Several months ago, Facebook announced their new profile layout, Timeline, and an organ donation feature that makes it easier for people to sign up to become a donor and share their decision with their friends.
Have you shared your donation decison via Facebook yet? Switch your Facebook profile over to the new Timeline layout (if you haven’t already) and make your donation decision known today.
If your profile was not already switched to Timeline, and you want to switch over now, log into Facebook, visit the “Introducing Timeline” page at www.facebook.com/about/timeline and then click on “Get Timeline” on the bottom right hand corner of the page. Once you have made the switch you are able to add that you are an organ donor to your timeline. To do this, go to your timeline, click on “Life Event,” select “Health and Wellness,” and then select “Organ Donor.” You will then be able to add where and when you registered and include a personal story, picture or video if you would like. If you have not already officially registered as an organ donor it’s easy to sign up and Facebook gives you the opportunity to do so with the appropriate registry. When you are done, select “Save.” Your organ donor status will appear both on your timeline and in your “About” section.
Or click here to watch an instructional video on how to let the world know you are a committed donor on Timeline.
We’ve has been told this is the only initiative of its kind that Facebook will launch so let's take advantage of this special opportunity to spread the word about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. Please share this information with everyone you know and remind them to “Like” and follow the Carolina Donor Services’ Facebook page.
National Donate Life Month
Carolina Donor Services celebrates this April as the 10th annual National Donate Life Month. Originally a weeklong observance, it was officially recognized as a month-long event in 2003. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants. CDS has been busy coordinating many community events designed to increase organ, eye and tissue donation awareness. April 2013 events can be seen on the calendar to the left as well as on the CDS website Events Calendar.
Donate Life America has announced April 19, 2013, as the second annual National Donate Life Blue & Green Day. By celebrating National Donate Life Blue and Green Day you give HOPE to the more than 117,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list; HONOR organ, eye and tissue donors; REMEMBER those that died waiting for their second chance at life; and CELEBRATE thepatients who received the gift of life through transplantation.
It’s easy to participate! Think blue! Think green! Think blue & green! Take a picture of your Donate Life colors and upload it to the Donate Life America Facebook page from Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21, to participate in this year’s contest. You may enter the National Donate Life Blue & Green Day contest in one of seven categories including: Fashion (Kids, Pets, Adults), Arts and Crafts/Decorations, Food and Recipes, Groups (3+ people), and Decorated Work Space. The top five images with the most likes in each category will be voted on by all fans. The person who submits the winning picture from each category will be awarded a $100 gift card. Once submitted, all images become the property of Donate Life America and may be used by Donate Life America to promote organ, eye and tissue donation without expiration.
8th Annual 3K Walk & 5K Run
April 20, 2013
Come out and get some fresh air! The 8th Annual Donate Life 3K Walk and 5K Run is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC. This event is a collaborative effort between Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Carolina Donor Services to create awareness in the community about organ donation and how to register as a donor.
Please join other champions for organ, tissue and eye donation at Donate Life North Carolina’s second annual Legislative Day. The NC Legislature has changed. Elections last fall resulted in many new faces in the General Assembly with approximately 60% of our state legislators being new! Our goal is to make sure every legislator knows the importance of the North Carolina Donor Registry. We must educate our legislators about the life-saving power of the NC Donor Registry and the need to continue to invest in education, outreach, and promotion through driver’s education, DMV offices, and in the general public. We really need your help that day!
Participants will meet in the Legislative Building Auditorium at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 14. Check-in begins at 9:30am. Please register online using the form on DLNC’s website at https://www.donatelifenc.org/content/donate-life-nc-legislative-day. Directions, parking information and other details are also provided online. After you register, a Donate Life NC representative will be in touch with you regarding all the details for your meeting with a legislator. Please wear blue and green, as we are also planning a very moving Linking Hands event which will take place at noon in front of the legislative building. We hope you can join us this year for this great opportunity to help us really make an impact!
Apply Today for the Donate Life License Plate
Each time you drive your car or park in a public space, you can share the message of the life -saving power of organ, eye and tissue donation thanks to the NC General Assembly who recently passed legislation for this specialty plate. Proceeds from the sale of the Donate Life plate will benefit Donate Life North Carolina and organ, tissue and eye transplant recipients and donor families through our state’s five transplant centers.
License plates will begin production when 300 applications are received. If you are among the first 300 applicants, your application fee will be held in trust by Donate Life North Carolina until production of the first plates begins. A regular Donate Life License Plate has an annual $20 fee due in addition to the regular license fee. A portion of your fee for the specialty tag will be sent to Donate Life North Carolina to be shared with Carolinas Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, Vidant Health, UNC Health Care and Wake Forest Baptist Health. You may also purchase a personalized Donate Life License Plate for a $50 annual fee with four (4) spaces for a personalized message. Each year as you renew your license plate registration, a portion of the renewal fee will also be distributed to Donate Life North Carolina to encourage donor registration and the five transplant centers to support families.
You may apply through Donate Life North Carolina’s website until the first 300 applications are received. After that time, you can apply at any DMV License Plate office. For more information, email email@example.com.
Show your support of the life-saving and life-enhancing gifts of donation and order your plate today!
Stories of Hope through Organ and Tissue Donation
CDS' educational DVD entitled Say, "Yes" highlights the heartfeltstories of three North Carolina families who’ve been touched by donation: Kara Thio, who had a lifesaving transplant when she was only 8 months old, tells the story of her transplant along with her mother, Victoria. Emmitt and Charlotte Ray, whose son Jason, the UNC mascot, gave the precious gift of organ and tissue donation share the huge impact Jason’s decision made. Finally, Larry Bordeaux and his wife and teenage son, share what life is like for them as Larry continues to wait more than a decade for a liver transplant.
Common misconceptions are also highlighted in order to dispel the
myths about donation. Facts such as what can be donated, the first-
person consent law, and ways to register as a donor in North Carolina
are also covered. Click the video player to the left to view a trailer of
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-200-2672 to order a free DVD for your school or organization.