Donate Life Louisiana celebrates in April

Donate Life Louisiana celebrates April as National Donate Life Month for the ninth consecutive year.

The month-long celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients in the United States.

Activities this month will focus on supporting Donate Life America’s new campaign, 20 Million in 2012, which looks to add 20 million new organ, eye, and tissue donors to state donor registries in 2012.

As part of its celebration, Donate Life Louisiana acknowledges the importance of educating the communities about the renewing power of donation and encouraging them to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

“We will be partnering with many area hospitals, schools, churches and corporate groups to promote the donor registry through different community events,” says DLL officials.

While 2011 marked the achievement of 100 million designated organ, eye and tissue donors in state donor registries, the need for organ, eye, and tissue transplants is steadily increasing.

Adding more donors to every state registry is critical and that is why this past January, Donate Life America launched its bold new campaign, “20 Million in 2012,” in order to mobilize the masses to register as donors this year.

As a part of the campaign, Donate Life America will host the Donate Life Blue and Green Virtual Fashion Show.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative and on Friday, April 20, we ask all Louisiana residents to show their ‘Donate Life Blue and Green’ through fashion, accessories, makeup or anything unique and take a photograph of their creation” DLL officials asks.

Post all pictures to the Donate Life LA Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/#!/donatelifela.

“We are excited to have an event that everyone across the state can easily participate in to celebrate National Donate Life Month, encouraging everyone to join the donor registry,” said Kirsten Heintz, state team leader for DLL.

To register as donor or for more information visit www.donatelifela.org, and become a fan of Donate Life Louisiana on Facebook.

Anyone interested in promoting organ, tissue and eye donation within their community, call 800.521.GIVE (4483) or email info@lopa.org.

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Donate Life Louisiana is a state-wide alliance of organizations, committed to increasing the number of registered organ, tissue and eye donors through educational programs and awareness campaigns.

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