The annual DASH for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness is special to all of us for different reasons. For some, it’s a celebration of the life of a loved one we’ve lost. For others, it’s a reminder to be thankful for those we are lucky to have with us. Some runners and walkers participate because at this time last year they couldn’t walk 3 steps, let alone 3 miles.
We want to know what drives YOU. Why do you DASH?
Send us a short video, 30 seconds or less, telling us who or what you DASH for. Video submissions will be compiled together and featured on the Donor Dash website, www.donordash.org.
Team Louie has been an active Dash team within the Gift of Life community since starting in their team in 2008. Over the past 5 years, Team Louie has raised over $40,000 making them one of our top Dash teams!
Team Louie was formed in honor of Brett Stebulis, who became an organ donor in 2008 after a fatal car crash. Thanks to Brett’s generous gift, his legacy lives on in those he has helped including his heart recipient Darrin, who has connected to Brett’s family via letters and will hopefully meet one day soon.
By hosting local community fundraisers, Team Louie continues to support the mission of Gift of Life and raise crucial funds to help raise awareness and bring education about organ donation to the Greater Delaware Valley.
Team Louie inspires us every day with their passion, commitment and dedication and we hope they inspire you to get out into your community and raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.
Dr. Velma Scantlebury is the first African American female transplant surgeon in America. She is currently the associate director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care in Delaware. With more than 200 live donor kidney transplants in her career, she holds extensive research credit in African American kidney donation. Scantlebury is working to increase the number of minorities who are organ donors and to bring more minorities into the field of organ transplant surgery.
Dr. Clive O. Callender is an expert in minority transplant surgery and organ/tissue donation. He has served on staff at Howard University Hospital since 1973, where he helped develop the first minority-directed dialysis and transplant center and histocompatibility and immunogenetic laboratory in the U.S. His highly successful efforts and programs were used as models in 1991 to conceptualize and develop the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) to increase minority donation rates nationally.
Come together with others who understand the many feelings and fears associated with the loss of a spouse or significant other. Sharing your thoughts or just listening in a supportive group setting can provide comfort as you mourn the death of your loved one.
Time & Place
This group will run for 6 weeks. Beginning Thursday March 6 and concluding on April 10. The group will meet 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
This group will be facilitated by a Social Worker and is open to those whose spouse or significant other has died within the past 2 years.
Please RSVP for this support group by February 28, 2014. RSVP to Carla Levins at email@example.com or by calling 1-800-366-6771, ext. 1104.
There is no cost to attend this group and free parking is provided in the Gift of Life parking lot.
For directions to Gift of Life Donor Program, click here.