2014 Transplant Games of America in Houston, TX

Calling all donor families and tissue recipients! Mark your calendars now for the annual Transplant Games of America! The 2014 games will be held from July 11 through July 15 in Houston, Texas.  These games are held every year as a multi-sport festival event to help promote the need for organ and tissue donation. The purpose of the event is to show the world that transplantation is a treatment that does indeed work.

Living donors and transplant recipients are invited to come from all over the U.S. to logo for the 2014 transplant games in houston texasparticipate in this great event. Each state puts together a team of participants to compete in several different sports and activities. Events included at the upcoming games are a 5k Run (which is open to the public), basketball, golf, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, as well as many more.

Donor families are also encouraged to attend this event as there will also be special recognition of donor families and remembrance of their deceased loved ones including a special dinner, quilt displays, and other different activities. If you are interested in learning more about the 2014 Transplant Games, check out the video below or click here to visit their official website!







Donatos Pizza to Promote Donation Awareness

Have you ever experienced something so eye opening and powerful that it has actually changed your life? For Donatos Chairman Jane Abell, that situation occurred last year when she went undercover into a number of Donatos stores as a part of the CBS show, “Undercover Boss”. While participating on the show, Jane met a young woman with an incredible story named Kanisha who was working as a cashier at one of their stores. While working together, Kanisha told Jane all about her younger brother, Taylor, who passed away suddenly at the age of 14. Kanisha’s family was faced with a difficult decision, yet in the face of tragedy, they decided to say yes to the lifesaving choice of organ, eye and tissue donation. As a result, Taylor helped save the lives of several people through donation and to honor him, Kanisha wears a green “Donate Life” Donatos Pizza Chairman Jane Grote Abellbracelet at all times in his memory.

Jane was so touched by Kanisha’s story that she has decided to run a special promotion at all Donatos locations to help honor Taylor and to help spread awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation. Beginning on February 11th, the third anniversary of Taylor’s death, Donatos will begin accepting $1 donations from customers to help benefit Donate Life America and to spread awareness for this extremely important cause. All customers who donate will be given a green Donate Life wristband, just like Kanisha’s to show their support for donation awareness! Jane was able to stop by at a Donatos location in Kettering, OH to meet with some volunteers and members of local recovery agencies to eat some pizza, take some pictures, and discuss their upcoming promotion.

If you’d like to help support this cause, click on the link below to check out the Donatos website and find their location nearest to you!                           https://www.donatos.com/phoenix-web/menus_features/findARestaurant.jsp

If you want to check out some video clips from Jane’s appearance on “Undercover Boss”, follow the link below!http://www.cbs.com/shows/undercover_boss/video/0C55D214-516D-757C-8D17-A8F04F25E43F/undercover-boss-jane-grote-abell/