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Introduction to a Donate Life Community

To save and heal lives and create a culture where donation is embraced, the national nonprofit Donate Life America created the Donate Life Community (DLC) program to utilize grassroots efforts in select localities and among organizations to raise awareness. In Colorado and Wyoming, the program is administered through Donor Alliance, the local nonprofit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation for transplantation in the Rocky Mountain Region. 

A Donate Life Community utilizes grassroots efforts in communities to raise awareness about the impacts of organ, eye, and tissue donation to address an urgent public health crisis. As of 2024, more than 100,000 people nationwide are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. 

Examples of Successful Donate Life Communities

As of 2024, nearly 1,300 people in our community are on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant. Donate Life Community ProclamationGiven the need locally, in 2023, Donor Alliance set out to designate the first Donate Life Community in Colorado to raise awareness. As the third largest city in Colorado and the most diverse, Donor Alliance selected the City of Aurora. Through the Donate Life Community program, Donor Alliance joined the City of Aurora at nearly 20 of their community events, inspiring tens of thousands of residents to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. This partnership with the City of Aurora also created a roadmap for Donor Alliance to partner with other municipalities on the Donate Life Community program.

Both the State of Colorado, and most recently, the State of Wyoming have also been proclaimed Donate Life Community states. As part of their commitment, businesses, governments, and residents across Colorado and Wyoming will recognize National Donate Life Month during the month of April to show support for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Activities will include light displays illuminated in blue and green throughout the month, proclamations, and flag raising ceremonies to honor the generous gifts from donors and their families, celebrate alongside recipients who received a second chance at life, and recognize the people in the community currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

What are the Goals?

The Donate Life Community program aims to promote the importance of registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor so residents are well-informed and inspired before they’re asked to sign up at their local DMV. Donation and transplantation saves and heals lives, and more residents need to say YES to registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor. The Donate Life Community program aims to inspire localities across the country to work with their local Donate Life agencies to promote donation to its residents through education and donor registration opportunities. These tactics align with engagement efforts already happening in communities. “When our communities thrive, we all thrive.” 

Colorado and Wyoming are two of the most generous states in the U.S. when it comes to donation and are above the national average. Nationally, about 48.9% of people are registered to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. In Colorado, about 66% of residents have said Yes to donation and in Wyoming, the donor designation rate is 58%. People can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor the next time they go to the DMV to obtain their driver license/state ID or anytime at DonateLifeColorado.org or DonateLifeWyoming.org. It’s also important people share their decision with their family.

For the ninth consecutive year, Donor Alliance achieved a record-setting milestone by saving and healing more lives than ever before in 2023. The generosity of 307 heroic organ donors from across Colorado and Wyoming resulted in 918 organ transplants, a 10.6% increase over 2022. Also in 2023, Donor Alliance honored the lives of nearly 1,700 tissue donors and their families to recover lifesaving and healing tissues, which provided more than 100,000 tissue grafts to those in need. Each year, tissue transplants provide hope to tens of thousands of people suffering from injury, disease, trauma, or blindness.

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February 15, 2024

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February 15, 2024

Held on National Donor Day to raise awareness about lifesaving, healing benefits of organ, eye, and tissue donation

DENVER – February 15, 2024 – A group of Colorado organizations all connected around organ, eye and tissue donation came together on Valentine’s Day for the one mission – to inspire people to share love and save and heal lives in our community. February 14 also marked National Donor Day, an observance dedicated to raising awareness about donation for transplantation and honoring the lifesaving generosity of donors and their families. The group, known as the Donate Life Colorado State Team, partnered with Lionsgate to host a free pre-screening of the movie Ordinary Angels last night at the Regal UA Colorado Center in Denver.

Ordinary Angels stars Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and is an inspiring true story of a town that came together during a historic snowstorm in Louisville back in 1994 to help a three-year-old girl receive a lifesaving liver transplant. The film shows the power of community coming together to save and heal lives, like the Donate Life Colorado State Team. Members of the state team include Donor Alliance, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, Chris Klug Foundation, Evan Spear Foundation, AlloSource, as well as donor families and transplant recipients.

“All boats rise with the same tide. This is an opportunity for our community partners to get together and to educate and inspire people to register to be a donor and share their decision with their family,” said Cheryl Talley, co-chair of the Donate Life Colorado State Team. “The wait list does not wait. There are currently 1,300 people in Colorado and Wyoming waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.”

“Our work of saving and healing lives does not happen alone,” said Jennifer Venerable, co-chair of the Donate Life Colorado State Team. “It is a product of partnerships and communities and, like this movie, Ordinary Angels, that say Yes to donation every single day.”

Ordinary Angels would not exist if it were not for the generous donor and their family who made the decision to give the gift of life. One person can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save and heal up to 75 lives through tissue donation. Each year, tissue transplants provide hope to tens of thousands of people suffering from injury, disease, trauma, or blindness. People can register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor the next time they obtain or renew their driver license or state ID at the DMV, or anytime at DonateLifeColorado.org.

People can also make the brave decision to register as a living donor at a transplant center. Through living donation, there are lifesaving gifts that can be provided today including kidney, which is the most needed organ. More than 85% of people on the transplant waiting list need a kidney. For more information, visit the National Donate Life Living Donor Registry.

About Donate Life State Teams

Colorado joined other Donate Life State Teams across the country to host exclusive pre-screenings of Ordinary Angels on National Donor Day. Donate Life State Teams play a vital role in Donate Life America’s work and include members of the donation and transplant community, government agencies, motor vehicle departments, hospital associations, and recipients and donor families. For more information about getting involved on a national level with Donate Life America, please visit donatelife.net.

 

February 14, 2024

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Q: When is the Wyoming Donor Dash?

A: The Wyoming Donor Dash event is on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Participants can walk/run from home and use the RunKeeper App to track their time virtually. You can also add a $9.00 shipping fee for your packet to be mailed to you. A $9 fee is required to cover the shipping cost if you would like your packet mailed to you. If you do not choose this shipping option, your packet will be at the event on race day.

Q: When does online registration close?

frequently_asked_questions_image_faqsA: Final online registration closes on Friday, April 12, 2024

Q: Is there free registration if I am a donor family member or transplant recipient?

A: Yes- Please email wyomingdonordash@donoralliance.org if you are a donor family member or transplant recipient and we will provide you with the free code.

Q: Can I register day of?

A: Yes, participants will have an opportunity to register for the event the morning of the race on Saturday, April 20, 2024. However, there is no guarantee that there will be event t-shirts available.

Q: Can I participate virtually in the Wyoming Donor Dash?

A: Yes! Please see below:

Tracking steps for the Wyoming Donor Dash:

ASICS Runkeeper™ app: Pro Tip: we recommend going to your mobile device’s app store to download the app first. One note: ASICS Runkeeper™ app operates with GPS technology to track your distance. If plan to use a treadmill, we recommend you skip down to option 2 to manually upload your race results. Here’s how the app works

    • Step One: From your mobile device, go to www.raceroster.com and login to the account you used to register for Wyoming Donor Dash. Forgot your password? No problem! Just follow the prompts from the login page to reset your password.
    • Step Two: Select “ Wyoming Donor Dash” from “Recent Registrations”. You’ll see your registration confirmation number and a teal button that says “Connect to my app”. Click the button to go to the Virtual Race.
    • Step Three: Your mobile device will prompt you to download or open the ASICS Runkeeper™ app from your mobile device app store. Downloading the app is free and no subscription is required to complete the Donor Dash Virtual 5K. If you come to a pop-up screen with paid subscription options, there is an X in the upper right hand corner you can click to close and proceed. You’ll set up an account on the app. Once you’re ready, from the “Start” menu on the bottom, click “Free Run”.
    • Step Four: Verify your name and click “Wyoming Donor Dash”. Please note- if you have registered for other upcoming virtual races through Race Roster, they will also appear here. You will be prompted “Are you ready to start your Donor Dash Virtual 5K activity?”. Only click “Start Your Race” if you’re ready to complete the 5K. If you’d like to go for a warm-up or practice run to familiarize yourself with the app, we recommend starting the run until you’re ready to make it count.
    • Step Five: On your mark, get set, go! Once you finish the run, your results will be automatically e-mailed to you.
    • Post videos and photos on your social media pages and tag us at @donatelifewyoming!

Q: What is the timeline of events?

A: The timeline of events is below:

  • 8:00 am: Check-in and onsite registration
  • 8:40 am: Presentations
  • 9:00 am: Race starts

Q: What does my event packet include?

A: Participants who register online will receive an event t-shirt; but quantities are limited, so we encourage you to register early! All participants will receive a packet with various other fun Donate Life items.

Q: How long is the Wyoming Donor Dash?

A: The Wyoming Donor Dash will take place from approximately 8am – 11am.

Q: Where does the Wyoming Donor Dash take place?

A: The Wyoming Donor Dash takes place at the Tate Pumphouse in Casper, Wyoming. Participants will cross the North Platte River to begin the race and follow the Platte River Trails around the Three Crowns Golf course, returning to the Tate Pumphouse to conclude the 5k.

Q: What if the weather is bad?

A: Wait five minutes and the weather will change in Wyoming right? We know the weather here can change quickly, but it can also be beautiful and we think Wyomingites are strong because we can weather the storms! Please be prepared to be outside for this event. It could be warm or chilly in April, we never know! Participants are expected to check-in and then gather outside the Tate Pumphouse between the back Patio and North Platte River area. Presentations will take place outside.

Q: Are there restrooms available?

A: Restrooms are available inside the Tate Pumphouse and one on the race course.

Q: Is there parking available?

A: Parking is available at the Tate Pumphouse.

Q: Does everyone need to register?

A: This is a common question of the frequently asked questions! Every participant who will be actively participating and completing the 5K should register for the event. This event is a great family event for all ages! However, if you are participating in the event with young family members (toddlers and infants), who will accompany you, but will not complete the 5K on their own – they do not need to register.

Q: Can I bring my pet/dog to the race?

A: We love to see your furry family members, but we must insist that you keep them leashed and outside of the Tate Pumphouse. Please also remember to be respectful of pets that may not be comfortable around other furry friends or human friends. All pet owners must pick up after their furry family members and dispose of their accidents appropriately.

Q: I heard something about an event playlist. Can you tell me more about it?

A: Absolutely! We have asked those connected to donation and transplantation to help us build a Spotify playlist that participants can listen to while participating in the Wyoming Donor Dash. The songs on the playlist might remind someone of a donor, a donor’s family or loved ones, or could be a song that kept a transplant recipient motivated throughout their transplant journey. Be sure to follow the Wyoming Donor Dash on Spotify and enjoy it during the 5K, or any time really!

Q: Where does registration money go?

A: Your registration fee helps to cover the cost of the event including t-shirts, event logistics and location fees, permitting, safety and insurance costs, and marketing costs. The Wyoming Donor Dash is an awareness-raising event and proceeds are applied, as of 2022, to grow the event in an effort to further educate and inspire support of organ, eye and tissue donation in our local community and state.

Q: Can I make a pledge or donation in memory or honor of a loved one?

  1. If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one, you can do so online at DonorAlliance.org/Contribute.
  2. Mail a check to:
    Donor Alliance-Wyoming Donor Dash
    C/O Accounts Receivable
    200 Spruce Street, Suite 200
    Denver, CO 80230
    To make it in honor of a person for the Wyoming Donor Dash, simply mark that in the notes section.
  3. We can also accept donations via credit card over the phone. Call Donor Alliance at 303-329-4747 and ask for accounts receivable. Your contribution will aid in our efforts to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Donated funds help support the gift of life in Wyoming including public education and outreach programming. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Q: What if I cannot participate in the Wyoming Donor Dash event, but still want to show my support for organ, eye and tissue donation? What can I do?

A: There are 3 easy options for you to still show your support for donation and transplantation, even if you cannot participate in the event this year:

  1. Sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at DonateLifeWyoming.org!
  2. Tell your friends and family about the Wyoming Donor Dash! Share on social media and encourage others to participate.
  3. Turn your passion into Advocacy by becoming an Advocate for Life volunteer! Check it out here.

Didn’t find your answer in these frequently asked questions? Please share your question with us at wyomingdonordash@donoralliance.org and we will add it to our frequently asked questions list!

February 14, 2024

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A special thanks to our 2024 Wyoming Donor Dash Sponsors

If you are interested in supporting opportunities for the upcoming Wyoming Donor Dash events, please contact wyomingdonordash@donoralliance.org

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Honoring the lives of organ, eye, and tissue donors, celebrating the lives of transplant recipients and recognizing those who continue to wait for a transplant, join us at the annual Wyoming Donor Dash on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

 

February 14, 2024

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Honoring the lives of organ, eye, and tissue donors, celebrating the lives of transplant recipients and recognizing those who continue to wait for a transplant, join us at the annual Wyoming Donor Dash on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Register below today!

Register Today!

Lace-up your running shoes or pull on your cowboy boots and join us for a morning of fun to show your support and raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation across Wyoming. 

Donor families: If you would like a picture of your loved one featured on the Donor Wall at the event, please fill out this form by Monday, April 15th.

Event Location & Timeline

Tate Pumphouse, Casper, Wyoming

  • 8:00 am: Check-in and onsite registration
  • 8:40 am: Presentations
  • 9:00 am: Race starts

Online Registration

  • Online registration is $25 and required to guarantee an event t-shirt the day of race.
  • Online registration opens on Monday, February 12.
  • Online registration closes on Friday, April 12.
  • If you are a transplant recipient or donor family member, you receive free registration. Please reach out to wyomingdonordash@donoralliance.org for the promo code.

REGISTER NOW

Virtual Participation

If you would like to participate virtually, you can track your 5K through the RunKeeper app. You can also add a $9.00 shipping fee for your packet to be mailed to you. A $9.00 fee is required to cover the shipping cost if you would like your packet mailed to you. If you do not choose this shipping option, your packet will be at the event on race day. Learn more about how to download the RunKeeper App in our FAQ page.

Questions? Check out our FAQs or connect with us at wyomingdonordash@donoralliance.org.

 

 

February 14, 2024

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Join us from July 12-19 for the Donor Dash Week to honor the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrate the lives of transplant recipients and recognize those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant. We encourage you to partake in all the activities and head over to our Donate Life Colorado Facebook page for ways to earn special prizes all week long!

Donor Dash Week Activities

  • Move It Monday! July 13: Share your song recommendations for our shared Spotify playlist, called “Donor Dash 2020“. You can pick your favorite song for a workout, something that reminds you of your loved one, your donor, or a song that kept you going through your transplant. We will combine all of your favorite songs to a shared playlist that you can listen to while running/walking your 5k!
  • Team Tuesday! July 14: Share #WhoAreYouDashingFor with a team photo OR a photo of Who You’re Dashing For!
    • Put your team photo and/or the Donate Life Logo in your window so your neighbors can see. If your neighborhood has a NextDoor page, share what you are doing for Donor Dash so they can be on the lookout for your window when walking/running/riding past your house!
  • Warrior Wednesday! July 15: Warrior Wednesday! Who’s the warrior/hero in your life? Share it with us in a post on your social pages and tag @DonateLifeColorado for a chance to win a prize!
    • Get creative and wear superhero gear to work (in person or virtually) in honor of your hero. If anyone asks, share your story about donation or transplantation.
  • Thankful Thursday! July 16: Spend some time reflecting on who and/or what you’re thankful for! Share it with us in a post on your social pages and tag @DonateLifeColorado for a chance to win a prize!
    • Make a small gift basket with blue and green objects (Donate Life Colors) and drop it on the porch of someone you are thinking of and thankful for during this time.
  • UCHealth Favorite Friday July 17: Share your Favorite Donor Dash photo from your favorite year. If you’re new to Donor Dash, tell us why you are looking forward to it this year!
    • Create your favorite green or blue dessert and share it with your loved ones! Here is a yummy list of Blue & Green Dessert ideas!
  • Wash Park Car Parade, Saturday, July 18! Decorate your car in green and blue and join us from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM for a fun morning with music and time to honor, celebrate and recognize together, though apart! Enter the parade on the East side of Washington Park at the intersection of Franklin & Mississippi Sts. where the Donor Dash start line would normally be, and be sure to bring your race bib as those will be required for entry. If you lose or somehow do not have access you can print a race bib here. Highlight Who You’re Dashing For and check out decorated cars from others in our amazing Donate Life family. This will be a great, highly visual way to raise awareness for the gift of life in our Colorado community!
  • Sunday, July 19, 11:00am: Together, Though Apart Live Program. At 10:00am, run or walk your 5k in your neighborhood, in a park near your home (please practice social distancing) or on your treadmill! We will provide methods to self-report your finish time and provide full race results.
    • At 11:00am, join us online here or on our Facebook or YouTube for a live, virtual program.  CBS4’s Michael Spencer will be our emcee! Tune in to catch Michael, watch your team video, hear a few words from the new Donor Alliance President & CEO, Jennifer Prinz, and take part in a large, shared activity in celebration of live and loved ones.

Join us and show your support for organ, eye and tissue donation by sharing all your Donor Dash Week activities on your social media all week long! Tag us at @DonateLifeColorado on Facebook and use #DonorDash, #WhoAreYouDashingFor. Don’t have social media? We encourage you to still get involved with these activities and share the message that organ, eye and tissue donation saves lives in your community. Even though we can’t run side by side at the Donor Dash this year, we hope you join us for the Donor Dash Week, together, though apart!

February 14, 2024

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February 14, 2024

Interested in being an exhibitor at the 25th Annual Donor Dash?

Want to get in front of passionate, altruistic and truly awesome Coloradans? Join us at the 25th Annual Donor Dash!! The Donor Dash is well promoted and advertised, reaching more than 25,000 people in the community with nearly 5,000 participants.

Thank you for your interest in being an exhibitor at the Donor Dash, please fill out this form and we will reach out to you with more details!

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We’ve created the following toolkit and resources to help you enjoy and promote the Donor Dash with your friends and family!

Click on the links below to open. If necessary, hit “OK” or double click on the file to open, and select “Save As” to download the files to your personal computer or phone.

  • Donation Stats & Facts (Print and distribute these facts to help us raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation.)
  • Flyer (Print and hang these flyers in high-traffic areas or share the e-version to your friends.)
  • Poster (Print and hang these flyers in high-traffic areas or share the e-version to your friends.)

Please email Jen Middleton at JMiddleton@donoralliance.org if you need help downloading or using these materials, or if you’d like to request hard copy versions.

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