TAMPA, Fla – (November 6, 2015) – Donate Life America (DLA), a national non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives, while continuing to develop a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility, presented thirteen Pinnacle Awards at its annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, last month. LifeLink of Florida was recognized in the Volunteers category. The Pinnacle Awards recognize programs successful in inspiring more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and establish donation as a cultural norm.
LifeLink of Florida, the local non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in west and southwest Florida, was recognized in the category of Volunteers for their outstanding, active and effective volunteer program. The ORGANizers is comprised primarily of individuals who have been touched by organ and tissue donation, transplant recipients, their care-givers, donor family members and living kidney donors, and their mission is to increase the number of individuals that register to save lives as organ and tissue donors. The ORGANizers are among the most active organ and tissue donation focused volunteer groups in the nation, with more than 150 motivated participants providing more than 2200 volunteer hours last year, many while working full time jobs and attending to other obligations. As a result of the ORGANizers efforts, together with the education programs of LifeLink of Florida, more than 60 percent of the adult population in west and southwest Florida has registered as donors, versus 50 percent statewide, and 51 percent nationally.
About LifeLink of Florida
LifeLink of Florida is the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in west and southwest Florida, and also oversees public education benefitting this effort in the same area. More than 5,000 Floridians currently await the lifesaving gift of an organ transplant, and tens of thousands more could benefit from tissue transplantation. In the United State, 22 people die each day due to a lack of available organs for transplantation. Organ and tissue donation, with the exception of living kidney donation, occurs after death. Donation places no financial burden on the donor’s family or estate. For more information about LifeLink of Florida, visit www.LifeLinkFoundation.org or call 800-262-5775.