It's that time of year again!
The Gift of Life's 13th Annual Dash for Organ Donor Awareness will be held Sunday April 20th at 8:30 a.m.
Registration to join the walk/run is $25. After April 14th, $30.
Ally's story is just one of the hundreds that proved organ and tissue donation saved lives in 2007. Gift of Life Donor Program, the organ procurement organization for eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, has diligently worked with area health care providers and families for more than three decades to facilitate donation and promote it as a life-saving means, and last year proved to be one of the most successful years.
In 2007, the gifts of 389 generous organ donors helped Gift of Life coordinate a total of 1,054 life-saving transplants over the course of the year. This was able to take place because of those donors and their family members who looked past their own tragedies and chose to save or enhance someone's life, like Ally and many others.
The ability to save or enhance the quality of life for patients depends on more families giving consent to organ and tissue donation. Quite simply, to ensure your wishes are fulfilled, the organ donor designation should be added to your drivers license or state ID and also discussed with your family members so they understand your decision. Then, and only then, will more lives be saved and improved through transplantation, which is why education on donation is so important.
This event is extremely important to both Jill and I. If you visit Ally's site often or even just once, you know the true miracle of organ donation. Last year we had an amazing team of over 100 team members who worked together to raise $24,000!!!
Our hope is that YOU can help us raise even more this year, and if you missed the opportunity to join us last year, this year is your chance to experience seeing others who have received a second chance at life, and maybe we can even get Ally there!!
Your donation could be the reason one family gets the education and understanding they need to make a decision to save a life like so many friends we know still waiting for organs.
To join or make a contribution click the link "Allys Angels" off of Allys homepage. If you have questions, just email us at email@example.com.
Some helpful tips in becoming a successful fundraiser:
* Recruit friends and family to join our team and walk with you.
* Bring information of the Dash to work with you, ask your co-workers to support you for the Dash!
* Send emails and ask people for donations to support organ and tissue donation.
* Tell your friends about Ally, and the miracle that has been blessed upon her!
More Walk information is below...
Let's try and make Ally's Angels the #1 team and if we can, have Shane's contribution area be #1 so that we can win both categories for the top fundraising awards! You can see our progress via the homepage link on the gift of life site.. Every dollar helps, and just might save a life
If you do not feel comfortable making a donation on the web via a credit card, you can either download the online form and mail your contribution to the Gift of Life, or make a personal check out to Shane and Jill Heintz payable to the TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION. and we can then send your money to the Gift of Life for you. Just make sure the check gets to us in the next month.
Registration will entitle you to a FREE Gift of Life Walk t-shirt. Unfortunately they do not have children's sizes.(Children under 5 are free; however, they will not be eligible for a t-shirt). Strollers are permitted for the walk.
Remember that if you join the team to send us you t-shirt size, even children!
To Register: Visit the link off of Ally's homepage. You can join the team or click Shane's area name to make a small contribution there. When you register, they will ask you to do it w/a credit card. After April 14, the registration fee goes up to $30 if you plan on walking.
Walk/Run Details: The walk is a 3K (1.8 miles) walk, everyone needs to meet at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum at 10:45 a.m.(rain or shine) on April 20th. The walk will begin at 11 a.m. There will be an award ceremony & refreshments afterward. You can also decide to join the 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) runs.
Sponsors: They would like everyone who walks to make a personal donation or to get sponsors to raise money for the Gift of Life.
Incentives will be given: 100-149 raised - Dash baseball hat; 150-249 raised - Dash bag; 250-349 raised - Dash hooded sweatshirt; 350-499 - Dash jacket; 500+ raised Dash warm-up jacket/pant set. Top fundraiser will receive 2 round-trip tickets from AirTran Airways. To receive an incentive all money must be received by April 20th.
How else you can help:
You can add the donor designation to your license at anytime in Pennsylvania and Delaware by visiting www.donors1.org.
Contact your local blood bank to make a donation and save a life!!
Thank you! Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org)with any questions of if you are interested in walking.
Robin Schultz / Saturday, March 1 2008 07:04 AMHi Jill, Your strength and courage amaze me!! You serve as such an inspiration to so many. It is famlies like yours and Logans that make such a difference for all the patients listed for organ transplants.I have worked in the transplant field for more than 25 years and because I deal with both the donors and recipients I see the true miracles that happen. I have always done the walk with the CHOP team each year but Ally will give me one more special reason to walk this year.I am keeping all of you in my prayers as well as the donor famlies and those still awaiting transplants. I hope Ashley is doing better as well. I had dinner with Denise and Wally tonight and Wally was saying he was coming out to spend April Fools Day with Ashley.If you are able to come home for Easter I would be glad to help you if you need it. I would be glad to do night shifts so you could sleep and Ally can stay safe.Wally has all my numbers if you need them. I am so glad Ally is progressing nicely and I will continue to pray for her recovery and you all to be home for Easter. God Bless!