Organ Donation Message Comes to Life at the Urban League Guild of Philadelphia Annual Spring Lunche

Attendees at the Urban League Guild Annual Spring Luncheon can take a life-saving step by registering to become an organ and tissue donor. Donate Life-PA will be at the Guild’s Annual fundraiser beginning Saturday, April 2 at noon in the Hilton Philadelphia located at 4200 City Line Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131.

Donate Life-PA’s goal will be to dispel myths and answer questions about organ and tissue donation. Representatives will be equipped with iPads to register interested attendees as organ and tissue donors on the spot.

During the next several months Donate Life-Pa will emphasize registration among minority donors because they provide the greatest hope for the more than 2,600 African Americans in Pennsylvania awaiting an organ or tissue transplant. Individuals of the same ethnic background are most likely to have similar blood types and make good donor matches.

Right now African Americans represent 32 percent of Pennsylvanians waiting for organ donor transplants but only 11 percent of Pennsylvania’s total population. The current shortage of minority donors means 66 percent of African Americans in Pennsylvania waiting for an organ transplant have been on the waiting list for more than one year, and nearly eight percent have been waiting for five or more years.

Through attendance at community events during the last year, Donate Life-PA has successfully shared the need for more registered organ and tissue donors among all Pennsylvanians. Right now nearly 8,000 people in Pennsylvania are awaiting an organ or tissue transplant. Only 44.8 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians have placed the organ donor designation on their learners’ permit, driver’s license or state identification card.

In just 90 seconds, Pennsylvanians can add the organ donor designation to their driver’s licenses or state identification cards by visiting www.donatelife-pa.org.

Life Begins with You Campaign

The Life Begins with You campaign is a collaborative initiative between Gift of Life Donor Program (GOL), the Center for Organ & Recovery Education (CORE) – the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania – and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Transportation. It is funded by state residents through voluntary contributions included with driver’s license renewals, vehicle registrations and state income tax filings. All contributions are used by the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund to educate residents, build awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation, and increase the number of people who sign up to become donors on their driver’s license, learner’s permit or state identification card.

One Extraordinary Way to Say Love Life.
When you choose to become an organ and tissue donor, you have the power to give the most precious gift – life. Join the nearly four million Pennsylvanians who have said “yes” to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation to your driver’s license, learner’s permit or state identification card. Sign up to be an organ and tissue donor today by visiting www.donatelife-pa.org because Life Begins with You.

About the Urban League of Philadelphia
The Urban League of Philadelphia(ULP) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, civil rights and community-based movement that provides direct services, research and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their fullest potential. Primarily working with African-Americans and other emerging ethnic communities, the ULP is an affiliate of the National Urban League. The National Urban League serves over 2 million people through professionally staffed affiliates located in 105 urban areas across the U.S., working to close equality gaps for people at all economic levels and stages of life, and giving residents a chance to give back as volunteers. Visit us at www.urbanleaguephila.org.