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Donate Life America is happy to provide you with its 2013 Annual Update.
Donate Life America Teams Up with PGA Tour Golfer and Two-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Erik Compton to Raise Organ Donation Awareness
RICHMOND, Va., July 31–In 2013, Donate Life America is once again partnering with PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton on the educational campaign, “Play Through with Erik Compton,” which is supported by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. “Play Through” aims to raise public awareness of organ donation and urge Americans to consider becoming organ donors.
During Erik’s time on the 2013 PGA TOUR, “Play Through” will travel across the United States, highlighting the importance of organ donation and educating the public on how to register to become a donor.
“Off the golf course, organ donation is a topic that is very personal to me, which is why I am so excited to be partnering with Donate Life America,” said Compton. “I hope that by sharing my experience with others, Americans can see for themselves how important it is to learn the facts about donation and consider taking the next step of registering to become organ, eye and tissue donors.”
There are more than 118,000 candidates on the organ transplant waiting list in the United States.[i] This is more than enough people to fill a large football stadium twice over.[ii] Additionally, a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.[iii] This means that during a four-hour round of golf, approximately 24 people will be added to the organ transplant waiting list.
Number of Registered Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Continues to Rise Steadily
RICHMOND, June 27 – Donate Life America unveiled its sixth annual National Donor Designation Report Card during the organization’s annual meeting, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year. The document reports 109 million people had enrolled in state donor registries by the end of 2012. The public can add to that number and help save the lives of the more than 120,000 men, women and children awaiting organ transplants by designating a donation decision at www.donatelife.net.
This year’s Report Card puts specific emphasis on the efforts of Donate Life America and its constituents to reach the 18-24 year old demographic, who say they have not registered because they “have not heard about it” or “simply have not gotten around to it.” Though it is extremely important to educate all demographics, the 18-24 is least likely to register, followed closely by people 65 and older, who often erroneously believe they are too old to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
Nationwide, 45 percent of individuals age 18 and older have registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors. Montana and Alaska top the state list with 82 percent and 80 percent respectively, followed by Washington with 78 percent.
The document also reports that of all recovered donors in the United Sates in 2012, 40 percent of organ, 48 percent of eye and 45 percent of tissue donors, were authorized through the state donor registry. These numbers have continued to rise since Donate Life America began collecting this data in 2007.
“Eighteen people die each day due to a lack of available organs for transplant and the number of people on the national organ transplant waiting list continues to rise, “ said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “The only way to give greater hope to all of the individuals waiting is for all who have not year registered to take the time to do it today.”
Lantern Design with Riders, Walkers and Floragraphs to
Spotlight Importance of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – June 17, 2013 – More than 70 organizations supporting Donate Life America’s lifesaving mission unveiled their 11th Donate Life Rose Parade float: “Light Up the World,” a festival of beautiful lanterns which will inspire viewers worldwide to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. The Donate Life float and its honored participants are the centerpiece of a national campaign that leads up to the 2014 Rose Parade.
“We were inspired by the theme of the 125th Rose Parade, ‘Dreams Come True,’ to reflect on how our dreams are illuminated by the examples of others,” said Bryan Stewart, chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float Committee and vice president of communications at OneLegacy, the non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. “Through their life-changing experiences, individuals and families touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation shine a light on us all. Transplant recipients radiate with gratitude and renewed life thanks to the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donors; families of deceased donors rekindle their spirits by carrying on their loved ones’ dreams; and both living and registered donors are beacons of hope to patients who aspire to live longer, fuller lives. Like lanterns illuminating the night sky above or the path before us, those who give and receive the gift of life light up the world with their compassion and courage.”
The 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float entry features a festival of lanterns illuminating 30 riders – all grateful organ and tissue transplant recipients – and 12 living organ donors walking alongside to demonstrate their ongoing vitality. The float’s five enormous lanterns are adorned with 72 memorial floragraph portraits of deceased donors whose legacies of life shine brightly. The riders are seated throughout a dedication garden filled with thousands of roses bearing personal messages of love, hope and remembrance.
Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ, eye, and tissue donors. The campaign began as an idea expressed in a letter by lung recipient Gary Foxen of Orange, Calif., who wanted to show gratitude to donors who make life-saving transplants possible. Now, in addition to the 40 million viewers who view the Rose Parade in the stands and on TV, hundreds of events are held in cities and towns around the country to put the finishing touches on floragraph portraits and present dedicated roses to donor families and community partners that play a role in making donation possible.
The 2014 Donate Life float is built by Phoenix Decorating Company from a design by Dave Pittman and is coordinated by Donate Life America member OneLegacy. Each year, the Donate Life float campaign is supported by more than 140 official sponsors from coast to coast, including organ and tissue recovery organizations, tissue and eye banks, hospitals, transplant centers, state donor registries, funeral homes, donor family foundations and affiliated organizations. Joining OneLegacy as top-level benefactors are the Dignity Memorial® network, North America’s largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers; the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB); Donate Life America; the Orange County-based Donate Life Run/Walk Committee; The Order of St. Lazarus; SightLife; and TBI/Tissue Banks International. To date all 30 recipient float riders, 12 living donor walkers and 62 of 72 floragraphs have been sponsored.
“Every single person who takes action to be a donor gives hope to the nearly 120,000 people across America waiting for their dream – a life-saving organ transplant – to come true,” said Stewart. One person can save up to eight lives through the donation of lifesaving organs – heart, kidney, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine – and help 50 people or more who need corneas to see, skin to heal from burns, and bones and connective tissue for common knee, back and dental surgeries. In addition, approximately 6,000 lives per year are saved by living kidney and liver donors.
The Donate Life Rose Parade Float’s family of sponsors urges viewers to help make dreams come true for more than one million people in need of life-saving and healing organ, tissue and cornea transplants. Join America’s 110 million registered donors so that everyone whose life and livelihood depends on a transplant can have one. Sign up when renewing your driver’s license or by visiting 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 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Dreams Come True,” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the parade, the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO will kick off at 2:10 p.m. and feature an exciting match-up between two of the top collegiate football teams in the nation. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.
Equestrian Eventer Jordán Linstedt Partners with Donate Life America to Raise Organ Donation Awareness
REDMOND, Wash. — May 16, 2013 — Donate Life America and equestrian eventer Jordán Linstedt of Redmond, Wash. today announced a partnership to support and encourage lifesaving organ donation registration. Linstedt’s father Gary William Linstedt received a liver transplant toward the end of his 23 year battle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). The transplant gave Mr. Linstedt three additional healthy years with his family to celebrate his daughters’ successes and watch Ms. Linstedt’s riding career flourish. Ms. Linstedt and Donate Life America both believe passionately that passing on the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation is everyone’s responsibility.
“My dad always was and forever will be the source of my courage, determination and strength,” said Ms. Linstedt. “His gentle spirit guides my character while his resolve to fight for life pushes me toward my life-long dreams. I will forever be grateful to the donor whose liver gave my father new life for three years before he passed. Everyone has the power to give life by signing up as a donor today. It’s an important decision that may bring treasured time and immeasurable joy to another family.”
Ms. Linstedt set a goal to encourage 500 new members to register as an organ donor during the 2013 competitive season and join #TeamLinsted efforts to increase organ donation. To call attention to this cause, Ms. Linstedt will be riding with the Donate Life logo on her saddle pad at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. July 25-28, 2013. Ms. Linstedt will be riding her 10 year old Hanoverian named RevitaVet Capato at this year’s The Event. In the 2012, the pair had a beautiful fourth place finish in RevitaVet Capato’s first CIC2* event at this competition. The Event is a premier three-day equestian competion in the United States with over 450 of the world’s best horses and riders compete in eventing, an equestrian triathelon which includes dressage, show jumping and cross-country. With thousands of spectators excitely watching the competiton, horses and riders feel energy and pressure as they progress through The Event.
Currently nearly 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants (source: Donate Life America). Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight.
“With her father’s spirit driving her gracious personality and fierce determination, Jordán’s support will inspire equestrian riders, fans and more to sign up today to save lives,” said David Fleming, president and CEO of Donate Life America. “Recently, after tireless work on behalf of Donate Life America and our partners, we surpassed 100 Million registered organ, eye and tissue donors. But there is still work to be done. Jordán, along with every other person who signs up, is invaluable in the efforts to save lives.”
Visit the Donate Life America website at www.DonateLife.net and register. After registration, please return to www.JordanLinstedtEventing.com and select new donor. Existing donors will have an opportunity to show their support through a link on Ms. Linstedt’s page as well. Every donor, along with Ms. Linstedt, will make a difference and bring new life to families waiting for organ donations.
About Gary William Linstedt
Ms. Linstedt’s father and biggest fan, Gary William Linstedt, was the second born of Kenneth and Grace Linstedt on May 1, 1950 in Seattle, Wash. A graduate of Shorecrest High School in 1968 where he was a standout basketball player and honors student, Mr. Linstedt attended the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business and played basketball for the Huskies. Mr. Linstedt’s passion for the sport led him into the arms of his wife of 23 years, Barbara Linstedt. Mrs. Linstedt met Gary at a pick-up basketball game on a summer afternoon in Kirkland, Wash. Mr. Linstedt’s passion and drive on the court transitioned to his life off the court where he excelled as a father and raised two beautiful daughters, Ms. Linstedt and Markelle Linstedt. Mr. Linstedt was often referred to as a gentle giant, standing at 6’6” with a calming disposition. His greatest joys were his family and watching his daughters ride.
In 1987, only a few months after his first daughter Ms. Linstedt was born, Mr. Linstedt learned he had a chronic liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). For 23 years, Mr. Linstedt fought a long, hard and painful battle with PSC that led him to the University of Washington Medical Center where he received a liver transplant in 2007 followed by years of excellent medical care. Mr. Linstedt’s courage, determination and gentle spirit left lasting impressions on his doctors, nurses, friends and family.
In 2007, Mr. Linstedt’s liver transplant brought new life to the Linstedt family and gave them three additional years together. Ms. Linstedt remembers, “Dad was present at holiday gatherings, attended my sister’s high school graduation and traveled to my horse shows. He was always my biggest fan.” On Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at his home in Redmond, Wash., Mr. Linstedt passed away at the young age of 60 years old. That day the community lost a gentle giant but his heart, strength and courage lives on and is visible every time Ms. Linstedt rides.
About Organ Donation and Transplantation
There are nearly 120,000 patients who are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. [i],[ii]An average of 18 people die every day while waiting for a transplant; this is due to a shortage of available organs.[iii] Approximately 90 percent of Americans say they support organ donation, but only 30 percent know the essential steps that need to be taken in order to become a donor.[iv]
About Jordan Linstedt
Jordán Linstedt, 25, of Redmond, Wash. is top-level CCI**** equestrian event rider. She is currently training with the US Olympic Eventing Team Coach David O’Conner and the USEA Developing Riders in preparation for the prestigious 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in Lexington, Ky. on April 25-28. The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is the only CCI**** international level event in the United States, and Ms. Linstedt along with her 12 year old 17.3 hand Irish Sport Horse named Tullibards Hawkwind debuted last year with a brilliant top 30 finish. Ms. Linstedt is currently in California actively training and competing with Tullibards Hawkwind and RevitaVet Capato, her second mount and a nine year old Hanoverian. RevitaVet Capato moved up to the USEA Intermediate level in April 2012 and successfully competes at the CCI** level.
To see photos and videos of Jordán Linstedt, RevitaVet Capato and Tullibards Hawkwind, join #TeamLinstedt on Twitter or go to www.facebook.com/jordanlinstedteventing to catch the latest videos and interviews. More information on Linstedt and Jordàn Linstedt Eventing can also be found at www.jordanlinstedteventing.com.
Jordán Linstedt, 25, of Redmond, Washington is a rising star in the eventing community. In March of 2010, Linstedt competed in the International CIC*** at Galway Downs finishing seventh overall with her mount Tullibards Hawkwind and in July 2010, competed in the CIC*** at Rebecca farms finishing 12th. In November 2011, she returned to the CCI*** at Galway Downs finishing with a qualifying score to assure her and Tullibards Hawkwind a spot at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. She has ridden and trained with many top riders including Todd Trewin, John Camlin, Tamra Smith, Greg Best, Melissa Beardsley, and most recently Leslie Law who have all contributed a great deal to her success. Linstedt could not have made it to the top of the sport without the support of her many sponsors; Tom Neuman with RevitaVet, Purina Feeds, Grand Meadows, Revere Saddlery, YS Nutrition’s Equine-D, Redmond Equine, Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center, hit-air, Soless, Voltaire Design, Kerrits Preformance Equestrian Apparel, and Ford of Augusta who donated labor and materials on Linstedt’s Ford 450 that required repairs on the cross-country drive from Washington State to Florida to 2012. Linstedt started eventing only nine years ago and has rapidly emerged as a promising Eventer. Linstedt has a bright future ahead with aspirations of representing the United States in the Olympic Games. For additional information on Linstedt’s aspirations for the Olympics and her eventing services, please visit www.jordanlinstedteventing.com.
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RICMOND, VA – November 6 – As part of the “20 Million in 2012” campaign to register 20 million new people to state organ, eye and tissue donor registries this year, Donate Life America worked with state affiliates to present more than 50 Donate Life Champion awards to well-known athletes, teams and other role models within the sports community who have demonstrated remarkable support for organ, eye and tissue donation.
In its inaugural year, the Donate Life Champion awards are 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. National Donate Life Champions include pro-golfer Erik Compton; NFL analyst and retired quarterback Boomer Esiason; Wake Forest University’s head baseball coach, Tom Walter; the Arizona Diamondbacks; and San Francisco Giants coach Mark Gardner.
More than 115,000 Americans are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. By working with sports figures and their loyal fans, Donate Life America hopes to radically increase the number of registered donors.
Fans of sports figures are encouraged to join their state donor registry in their honor, to be known as a FanForLife. Each FanForLife has the potential to save up to 8 lives through organ donation and improve the quality of life for up to 50 people through eye and tissue donation. To join your state registry visit www.donatelifeamerica.org.
Donate Life America is happy to provide to you its 2012 Annual Update.