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The Donate Lifeline - October
Lifesavers Breakfast

Share a Morning of Inspiration

Last year, Stephanie Holladay hadn't heard about the Lifesavers Breakfast. In fact, this Gold Star Mom and fitness instructor knew very little about the great need for organ donation until an amazing journey led her to give a stranger the gift of life a few months ago. Now, with her recipient, Scott Warren, she's excited to gather with her new Donate Life family to share the joy of giving. 

Justice Williams has lost count of all the Lifesavers Breakfasts he has enjoyed. He's been an active volunteer ever since an organ donor saved his life as a baby. Over the years, he's met hundreds of other fortunate recipients, as well as some who didn't receive transplants in time. Now, this remarkable high school student is sharing his unique perspective on the need for education programs and the importance of paying it forward.
KOIN 6 meteorologist Sally Showman has won an Emmy Award for her special coverage of organ, eye and tissue donation, and she'll be back to host Stephanie, Justice and other terrific speakers. 

Whether you are new to the Donate Life family like Stephanie, or a longtime volunteer like Justice, come share the joy of giving at this inspiring celebration of organ, eye and tissue donation. 
There's Nothing Scary About Organ Donation
We've got a great way for you and your family to not only have some fun this Halloween, but also help raise awareness. Take part in this year's 'Halloween Hero Hanger' campaign!

Done Vida, the Latino community of Donate Life Northwest, is growing!

Throughout the summer, both long-time and newly-trained volunteers came out to spread awareness at community events. We tabled at various health fairs in Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties. A highlight event was Cadena de Vida (Chain of Life) which was organized by our dedicated volunteer, Alejandra Cortes, in McMinnville. Volunteers from across the Portland Metro area, as well as Salem and McMinnville, came to lead participants in educational activities, register donors, and share their personal stories with donation at that event. Volunteers did not just stand behind a table, but rather walked around the fair engaging individuals in personal conversations about donation and transplantation.

This summer also provided many opportunities to appear on public media in Spanish. We are so thankful to have been able to interview on radio stations La Campeona, KBOO, Bustos Media La Zeta and La GranD, as well as on TV with Salem Capital Community Television and MetroEast Community Media. The possibilities for this Spanish outreach program are wide as our creative volunteers have shown. So far volunteers have staffed info tables at the Mexican Consulate and the Portland Mercado, volunteered to help with translation, and recruited their friends from around the state to attend info meetings and trainings. If you are interested in joining this exciting effort, please contact Arcadia Trueheart at or (503) 418-4035.

Donor Sabbath Materials
What is my religion's stance on donation?

Most people are not aware of their faith’s doctrine or position regarding organ and tissue donation. As a result, the decision-maker often looks to a faith leader for an informed answer. This November, with your help, we can educate individuals and save more lives. National Donor Sabbath provides an opportunity for faith communities to share their views and join in the conversation. We ask your assistance in educating your faith community this coming National Donor Sabbath. Please click below for any educational materials that you might need.
Thousands are in need of vital organs and tissues. For many, the chance to live a full life won't come unless all of us consider organ and tissue donation. Discuss organ and tissue donation after worship with your congregation this Donor Sabbath. Help others find a chance to live a full life. Share your life, share your decision.

Welcome Elissa!

Elissa is honored to serve the DLNW community as its Director of Communications & Outreach.  She is a consumer health advocate committed to providing patients with the information and support they need to make the health decisions that are best for them and their families.  Her work for government, university, for-profit, non-profit, and media initiatives has been conducted across the United States in some of our most vulnerable and diverse communities: including the Bronx, NY; Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, LA; and Los Angeles, CA. 
Elissa and her family relocated to Portland in 2013 from New York where she worked rating health services and treatments for Consumer Reports.  Elissa graduated from Princeton University in Anthropology and Women’s Studies and pursued research on HIV/AIDS for her PhD from Imperial College, University of London with fieldwork in Santos, Brazil.  She currently volunteers with the Zimbabwe Artists Project which supports village women and their families by sharing their stories and marketing their art.
Registered Donors
Oregon: 2,420,245  Washington: 4,820,890
Our address is: Donate Life NW, PO Box 532, Portland, OR 97207

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