Donate Life Illinois – A Year In Review

2009 has certainly been an exciting year for Illinois’ organ/tissue donation community. As we get ready to dive in on a new decade, here’s a quick look back at some DLI highlights from the past year. Feel free to add additional highlights with a comment below!


Steve Ferkau – Ride of His Life

The New Year kicked off with a bang as DLI advocate Steve Ferkau took to the streets of Pasadena as a float rider representative on the 2009 Donate Life Rose Parade Float.

Launch of IL Transplant Connect Site

We launched a social networking site to help facilitate connections between anyone in Illinois who shares a personal tie to organ/tissue donation. The site has grown to nearly 300 members!


Get Game. Give Life.

DLI volunteers joined Secretary of State Jesse White at a DePaul basketball game to help register attendees as donors and call attention to the issue at halftime.


CTA Ad Run and I Heart Organ Donors Video

In preparation for April as National Donate Life Month, DLI supporters came together to help put a fun face to the issue through an advertising and video campaign.


Flags Across America

DLI participated in the first national “Flags Across America” campaign where hospitals across the state flew Donate Life flags in support of donors that given the gift of life.

Organ Donation Commercial

Secretary of State Jesse White launched his annual television and radio commercial supporting the issue and encouraging registrations.


Donate Life Hollywood Film Festival

DLI was informed of a second place finish in the “online shorts” category for a video profiling Steve Ferkau.

Loyola Video Calls Attention to Issue on Campus

Students at Loyola University took it upon themselves to put together a great video showing support for the issue.


Kenny Chesney Concert

DLI volunteers battled the rain and headed out to Soldier Field to help register concert attendees as donors.

Transplant Community Gets Active Online

We compiled a resource guide to make it easy for users to find where their states are hanging out online to help support the issue on a local level.


Ed Farmer Lends Support

White Sox announcer and kidney recipient Ed Farmer helped DLI with this message of support on the issue.


Open-Hearted Video

DLI advocate and heart transplant recipient Melissa Simon helped us spread the word by participating in this profile video to share her personal story.

World Transplant Games

Several IL residents headed off to Australia to participate in the World Transplant Games!


Day of Hope and Remembrance

More than 700 donor family members joined together to honor loved ones who have given the gift of life.

Eagle Scout Project

A local Naperville teen took on a huge project to help call attention to the issue.


Waiting For a Second Chance

October found us trailing the progress of transplant patient (now recipient) Bill Coon as he waited for his lifesaving transplants.

Chicago Bears Player Lends Support

Bears’ cornerback Charles Tillman helped with a PSA to share his daughter’s transplant story.


2009 Campus Challenge

Over 1,000 students registered as donors as part of the 2009 Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge!

2010 Float Rider Shares Insight

DLI advocate and donor family member Anne Gulotta shared insight as she prepared for the Ride of Her Life.


Rose Parade Floragraphs Decorated

Anne Gulotta and the Chana family got together for a special event to decorate floragraphs to honor their loved ones on the 2010 Rose Parade float.

5 Million Registered

DLI announces that more than 5 million Illinois residents have registered as donors!

Special thanks to all of our readers and supporters! Stay tuned for an exciting 2010 as we’ve got some big things in store!

Save travels and Happy Holidays!


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2 Responses to Donate Life Illinois – A Year In Review

  1. Steve Ferkau says:

    You totally ROCK, Scott & company… I think that one of the neatest accomplishments, that all of you had a LOT to do with, is at the end, in December — getting 5 million registered as organ donors…

    I waited an awful long time for my beautiful lungs, but my recovery and life after has been amazing — and breathing like I do now still blows my mind and it’s been almost 10 years… And through this journey, I’ve become friends with so many donor families, recipients and people waiting… Now, I have too many friends who are waiting for a gift like I’ve received, and it hurts to watch them struggle and worry as they wait like I did… There is no question in my mind — all of you have done something to shorten their wait… Thanks.

    Love, Steve

  2. Scott says:

    Thanks much Steve, appreciate it. Hoping you and the fine lady had a great XMas and NYE plans.

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