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Causes: Health, Organ & Tissue Banks

Mission: Donate Life California saves lives by creating opportunities for all Californians to sign up on the official state organ, eye and tissue donor registry.

Results: As of July 2016, 13,248,477 Californians have signed up on the state organ, eye and tissue donor registry. We are the largest state registry in the U.S., and have the greatest need with more than 21,000 people waiting for life-saving organ transplants. On average, three people die in California each day because the organ transplant they need doesn't come in time.

Target demographics: 21,000+ Californians waiting for life-saving organ transplants, and the thousands more waiting for life-enhancing eye and tissue transplants

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of people receive life-saving and life-enhancing organ, eye and tissue transplants each year

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: #GivingTuesday (http://bit.ly/I5xOr9), high school education, registration drives, fundraising events, DMV training & education, public outreach, hospital volunteer education, Living Donation California (www.LivingDonationCalifornia.org)

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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Rating: 5

Many years ago my husband died and I was not asked about donating. If feel that I would of gotten some relief in knowing he helped others. Soon after that, I became involved in organ and tissue donation and then transplant. I believe that everyone has the right to make the decision and this organization helps to give the information needed to do this. Thank you for all you do!

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Donate Life California Thank you for your comment and being involved in our mission to save lives. Currently, 22,000 Californians are on the national organ transplant waiting list. Our work to grow the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is critical if we are to save more lives. For the latest news, information and resources, please visit our website at donateLIFEcalifornia.org. Donate Life California Staff

1 Alma W.


Rating: 5

My story starts back in the year 2000. My niece was diagnosed with double renal failure at the age of 13, as was her father at that same age. My sister(her mother) donated to her as Dad could not since his only kidneywas transplanted. Well when my nephew was 13, he too was diagnosed with the same kidney disease. With no parent to give him a kidney, I stepped in to see if I would be a match, and I was! That was wonderful news to us!! We went ahead withthe transplant in 2003. 10 years later now, mynephew isdoing wonderful, thriving and is able to have hope for his future! People need to be aware of the need to be an organ donor. There are still so many people inneed! It is tragic when there is a death in someones life, but to be able to give life thru donation of organs or tissue can be amazing to so many!! I am now 10 years older and am also doing wonderful feeling fulfilled and needed and more so a part of my nephews life now!! Unfortunately my niece is in need of a second kidneynow. Her transplanted kidney has failed her is she has beenon dialysis for 2 yearsnow. She spends 4 out of her 7 days a week at dialysis 3 hours each day she goes!! This is hard on people like her who depend on a machine to sustain their life. With the help of Donate Life California, we need to educate others, starting with our teens about the importance of checking that box and recieving that pink dot on their driver lisence. We need to educateothers so my niece can have a fighting chance at getting off that long donorlist. Lets enlarge that registry list and make the wait shorter for people in need like my beutiful niece! You too can be the deciding factor of saving 1 to 50 lives thru organ and tissue donation.

1 Colleen22


Rating: 5

*I was not a donor but I am from the donor side of the family*
My husband Ed Schanz died at the young age of 54 years old on September 30th, 2012 of SHA,(subarachnoid hemorrhage) to many who don’t know what that is it’s a Aneurysm. He was declared brain dead on 9-29-2012, my family & I knew it would only be right to allow others to live through him. So we all decided as a family to donate his organs. To date this is what we know:
**A 67 year old man in WA has my husband’s heart, a 34 year old woman has his pancreas, 26 year old man from Utah received his liver and two men in CA received his kidneys if you don’t think that one man’s death can’t save many lives then think again. Just give it a minute and that minute can turn into years of saving a lives like my wonderful husband, father to three, grandfather to three. Thank you for your consideration.

3 Jessica62


Rating: 5

My son was brutally beaten by his biological father and was put on life support where we (myself and his stepdad) made the decision to donate his organs. My son Afton always believed in and wanted to be a super hero. With the help of Donate Life, my son became that super hero. Afton is alive in the many people he helped save! Thank you Donate Life for giving him his dream even in death.