LifePoint and Donate Life South Carolina Kickoff "I AM AME" Donation Initiative
On the eve of National DonorSabbath, LifePoint and Donate Life South Carolina launched a new initiative called the "I AM AME" Donation Initiative during the 2015 Seventh Episcopal District Post Planning Convocation and Theological Institute at the Florence Civic Center. This is a partnership between the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, LifePoint and Donate Life South Carolina with the ultimate goal to save lives in South Carolina through increased awareness and by registering more minority organ, eye and tissue donors.
Bishop Richard F. Norris, the leader of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church which covers South Carolina, is a recent kidney recipient. He personally knows the need for more donors in our state and across the country. According to South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the state ranks second in the nation in the need for organs among African Americans. Around 1,000 South Carolinians are on the transplant waiting list. Many of those in need of a transplant are African American.
7th Annual Donate Life Duel: Carolina vs. Clemson
Fans Engage in Statewide Organ/Eye/Tissue Donor Drive!
The seventh annual Donate Life Duel is underway! In this annual competition, Clemson and Carolina fans compete to see which team can register the most organ, eye and tissue donors before the annual rivalry football game at the end of November. This initiative is a partnership between Donate Life South Carolina, LifePoint, and The Heather Trew Foundation. There are also “on-campus” champions from both universities. Together, we will be working toward the goal of registering new organ, eye and tissue donor designations.
Gamecock and Tiger fans can show their school spirit and participate in the challenge by logging on to www.DonateLifeSC.org and registering their first-person consent to become organ, eye and tissue donors. During the registration process, fans can credit either team/university for referring them to the secure online Donor Registry. Student organizations will also hold donor drives on each campus during The Duel. The SC Donor Registry website is now “smart phone friendly”.
The Tiger fans have won the Donate Life Duel four of the six years it has taken place. The 2014 Duel was won by the fans of the Gamecocks. Annually, the Donate Life Duel is the most successful single event for registering donors in South Carolina. More than 9,800 individuals have signed up in the S.C. Organ, Eye, and Tissue Registry through this duel.
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.