BALTIMORE, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — More than 20,000 Latinos living in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. An average of 18 Americans of all ethnicities die each day due to lack of organ donors. Statistics show Latinos and other minorities have the best chance of a successful organ transplant if the donor is of the same ethnic background.
To educate Baltimore’s Latino community, Donate Life Maryland, presented by the Living Legacy Foundation, will be hosting a free “Play for Life” event featuring the opportunity to play soccer, get autographs and take photos with professional soccer midfielder Andy Najar, who most recently competed in the Summer Games. No charge for the photos or autographs.
The event will also feature:
• DJ Travieso from 107.9 El Zol
• Free food & beverages from Miguel’s Cocina y Cantina
• Promotional raffles & giveaways
• Information about donor and recipient families in your community
WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 2012
TIME: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note Najar will only be available for autographs & photos from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Clifton Park Soccer Fields, Baltimore, MD (on Saint Lo Drive)
BACKGROUND: More than 20,000 Latinos living in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Thirty-three of the 47 Marylanders who are in need of a life-saving donation are waiting for a kidney transplant, which could be done via a living (or deceased) donor.
For more information, visit http://www.TakeAMinuteSaveALife.org or http://www.TomaUnMinutoSalvaUnaVida.org or call 1-866-MD-DONOR.
The Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) is a non-profit organ and tissue donation program serving the state of Maryland. LLF facilitates the life-saving process of organ and tissue donation, celebrates the generous gifts of organ and tissue donors, supports our donor families, and educates others about the importance of registering as a donor.
Donate Life Maryland is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and enhancing lives by registering organ, eye and tissue donors. DLMD was established in 2007 by the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and Washington Regional Transplant Community.
SOURCE Living Legacy Foundation