In recognition of Ma'ake Kemoeatu’s outstanding support of organ, tissue and eye donation, Donate Life America and Donate Life Maryland presented Ma'ake Kemoeatu with a Donate Life Champion award.  This award is being given to select members of the athletic community from across the country who have inspired others to give the gifts of life, sight and mobility.  Other national Donate Life Champions include Michael Jordan, Boomer Esiason, Robin Roberts, Erik Compton, Ikey Woods and Ravens President Dick Cass.
 
Ma’ake was nominated by Donate Life Maryland and unanimously selected by the National Committtee after learning of his living kidney donation to his brother, Chris, formerly with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since his living kidney donation, Ma’ake and Chris, have appeared on various television programs promoting the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and sharing their living donation story.   
 
With gratitude for this prestigious award, Ma’ake invites fans, community members and friends to join the Donate Life Maryland Registry in his name at www.DonateLifeMaryland.org and share their support using #FanForLife in their social media efforts.
 
“Donate Life Maryland registers a person’s intent to be a deceased donor,” said Libby Wolfe, Executive Director for Donate Life Maryland. “With the growing need for life-saving transplants exceeding the number of organs available, we truly honor and support deceased and living donors -like Ma’ake - who have made this remarkable decision to help save lives.”
 
Currently, more than 2,580,000 people have already been inspired to join the Donate Life Maryland Registry.  Each fan who joins the Donate Life Maryland Registry as an organ, eye and tissue donor in Ma’ake’s honor is known as a “FanForLife.” 
 
“This weekend, the Ravens play the Steelers and we encourage football fans to show their support for our life-saving cause by tagging their social media with #FanForLifeRavens or #FanForLifeSteelers,” added Libby Wolfe, “No matter who you are cheering for in this weekend’s game, let’s show that football fans are “FansForLife!”
 
More than 115,000 Americans are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  More than 3,635 are waiting in Maryland with kidney being the most needed. For more information or to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit: www.DonateLifeMaryland.org.