March 31, 2011
A Dozen Southland Events Focus Attention on Organ and Tissue Donation for April's National Donate Life Month
Programs Range from Consulate General of Mexico Reception in L.A. to Donate Life Run/Walk for 9,000 in Fullerton
Consulates, municipalities, hospitals, transplant centers, and corporations throughout the greater Los Angeles area are hosting more than a dozen festivities during the month of April to celebrate and inspire the life-saving gifts of organ and tissue donation. April is recognized as National Donate Life Month, and this year’s schedule of events in the Southland tops all prior years.
“It is wonderful to see so many communities and organizations are excited and enthusiastic participants in Donate Life Month across Southern California,” noted Tom Mone, CEO and executive vice president of OneLegacy, the non-profit, federally designated organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. “Spring is a time of rebirth, and National Donate Life Month reminds all Americans that organ and tissue donation brings renewal to the sick and keeps the memory of donors alive through their generosity. We are grateful to our many partners who have come forward to share the remarkable power of donation to the 19 million Californians in our area.”
The first major community event focuses on the important role of Latinos in supporting the regional, statewide and national “Done Vida” campaign. A first-time reception at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles on April 5, “Noche de Celebración Done Vida,” recognizes the many Latino donors, donor families and transplant recipients in the area and highlights Latinos as the largest group of patients now waiting for organ transplants in California. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and features elected officials, community leaders, and local celebrities.
Throughout the month, numerous hospitals and municipalities are holding flag-raising ceremonies in concert with Donate Life America’s national Flags Across America celebration. Featuring Donate Life flags as symbols of unity and hope, hospitals in Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties are hosting ceremonies to honor their donor families and recipients and raise the flags that passersby will see throughout the month of April.
Capping the month is the annual Donate Life Run/Walk and Family Festival, now in its ninth year, at a new, larger location at Cal State Fullerton’s Intramural Field on April 30. Nearly 9,000 people are expected to participate in what has become the largest run/walk of its kind in the country. The event was founded in 2003 by a Fullerton couple – Kathleen Hostert donated a kidney to her husband Craig – who wanted to help the kidney patients they befriended while Craig was on dialysis. The couple now oversees hundreds of volunteers and a 60-member working committee.
The Donate Life Run/Walk has earned a broad spectrum of support from dozens of local mayors, businesses and media, and includes a variety of entertainment, recreation, food and shopping in a festival atmosphere. Among the celebrities participating this year are Ann Lopez, television producer and kidney donor to actor/comedian George Lopez; American Idol finalists Katie Stevens and Tim Urban; and Grammy award-winning pop/R&B group All-4-One. The event’s presenting sponsor is Moss Adams, LLP, the 11th-largest accounting and consulting firm in the U.S., which made a multi-year commitment to the event. Returning sponsors include W.L. Butler construction in Irvine; Vons Stores; and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Nearly 20 area mayors, civic officials and city council members are expected to show their support for the cause via the seventh annual Mayorathon Challenge. For Donate Life Run/Walk registration and updates, see www.donatelifeoc.org.
Beginning April 13, the dramatic “Flame of Life” will be visible outside St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. The large torch and base, which represent donors, recipients, and waiting list candidates, is designed to inspire all those who see it to give the gift of life to others.
Focusing on local government, Donate Life Ambassadors and “Embajadores” – volunteers who have been directly touched by donation and transplantation – are receiving DMV/Donate Life California Month proclamations from three counties and dozens of cities across the Southland.
OneLegacy is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. With more than 200 hospitals, 12 transplant centers and a diverse population of 19 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ and tissue recovery organization in the world.
Those wishing to make the commitment to donate may register online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or its Spanish-language counterpart, www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org. For more information, call OneLegacy at (800) 786-4077 or visit www.onelegacy.org.
SOUTHLAND DONATE LIFE MONTH EVENTS - April 2011
|Mar 31||Donate Life Flag-Raising, Antelope Valley Hospital|
|Apr 1||Donate Life Flag-Raising, Huntington Hospital|
|Apr 1||Donate Life Flag-Raising, Northridge Hospital Medical Center|
|Apr 5||Donate Life Flag-Raising, City of Long Beach|
|Apr 5||Donate Life Flag-Raising, California Hospital Medical Center|
|Apr 5||Donor Registration Drive Launch, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
|Apr 5||Donate Life Run/Walk Fundraising Dinner, W.L. Butler|
|Apr 5||Noche de Celebración Done Vida Reception, Consulate General of Mexico|
|Apr 8||Donate Life Flag-Raising, Western Medical Center Santa Ana|
|Apr 11||Formal Reception, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles|
|Apr 12||Donate Life Flag-Raising, St. John’s Regional Medical Center|
|Apr 13||Donate Life Flag-Raising, St. Joseph Hospital|
|Apr 20||Donate Life Flag-Raising, Good Samaritan Hospital|
|Apr 21||Donate Life Flag-Raising, Mission Hospital|
|Apr 28||Donate Life Flag-Raising, Community Hospital of San Bernardino|
|Apr 30||Fundraiser and Family Festival, Donate Life Run/Walk|
|Apr TBD||Donate Life Flag-Raising, San Joaquin Community Hospital|