                      Watkins Glen International

July 9-12                                          Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

August 7-9                                       Road America

August 28-29                                  Virginia International Raceway

Sept 30 – Oct 2                               Road Atlanta

 

About Donate Life America
Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to saving and healing lives through increased organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America, with the help of its corporate partners, is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. Our vision is a nation that embraces organ, eye and tissue donation as a fundamental human responsibility. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life℠; develops and executes effective multimedia donor education programs; motivates the American public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries;

About Kenton Koch Racing
20-year old Kenton Koch has been racing for over a decade, starting out in karts at age eight.  The Glendora, CA native balanced his schoolwork with racing as he moved up to racing with the Skip Barber Racing School where he won 35 races over three years. Kenton went on to win the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich with 6 wins of 12 races earning him a $200,000 scholarship provided by Mazda Motorsports. He also is representing the U.S. in the FiA Young Driver Excellence Academy in 2015. When not at the racetrack, Kenton is a full-time student at Cal State Fullerton where he is majoring in Business.

About JDC MotorSports
Involved in formula car racing since its inception in 1994, JDC MotorSports has established itself as one of the leading junior open-wheel teams in North America. Initially making its mark in the F2000 class of club racing competition, JDC MotorSports expanded into the Pro Mazda in 2005. Over the years, the Minnesota based team has remained focused on helping develop young drivers while winning numerous races and championships. In 2014, JDC MotorSports entered under JDC Miller MotorSports, a program in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge class. For 2015, JDC MotorSports will again operate multicar entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series as well as the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship Powered by Mazda series. In addition the team will run again under the entry of JDC Miller MotorSports.

Ma’ake Kemoeatu Receives Donate Life Champion Award

Contact: Aaron Kelchner, Marketing Communications and Data Coordinator
Email: 
akelchner [at] donatelife [dot] net
Phone: 804.887.9434

BALTIMORE, MD - October 30, 2014

In recognition of Ma’ake Kemoeatu’s outstanding support of organ, eye and tissue donation, Donate Life America and Donate Life Maryland presented the former Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman with a Donate Life Champion award.  This award is being given to select members of the athletic community from across the country who have inspired others to give the gifts of life, sight and mobility.  Other national Donate Life Champions include Michael Jordan, Boomer Esiason, Robin Roberts, Erik Compton, Ikey Woods and Ravens President Dick Cass.

Ma’ake was nominated by Donate Life Maryland and unanimously selected by the National Committee after learning of his living kidney donation to his brother, Chris, formerly with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since his living kidney donation, Ma’ake and Chris, have appeared on various television programs promoting the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and sharing their living donation story.

With gratitude for this prestigious award, Ma’ake invites fans, community members and friends to register as a donor in his name at www.DonateLife.net and share their support using #FanForLife in their social media efforts.

“With the growing need for lifesaving transplants exceeding the number of organs available, we truly honor and support deceased and living donors -like Ma’ake – who have made this remarkable decision to help save lives,” said Libby Wolfe, Executive Director for Donate Life Maryland.

Currently, more than 120 million  people have already been inspired to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.  Each fan who joins the their state registry as an organ, eye and tissue donor in Ma’ake’s honor is known as a “FanForLife.”

“This weekend, the Ravens play the Steelers and we encourage football fans to show their support for our lifesaving cause by tagging their social media with #FanForLifeRavens or #FanForLifeSteelers,” added Libby Wolfe, “No matter who you are cheering for in this weekend’s game, let’s show that football fans are “FansForLife!”

DLA to Sponsor John and Diane Brockington for the Donate Life Float in 2015 Rose Parade

Contact: Aaron Kelchner, Marketing Communications and Data Coordinator
Email: akelchner [at] donatelife [dot] net
Phone: 804.887.9434

RICHMOND, VA – October 20, 2014 – Donate Life America is proud to announce it will host John and Diane Brockington on the upcoming Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Diane Brockington, a living kidney donor to her now-husband John Brockington, will walk alongside the Donate Life Float among the twelve generous yet otherwise ordinary people who donated a kidney so that others could live. These living donors will walk the five-mile parade route to underscore what can be achievable after donating a lifesaving organ and demonstrate the vitality of people who have done so. John Brockington will ride aboard the float with thirty fortunate recipients of organ and tissue transplants. Together, the Brockingtons will share their amazing “Never-Ending Story” on New Year’s Day through their participation in this year’s float.

An All-American running back at Ohio State, Brockington was a part of the Super Sophomores who won the National Championship in the 1969 Rose Bowl, returning again in 1971. He wasted little time proving himself worthy of the Green Bay Packers’ first pick in the 1971 NFL draft. After posting an NFL rookie rushing record 1,105 yards in 1971–while at the same time nabbing All-Pro and NFC Rookie of the Year honors–Brockington went on to become the first running back in NFL history to surpass 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. In just his second year, Brockington helped carry the Packers to the NFC Central Division championship, something they wouldn’t do again until 1995. A three-time Pro Bowler, Brockington was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1984.

After moving to San Diego, Brockington became friends with long time Packer fan, Diane Scott. When John suffered kidney failure in 2000, Diane and her daughter Jessica offered to become his donor. In an amazing example of matching that defied ethnicity and size, the 5’2” donor was able to offer her smaller kidney to her 6’1” friend the week after Thanksgiving in 2001. Thirteen years later, the kidney is still performing like a champ, proving that the two are a perfect match.

After returning to health, John asked Diane to marry him, and now as husband and wife they direct the John Brockington Foundation to increase organ, eye and tissue donation and raise funds for people on dialysis awaiting a transplant.

“I think the label ‘hero’ is inappropriate,” said Diane Brockington, referring to herself as a living kidney donor. “If the Rose Parade does nothing else, it should illustrate that ordinary friends and strangers can do extraordinary good through the achievable act of living donation.”

Although a kidney recipient, John Brockington has also witnessed the impact tissue donation can have on the lives of athletes. “Tissue donation returns thousands of athletes to the field at all levels of the game,” said Brockington. “Not only that, but it has allowed millions more to live normal, everyday lives and pursue activities that many of us take for granted.”

The 12th Annual Donate Life Rose Parade float, called The Never-Ending Story, will feature butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize the enduring power of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. The Donate Life float and its honored participants are the centerpiece of a national campaign that leads up to the 2015 Rose Parade, themed “Inspiring Stories.”

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2014 Annual Update Released

Donate Life America is pleased to release our 2014 Annual Update, Registrations, Recognitions, Relationships. Thanks to generous support from the Donate Life Community, our shared achievements over the past year include.

  • 48 percent (117,108,378) of the U.S. population age 18 and over registered as donors; as well as 43 percent of recovered organ donors, 49 percent of recovered tissue donors and 52 percent of recovered eye donors authorized through state donor registries.
  • Successful collaborations ranging from the Transplant Games of America, Walgreens and Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design to corporate partnerships with Genentech and AATB.
  • 145,000 Donate Life America Facebook fans and an average reach of 160,000 impressions per week with a lifesaving message about donation.
  • Launch of a 10-part Donate Life America Community webinar series covering topics from inspiring multicultural communities to capitalizing on effective social media strategies.
  • Funding support from more than 250 transplant centers, labs, OPOs and eye banks, as well as thousands of gifts made in memory or honor of those touched by donation and transplantation.
  • Pinnacle Awards presented to Donate Life State Teams and individual organizations in recognition of best practices that increase donor designation or advance a culture of trusted donation expectation.

Efforts to register new donors and recognize them for their lifesaving and healing decision will continue as we seek to develop relationships with these potential new donation advocates to help build a culture of trusted donation expectation. Now, together with the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, we take on the challenge of increasing the number of lives saved and healed through transplantation.

From new national campaigns to involvement in living donation education and advocacy to a new centralized registry, there is much to look forward to in the coming year. Please take a few moments to celebrate our joint success and consider the possibilities and power of our partnership going forward. We thank you for your support and look forward to furthering this lifesaving work together.

G. David Fleming

President and CEO

Click here to access the 2014 Annual Update.

2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float Design Unveiled

For Immediate Release

2015 DONATE LIFE FLOAT SHARES ‘THE NEVER-ENDING STORY’
OF ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONATION WITH ROSE PARADE® AUDIENCE

Books and Butterflies Dramatize How the Decision to Donate Endures
by Saving, Healing and Transforming the Lives of Recipients

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. June 17, 2014 – More than 70 organizations supporting Donate Life America’s life-saving mission unveiled their 12th Donate Life Rose Parade float, “The Never-Ending Story,” featuring butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize the enduring power of 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 2015 Rose Parade, themed “Inspiring Stories.”

“Every donation of organs, eyes and tissue begins an inspiring story that lives on forever,” declared Bryan Stewart, chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float Committee. “In their passing, deceased donors open up a world of health, sight and mobility to people in need. The gifts from living donors release family members, friends and even strangers to live more fully. Grateful transplant recipients are freed to contribute to their families, communities and future generations. Through its endless power to save, heal and transform lives, organ, eye and tissue donation is truly The Never-Ending Story.”

The 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, coordinated by OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ recovery agency that serves the Los Angeles metropolitan area, features 60 beautiful butterflies emerging from an open book, representing the number of lives transformed by a single deceased donor. The butterflies ascend above 72 volumes adorned with floragraph portraits of deceased donors whose legacies are nurtured by their loved ones. Walking alongside the float will be 12 living organ donors whose stories have become intertwined with those of their recipients. Seated among thousands of dedicated roses are 30 riders representing transplant recipients who celebrate the new chapters of their lives made possible only by the generosity of donors.

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 its twelfth year, Donate Life’s Rose Parade float participation is celebrated at hundreds of events nationwide where families put the finishing touches on floragraph portraits and donation and transplant professionals present dedicated roses to donor families, living donors and community partners who play a role in making donation possible.

This year, the float campaign is headed by Annie Kure of OneLegacy, who serves as the float’s program manager. “I am honored to support our partners as we bring the important message of donation to millions of people nationwide,” said Kure. “Our campaign urges Rose Parade viewers of all ages to start their own never-ending stories by helping the one million people in need of life-saving and healing organ, tissue and cornea transplants each year. We encourage everyone to join America’s 120 million registered donors so that those who need a transplant can benefit from one.

The 2015 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 American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB); Dignity Memorial® network; Bridge to Life, Ltd; Donate Life America; Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network & University of Rochester Medical Center; Iowa Donor Network; The Order of St. Lazarus; Ryan Viator’s Legacy; TBI/Tissue Banks International; and Webco Mining, Inc.

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.

Anyone can sign up when renewing a driver’s license or state ID, or by visiting www.DonateLifeAmerica.org. Further information about the Donate Life float can be found at www.DonateLifeFloat.org.

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 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Inspiring Stories,” will take place Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the parade, the 101st Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. (PST) 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 www.tournamentofroses.com.

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Contacts:      Elena de la Cruz, (213) 229-5671 oredelacruz [at] onelegacy [dot] org

Rivian Bell, (213) 612-4927, (310) 463-9229, or rbell [at] jdipr [dot] com

 

Donate Life America To Co-Produce “The Wish” With CME Films

June 18, 2014
For Immediate Release

DONATE LIFE AMERICA TO CO-PRODUCE THE WISH – A STORY OF HOPE, FAITH AND GENEROSITY – WITH CME FILMS

RICHMOND, VA – As part of its commitment to increasing the number of lifesaving and healing transplants, Donate Life America is partnering with the Georgia-based independent film production company, Creative Media Entertainment (CME) Films, to produce the dramatic and inspirational film, The Wish – A Story of Hope, Faith and Generosity. Written by CME Films’ Founder and Director Ty Manns, The Wish is a faith-based film about a beloved high school teacher’s kidney failure and her struggles as she awaits the kidney transplant she needs to save her life. The project is organized through the CME Films SAVE1000™ non-profit partnership platform, which specializes in producing entertaining “call-to-action” films and video content.

Commenting on the announcement, Ty Manns said, “We’re very grateful to Donate Life America. The missions of SAVE1000 and Donate Life America mesh perfectly, and the opportunity to work with an organization invested in saving and healing lives is a true blessing.”

David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America said, “We are thrilled to be working with Ty and CME Films to bring the inspiring message of donation and generosity to multicultural and interfaith audiences by combining dramatic storytelling with public engagement. The flexibility and reach of digital media will ensure a wide variety of audiences in schools, churches and community organizations will hear the powerful message this film carries. We are confident this initiative will motivate more people to give the gift of life and register their decision to become organ, eye and tissue donors.”

When asked about what he hopes the film will achieve, Manns added, “The central focus of the film is to entertain, educate and inspire viewers to take action by registering as donors and perhaps even considering living donation. Because nearly 40% of those currently awaiting kidney transplants are minorities, and most suitable matches are often from the same ethnic group, the need for more registered donors within minority communities is clear. We pray that the audience will enjoy the film and be encouraged to think about how they can help others through donation.”

The film will be directed by Manns, produced in Columbus, Georgia and released in November 2014 for National Donor Sabbath and Thanksgiving, when families focus on blessings that they have and can give to others.

For updated production and release information visit www.creativemedia1.com. To register as a donor or for more information about donation please visit www.donatelife.net.

About Donate Life AmericaDonate Life America is a 501(c)3 not–for-profit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to saving and healing lives through increased organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America, with the help of its corporate partners is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. Our vision is a nation that embraces organ, eye and tissue donation as a fundamental human responsibility. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate LifeSM, and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries; developing and executing effective multimedia donor education programs, and motivating the American public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

About CME Films and SAVE1000™

SAVE1000™ is a fiscally sponsored, non-profit partnership platform which, by combining dramatic storytelling with public engagement, specializes in producing entertaining “call-to-action” films and video content. www.save1000.org

CME Films is a Columbus, Georgia based, minority/disabled veteran owned, full-service feature film and video content production company with the ability and capabilities to facilitate every phase of pre-production, principal-production and post-production film & video services. www.creativemeadia1.com

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Contact:

Aaron Kelchner, Donate Life America
804-377-3584
akelchner [at] donatelife [dot] net

Angel Terron, CME Films
678-477-3941

Deaths Equivalent to 22 Jumbo Jets Crashing Every Year Due to Organ Donor Shortage – Press Release

DEATHS EQUIVALENT TO 22 JUMBO JETS CRASHING EVERY YEAR DUE TO ORGAN DONOR SHORTAGE

RICHMOND, VA – Transplant surgeon and researcher, Christopher Barry, MD, PhD, presented new data analysis today at the Donate Life America Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD that indicates the average number of people who die each year before they can receive a lifesaving organ transplant is nearly 11,000 – or 30 people every day.

“That is the equivalent of 22 jumbo jets crashing every year with no survivors,” says Dr. Barry.

Since 1999, the donation and transplantation community has cited that the number of people who die while on the national transplant waiting list has hovered around 6,500 a year, or 18 a day. However, this does not take into account the more than 4,000 people who are removed from the waiting list every year due to being “too sick to transplant.”

“Being removed from the list because you are ‘too sick to transplant’ is generally not a good sign,” says Dr. Barry. “For people with end-stage liver, heart or lung failure, it usually means that they will die in a short period of time. There are certainly some people who can get back on the list because they are no longer ‘too sick,’ but they are in the minority.”

In addition, Donate Life America released the seventh annual National Donor Designation Report Card, which reports 117 million people had enrolled in state donor registries by the end of 2013. While the number of registered donors continues to rise steadily, it has not increased quickly enough to meet the needs of the growing national transplant waiting list.

According to Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), the waiting list has grown from 65,313 to 123,089 since 1999 – nearly a two-fold increase. Those who are taken off the waiting list for being “too sick” has increased almost four-fold over that same period. Despite the clinical success of transplant therapy for end stage organ failure, the number of transplants performed has remained generally flat for the past decade.

“We must consider those who die after being taken off the waiting list for being ‘too sick to transplant’ as victims of the national organ shortage, because a donor organ did not come in time for them to be transplanted and restored to health.” says David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “We can end this public health crisis by increasing the number of registered donors, promoting preventative health initiatives and encouraging people to consider living donation.”

Dr. Barry added, “It’s important to note that the equivalent of 56 jumbo jets, or 28,000 people, land safely and successfully each year through lifesaving transplants from both deceased and living donors. Donation is proven to save lives. We just need more of it.”

To register as a donor or for more information about donation please visit www.donatelife.net.

About Donate Life America

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 not–for-profit alliance of national organizations and Donate Life State Teams across the United States committed to saving and healing lives through increased organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America, with the help of its corporate partners is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. Our vision is a nation that embraces organ, eye and tissue donation as a fundamental human responsibility. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate LifeSM, and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries; developing and executing effective multimedia donor education programs, and motivating the American public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

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Contact: Aaron Kelchner
akelchner [at] donatelife [dot] net
804-377-3584