Nearly 600 posts later, this is a tough one to write. Since 2006, I’ve had the great honor of managing campaign outreach efforts for Donate Life Illinois on behalf of Gift of Hope. When I first started working with Gift of Hope in 2006, Illinois had just initiated its first-person consent registry. Little did I know that I would get to be involved with an amazing lifesaving movement that has helped motivate more than 5.1 million Illinois residents to register as organ/tissue donors.
Along the way, I’ve met some amazing people. The donation community continues to grow and flourish thanks to the incredible efforts of all those that work at OPO’s, transplant centers, tissue banks and other affiliated organizations. On top of their tireless efforts, there is the key component to all of this – YOU. The transplant patients, recipients, donor family members and general issue supporters and advocates that take the time to help educate and encourage others to register as donors.
It’s a simple message – Be an organ donor, help save lives – but one that needs the constant reinforcement and help of our entire community to properly educate others about why registering is so important. And, let’s be frank, it doesn’t take much to demonstrate why all this matters. Just ask Anne, Steve, Melissa, Tim or anyone that has a personal tie to the issue.
And so with that, I pass on the campaign management reigns to my coworker, Nick, who will take over managing the blog here and keeping you updated with all the great happenings at DLI camp.
Most important, THANK YOU for the continued support of organ donation and help with public outreach. Though my life is moving down a different path, I’ll remain a huge advocate forever.
Cheers to all!