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2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float to Feature Roses Dedicated to California Peace Officer Heroes

Fallen Peace Officers Not Forgotten

 TUSTIN, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014 – Southern California’s law enforcement community joined Donate Life California and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation Tuesday in honoring fallen peace officers during a special Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony. Dedications, written by family members, will be placed with fresh roses in the Dedication Garden on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade®.

DLFloat_5w_300dpi_rgbIn its 12th year, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has become the world’s most visible campaign to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation. Millions of people view the Rose Parade each year, held on New Year’s Day in Pasadena. Donate Life California and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation hosted the Rose Dedication Ceremony at the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Academy in Tustin.

Organ donation and transplantation affects people from all walks of life, including law enforcement officers. Corporal Steve Ahearn, Santa Ana Police Department, is one of the more than 22,000 Californians waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. He’s been on dialysis for three years awaiting a kidney donor to save his life so he can continue as a police officer.

“There is no doubt the fallen officers we are honoring today are heroes. They gave their lives for us all,” said Corporal Steve Ahearn, Santa Ana Police Department. “But you don’t have to take an oath to protect and serve to be a hero. Organ, eye and tissue donors are heroes, too.”

“Donor heroes and law enforcement heroes have something very important in common – they save lives,” said Charlene Zettel, CEO of Donate Life California. “California families and communities benefit from their generosity and sacrifice. We thank donor families and law enforcement families as well, for sharing their heroes with us.”

CPOMF logo“Many of California’s fallen officers continue to give the gift of life. Through their tragedy, others’ lives were saved and/or healed through organ, eye and tissue donation. Many other officers, like Officer Sablan, are able to give the gift of life without such a tragedy by selflessly offering to supply an organ to a fellow co-worker,” said Kevin Mickelson, president of the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation. “We, along with Donate Life California, wish to highlight the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and to remember all donors, their families, and their recipients whose lives are forever changed thanks to the gift of life.”

Other speakers and presenters included:

  • Assemblyman Don Wagner, District 68
  • Captain David Moeller, California Highway Patrol – Santa Fe Springs
  • Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff’s Department
  • Chief Sergio Diaz, Riverside Police Department
  • Tom Mone, Chairman, Donate Life Rose Parade Float Committee; CEO and Vice President, OneLegacy

The fallen officers recognized at today’s ceremony by their End of Watch (EOW) are:

The names and biographies of all California peace officers killed in the line of duty can be found at www.camemorial.org under the “Honor Roll” tab.

About the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade®:

RP2015_DonateLife_NeverEndingStory_4x6x300The 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, themed “The Never-Ending Story,” features 60 beautiful butterflies emerging from an open book. The butterflies ascend above 72 books 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. 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 (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.

Fast Facts from Donate Life California:

  • 21 people across the country die each day awaiting life-saving organ transplants.
  • One in five on the U.S. organ transplant waiting list lives in California.
  • All major religions support or permit organ, eye and tissue donation.
  • You’re never too old or sick to be a registered organ, eye and tissue donor.

About Donate Life California:

Donate Life California is the nonprofit, state-authorized organ, eye and tissue donor registry. As a public service, the registry assures all personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. The registry is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: Donor Network West (formerly CTDN), Lifesharing, OneLegacy and Sierra Donor Services. For more information about Donate Life California; how organ, eye and tissue donation saves and improves lives; and to sign up, please visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or in Spanish at www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org.

About the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation:

The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor California’s peace officers who gave their lives ‘In the Line of Duty’ serving the citizens of this great state, and provides support to the family members left behind. For more information, go to www.camemorial.org.

Governor Brown Says “YES!” to e-Registration for Organ, Eye & Tissue Donation

Real-time Data Collection Will Save More Lives in California

SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 8, 2014 – Smart phones are the state’s latest tool for saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 2399 (J. Pérez), which allows Donate Life California to electronically register individuals to be organ, eye and tissue donors by scanning their driver license or state-issued identification (ID) card into a secure smart phone application.

“e-Registration is fast, simple, accurate and secure. Using current technology to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor makes the process quicker and more efficient at community events,” said Cindy Siljestrom, president of the Donate Life California Board of Directors. “We hope to increase California’s registry numbers to reflect the true generosity of Californians by making registration as easy as possible.”

“I am pleased the Governor has signed AB 2399, to make it easier to verify a person has elected to become an organ donor,” said Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez. “With so many thousands of Californians awaiting an organ donation, it’s vital that we take every step to ensure that those Californians who wish to donate their organs have their wishes honored; and this legislation helps ensure that outcome. I also want to thank Donate Life California for their efforts on this bill and for all the work they do to promote organ donation throughout California.”

The majority of people on the Donate Life California Organ, Eye & Tissue Donor Registry sign up through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). However, only about 32 percent of licensed drivers in California are registered donors, despite a 2012 national survey stating that 94.9 percent of U.S. adults support donation.1 Sadly, California has one of the lowest state donor registration rates in the country, despite having the largest waiting list with more than 22,000 people needing life-saving transplants.

e-Registration will make it easier for people to become registered donors. Individuals can sign up onto the Registry in a matter of seconds while at community events and health fairs throughout the state by scanning their DMV ID card or driver license through a handheld smart phone device.

How E-Registration works:

  1. Scan the DMV ID card or driver license through an encrypted smart phone device
  2. ID holder confirms the information and desire to register as a donor
  3. Upload the information to the Donate Life California Organ, Eye & Tissue Donor Registry

1 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Behavior sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Fast Facts from Donate Life California:

  • 18 people across the country die each day awaiting life-saving organ transplants.
  • One in five on the U.S. organ transplant waiting list lives in California.
  • All major religions support or permit organ, eye and tissue donation.
  • You’re never too old to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
  • Do not rule yourself out! People with all medical conditions are potential donors.

About Donate Life California:
Donate Life California is the nonprofit, state-authorized organ, eye and tissue donor registry. As a public service, the registry assures all personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. The registry is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: Donor Network West (formerly CTDN), Lifesharing, OneLegacy and Sierra Donor Services. For more information about Donate Life California; how organ, eye and tissue donation saves and improves lives; and to sign up, please visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or in Spanish at www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org.

High concentration of Azithromycin in infected tissues is also caused by the fact that phagocytes and macrophages transport it to the site of infection and release in the area of inflammation. Azithromycin is prescribed in case of illness or injury at the time.

The Pink Dot Plate is Now the Donate Life Plate

license plate DON8TE with frame

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014 – Donate Life California announces the Pink Dot Plate featuring the pink “DONOR” dot is now called the Donate Life Plate and features the blue and green Donate Life logo, the national symbol for organ, eye and tissue donation. Reservations for this license plate are immediately available at www.DonateLifePlate.org.

The change to the Donate Life Plate is the result of overwhelming feedback from the state’s organ and tissue donation and transplant community that, while the pink “DONOR” dot is a recognized symbol for organ, eye and tissue donation in California, the blue and green Donate Life logo is preferred nationwide amongst organ donation and transplant advocates.

Donate Life California needs to collect 7,500 paid reservations, the number required for the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to produce and distribute the license plates to those with reservations. After that, funds raised from the Donate Life Plate will help save and heal thousands of lives by allowing Donate Life California to expand its statewide education and outreach programs.

In 2013, those programs:

  • Gave more than 3,000 organ transplant recipients in California a second chance at life, and improved the lives of thousands of tissue recipients.
  • Helped Donate Life California reach more than 10 million signups on the organ, eye and tissue donor registry. (More than 11.3 million donors are registered as of Aug. 25, 2014.)
  • Brought organ, eye and tissue donation education to more than 32,000 students in 183 high schools.

“Our work is far from over. Nearly 22,000 children and adults still await life-saving organ transplants in our state, and that list is growing,” said Cindy Siljestrom, President of Donate Life California. “Sadly, one-third of them won’t get their second chance at life. We can change that – the Donate Life Plate will help us inspire more Californians to say “YES!” to organ, eye and tissue donation.”

chp-1The California Highway Patrol, the state-agency sponsor for Donate Life California’s license plate, supports the change to the blue and green Donate Life logo.

“The California Highway Patrol and Donate Life share a similar overall mission, saving lives,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “The change in the design of California’s Donate Life Plate, so that it is consistent with the look proudly displayed by thousands of other motorists throughout the nation, represents a strong unified show of support for this life-saving initiative.”

The cost of the Donate Life Plate ranges from $50 for a regular plate to $98 for a personalized plate. Right now, they can only be ordered through www.DonateLifePlate.org. Once 7,500 paid reservations are collected and the DMV produces the plates, they’ll be available to order directly through the DMV.

Fast Facts from Donate Life California:

  • 18 people across the country die each day awaiting life-saving organ transplants.
  • One in five on the U.S. organ transplant waiting list lives in California.
  • All major religions support or permit organ, eye and tissue donation.
  • You’re never too old to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
  • Do not rule yourself out! People with all medical conditions are potential donors.

Please visit Donate Life California’s Stories of Hope web page to read more inspiring stories about organ and tissue donors and recipients from around the state.

About Donate Life California:
Donate Life California is the nonprofit, state-authorized organ, eye and tissue donor registry. As a public service, the registry assures all personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. The registry is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: Donor Network West (formerly CTDN), Lifesharing, OneLegacy and Sierra Donor Services. For more information about Donate Life California; how organ, eye and tissue donation saves and improves lives; and to sign up, please visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or in Spanish at www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org.

High concentration of Azithromycin in infected tissues is also caused by the fact that phagocytes and macrophages transport it to the site of infection and release in the area of inflammation. Azithromycin is prescribed in case of illness or injury at the time.

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