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Donate Life Month 2021

05/6/2021

We knew Donate Life Month 2021 would look different due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but are so happy with the support we received and the hope we were able to spread together this year! There were more than 100 hospitals, health care organizations and community partners that joined us to make this April a success.

Together we did things like raise the Donate Life flag across the state, register and reaffirm more than 700 people, and spread the message of donation far and wide on social media. We appreciate all you do!

Kicking off a virtual celebration

Think you know all about donation? Test your skills by clicking the link below! Donor Network of Arizona staff kicked off Donate Life Month by playing a trivia game on Facebook live on April 1. Play along with them as they compete to find the right answers.

We love our volunteers!

We celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Day each April 10 because we are so thankful for our volunteers! Donate Life Arizona and Done Vida Arizona volunteers help us spread the lifesaving and healing message of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. While we haven’t been able to attend events together like this for over a year because of COVID-19, we look forward to getting back out and educating the public together. Interested in volunteering? Visit donatelifeaz.org/volunteer to get started.

A symbol of hope: why we raise the donate life flag

Thank you to everyone who flew the Donate Life flag this April and beyond. It is a symbol of hope for all those touched by donation. 

Jennifer Valente Caywood, as an organ recipient and a donor family member, is truly moved every time she sees the Donate Life flag waving in the wind. She says she even purposefully drives in the slow lane by the transplant center where she received her lifesaving transplant to see if they’re flying the Donate Life flag. Thank you to everyone who honored her journey–and that of all our donor heroes, their families and recipients–by raising the flag with us during our livestream or to anyone who flies the flag this month and always.

Just a few of the many partners that flew the Donate Life flag

no, doctors will not let you die because you're a registered donor

We’ve all seen a movie or TV show where an emotionally conflicted medical professional lets a patient’s life slip away to make sure a [insert family member here] receives the heart transplant they so desperately need. We get it—it’s suspenseful and compelling. That’s the point.

Movies and television shows get more viewers with some drama and a tug at your heartstrings—with accuracy tossed out. In this context, entertainment supports an urban legend, and the fear it perpetuates actively prevents the lifesaving gift of life.

In an emergency, physicians, nurses and other EMS workers don’t have time to even check a patient’s name—let alone their donation registration status, even if it is shown on their ID. They work hard and swiftly to stabilize a patient. That’s it.

To help combat this myth, Donate Life Arizona went live on Thursday, April 22, for a panel discussion and Q&A. Watch the recording below to learn more.

Ah-Cado toast

Friday, April 30, 2021, we hosted our second annual Donor Remembrance Day on the Donate Life Arizona Facebook page. At the center was Cori Hutchison, the mother of donor Will Hutchison, 2, who passed away from complications of a vascular disorder.

“Will’s recipients—I love them like family so much, and I haven’t even met them,” Cori says about the loss of her 2-year-old son who saved and healed others through donation. “I just love that kid so much. We miss him.”

Will passed away in 2018, and his family since submitted a recipe for the first edition of the Donate Life Arizona Recipes of Remembrance cookbook. His favorite—ah-cado toast.

“While we could have submitted any family recipe, we wanted one that was his recipe. The kid loved avocados. And he couldn’t pronounce avocado so he would say ‘ah-cado.’”

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