You Are the Heart and Soul of What We Do
Goodbye & Good Luck, Joe Kovarik!
Joe Kovarik, a heart recipient from Colorado Springs, will be leaving the Advocates for Life program as he moves out of state to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. Joe has been volunteering with Donor Alliance for 20 years. Joe said the following about his time as an Advocate for Life, "I have worked with Donor Alliance since the early 2000s and it has been an honor and pleasure all these years. From my perspective, Donor Alliance is an outstanding organization. Everyone I've met over the years has always been positive, enthusiastic and professional in all aspects".

Thank you, Joe, for an incredible 20 years of passion and dedication to Donor Alliance and our mission of saving and healing lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

If you would like to send Joe a note of congratulations, you can e-mail them to [email protected] and I will forward them to Joe or you may mail a card or note to: Donor Alliance, Attn: Mandy Dahm-J. Kovarik, 200 Spruce Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80230. I will gather and send all cards to Joe at his new home.
August Advocate Call- Monday, August 14th at 5:00pm
We hope you can join us for our August Advocate call on Monday, August 14th! The link is good for all of 2023- but you can always e-mail Mandy for the link! Join us to chat about upcoming training classes and spend some social time together!
Advocate Spotlight: Christina Salas from Rocky Ford, CO
Donor Alliance Advocates for Life are the heart and soul of our efforts to inspire and inform our community about the importance of signing up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in Colorado and Wyoming. Each of our Advocates has their own unique and inspiring story to tell. In this month's Advocate Spotlight, meet Christina Salas, a passionate Advocate for the Cause and valued Driver License partner from Rocky Ford, CO. Christina has been an Advocate for Life for over 3 years!
August is National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month!
National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month 2023
The need for lifesaving organ transplants affects all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, age or sex. However, there is an even greater need for organ transplants among diverse communities when it comes to race and transplants. Did you know, nearly 1,500 people in our region are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant with close to 700 from multiethnic communities? Both our region and the nation need more people of color to sign up as organ, eye and tissue donors. National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month is celebrated in August, with the aim of saving and healing the lives of diverse communities by promoting understanding of organ, eye and tissue donation across all ethnicities. The lives of those waiting for transplants depend on others in our community. That's why it's important to gather the facts about organ, eye and tissue donation. Click the link below to hear an important message from Superbowl 50 Denver Broncos Champion, Ryan Harris.
Featured Upcoming Events
DDS: Global Fest
This event is a really important one for us at Donor Alliance to be at and we hope you'll join us for it! Global Fest is a free event celebrating the cultures and communities that call Aurora home! It is a celebration of diversity and inclusion and serves as Aurora's summer multicultural experience. What you'll find at this unique event- performers, family friendly music and dance, a global fashion show, a parade of nations and more! We are look for Advocates to help staff a DDS to provide information and giveaways during this fun event. We've split this into two shifts to better fit your schedule! Shift 1 is 10:00am-2:00pm and Shift 2 is 2:00pm-6:00pm. To sign up, click here.
DDS: PH in the Park
2023 marks the 14th year of the pulmonary hypertension (PH) collaborative fundraiser with the University of Colorado Denver, Children's Hospital Colorado and the pulmonary hypertension association (PHA). This 5k run/walk aims to help spread awareness in City Park. We are looking for 2 Advocates to staff a DDS table at the event for participants. To sign up, click here.
DDS: Levitt Pavilion Concert Series- Etana
Etana's concert at Levitt Pavilion will be a fun, family friendly event! We will have a tent and table with materials and gifts for the community. We are looking for 2 Advocates to help staff a DDS table at this event. To sign up, click here.
DDS: United States Air Force Academy vs. Utah State Football- Donate Life Game
We are looking for 1-2 Advocates to help staff a DDS table in Falcon Alley before the Air Force Academy football team takes on Utah state. Advocates who participate will have the opportunity to stay and enjoy the game after Falcon Alley closes. To sign up, click here.
DDS: Colorado Springs Kidney Walk
The National Kidney Foundation is hosting their walk in Southern Colorado on the morning on Sunday, September 24th. We are looking for 1-2 Advocates to help staff a DDS table in their exhibitor area to share information and provide giveaways. To sign up, click here.
DDS: UW Homecoming Game vs. New Mexico
This year, as part of our partnership with UW, we will have a DDS table near the Veterans Memorial Statue which is in line with the War Memorial Stadium entrance gates. We are being given this special location and recognition pre-game. We are looking for 1-2 Advocates to help staff our DDS table and share your stories to help register those interested and educate the public on the importance of donation. To sign up, click here.
Happy Birthday
to You!
1: Jennifer Rindahl
1: Pattei Schutte
3: Sherrie Roesner
8: Lynn Konken
11: Don Lechuga
12: Sandra Chavez
13: Jeff Beattie
13: Sherri Wolin
16: Viola Hale
19: Jennifer Weaver
21: Tyrone Hamler
24: Jim Eastman
26: Guadalupe Kerr
26: Lisa Vallejos
31: Rhonda Hill
Transplant Anniversaries
August 22, 2008
Lella Young, Liver Recipient

August 14, 2009
Lucy Williamson, Liver Recipient

August 19, 2011
Scott Pinkney, Liver Recipient

August 24, 2012
Anedrea Anderson, Liver Recipient

August 22, 2016
Jodi Lanzi, Heart Recipient
Loved Ones
In loving memory of those who are not here today, but are forever present in our hearts.

August 3, 2001
Ashley Heilman, Transplant Candidate's Daughter

August 17, 2002
Tracy Sanders, Donor's Mother

August 3, 2003
Mary Cassells, Donor's Mother

August 12, 2014
Pattei Schutte, Donor's Daughter

August 11, 2016
Allison Vogel, Donor's Mother

August 20, 2018
Siera Juhala, Donor's Mother

If we have missed your loved ones date, please reach out to let us know.
200 Spruce Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80230