Working with the Community
The Mexican Consulate of Brownsville Bi-national Week of Good Health
14th Annual Vital Alliance Donate Life Run Walk
Honorees and students at AJ Moore Academy ready to welcome the LSCOL team.
|Three Heart Recipients Prove that Life is Great after Transplant while preparing for the 14th Annual Vital Alliance Run|
Families Coming Together to promote Organ Donation
Donor Family supporting their son's heart recipient in the Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour.
Linda welcomes Sarah Pipkin, who rode in her honor.
A.U.E.D.A. Celebrates Dia de los Muertos with our Volunteers
-There are currently 112,325 patients on the National Waiting List in need of a life-saving organ transplant.
-There are currently 10,857 patients waiting in the state of Texas.
- There are 4,666 patients waiting in the TOSA service area.
- There are 6,311 men and 4,555 women currently listed on the UNOS list for transplant.
- 18 people die every day while waiting for a life saving transplant.
- Every 12 minutes a new name is added to the national transplant list.
- 8 lives can be saved by one organ donor.
- 3 ways you can sign up to be an organ donor (Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Online at: www.donatelifetexas.org and
www.donevidatexas.org and download a form)
- "0" is the number of lives that are saved when "YOU" say "NO" to organ donation.
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|Greetings! November 2011|
Congratulations! The Donate Life - Texas Registry reached a major milestone this month - 2 million people in the state of Texas registered as organ, eye and tissue donors. While across the nation, the goal of reaching 100 million registered donors was met.
As we celebrate these achievements, the need for life-saving transplants continues to rise. Even with the millions of people registered across the United States, many will die waiting for a transplant that will not come in time. Each person that registers as a donor provides hope to the more than 112,000 men, women, and children who are currently in need of a transplant - 10,800 of those live in the state of Texas.
These milestones would not have been possible had it not been for the hundreds of hours dedicated by transplant recipients, donor families, healthcare professionals and the transplantation and donation community. Together, we were able to educate and register many participants at health fairs, run/walks, best practices classes, phone banks, as well as students and employees from many of our community organizations. And let us not forget our media friends who featured our countless stories on television, radio, newspaper and magazines.
Thank you to our Central and South Texas Friends for Life partners for the countless hours that were dedicated to assisting fellow citizens in becoming a registered organ, eye and tissue donor. The importance of each hour we commit to work together brings us closer to saving and/or enhancing a life.
Once again, thank you, your commitment and dedication does not go unnoticed.
Esmeralda "Mela" Perez
Communications &Community Development
Save the Date
For more information on these and other events go to, www.txorgansharing.org
Tuesday, November 1, 2011- Dia De Los Muertos Donor Designation Drive (San Antonio, Texas) - The holiday represents a desire to reconnect with those who have gone before us, an opportunity to stop and remember friends and family members who are no longer with us.
For more information and dates for upcoming events, visit
Saturday, November 5, 2011- Lights of Life Ceremony (Austin, Texas) - A special ceremony sponsored by TOSA which brings together donor families, transplant recipients and friends to honor Central and South Texans and their families who gave the "Gift of Life." For more information, visit www.txorgansharing.org/calendar/events
November 11 - 13, 2011- National Donor Sabbath (USA) - An annual observance when religious leaders are encouraged to discuss organ donation with their congregations. For more information, visit www.txorgansharing.org/calendar/events
Friday, November 11, 2011 - Thanks for Giving Luncheon (Austin, Texas) - An event to thank hospital staff for their commitment to saving lives through organ donation. For more information, visit www.txorgansharing.org/calendar/events
Saturday, November 12, 2011 - Lights of Life Ceremony (San Antonio, Texas) - A special ceremony sponsored by TOSA which brings together donor families, transplant recipients and friends to honor Central and South Texans and their families who gave the "Gift of Life." For more information, visit www.txorgansharing.org/calendar/events
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - Grief and the Holidays - (San Antonio, Texas) - a free workshop designed to help those who are grieving and their families to better understand the grief process. RSVP is required. For more information visit
Friday, November 18, 2011 - Coping with Grief During the Holidays (McAllen, Texas) - a workshop in McAllen that teaches about the grief process during the holidays. This event is free; however, RSVP is required.
For more information contact Clarissa Thompson @ 210-614-7030
Saturday, November 19, 2011- Texas Organ Sharing Alliance together with the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle National Shrine will host "Viacrucis" (San Juan, Texas) - This is a special Prayer Procession for the more than 112,000 men, women and children on the UNOS National Transplant Waiting List. For more information, visit www.txorgansharing.org/calendar/events
Upcoming Donor Awareness Campaigns
National Donor Sabbath Weekend (November 11 - 13) is an annual three day period set aside to raise awareness about the critical need for organ and tissue donors and encourage individuals to become registered donors and share their decision about donation with family members today - in order to save lives tomorrow.
On behalf of the over 112,000 people currently awaiting a life-saving organ transplant, TOSA is encouraging congregations to participate in this important event by recognizing and celebrating life and honoring those who gave, as well as devote a service to organ and tissue donation. For more information about how to participate in this campaign, visit
National Donate Life Month (April 2012) is celebrated nationwide each April, presents a wonderful occasion for transplant recipients and their loved ones to express gratitude for the life-giving act of organ donation and remind the public of the need that still exists for many other people.
The general public, as well as corporate citizens are encouraged to contact the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance to learn how they can create a donor friend workplace and community. For more information about how to participate in this campaign, visit
Facts and Stats
Here are a few helpful websites, highlighting up to the date information on organ, eye and tissue donation.
TOSA - www.txorgansharing.org
Donate Life - www.donatelifetexas.org
Donate Life America - donatelife.net
Donate Life America
New national goal set to register 20 million more by the end of 2012
RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 11, 2011 - Donate Life America (DLA) announced today that a key goal set by the donation and transplant community in 2006 was achieved this month. The United States can now boast that 100 million Americans -- roughly 42 percent of the adult population -- are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors in state donor registries. http://prn.to/qy0gWF
Two TOSA donor families honored on the Rose Parade's "One More Day" float.
The families of Heath Eiland and Angela Guest will honor their organ donor children in an event that will be seen by millions of people across the country. A floragraph (floral portrait) of Heath and Angela will be included on the Rose Parade's "One More Day" float in Pasadena on January 2, 2012. The float, which is designed to promote and encourage organ donation, will contain 72 floragraphs of those who have saved lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.
The 2012 Donate Life Rose Parade float will feature six enormous floral timepieces which will be adorned with the floragraphs of deceased donors whose gifts gave life and time to so many.
Featured Articles & Stories
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For these and other featured articles and testimonials visit Texas Organ Sharing Alliance website (www.txorgansharing.org) or social media micro site (www.SAVE8.org) Don't forget to follow us on face book and Twitter.