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The 30th Anniversary Blue and Green Gala

12/29/2016

Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) and its partners gathered to celebrate 30 years of saving and healing lives during the 30th Anniversary Blue and Green Gala on Nov. 11, 2016. The donation process in Arizona is an intricate program that relies on the support of many stakeholders all across the state. None of this work would be possible without the help of many partners – from media partners who bring heartfelt donation stories to their communities to hospital employees who care for their patients and fulfill the last wishes of donors and their families.

These are some examples of the people who save more lives than they know every time they come to work or bring donation into their communities. At the Gala, DNA presented 42 awards to its community, governmental, health care and media partners.

Karla Navarrete, reporter for CBS 5 Arizona and 3TV KTVK, emceed the award ceremony and shared her personal donation story. Because of her father’s heart transplant, Karla had the chance to spend 10 more years with him.

Celebrated on Veteran’s Day, the Gala highlighted Diana Pike’s story of her son Christian who saved five people through organ donation after he was killed in the line of duty. Christian was known for his generosity and giving soul. His “last act of service was being an organ donor,” says Pike.

Veteran and heart recipient Larry Fowler showed just how much his family had been touched by donation. His life and the life of his twin brother depended on the generosity of an organ donor after they both experienced heart failure due to a genetic condition.

Even with DNA’s small beginnings, so many lives have been saved over the past 30 years as the organization has grown. This growth is all thanks to the generosity of donation champions, donors and their families.

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