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California to include important organ & tissue donation education in schools as Governor Brown signs AB 1967

SACRAMENTO, CA, September 26, 2012 – Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 26 signed Assembly Bill 1967, a bill introduced by the Speaker of the State Assembly John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), that will ensure information on organ and tissue donation is taught in health and science classes statewide.

“I am very pleased the Governor has signed my legislation which will encourage young people to choose to become organ donors by ensuring they have access to the information to help them make an informed decision,” said Pérez. “More than 20,000 Californians are currently awaiting an organ to become available through donation, and by ensuring students have information on how to sign up, we can help ensure that these Californians can have a new lease on life that comes with an organ transplant.”

As with drivers in other states, California teenagers obtaining their first driver licenses are presented with the question, “Do you wish to register to be an organ and tissue donor?” According to Donate Life California (DLC) data, young drivers (between the ages of 15 and 19) have been less likely to register as organ and tissue donors than those aged 20 to 49. Clerks at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) report uncertainty about the donation process among teenagers and their parents when it comes to the donation question on the driver license application.

In keeping with the goal of preparing students to make informed donation decisions, DLC sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 1967 (John A. Pérez). This bill, which passed the State Assembly and Senate with strong bi-partisan support, requires the Instructional Quality Commission and State Board to ensure that the health and science curriculum frameworks adopted in the course of the next submission cycle include the subject of organ procurement and tissue donation as appropriate.

“We greatly appreciate the tremendous support we have received from the Governor, the Speaker, the Legislature and the Department of Education for this vital legislation. Updating California’s health and science frameworks will give teenagers accurate information so they can make a confident decision about signing up to save lives on the Donate Life Registry,” said Donate Life California President Lisa Stocks. “We also hope that students will help us educate their parents and grandparents about the important Gift of Life possible from organ and tissue donation.”

California has the largest state donor registry in the country with more than nine million designated donors. But it also has the largest waiting list with approximately 20,000 transplant candidates. Californians lag behind most of the rest of the states when offered the opportunity to register. Of the 26 million licensed drivers and ID holders, only 36 percent have signed up to be organ and tissue donors (as compared to the 43% average for state registries nationwide). In 2011, only 26.9 percent of California DMV customers checked ‘Yes’ on their forms to register as donors, which places our state seventh from the bottom.

Despite the state’s lower donor registration rates, the DLC Organ and Tissue Donor Registry plays an increasingly essential role in saving and healing Californians in need of organ and tissue transplants. In 2011, one in four recovered organ donors and one in three recovered tissue donors were registered donors. Since the on-line registry was founded in April 2005, donors who had registered prior to death conservatively have saved and healed more than 100,000 lives through organ and tissue donation.

“It is a tragedy that nearly one third of individuals currently on the waiting list will fail to receive their transplant in time. I am hopeful that this bill will save more lives,” said Speaker Pérez.

About Donate Life California
Donate Life California is a nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry, administered by California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organizations, each responsible for facilitating the donation process in the state: Donor Network West , Lifesharing, OneLegacy and Sierra Donor Services. As a state-authorized public service, the registry assures that all personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure database, accessible only to authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel.

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The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation and Donate Life California honor fallen officers

Donate Life Rose Ceremony Welcomes Donors’ Family Members in the Eureka Room at State Capitol on Monday, December 17, 2012

Sacramento, CA, December 17, 2012 – Thirty fallen California peace officers will be honored for their heroism at a special gathering Monday, December 17 in Sacramento by the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) in collaboration with Donate Life California (DLC). The officers’ family members have been invited to personalize memorial rose vials that will be ceremonially placed on the 2013 Donate Life Float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and seen live on television by millions of people worldwide. The Press Conference and Rose Dedication Ceremony will be held in the Eureka Room at the State Capitol on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

“Today we pay tribute to our fallen officers who gave their lives serving this great state – many of them continue giving the gift of life through organ donation,” said Kevin Mickelson, president of CPOMF. “We are pleased to partner with Donate Life California to highlight the importance of organ donation and honored to recognize our fallen heroes and their families for the sacrifices they made.”

CPOMF and DLC join more than 100 organizations and hundreds of individuals nationwide who will contribute dedicated roses to the Donate Life float, themed “Journeys of the Heart.” The tenth annual Donate Life Rose Parade float entry will transport 30 riders representing deceased organ, eye and tissue donors, living donors, and transplant recipients and feature a pathway of looping hearts lined with 72 memorial floragraph portraits of deceased donors.

The Donate Life Rose Ceremony will include several guest speakers, among them: Susan Moody, a widow of Officer Bradley Moody; Michael Lause, Officer Moody’s transplant recipient; Kevin Mickelson, president of CPOMF; and Lisa Stocks, president of DLC.

During the event, each officer’s family will be handed two rose vials with a special tag where the family can write a personal message to their loved one. One vial will be kept by the family as a keepsake, while the other will make its journey to Pasadena, where the vial, carrying a fresh rose, will be ceremonially placed on the Donate Life float a few days before the 124rd Rose Parade, which will be held on January 1, 2013.

“Many of these officers went on to become lifesaving organ and tissue donors,” noted DLC president Lisa Stocks. “We truly consider all of them to be heroes in life and death.”

Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is the nonprofit state authorized organ and tissue donor registry which records the decision to donate in a secure, confidential database that is searched by authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. It is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: Donor Network West , Sierra Donor Services, Lifesharing and OneLegacy. With support from donation and transplant organizations nationwide, One Legacy has coordinated the Donate Life Rose Parade Float campaign since it was unveiled January 1, 2003.

For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit the official float website at www.donatelifefloat.org.

For more information about the fallen officers of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 visit the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation Honor Roll at http://camemorial.org/hr_2001-2010.php and http://camemorial.org/hr_2011-present.php.

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.

Facebook Partners with Donate Life America to Dramatically Increase Number of Registered Organ Donors

RICHMOND, May 1 – Donate Life America, the national organization dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors that saveand heal lives, today announced a major initiative with Facebook. Today, Facebook launched an upgrade to its timeline structure, which asks users to check their organ donor status and directs them to Donate LifeAmerica’s National Registration Page — allowing them to designate a donation decision if they have not done so already.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” this morning, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the new initiative and became one of the first Facebook users to sign up to donate on the social network. Tonight Facebook’s COO and one of America’s most powerful businesswomen Sheryl Sandberg will sit down exclusively with Diane Sawyer. ABC News affiliates, ABC News Radio, Yahoo! and ABCNews.com will also feature coverage of the exciting new initiative. ESPN will be running two powerful organ donation stories throughout the day on SportsCenter that encourage organ and tissue donation.

“We can’t thank Facebook enough for the organization’s commitment to helping save lives by encouraging Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. We are also grateful to ABC and ESPN for their dedication to this cause and for sharing this opportunity with their viewers. Thousands of lives will be saved or healed as a result of this initiative,” said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “We want to encourage every Facebookuser to take a moment and update their timeline, register to be a donor, and share their decision with family and friends. It is a simple way to provide hope for those in need.”

The partnership signifies a giant step for the organ, eye and tissue donation community, bringing major exposure to the need for more registered donors and leading the public to officially designate themselves as donors, providing hope to the over 114,000 men, women and children currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Thousands more await needed tissue or corneal transplants to resume normal lives or restore sight.

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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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