Is it 2010 already? Time flies when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating National Donate Life Month 2009 – which happened way back in April. However quickly last year has passed, The Living Legacy Foundation has much for which to be grateful and proud. Before we move on to the exciting expectations and plans for 2010, let’s take a moment to recall and recognize what we accomplished in 2009.
Thanks to all of our volunteers (donor family members and transplant recipients) who shared their powerful stories of hope, second chances and new life made possible through the generosity of our heroes – organ, eye and tissue donors.
Also in April, was the 6th annual Heather Ann Ricci Memorial Golf Outing held on Monday, April 27, 2009 at Bulle Rock Golf Club in Havre De Grace, MD. It was another huge success! The event raised more than $30,000 for donor families and organ and tissue donation awareness activities at The Living Legacy Foundation. Louis and Kim Ricci, Heather’s parents, along with their family and friends and many others played golf, celebrated life and shared their support for organ eye and tissue donation. Mark your calendars, the 7th annual golf outing is scheduled for Monday, April 26, 2010.
In May, we held the first annual Donate Life Family Fun Run at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. What a special day that was.
More than 400 people walked and ran in support of our life saving cause. Donor families organized teams of family and friends to walk or run in honor of their loved one.
Transplant recipients and people from all over Maryland came out had a super time. We can’t wait for the 2010 Donate Life Family Fun Run which will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Druid Hill Park. To learn how to sign up, contact Lauren Muskauski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-833-1015.
LLF and Donate Life Maryland had a very busy summer as well! We attended the African American Heritage Festival, HonFest, LatinoFest, Artscape and many other summer festivals and outreach events. Each event allowed us to connect with our communities, answer questions about donation and encourage Marylanders to register themselves as designated organ, eye and tissue donors on the Maryland Donor Registry.
In the fall, LLF and Donate Life Maryland, along with our partners at Washington Regional Transplant Community organized and held the 2009 Donate Life Maryland “I’m On It!” Campus Challenge, which included local colleges (UMBC, Morgan State University, St. Mary’s College, and University of Maryland, College Park) organizing teams of students to conduct donor awareness outreach activities on their respective campuses.
The objective of the Challenge was to register as many people as possible on the Maryland Donor Registry. Thanks to all of the participating schools. Next year, we plan to have even more schools participating in the 2010 Campus Challenge Contact Lauren Muskauski for more information.
Every outreach activity, event and presentation we conducted in 2009 had the same message and call to action, “Say YES to donation, register your wishes to be a Designated Donor and share your wishes with your family”.
There were many more awareness and outreach activities that occurred throughout the year – too many to mention them all. But, all of our efforts in 2009 helped to save lives and 2010 will be filled with even more opportunities to get the word out about the importance of and great need for organ, eye and tissue donation. If you have any cool ideas to help us spread the word and get our community involved, please share your comments and ideas with us and we just might be able to put them into action.
So long 2009.
2010 ready or not, here we come…