2009 – A Review in Numbers

I’ll admit it, I’m a data dork. I spend a good chunk of my week reviewing data – hospital data, donor data, designation data – you name it, I’m looking at it. The numbers fascinate me and I’m constantly looking for areas where The Living Legacy Foundation, as an organization and with the help of our hospital and community partners, can improve.

As Jim mentioned in a post last week, 2009 was a great year for LLF. The organization, along with Washington Regional Transplant Community, The Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and Donate Life Maryland, helped launch the Maryland Donor Registry.  LLF also hosted its first-ever Donate Life Family Fun Run honoring donor families, transplant recipients and our community partners along with raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation.

And because I’m a self-proclaimed data dork, I’ve created a year-in-review, data style, for you all:

120 – The number of organ donors facilitated by Living Legacy, along with our hospital partners in 2009. These life-saving opportunities would not be possible without the profound generosity of our donors and their families.

379 organs were recovered from Maryland organ donors and transplanted in 2009, providing hundreds with a second chance at life.

342 Marylanders also generously donated tissues, including bone, skin, heart values and veins, providing thousands with a life-enhancing tissue transplant.

3.16 – The average number of organs recovered per donor and transplanted to help save the life of someone desperately in need.

152 community events were attended or sponsored by The Living Legacy Foundation in 2009, of which 34 were held during April – National Donate Life Month – making it one of our busiest months for community events.

2,000,000 In November, LLF, along with Donate Life Maryland, announced there were now 2 million Marylanders registered as organ, eye and tissue donors in the Maryland Donor Registry.

Five Maryland hospitals, Anne Arundel Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, the University of Maryland Medical Center and Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, were awarded the U.S. Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for substantially increasing the number of donors at each respective hospital.

Wow! Now that I put it all down, 2009 was busy!

Again, our successes in achieving our mission is only possible because of  the generosity of our donor families offering the gift of life to others while experiencing a personal loss of a friend or family member.

The Living Legacy Foundation is also fortunate to benefit from strong community hospital support for the process of organ and tissue donation, a world renowned trauma system, and two of the premier transplant centers in the world at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

It is the continued support of our mission and this life-saving cause, which allows us to provide a second chance to hundreds of people each year. So thank you to helping making 2009 a great year.

If you have any questions about the information above or would like get involved with the organization, please send me a email at jgelman@thellf.org or leave a comment below.

– Jennifer


About Jennifer

Jennifer Gelman is the director of Communications for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. She is responsible for creating and executing educational and awareness programs for LLF’s donor service area, along with overseeing the company’s volunteer program, and the relationship with Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. With nearly ten years of experience in non-profit and cause-related marketing, on a national and local level, Jennifer is focused on raising awareness and creating an open dialogue about organ, eye and tissue donation throughout diverse communities the organization serves. Follow Jennifer on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennifergelman
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