On April 11, 2013, Donate Life Maryland (DLMD) and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) hosted a flag raising ceremony in celebration of National Donate Life Month. This event was held at the MVA headquarters in Glen Burnie, Md. To share in this wonderful event were LLF representative’s, local media, MVA Administrator John Kuo and others who support this life-saving cause. Special guest, Gene Cassidy, liver recipient and former Baltimore City Police Officer, shared his life changing story about the gift he received from a selfless donor. To close the ceremony, for the first time ever, a large Donate Life flag was raised, to generate awareness across the state for the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. In addition, nearly 2,300 Donate Life logo flags were planted on the front lawn to represent the more than 2,300 Marylanders who are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Jennifer Gelman, Director of Communications for The Living Legacy Foundation said “Donate Life Maryland and The Living Legacy Foundation are honored the MVA allowed for this flag to be flown to raise awareness and honor our organ, eye and tissue donors. This is a huge milestone in our effort to educate the public on how extensive the waiting list is for a life-saving organ transplant in Maryland. With this flag being raised, hopefully more Maryland residents will be inclined to register.”
Currently, more than 117,000 people nationally are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Because Marylanders can designate themselves as organ, eye and tissue donors at the MVA, raising the Donate Life flag is essential to the organization’s life saving mission.
Visit Donate Life Maryland, http://www.donatelifemaryland.org, to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
For more information on The Living Legacy Foundation visit http://www.thellf.org.