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Message from the CEO

Greetings from Donate Life California!

We are just about two months into 2015 and cannot believe how many people have signed up to be organ, eye and tissue donors so far this year – more than 220,000! That’s 50,000 more than during the same period last year. We are going to have no trouble reaching the 12 million mark by Donate Life Month in April! Thank you!

Who else do we have to thank? Our partnership with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Since 2006, the DMV has played an integral role in giving Californians the opportunity to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. The vast majority of signups to our registry, 95% in fact, have come through the DMV. And now, they are serving even more people in our state with the implementation of AB 60, a law that allows anyone who can prove their identity and California residence to apply for a driver license. We have no doubt that new law is going to help us achieve our biggest year yet!

Now, because we are seeing such HUGE growth in our registry, I want to take this opportunity to assure you that we will not only honor your decision to give the gift of life, as we are legally and morally obligated to do, should the opportunity arise, but that the information you provided when you signed up is secure and confidential and will never be shared or sold. Period.

I also want to make you aware of other organizations that claim to sign up or register organ, eye and tissue donors. While they may be well-intentioned, the only legally binding way to declare your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in the state of California is with the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry. And we only sign people up in these four ways:

  • Through the DMV when you apply for or renew your California driver license or ID card. (Please be sure to check “YES!” every time!)
  • On our website at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.
  • eRegistration: This is a brand new program we are rolling out in which trained Donate Life Ambassadors and staff use mobile devices to scan a California driver license or ID to input donor information into our donor registry. Stay tuned for details!
  • Paper registration forms that are filled out by you and returned to a Donate Life Ambassador and/or staff member.

Please note: Donate Life Ambassadors and staff operate on behalf of Donate Life California and the state’s four organ procurement organizations (OPOs). The four OPOs are: Donor Network West , Lifesharing, OneLegacy and Sierra Donor Services.

If someone “signs up” or “registers” in any other way, through any other organization, it is a declaration of intent only and is not legally binding in California. In addition, we caution that the information provided to other organizations may not be confidential or secure and could be shared with, or sold to, outside parties and organizations.

Your decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor is very important to us, to the more than 22,000 Californians waiting for life-saving organ transplants, and to the countless others whose lives can be enhanced with tissue or corneal transplants.

Thank you from all of us here at Donate Life California. Together we have the POWER to Donate Life!

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-797-2366 or info@donateLIFEcalifornia.org.

Sincerely,
Charlene Zettel
Donate Life California CEO

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Donate Life California Introduces Hospital Volunteer Online Toolkit

Resource will save and heal more lives through organ, eye and tissue donation

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 18, 2015 – Donate Life California has developed a new online toolkit to inspire hospital volunteers to create a culture of organ, eye and tissue donation in the hospitals and communities they serve. Donate Life California introduced the online resource at the 2015 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference hosted by California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (CAHHS) in Indian Wells, California.

The Hospital Volunteer Online Toolkit offers guidance for hospital volunteers wishing to support donation activities in their hospitals, as well as resources and information about organ, eye and tissue donation. The toolkit includes suggestions on how to:

  • Display Donate Life materials in their hospitals.
  • Initiate or join events for National Donate Life Month in April, such as Donate Life Flag Raisings and Blue & Green Day.
  • Request a trained speaker to discuss organ, eye and tissue donation at a hospital volunteer meeting.

The Hospital Volunteer Online Toolkit is available at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org/hospitaltoolkit/.

“Not everyone says ‘YES!’ to organ, eye and tissue donation. Unfortunately, that means about a third of the more than 22,000 Californians on the waiting list won’t receive the life-saving transplant they need,” says Charlene Zettel, CEO of Donate Life California. “Hospital volunteers, with their influence in their communities, can help us change that. Our online toolkit will empower them to help change our society’s attitude, mindset and dialogue about donation and transplant, which in turn, will save more lives.”

Fast Facts from Donate Life California:

  • One in five on the national organ transplant waiting list lives in California.
  • More than 28,000 people in the U.S. begin new lives each year thanks to organ transplants (about 79 transplants every day).
  • Anyone can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor regardless of age, ethnicity or medical history.

Please visit Donate Life California’s Stories of Hope to read inspiring stories about organ, eye 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. Individuals can add their name to the registry by checking “YES!” every time they renew/apply for their driver license or ID card at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This ensures their desire to donate life will be carried out. A pink “DONOR” dot is added to their driver license or ID as a symbol of their decision. Individuals can also sign up online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org. As a public service, the registry ensures 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 procurement organizations (OPOs): Donor Network West (formerly CTDN), Lifesharing, OneLegacy and Sierra Donor Services.

Media Contact:
Brianne Page
858-220-8351
brianne@donateLIFEcalifornia.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.

Donate Life California on “Good News Radio Magazine”

INGLEWOOD, Calif., February 4, 2015 – Donate Life California CEO Charlene Zettel, liver transplant recipient Terri Long and donor parents Jesus and Mindy Cruz talk about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation during a one-hour radio program, “Good News Radio Magazine”. The show airs 1-2 p.m. each Wednesday on KTYM 1460AM in Los Angeles.

Play the video above to listen to the program in its entirety. During the program, Charlene talks about why it is important to maintain an organ and tissue donor registry and the various ways in which people can register to be donors in California. She explains that there are more than 22,000 people in California alone who are waiting for transplants. Charlene also gives details about who can register, the various organs and tissues that can be donated, and quality of life for recipients and living donors. Terri Long shares her experience in regards to being a liver transplant recipient. She talks about her feelings in dealing with the notion that a family lost a loved one and she was the recipient of the donated organ. Mindy and Jesus Cruz share their story as parents of a donor. Their son Jesus “Jesse” Cruz collapsed one day and was not able to be saved, Jesse had registered to donate a few years before and was a candidate to be a tissue donor. Mindy and Jesus Cruz describe how their family talked about being donors and honoring those decisions for each other.

Terri Long shares her experience in regards to being a liver transplant recipient. She talks about her feelings in dealing with the notion that a family lost a loved one and she was the recipient of the donated organ.

Mindy and Jesus Cruz share their story as parents of a donor. Their son Jesus “Jesse” Cruz collapsed one day and was not able to be saved, Jesse had registered to donate a few years before and was a candidate to be a tissue donor. Mindy and Jesus Cruz describe how their family talked about being donors and honoring those decisions for each other.

To sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in California, be sure to check “YES!” every time at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can also sign up at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or 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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