20 Million in 2012

Donate Life is making 2012 the year for bold and important progress in the land of organ and tissue donation.

We were all excited when, back in October, it was announced that 100 million Americans (about 42% of the population) are currently registered to be organ and tissue donors. Coming right on the heels of that is the announcement of the goal for this year: 20 million new organ and tissue donors registered this year.

Donate Life America, the national organization promoting organ, eye and tissue donation in the United States, is launching this bold new initiative, “20 Million in 2012.” The initiative focuses on radically increasing the number of people registered on state donor registries.

This official launch of the campaign comes on the heels of its announcement during the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, where every year since 2004 it has sponsored the Donate Life float. This year’s float again featured inspirational stories of organ donors and their families, a tradition that the “20 million in 2012” campaign will continue throughout 2012 as it features powerful stories of those affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.

“In 2012 we are making a bold statement about our commitment to save more lives,” says David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “With the majority of individuals in the United States wishing to be organ, eye and tissue donors, the biggest challenge to meeting our goal of 20 million will be getting people to take action and register today as an organ, eye and tissue donor at DonateLifeAmerica.org.

Donate Life is planning four national campaign efforts in 2012 to increase donor awareness and registration– the Donate Life Flash Mob on March 24, Donate Life Blue and Green Virtual Fashion Show on April 20, Donate Life Champions in Fall 2012 and Donate Life Linking Hands for Life all year long. As we learn more about these events, we will share them here with you.

If each of us takes just a moment to share the power of organ and tissue donor to just a few people, making this goal will be made easier and countless lives will be saved or made better because of your efforts.

A full copy of the Donate Life press release for 20 Million in 2012 can be found here.

2012 Rose Parade Wrapup

Did you see the Donate Life’s One More Day float? Did you see Kate? We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the 2012 Rose Parade this past Monday.

Kate Taylor was our representative for the Donate Life float. We watched it and it was spectacular! All of the floats were amazing, but we’re a little biased and thought this one was one of the best. It seems the judges agreed as the float won the Judges’ Special Trophy for outstanding showmanship and dramatic impact.

The photos and feedback we’ve received indicate this was an all-around success and fantastic experience for Kate. Kate is planning on writing a blog post on being a part of this and we’ll share it with you as soon as we have it.

In the meantime, here’s a video snip-it from the parade with the Donate Life float featured. (Video credit goes to Gift of Life Donor Program–thank you!)

So much hard work went into planning this float and then creating this float. Way to go, everyone on your winning efforts!

2012 Donate Life Rose Parade Float: We’re On Board!

You might have come across Kate Taylor’s remarkable story on our FiftyLives Wall of Hope. With sponsorship from us and Cryolife, Kate, who lives in Trafalgar, Indiana, will be one of 28 riders on the 2012 Donate Life Rose Parade float in Pasadena, California. Here’s an excerpt from our official press release:

At the age of 4, Taylor was diagnosed with aortic valve insufficiency and knew she would need a heart valve tissue transplant one day; but that day came sooner than she thought at the age of 22. Taylor stopped for a quarterly heart check-up and ended up enduring open heart surgery

Tissue donation helped her live a full life

Thanks to a transplanted aortic valve, Kate is alive and well. Kate wed the love of her life 29 days after surgery. She has gone on to study for her master’s degree, travel, work and enjoy life. She was able to carry a pregnancy and give birth to a beautiful, healthy daughter. “For this, and so much more, I am forever grateful to the family who chose to help another during their most terrible tragedy,” shared Taylor.

Taylor and her family will head to Pasadena, Calif. on December 29 to help decorate the float and participate in activities to promote donation.  Taylor shares her story as a tissue recipient hoping to inspire others to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.  “I’m truly honored and very excited to be on the float and to help spread the message about donation in such a beautiful and meaningful way,” said Taylor.

One More Day

The theme of the Donate Life Float is “One More Day.” Through their life-changing experience, the families of organ, eye and tissue donors, living donors and recipients of life-saving transplants know intimately the preciousness of time. On January 2, 2012, transplant recipients, living donors, and family members of deceased donors will join together to honor the preciousness of “One More Day” on the ninth Donate Life Rose Parade float.

Giant floral clocks will rise above 28 individuals whose participation as riders aboard Donate Life’s Rose Parade float will bring special meaning to “One More Day” and embody the nation’s most visible campaign to inspire people to save and heal lives as registered organ, eye, and tissue donors.

All of us here at FiftyLives are so proud to be even a small part of this wonderful event. Be sure to tune in to watch and catch a glimpse of Kate in the 2012 Rose Parade on January 2, 8 a.m. (PST). Here’s a list of TV stations you can tune in to watch this live.