Recent Media Coverage

Valentine’s Day: Chocolates and Organ Donations – KOAA 5 – Colorado Springs, CO

February 14, 2019

February 14th is National Donor Day or, if you rather, National Organ Donor Day. The intent to bring awareness to the massive number of Americans in need of life saving organ donations. In Colorado Springs, we caught up with a donor with a special and especially timely story.

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Man Donates Kidney Years After Son Receives Heart Transplant – CBS 4 – Denver, CO

February 12, 2019

Valentine’s Day is also “National Donor Day,” across the United States. While many celebrate love, others hope to use the holiday to encourage everyone to show their love by signing up to be an organ donor. While donating organs after life is important, there are examples of living donors giving to strangers. Doug Bare, a resident of Cheyenne, is one of those who made that selfless decision.

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7 Years After Her Death, Denver Officer Still Saving Lives – FOX 31 – Denver, CO

February 4, 2019

A Denver police officer is still giving back to the community, seven years after she was shot and killed in the line of duty. For the first time, Officer Celena Hollis’ parents revealed she was an organ donor after her death in 2012.

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Organ Recipient Thanks Doctors, Donor Before Rose Parade – CBS 4 – Denver, CO

December 17, 2018

A woman who received a life-saving organ donation is thanking the doctors who saved her life. Colleen Reed visited the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora on Monday. She says the gift of an organ donation not only saved her life, but changed her life.

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Family dedicates “Love Cayde” bench to Henderson Elementary – Wyoming Tribune Eagle – Cheyenne, WY

December 15, 2018

The family of a double-lung transplant recipient who passed away earlier this year honored her memory at Cheyenne’s Henderson Elementary on Friday. Caydence “Cayde” Brannaman, 11-year-old regional advocate and poster child for Donate Life America, lost her battle with a heart condition earlier this year, and her family donated a scarlet “Love Cayde” bench to her former elementary school in remembrance.

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Two-Time Heart Recipient Inspires at 2018 Parade of Lights – YourHub – Denver, CO

November 30, 2018

It’s easy this time of year to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle and forget to take a moment to be grateful for what you have. As a two-time heart transplant recipient, when the holidays come around each year, I make a point to reflect on the second and third chance at life that I was given. I can remember many holidays when I didn’t feel well, even spending one holiday season in the hospital, waiting for my second heart transplant. I am now able to spend my holidays enjoying my family and friends and living my life to the fullest, all because two generous people said Yes to becoming organ, eye and tissue donors.

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Colorado group threads comfort for family members of organ donors – ABC 7 – Denver, CO

November 21, 2018

A group of volunteers is threading together some comfort, and it’s not just because the holidays are just days and weeks away. As photojournalist Drew Smith shows us, they make quilts for families of organ donors when their loved ones passes away.

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Donate Life Wyoming Weekend with the Casper Bobcats

October 20, 2018

On Oct. 20, Brendan Bummer dropped the puck to start the home game between Casper Bobcats Junior Hockey and the Cheyenne Stampede team as part of Donate Life Wyoming Night. The Casper Bobcats joined Donate Life Wyoming for the weekend to celebrate organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. From recipients, to donor families and caregivers, donation touched many throughout the weekend.

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Donate Life Colorado: Liver transplant Saved Lella’s Life – NBC 11 – Grand Junction, CO

August 11, 2018

There are about 200 people waiting for a life-saving transplant on the Western Slope. For Lella Young, she was only two months old when she was put on the transplant list. She is only here today because someone ticked that box and chose to become a donor. “It saved her life,” said Lyndall Young, Lella’s Mother.


Stepdaughter Of Vietnam War Veteran Advocates For Organ Donation – CBS 4 – Denver, CO

July 14, 2018

Alfred Lucero served in Vietnam in 1969. During his time in the service he was exposed to the chemical Agent Orange. “Due to that exposure he now has kidney failure,” said Lucero’s stepdaughter Dana Rojas. She advocates for organ and tissue donation. “Being an organ donor truly is the gift that never stops giving. It truly is giving somebody life,” Rojas said.

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‘What A Difference It Can Make In Somebody’s Life’: Donor Dash Supports Organ Donation – CBS 4 – Denver, CO

July 13, 2018

CBS 4’s Joel Hillan speaks with Donor Alliance Advocate for Life Claire about her experience with transplantation, her rare triple organ transplant and why the Donor Dash means so mych to her.

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Facing an Unknown Future After Her Brother Gave Life

July 10, 2018

There are nearly 200 residents in Wyoming awaiting a lifesaving transplant. It’s scary facing a transplant, but Cary is fighting for her life each and every day. She knows the importance of saying “Yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation. She lost her younger brother and saw how through his decision to be a donor was able to save many lives because of organ donation.