In honor of National Donate Life Month, recognized every April, LifeLink of Florida and Georgia launched “Live With LifeLink”, a series to bring important information to our social media fans and supporters to help them better promote organ and tissue donation.
Each week in April, these live panel discussions covered the public’s most asked about topics: living donation, donor family communications, pediatric donation and, in Florida, tax collector office partnerships and Florida’s new specialty license plate to promote donation. Each installment of Live With LifeLink is still available to be viewed and shared with others. As there are over 107,000 men, women and children waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and hundreds of thousands more who can benefit each year from tissue donation, we encourage you to watch the videos below and also share them with a family or friend.
Episode 1: Living Donation
Living donation is an opportunity to save a life while you are still living by donating a kidney or a portion of your liver. Living donation is a key factor to address the critical shortage of transplantable organs from deceased donors. Nationally, in 2020, living donors made more than 5,700 transplants possible and offers another choice for transplant candidates.
Learn more about living donation by watching this panel presentation that includes a living kidney donor and recipient duo, Brian and Ramjee, and transplant professionals Melissa Owen, RD, LD/N Transplant Dietitian and Sarah Glass, MSW Living Donor Social Worker/Supervisor from Largo Medical Center.
Donor Family Communication
LifeLink facilitates communication between donor families and recipients, which can help grieving families heal and allow recipients the chance to express their gratitude for the lifesaving gift they received.
Are you a donor family who would like to write to your loved one’s recipients, but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you a recipient who would like to express your gratitude for your gift of life, but aren’t sure of the steps?
Learn more about communication between recipients and donor family members by watching this panel discussion with LifeLink Family Services Liaisons as we discuss the roads to communication between donor families and recipients.
Watch Now: Live with LifeLink: Connecting Families
Pediatric Transplantation and Donation
National Pediatric Transplant Week is recognized during the last full week of National Donate Life Month and focuses on the powerful message of ending the pediatric transplant waiting list.
Are you interested in information on how you could help? Have you been on the pediatric transplant recipient or donor side of the conversation?
Find out more about pediatric transplantation by viewing this panel discussion with a LifeLink Hospital Development Liaison who works closely with a pediatric transplant center, a pediatric transplant recipient and a pediatric donor mom as we discuss their retrospective journeys through the world of pediatric donation.
Tax Collector Office Partnerships
Local County Tax Collectors throughout Florida have the responsibility of asking customers to register as a donor when obtaining a driver license. Did you know, 90% of Floridians who registered as an organ and tissue donor signed up at their local tax collector office?
View this panel discussion with Ken Burton, Manatee County Tax Collector, Tracy Moore-Pipkins, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Lee County Tax Collector Office and Dale Hoffman, Director of Branch Operations, Hillsborough County Tax Collector Office along with Ashley Moore, Chair of Donate Life Florida to discuss how LifeLink and tax collectors work together every day to save more lives one driver license at a time as well as other initiatives such as the new Donate Life Florida specialty license plate.