Skip Navigation

News and Events

Press Releases

Donor Designation Day
Sep 24, 2015 9:37:00 AM EDT

View All Press Releases


What's Happening

WhyNot


Living Legacy Foundation Events

Press Releases

Press Releases
  1. The Living Legacy Foundation Honors Professional Soccer Midfielder Andy Najar with National Donate Life America Award

    The Living Legacy Foundation, an organ and tissue donation program based in Maryland, is proud to announce one of their partners, professional soccer midfielder Andy Najar — formerly of DC United — has been selected by Donate Life America to receive a Donate Life Champion Award to recognize his efforts in promoting organ, tissue and eye donation among Baltimore’s Latino community.

    The Donate Life Champion awards are 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. Andy is one of sixty 2012 award recipients in the U.S.

    In 2012, Andy appeared in a Spanish radio spot, collateral materials that appeared in dozens of businesses in Maryland, and in a series of events in Baltimore to help the Living Legacy Foundation raise awareness about organ, tissue and eye donation among Latinos in Baltimore. With Andy’s help, The Living Legacy Foundation and Donate Life Maryland recruited more than a dozen Baltimore-area retail and restaurant partners to assist in raising awareness about organ donation through two large-scale community events featuring Najar. The events attracted and educated close to 2,000 Baltimore Latinos.

    “We’re so thrilled that Andy partnered with us, and he had an incredible impact in dispelling myths about organ, tissue and eye donation among Baltimore’s Latino community. This award is a way of thanking Andy for his support of our mission,” said Jennifer Gelman, director of Communications for The Living Legacy Foundation.

    In addition to the Living Legacy Foundation Baltimore events with Najar, which took place during National Hispanic Heritage Month, the organization also created an all-Spanish website, www.TomaUnMinutoSalvaUnaVida.org, where visitors can register to become a donor and share their donor stories with others through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

    More than 20,000 Latinos living in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant — more than 50 of them in Maryland. An average of 18 Americans of all ethnicities die each day due to lack of organ donors. Statistics show Latinos and other minorities have the best chance of a successful organ transplant if the donor is of the same ethnic background. By working with sports figures and their loyal fans across the country, Donate Life America hopes to significantly increase the number of registered donors and save more lives through organ donation and transplantation.

    For more information please contact Jennifer Gelman, Director, Communications at 443-833-0136 or jgelman@thellf.org

    Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:23:00 GMThttp://www.thellf.org/about/news-events/press-releases/The_Living_Legacy_Foundation_Honors_Professional_Soccer_Midfielder_Andy_Najar
  2. Maryland Residents Share the Gift of Life

    The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, a non-profit organization which facilitates the organ and tissue donation process and provides hope to those needing life saving transplants, announced today that more than 500 Maryland residents provided the gift of life through organ and tissue donation in 2012.

    In 2012, The Living Legacy Foundation facilitated 142 organ donors. Additionally, 373 Maryland residents became tissue donors resulting in thousands who will benefit from life enhancing tissue transplants of bone, skin, vein and eyes.

    “This past year represented one of the best years in the organization’s history and we will continue to focus on the positive momentum of 2012, as we strive to provide advocacy and comprehensive public and professional education to help the more than 2,200 Maryland citizens still hopeful and waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.” said Charlie Alexander, president and CEO of The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland.

    Also in 2012, seven local hospitals, Meritus Medical Center, Arundel Medical Center, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center and MedStar Franklin Square Hospital Center were awarded the Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for substantially increasing the number of donors at each respective hospital. The Medal of Honor Award is one element of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice designed to maximize the number of organ donors and increase the number of organs transplanted per donor.

    The commitment by these hospitals, and many others in Maryland, to increase organ and tissue donation at their institutions has helped many transplant recipients in our community and will continue in assisting the hopeful recipients who are currently waiting in Maryland,” added Alexander.

    The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland was also one of eight organ procurement organizations awarded with the Gold Medal recognizing the organization’s efforts to help save lives through organ donation, as well as honoring the lives of Maryland organ donors and providing exemplary care for donor families.

    “The work we do every day is not possible without the profound generosity of the families who offer the gift of life to others while experiencing a personal loss of a loved one,” adds Alexander. “This award is dedicated to those courageous people and their decision to give the gift of life.”

    The Living Legacy Foundation also continued its partnership with LifeNet Health’s Skin and Would Allograft Institute in 2012, allowing the organization to expand its ability to serve the needs of burn and non-healing wound patients locally and across the United States. 

    With more than 115,000 people nationally waiting for a life-saving organ, of which nearly 2,200 are in Maryland alone, and hundreds of thousands more are in need of tissue transplants to restore their health, mobility and sight, The Living Legacy Foundation encourages Marylanders to say ‘yes’ to organ, eye and tissue donation by registering online at www.donatelifemaryland.org , completing a donor designation form or by checking ‘yes’ to organ donation when applying for or renewing a Maryland driver’s license or state ID card.

    For more information, please contact Jennifer Gelman, Director, Communications, 410-242-7000, jgelman@thellf.org.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:33:00 GMThttp://www.thellf.org/about/news-events/press-releases/Maryland_Resident_Share_the_Gift_of_Life
  3. The Living Legacy Foundation Named One of Baltimore’s Top Work Places for Second Year in a Row

     The Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) of Maryland is pleased announce it has once again been selected as one of The Baltimore Sun’s  Top Workplaces. The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback and conducted by an independent, leading research firm, Workplace Dynamics, LLP.

    "It's an honor to again be recognized by The Baltimore Sun as a Top Workplace. This award demonstrates how well our employees work together, the camaraderie felt throughout the system and our continued focus on providing excellent quality of care for organ and tissue donors and their families,” said Charlie Alexander, president and CEO of The Living Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization which helps facilitate the donation and recovery of human organs and tissues for transplantation and research along with providing advocacy, family support and comprehensive public and professional education.

    Employees were asked to measure their employer on a variety of topics including direction, execution, career, conditions, managers, benefits, and engagement.

    LLF offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package that is highly competitive. Benefits include a health, vision and dental plan, as well as life and disability insurance. In addition, employees have the opportunity to participate in a 401K program, flexible spending accounts and an employee assistance program. LLF also offers tuition reimbursement, discounts with local organizations, free parking and a liberal paid time-off program. Most importantly, working at The Living Legacy Foundation offers employees an opportunity to work with one of the leading organ and tissue procurement agencies in the country and with a team whose dedication to saving lives is unmatched.

    With more than 115,000 people nationally waiting for a life-saving organ, of which nearly 2,200 are in Maryland alone, and hundreds of thousands more are in need of tissue transplants to restore their health, mobility and sight, The Living Legacy Foundation encourages Marylanders to say ‘yes’ to organ, eye and tissue donation when receiving or renewing a Maryland driver’s license or registering online at www.donatelifemaryland.org.

    For more information, contact Jennifer Gelman, jgelman@thellf.org, 443-833-1036.

    Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:46:00 GMThttp://www.thellf.org/about/news-events/press-releases/The_Living_Legacy_Foundation_Named_One_of_Baltimores_Top_Work_Places_for_Second_Year_in_a_Row

 
Back to top