(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.
On March 20th Midwest Eye-Banks and its affiliates – Cleveland Eye Bank, Illinois Eye-Bank, Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey and Michigan Eye-Bank – became Eversight (Eversight Illinois, Eversight Michigan, Eversight Ohio, Eversight New Jersey).
Our new name was chosen to better represent who we are – a growing network of community-based eye banks that, together, provides the resources and expertise of a global organization. Our vision for the future is to expand our reach, connect more effectively with our communities and provide a life full of sight to all people in need. As Eversight, we will continue to fulfill our mission of preserving and restoring sight through transplantation, research, education and partnership.
Our addresses, phone numbers and Tax ID remain the same. Please update your records with our new name.
My Vision is Eversight
The Story – Making Vision a Reality
20 Million in 2012 Campaign – How You Can Help
Recently the donation and transplantation community celebrated the achievement of 100 million registered organ, eye and tissue donors. However, as long as the need for donated organs surpasses the supply and patients die awaiting a lifesaving transplant, more must be done.
To address this critical need, Donate Life America has launched the 20 Million in 2012 campaign. Local, state and national events like Donate Life Flaunt Your Blue and Green, Donate Life Linking Hands, Donate Life Champions and Fan for Life, and Donate Life Flash Mobs will help to draw attention to the need but reaching the goal will require the involvement and action of Everyone who has been touched by donation and transplantation. This means you!
Here’s how you can help:
- Register to be a donor at donatelifeamerica.org
- Prepare your “elevator speech” to make sure it includes the request of someone to register as a donor.
- Share your donation/transplantation story with friends in person, in writing, by email or phone (ask them to register with their state donor registry or at donatelifeamerica.org).
- Share your story with the Donate Life community by visiting Facebook and write on the wall
- Volunteer with your local recovery agency
- Use the Hope card
- Order and use promotional items; order at http://store.donatelife.net/
- Use 20 Million in 2012 Web banners and Facebook button
On behalf of Donate Life America and the many people who will be touched by your efforts, thank you for your commitment. Check back often for updates on the 20 Million in 2012 campaign.
Richmond, VA (April 19, 2011) – The fourth annual National Donor Designation Report Card prepared by Donate Life America shows 94.7 million people were enrolled in state donor registries at the end of 2010. This represents an increase of 36.5 percent since 2007—a triumph for the donation and transplant community.
Still, with more than 110,000 men, women and children on the national patient waiting list for organ transplants, the need for registered donors remains great. The public may designate their decision to donate life by accessing their state donor registry through www.donatelife.net.
Nationwide, 40 percent of people age 18 and older have registered as donors. Alaska and Montana top the list with a reported 76 percent each, followed by Utah and Washington both with 72 percent and Oregon with 71 percent.
Last year, of all recovered donors in the United States, 32.8 percent of organ, 42.2 percent of eye and 37.3 percent of tissue, were in their state donor registry at the time of death. These numbers have continued to rise since Donate Life America launched the Donor Designation Collaborative and began collecting this data.
Along with registering 100 million donors, another goal of Donate Life America is to achieve a 50 percent donor designation rate, the rate at which individuals join their state donor registry as a percentage of all driver’s licenses and ID cards issued within a specific period of time. Currently, 14 states have met or exceeded this goal, led by Alaska (76 percent), Colorado (65.6 percent) and Montana (63.2 percent).
Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia are noted as having effective registries. This recognition is achieved by meeting specific criteria including having passed state legislation that authorizes recovery agencies to honor a donor’s decision to make an anatomical gift with no further requirement for family authorization for organ, eye and tissue donation.