DONOR ALLIANCE PARTICIPATES IN 16TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

DONOR ALLIANCE PARTICIPATES IN 16TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

Organ and Tissue Recipient and Donor Families Educate Community on Benefits of Donation


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DENVER, CO–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 1, 2003–John Gonzales received a liver transplant in 2001. This weekend, with a new lease on life, he will be working with Donor Alliance at the16th Annual Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival to educate the Hispanic community about organ and tissue donation.

“Organ donation saved my life,” said Gonzales. “I am honored that I have this opportunity to share my story with the Hispanic community and show them that organ and tissue donation does impact Hispanics and people in the Hispanic community do get transplants.”

Hispanics make up more than 17 percent of Colorado’s population. Today, more than 1,300 people are on the waiting list for life saving organs at Colorado transplant centers, and of those waiting, 250 are Hispanic. Nationwide there are 11,793 Hispanic people waiting for an organ.

“We are confident that by educating Denver’s Hispanic community about organ and tissue donation, they will join the registry and talk to their families about the importance of donation,” said D. Nikki Wheeler, director of communications and public relations for Donor Alliance.

Media Opportunities:

Who: John Gonzales

What: Liver Recipient

Where: Donor Alliance Booth, Booth 13

When: Saturday, May 3, 2003

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Notes: John speaks Spanish

Who: Myrna Panza

What: Family Support Coordinator, Donor Alliance

Where:Donor Alliance Booth, Booth 13

When: Saturday, May 3, 2003

Time:4:00 p.m.

Notes: Myrna speaks Spanish. She works with families at the time of donation to ensure that they understand the process and to answer any questions

About Donor Alliance Inc.

Donor Alliance Inc. is the federally designated organ procurement organization serving Colorado and Wyoming. As a recognized leader in facilitating the donation and recovery of transplantable organs and tissues, Donor Alliance’s primary objectives are to save and enhance the lives of others.

To achieve these objectives, Donor Alliance employs effective family approach and recovery programs in hospitals, and increases the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation through public education and awareness campaigns in its service area.

Coloradoans can join the Donor Registry by going online to http://www.ColoradoDonorRegistry.org or call 303-380-4802 in the Denver area and toll-free statewide at 1-888-256-4386.

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CONTACT

BRW LeGrand

Lisa Miller or Jennifer Bailey

303-298-8470

or

Donor Alliance

D. Nikki Wheeler

Director of Communications / Public Relations

303-329-4747

DONOR ALLIANCE PARTICIPATES IN 16TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION