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8 Helpful Facts About Minorities and Organ Donation - Celebrating National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Image: Donate Life America

Did you know that August 1-7 is National Minority Donor Awareness Week?

Help celebrate! Learn the facts about minorities and donation, get answers to commonly asked questions about organ donation, and register to become an organ donor. 

1. National Minority Donor Awareness Week is about organ donation AND disease prevention.

While National Minority Donor Awareness Week was established to increase awareness around the need for more registered organ donors from minority groups and honor the diverse population of multicultural organ recipients, donors, and their families... it is also a time to increase awareness for healthy living habits and disease prevention in an effort to decrease the need for transplantation.

2. Currently, over 57% of waiting list candidates are minorities.

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The 2014 Transplant Games of America: Celebrating Organ Donors & Recipients

Are you ready? The 2014 Transplant Games of America begin at the end of this week! This year they are being held in Houston, Texas.

While the competitive events at the Transplant Games are specifically for donor families and transplant recipients, the overall event is open to the general public and anyone can participate in the 5K Race/Walk (registration is still open).

About the Transplant Games

The Transplant Games of America is a yearly multi-sport event for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Participants have fun competing in events that are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, bone marrow recipients, and a limited number of corneal and tissue transplant recipients. It is more than an athletic event, it is a way to celebrate the lives of organ donors and recipients and help highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Starting Friday, July 11th, the celebration and event begins! If you are unable to attend, you can follow along with the fun on the Transplant Games Facebook page, and learn more about watching the Opening Ceremonies online.

You Don’t Have to be a Donor Family or Transplant Recipient to Participate! 

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Sharing the Gift of Life from the Stage: Miss Anderson & Organ Donation

**Editor's Update June 30, 2014: Congratulations to Lanie Hudson who has been named 2014 Miss South Carolina. Learn more at Miss-SC.org 

Written by Lanie Hudson, Miss Anderson and 2014 Miss South Carolina Contestant

Photos: Lanie Hudson

My involvement in the Miss America Organization (MAO) has truly changed my life. Yes, you may think of it as another “pageant”, and beautiful girls parading on stage—but it is so much more than that. Did you know that the Miss America Organization is the LEADING scholarship provider for women in the world? Last year alone, MAO awarded over 45 million dollars in scholarships to women so they could further their education.

The Miss America Program not only encourages education, but also teaches women valuable life experiences that are hard to teach in a classroom - interviewing before a panel of judges, speaking in front of large audiences, performing a chosen talent onstage, and even gaining confidence in ones self to stand with poise on stage and off.

Most importantly, though, is the driving force behind MAO: its passion for service - something that sets it apart from the rest. With the Four Points of the Miss America crown, “Style, Service, Scholarship, & Success,” I truly believe that the service aspect is what makes this program so life-changing.

The Gift of Life, The Gift of a Lifetime

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Celebrating National Donate Life Month in 2014

April - a month that is close to our hearts - is a very special time of year for us at Taylor's Gift Foundation. Not only is Aprilthe birth month of our namesake,Taylor, it is also "National Donate Life Month".

National Donate Life Month is a time to both honor those who have saved lives through the gift of life, as well as encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors themselves; overall, it is a nationwide effort to help spread the hope of the gift of life.

With the help of wonderful friends, we have some great ways for you to participate, celebrate, educate, and encourage those around you to become registered organ donors!

We are so excited to kick off this special month with OPI Taylor Blue nail polish relaunching, new technology partnerships with Spotify and RunAds, fun events and speaking engagements, and even a few celebrity surprises. We hope you'll join us as we celebrate the gift of life!

Paint it Forward

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