LifePoint and Donate Life SC will celebrate National Donate Life Month throughout April. Kicking off the month-long celebration, Donate Life SC and the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) held a joint press conference at 10:00 AM on April 2, 2015 at the South Carolina State House in Columbia. This press conference announced the results of the first year of the renewed partnership to increase the number of registered donors in the state. Speakers included Governor Nikki Haley, Lexington County Senator Katrina Shealy, Donate Life SC CEO Tracy Armstrong and SCDMV Executive Director Kevin A. Shwedo. Joining those speakers was also the reigning Miss South Carolina, Lanie Hudson, whose pageant platform is organ, eye and tissue donation awareness. Senator Shealy announced a Senate resolution, designating April as Donate Life Month in South Carolina.
South Carolinians to Raise Awareness about Organ, Eye and
Donate Life Month honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families. It also commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants. In addition to the joint press conference, our staff and volunteers will be involved in numerous other events taking place across the state to commemorate Donate Life Month. The larger events include:
National Blue and Green Day: On April 17, 2015, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with other community organizations in an effort to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. Over 35 South Carolina DMV offices will be participating to show support for organ, eye and tissue donation. Several hospitals & other businesses across the state will also recognize this day.
Wall of Hope and Linking Hands for Life: Baptist Easley Hospital will unveil a Wall of Hope exhibit on April 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM. The purpose of this exhibit is to help raise awareness about the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors in Pickens County, as well as all of upstate SC. The Wall of Hope consists of a series of large full-color panels that tell the stories of local transplant recipients and donors. Following the Wall of Hope unveiling, there will be a Linking Hands For Life ceremony on the hospital’s front lawn. The linking of hands is a symbolic chain of remembrance and thanksgiving that represents the cycle of life connecting transplant recipients and donor families.
LifePoint Donor Family Ceremony: On April 18, 2015, LifePoint will hold its annual Donor Remembrance Ceremony in Columbia. This private ceremony honors donors from South Carolina for giving the Gift of Life. Each year several hundred donor family members from across the state attend this event.
Everyone in the transplant community knows that it takes power to give the gift of life through organ donation, survive the wait and thrive after receiving a transplant. Twin sisters and double lung transplant recipients Ana Stenzel and Isa Stenzel Byrnes, and other members of the transplant community worldwide, show what power can do in the documentary film “The Power of Two.” Called “compelling” and “poetic” by the Wall Street Journal, and an “inspiring triumph” by Golden Globe® nominated actor Jack Black, this winner of ten film festival awards has entertained, educated and inspired audiences globally.
This short video was produced by Donate Life South Carolina to increase awareness about the need for more organ and tissue donors. It also gives information about the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
A Message from Our Director
Thanks to the hard work of our many dedicated employees, volunteers, and professional associates, LifePoint continues to make great progress in advancing organ and tissue donation in South Carolina.
Through the generosity of our donor families, hundreds of lives have been saved and enhanced. Yet, the need for donation continues. We are privileged, humbled and honored to have a part in this lifesaving work. Please help us with your commitment to be a donor.
Nancy A. Kay CEO/President of LifePoint, Inc.