Donate Life Maryland Cause Day at Oriole Park – A Recap

On April 7, 2011, the Baltimore Orioles celebrated a win against the Detroit Tigers, but they also celebrated something much larger than that; they helped Donate Life Maryland celebrate Donate Life Month!

The game started with donor mom Diane DeHaven and her son’s heart recipient, Michael Yater, participating in the first pitch ceremony. Fans watched and listened intently as the announcer explained the generous gift Diane’s son, David deSabla, had given to Michael. Following the first pitch, Diane and Michael embraced each other in a hug as the camera panned to the nearly 200 organ recipients, donor families, LLF staff and their families who were sitting beneath the scoreboard, wearing their green hero capes in support of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Donate Life Maryland had an information booth inside the stadium near the concession stands where Living Legacy Foundation staff, as well as Donate Life Ambassadors, enthusiastically handed out information to those who weren’t informed about donation and giveaways to anyone who showed the heart on their driver’s license. They even registered some baseball fans as organ, eye and tissue donors that night!

The Donate Life Maryland hero capes were a big hit that night and many members of the public took capes so they could participate in the Donate Life Maryland “Likes” Heroes  contest. It was exciting to see all of the heroes walking around Camden Yards all evening.

Visit the Donate Life Maryland Facebook page for more pictures of the cause night, and be sure to “like” the page to stay updated with future Donate Life Maryland events.

Also, below are links to videos and media stories about this cause day. They are worth checking out!

University of Maryland Medical Center Recipient Updates – Michael Yater

CBS Baltimore’s News Coverage: “Heart Transplant Recipient Shows His Strength By Throwing Out First Pitch”


About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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