Donate Life Maryland Wants People to #DoTheLifeThing
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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.
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.