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#ShowYourHeart for National Donate Life Month 2021

We are proud that Colorado and Wyoming are two of the most supportive states in the country when it comes to signing up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Yet there are still nearly 2,000 people in our area waiting for a lifesaving transplant. That’s why we are asking allshow your heart upload a selfie-organ donation awareness month Coloradoans and Wyomingites to show their heart for National Donate Life Month in support of organ, eye and tissue donation by uploading a selfie!

Help Raise Awareness for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

With just a selfie, you can help raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and save lives. Who knew selfies could be that powerful, right? Showing your heart in support of organ, eye and tissue donation brings hope to those waiting a lifesaving transplant. If 2,000 of us show our hearts and inspire just one other person to sign up as a donor, thousands of our neighbors could be saved and healed by the gift of life.

So make a difference this National Donate Life Month. Join us and #ShowYourHeart with a selfie in support of organ, eye and tissue donation. Just upload your photo and share it on social to inspire your friends and family—it’s that easy! Help us reach our goal of getting 2,000 photo submissions. The more photos we get the more lives could be healed and saved through donation and transplantation.

As supporters of organ, eye and tissue donation, we can INSPIRE OTHERS TO SAVE LIVES! Please share your customized photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with your friends and followers. Help us give hope to those waiting and spread awareness about the lifesaving gift of organ, eye and tissue donation this April! Here’s how you can help:

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1. UPLOAD your photo and share why you signed up as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

2. CUSTOMIZE your photo with a heart symbol donation

3. SHARE with your friends on social media for a chance to win a Donate Life Mystery Box!*

What if you are not on social media? No problem! You can still upload and customize your photo to #ShowYourHeart for donation directly from your phone or desktop. Adding your selfie to our #ShowYourHeart gallery will inspire others and show your support… so upload your photo and help us reach our goal of getting 2,000 photo submissions!

Advocates for Life Share Stories of Hope to Inspire Others to Show Their Heart

This National Donate Life Month, be inspired by our Advocate for Life volunteers’ stories of hope. We hope these stories will touch your heart and motivate you to upload your photo and #ShowYourHeart to help raise awareness about the lifesaving gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.

  • Al Lucero, kidney recipient, Pueblo, Colo.: After Agent Orange exposure caused kidney damage that ultimately resulted in five years of grueling dialysis, Al received a kidney transplant in January 2020. He has been given his life back and is grateful for the lifesaving gift from his donor and his donor’s family. After seeing others he’d met pass away while waiting for a transplant, Al is sharing his story of gratitude to encourage more people to sign up to be donors.
  • Christy Schultz, mother of a donor, Parker, Colo.: Christy’s daughter Sammie was a loving and hilarious Ponderosa High School cheerleader that was always helping others. When Sammie tragically passed away in July 2020, Christy knew donating her organs was what Sammie would have wanted. Christy is sharing her story because of the peace Sammie’s gifts helped bring her family amidst unimaginable grief.
  • Eileen Maddox, grandmother of a heart recipient, Durango, Colo: Eileen’s grandson, Liam, received the lifesaving gift of a heart transplant in 2014 at just give months old. Now, at 7, Liam is living the life of a normal kid with a special gift. He’s very active, learning to ride a bike, ski and hike. Eileen is sharing Liam’s story as a heartfelt way to pay it forward and remind Coloradans to choose to live with others in mind.
  • Jodi Lanzi, heart recipient, Loveland, Colo.: Jodi received the gift of life with a heart transplant in August 2016. She knows she wouldn’t be here without her donor. She’s grateful to get to spend time with her family and to see her grandkids grow. Jodi is sharing her story so other recipients and those waiting on a lifesaving transplant know that they have the support of a community.
  • Juana Chavez, liver recipient, Denver: Juana celebrated her 15th transplant anniversary in 2020 after receiving the lifesaving gift of a liver transplant in September 2005. She is sharing her story in hopes that it will inspire others to say yes to giving the gift of life.
  • Tony Young, heart and kidney recipient, Parker, Colo: Tony’s life was saved when he received a heart and kidney transplant in March 2020. He’s once again found joy in being able to do the simple things that are easily taken for granted. He’s sharing his story because of the hope one family gave him by turning the pain of losing a loved one into an opportunity to save lives.

National Blue & Green Day 2021

Let’s see your Donate Life colors! On National Blue and Green Day, April 16, show your support for organ, eye and tissue donation by wearing blue and green and uploading your photo here We can’t wait to see all the awesome photos of businesses, schools, hospitals, transplant centers, individuals and even pets – all dressed in their best blue and green!

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More details on how to get involved, including #ShowYourHeart giveaway terms and conditions, can be found here on our official Donate Life Month pages.

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