Donate Life Illinois Summer Giveaways

July 1, 2011

Week One Video for Donate Life Illinois Summer Giveaways

Are you a fan of Donate Life Illinois on Facebook? If not, this summer is a great time to join.

Here at Donate Life Illinois, we believe our Facebook fans are some of the best in the world. So, we’ve decided to reward them by giving away seasonal prizes all summer long—water bottles to stay cool, CDs to rock at the beach, T-shirts to soak up the sweat and cinch bags to carry hold all your giveaways.

So, how do you win? It’s easy!

First, become a fan of Donate Life Illinois on Facebook. Second, join the Donate Life Illinois Summer Giveaways event page. And, third, post a YouTube™ video from Donate Life Illinois with a short personalized message (Example: Register your decision to be an organ/tissue donor at and let us know you’ve done it by posting on our wall.

It’s that simple! New videos and prizes will be posted weekly throughout the summer. Be sure to look for updates on the Donate Life Illinois Facebook page and the Summer Giveaways event page.


2010 Campus Campaign Kicks Off

September 24, 2010

During the past four years, Donate Life Illinois has been fortunate to work with student groups at 26 colleges on a successful campaign to register members of their campus communities as organ and tissue donors.

As this year’s campaign manager, I’m excited to announce the launch of the 2010 Campus Campaign and invite YOU to participate with us! Once again, our Campus Campaign will call on Illinois college students to help us reach our goal of 2,000 new registrations.

For college students, this is a great initiative that focuses solely on public education and registering members of your campus to be organ donors.

This year, we’re encouraging students to organize registration drives at existing campus events (such as health fairs or blood drives), or create events of their own. We will be providing incentives (t-shirts, wristbands and other fun giveaways) as well as a variety of documents to help you get started.

For some more information or to get involved click here or contact me!


DLI Campus Campaign Manager

U of I Student Nurses

A registration drive at Eastern Illinois University.

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The Who’s and What’s to Hospital Development – Guest Post

April 20, 2010

Hello! I am Jennifer, the new intern at Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. I’m attending Chicago State University – College of Pharmacy and completing a rotation for public health. My goal is to learn the steps involved with the whole process of organ donation. Hospital Development is a department of Gift of Hope I have yet to learn about due to the fact that most of the specialists’ time is spent out in the field. To relieve some of my curiosity I’ve interviewed Christopher Floss, a donation specialist, to help me learn about what Hospital Development is all about. He shared with me some of his responsibilities and how he contributes to the whole process. I hope you will find it as interesting as I did. – Jennifer

Q: What’s a typical work day like for you?

A: I recently started in my current position after serving Gift of Hope as a Family Support Services Coordinator for two and a half years. In that capacity, I was responsible for approaching families who are in the position of making end of life decisions. I guided them through the consent process and remained their “contact person” throughout the case time. In my new position, I will remain an active part of our efforts to reach out to families; however, I will be focusing my energy on ten larger hospitals, building relationships with staff so that when referrals are made we can facilitate the various components of our processes as efficiently as possible. As well, I will be the “first responder” to referrals made in my region of hospitals, helping hospital staff coordinate the best time and place to approach the topic of donation with donor families.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?

A: The most challenging part of my job is helping families make the best decision regarding donation in a very difficult time in their lives. Sometimes it’s not easy to navigate the emotions that are present in such difficult times in their lives. However, I do my best to ensure that (1) a family is well-informed of the life-saving gift they can provide to a potential recipient and (2) they are cared for regardless of their decision.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part?

A: The most rewarding aspect of my job is that I have the opportunity to help save someone’s life by helping a donor family say “yes” to donation. As well, I sometimes marvel at how a donor family can receive much consolation and healing by consenting to donation on behalf of their loved one.

Q: What motivated you to get involved with the donation community through your position at Gift of Hope?

A: I’ve always felt the need to help others achieve their highest potential by giving of themselves to others in need. That’s what motivates me to contribute to the mission of Gift of Hope. I truly believe that a donor family’s gift through organ and tissue donation is someone else’s hope for life. Being an instrument in that “gift of hope” is what motivates me to do my best in my job.

2009 Campus Challenge Winners Announced!

November 19, 2009

Another Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge is in the books!

Eastern Illinois University and Kankakee Community College both took top honors for this year’s Challenge with EIU winning the total registrations category (205) and KCC winning the category for highest percentage of student population registered.

In the end, student volunteers at 15 colleges throughout the state participated in the six-week 2009 Challenge. If you missed any of the action, you can hop over and take a glance back at our weekly Challenge updates. Thanks to all of our participating students’ effort and hard work, more than 1,100 Illinois residents were registered as lifesaving organ/tissue donors.

Congratulations to both EIU and KCC on their winning campaigns and HUGE, HUGE thanks to everyone that participated! Complete results are displayed in the graph below and you can keep tabs on our future work with college students on our campus campaign page.

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Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge – Week 5 Update

November 11, 2009

campuschallenge09Thanks to student involvement on campuses across the state, we have registered more than 1,000 lifesaving organ/tissue donors in this year’s Challenge!

One week remains and Kankakee Community College still holds on to the top spot. Following very close behind is University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Illinois University. We’re definitely in for a close race to the end!

This past week, The Journal Gazette in Mattoon published this excellent story and this great great editorial that discusses EIU’s involvement in the Challenge, mentioning a recent campus presentation from Joslyn Osten, senior public education coordinator with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network.

Stayed tuned for final results next week and the announcement of the winning schools!



Total = 1,008 lifesaving registrations!

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Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge – Week 4 Update

November 4, 2009


campuschallenge09It’s time for our weekly update on the 2009 Donate Life Illinois Campus Challenge!

One month into the Challenge and Kankakee Community College is still on top! This week, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana follows in close second with Eastern Illinois University in third place.

Two student newspapers covered the Challenge this past week. Check out the articles from The Columbia Chronicle and the Chicago Flame.

This week, students will also be participating in the Organ Donation Online Update Day. On Friday, Nov. 6, participants will be tapping into their social networks on Facebook by changing their profile photo and posting a dedicated status update while tagging DLI’s fan page. All details and information can be found at the link above.


Nov. 3 Registrations Total = 798

Last but not least, a quick photo submitted from the student nurses at UIUC!



UIUC Student Nurses prepare to register fellow students!

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Organ Donation Video – Waiting for a Second Chance

October 29, 2009

A few weeks ago, members of the DLI team headed down to Charleston, IL to visit Eastern Illinois University to film a video with student Carissa Coon, sister of Bill Coon.

We originally filmed this video to provide some shareable content for participants of our Campus Challenge to pass around to friends, family members and fellow students to help drive home the importance of registering to be an organ donor. While producing the video last week, we received word that Bill had received his lifesaving heart and kidney transplants. Bill’s cousin Natalie, reports that Bill is recovering great.

Take a moment to check out the video below and share with others!


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