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Date: Sep 2015

Fundraiser aimed at creating awareness, raising funds, while helping people tackle a personal challenge

Donate Life Maryland (DLMD) is set to roll out some new and exciting initiatives this fall to help promote the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation statewide.  The Maryland based nonprofit has some ambitious initiatives planned to get every citizen registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor.    

First Fundraiser

Donate Life Maryland is a nonprofit that is funded by voluntary, monetary contributions made by customers at the MVA.  “We rely upon these donations to keep our organization running but also realize the need to do more – especially in the form of outreach and awareness events,” said Libby Wolfe, Executive Director of DLMD. “We recognize the need for fundraising but at the same time, want to create an awareness event that was special so people would want to be part of it – we think we found the prefect combination with #DoTheLifeThing,” said Wolfe.

Donate Life Maryland partnered with CrowdRise - the world's #1 fundraising site - to offer persons the opportunity to setup their own fundraising challenge or to support someone by donating to their fundraiser - all completely and securely online.  At DoTheLifeThing.org. By recognizing that people often ‘put off’ making end-of-life decisions – such as registering as a donor – Donate Life Maryland also saw this theme continue through to people’s personal lives with personal fears and challenges.  Thus,   #DoTheLifeThing was born. 

“Most of us have something that we are putting off – be it a fear or just something that we know we should be doing in our lives but can’t face it,” said Libby Wolfe.  “For me, it’s getting across the Bay Bridge, I know, it sounds crazy but I just can’t get myself over that thing. I’ve found alternate routes to get me over to the eastern shore but the thought of going over it terrifies me.”  Wolfe has decided to challenge this fear and use it as an awareness event to help raise funds for #DoTheLifeThing.  “I know others have something that’s holding them back too, if we all sign up, take the challenge and support each other – we’ll not only help ourselves over a major hurdle, but we’ll be raising funds and awareness for this amazing cause of organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Wolfe. Persons can either support Libby Wolfe to help get her over the bridge or create their own fundraising challenge. 

“I’m putting myself out there and I plan to document my progress via video – it won’t be pretty but I’m ready to tackle my personal challenge while raising funds and awareness,” said Wolfe. 

DoTheLifeThing.org is now live and runs for 6 months by offering participations 3 months to complete their own personal challenge.  Persons are encouraged to join, donate, help share the word socially - or all of the above at DoTheLifeThing.org. 

Donate Life Maryland (DLMD) is dedicated to saving and healing lives by registering organ, eye and tissue donors throughout the state of Maryland. Donate Life Maryland maintains and manages the official Maryland Donor Registry through a partnership with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and with oversight by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

A nonprofit organization, dedicated to changing the culture of donation in the State of Maryland, Donate Life Maryland encourages a statewide call to action for residents to be designated donors, facilitates donor designations and upholds an individual’s legal commitment to be a donor.

In addition, Donate Life Maryland works with similar organizations throughout the country in a collaborative effort to improve donor designation rates nationwide. This national collaborative effort is led by Donate Life America. Donate Life Maryland has a reciprocal relationship with its founding organizations, The Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, Washington Regional Transplant Community and The Living Legacy Foundation, to provide comprehensive public education and outreach.

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Nonprofit to enact new legislation and enhance mission across the state

Donate Life Maryland (DLMD) is set to roll out some new and exciting initiatives this fall 2015 to promote the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation statewide. The Maryland-based nonprofit has ambitious strategies supporting their mission to register every Maryland resident as an organ, eye and tissue donor.    

The Enhancing Organ Donation Rates Act

As of 10/1/15, the Enhancing Organ Donation Rates Act goes into effect for Maryland. Aimed at increasing registrants at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) as well as offering information about organ, eye and tissue donation at specific government offices across the state, this law creates new avenues toward increasing donor designations. The Act is twofold:

1. Heart or No Heart - Offering MVA customers interested in becoming a donor, or renewing their donor status, the choice to have the heart symbol noted on their driver’s license/identification card

Currently, and only through September 30, 2015, all Maryland residents who register as a donor at the MVA have a heart symbol printed on their license. The change is in effect as of October 1, 2015. “We have often heard that while persons support organ, eye and tissue donation, they would prefer to not have a symbol notating this decision on their license or ID card,” said Libby Wolfe, executive director of Donate Life Maryland.

The option offered to Maryland residents is the first of its kind for any state. By presenting this choice, DLMD hopes to see an increase in new registrants. “When it comes to registering as a donor, it’s not about what’s on your license or ID, it’s what’s in the Registry that counts.” said Wolfe. “We are excited about what this change can mean for our mission.” She concluded.

2. Government Offices - Reminding Maryland residents who are filing their will or obtaining a marriage license to register as a donor

DLMD has partnered with all Maryland Register of Wills and Court Clerks offices to offer residents filing their will, or obtaining a marriage license, registration information about organ, eye and tissue donation, thus allowing DLMD to access residents at different governmental points of service beyond the walls of the MVA.

“With Maryland having an 8-year license renewal process, we want to remind persons making important life decisions – such as filing their will or obtaining a marriage license – to take a moment to register as a donor and share their decision with loved ones.” said Wolfe. “We are also so thankful for the hard work of our Maryland legislators who helped us enact these initiatives during this past session.”

More than 122,000 Americans are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  More than 3,635 are on the wait list in Maryland, with kidney being the most needed. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.DonateLifeMaryland.org.  

Donate Life Maryland (DLMD) is dedicated to saving and healing lives by registering organ, eye and tissue donors throughout the state of Maryland. Donate Life Maryland maintains and manages the official Maryland Donor Registry through a partnership with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and with oversight by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

A nonprofit organization, dedicated to changing the culture of donation in the State of Maryland, Donate Life Maryland encourages a statewide call to action for residents to be designated donors, facilitates donor designations and upholds an individual’s legal commitment to be a donor.

In addition, Donate Life Maryland works with similar organizations throughout the country in a collaborative effort to improve donor designation rates nationwide. This national collaborative effort is led by Donate Life America. Donate Life Maryland has a reciprocal relationship with its founding organizations, The Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, Washington Regional Transplant Community and The Living Legacy Foundation, to provide comprehensive public education and outreach.

 

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Donate Life Maryland Celebrates Inaugural Donor Designation Day 

October 6, 2015 is Donor Designation Day, celebrated in Baltimore and other cities nationally including Washington, D.C., and New York City. Research has shown that 95% of people support organ and tissue donation - yet only 56% are registered as donors in Maryland. Donor Designation Day is a day to ensure that EVERY person in the state of Maryland who wishes to save lives through the generous act of organ and tissue donation is designated in the Maryland State Registry. 

It is a day to ensure that every person in the state of Maryland who wishes to save lives through the generous act of organ and tissue donation is designated in the Maryland State Registry. This action only takes a few minutes and can make years of difference for another life down the road.

For more information about Donor Designation Day, please visit www.DonateLifeMaryland.org/DonorDay2015.

More than 122,000 Americans are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  More than 3,635 are on the wait list in Maryland, with kidney being the most needed. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.DonateLifeMaryland.org/register  

Donate Life Maryland (DLMD) is dedicated to saving and healing lives by registering organ, eye and tissue donors throughout the state of Maryland. Donate Life Maryland maintains and manages the official Maryland Donor Registry through a partnership with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and with oversight by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

A nonprofit organization, dedicated to changing the culture of donation in the State of Maryland, Donate Life Maryland encourages a statewide call to action for residents to be designated donors, facilitates donor designations and upholds an individual’s legal commitment to be a donor.

In addition, Donate Life Maryland works with similar organizations throughout the country in a collaborative effort to improve donor designation rates nationwide. This national collaborative effort is lead by Donate Life America. Donate Life Maryland has a reciprocal relationship with its founding organizations, The Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, Washington Regional Transplant Community and The Living Legacy Foundation, to provide comprehensive public education and outreach.

 

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