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OneLegacy Celebrates Donate Life Month in Southern California by Engaging Over 295 Community, Regional Partners and Local Officials to Help Promote the Importance of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation


City Proclamations, Blue & Green Day and the 16th
Annual Donate Life Run/Walk Among This Month's Observances and Special

OneLegacy is kicking off Donate Life Month in April with multiple events
and observances that will take place across the seven counties it
serves. With over 295 activities that began in early March and will
extend through the end of April, OneLegacy is joining dozens of
organizations across the country to remind Americans about the
importance of donation and registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Thanks to the help of staff, volunteers, elected officials, and hospital
and community partners, OneLegacy expects to reach over 20 million
people in Southern California through local activities that range from
city proclamations and flag-raising ceremonies, to educational events
and the largest run/walk of its kind in the U.S. This year's observances
will mobilize more than 39 hospitals and transplant centers; over 132
cities; seven counties; hundreds of volunteers; and thousands of organ,
eye and tissue donation advocates.

"Every year we are fortunate to partner with local hospitals, transplant
centers, community partners, and city officials to inform and inspire
Southern Californians to register to Donate Life," said Tom Mone, CEO of
OneLegacy. "With nearly 35,000 organ transplants performed last year and
five consecutive record-setting years for transplants in the U.S., we
honor our friends, neighbors and communities who have chosen to save and
heal lives by registering; and we are grateful to so many of them who
join us in activities to promote and celebrate Donate Life Month."


Thanks to the help of dozens of OneLegacy Ambassadors and Embajadores,
over 132 city proclamations are being issued to declare April as Donate
Life Month. This amazing group of committed individuals volunteer their
time to share their stories of donation and inspire the community to
donate, and they work every year with local city officials in seven
counties – Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa
Barbara and Ventura – to continue supporting organ, eye and tissue
donation with their proclamations.


The "Flags Across America" initiative started in 2009 as a symbol of
unity and hope and to honor those who have given a second chance at life
to others through donation. OneLegacy is joining dozens of organizations
this year by rallying every donor hospital and transplant center, as
well as all recovery agencies, to raise the Donate Life flag during the
month of April. This year's efforts will result in over 45 flags being
raised across Southern California.


Blue and green are the official Donate Life colors; and every year, Blue
& Green Day is celebrated during National Donate Life Month in April to
raise awareness of donation. This year's Blue & Green Day celebration is
on Friday, April 13; and dozens of local DMV offices, hospitals,
transplant centers and other organizations will join OneLegacy to
celebrate National Donate Life Blue & Green Day. April is a special
month to visit local DMV offices, vibrantly decorated by the DMV staff
as part of a month-long photo contest to show their support for
donation. OneLegacy's partnership with the DMV includes special events,
ongoing educational sessions to staff, and recognition to their staff
and leadership. Their continuous support has resulted in 95 percent of
the state's nearly 14.5 million designated donors who have joined the
California registry. Additionally, several local organizations,
businesses and hospital partners will encourage their staff to wear blue
and green on April 13.


Every year OneLegacy partners with local hospitals, transplant centers,
businesses and community advocacy organizations around the seven
counties to host special educational and awareness events that engage
our local community to learn more about the importance of donation. In
partnership with Donor Network West in Northern California, Lee's
Sandwiches is hosting a special month-long "Cup of Life" campaign to
encourage sandwich enthusiasts to learn more about donation and
registering as donors. Other community partners hosting educational
events in April include local hospitals and transplant centers,
restaurants, businesses, high schools and colleges across Southern


OneLegacy will culminate the Donate Life Month celebrations with the 16th
Annual Donate Life Run/Walk and Family Festival at Cal State Fullerton
on Saturday, April 28. The Donate Life Run/Walk is the largest of its
kind in the U.S. It gathers over 13,000 organ, eye and tissue donation
advocates and their families. This year's event will gather 229 donor
family teams with over 3,821 donor family participants, close to 100
hospital teams, and dozens of other groups and organizations to help
raise funds for the OneLegacy Foundation's Public Education initiatives.
Started by the Hosterts, a family touched by living organ donation, and
now in its 16th year, this non-competitive event helps stress
the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and encourages people
to register as donors.

OneLegacy is the nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and healing
lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the areas we serve. With
more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers and a diverse population
of over 20 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ, eye and tissue
recovery organization in the world.

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