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New Year, New President at Donate Life California

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Cindy Siljestrom, Donor Network West Chief Executive Officer

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 12, 2013 – Cindy Siljestrom has been elected to a three-year term as President of the Donate Life California Board of Directors which administers one of the nation’s largest registries of organ and tissue donors.

Since it began in 2006, more than 10.6 million people have added their names on the registry as potential donors. Donate Life California oversees the computer data base on which people register their decision to become donors and later allows health professionals to follow through on that decision.

Siljestrom has served on the Donate Life California board since 2008, the year she was chosen as Chief Executive Officer of the Donor Network West . It and the three other federally-designated nonprofits in the state support families giving the gift of life as well as provide public education about donation.

“Of the more than 120,000 people in the country who are waiting for organ transplants, one in five of them are waiting in California,” Siljestrom said. “Each new donor represents the potential for a second chance at life.”

Siljestrom said Donate Life California will continue building on the strong ties with state organizations like the CHP, the California Hospital Association and especially the DMV.

“Nearly 95 percent of the people who register as organ and tissue donors do so at the DMV. The partnership has saved lives. We appreciate the DMV staff and their passion for a lifesaving cause.”

The board includes representatives from Donor Network West , Sierra Donor Services, Lifesharing and OneLegacy.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer for the Donor Network West Siljestrom administered a Bay Area hospice organization and held posts on statewide foundations in support of end-of-life care.

About the Donor Network West
The Donor Network West saves and improves lives by facilitating organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The Donor Network West partners with 175 hospitals in 41 Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada counties to offer the option of organ and tissue donation to families whose loved ones have died and coordinates deceased organ and tissue recovery and placement to waiting transplant recipients. Through its public education efforts, the hope is that every resident will chose to become a donor. The Donor Network West is federally designated as the region’s organ recovery organization. For information, call 888-570-9400 or visit www.dnwest.org.

Contact:
Anthony Borders
CTDN Communications
510-273-1226
aborders@dnwest.org

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