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SOURCE Donor Alliance
Walkers offer hope to the nearly 200 Wyoming residents currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant
CASPER, Wyo., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, Wyoming families of organ, eye and tissue donors and transplant recipients will participate in the annual Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Parade in downtown Casper on Tuesday, July 8. The Donate Life Wyoming parade entry, "Wyoming's Transplant Waiting List," will use walkers and balloons to represent the 184 Wyoming residents waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and the five waiting for the gift of sight through corneal transplants. Donate Life Wyoming is the donor registry for the state, managed by Donor Alliance, the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization serving most of Wyoming.
"This year's parade theme, 'United We Stand,' is a wonderful representation of the work we do to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation," said Andrea Smith, Donor Alliance Director of PR/Communications. "Donor Alliance stands united with the 184 Wyoming residents currently listed for a lifesaving organ transplant and all those in need of cornea and tissue transplants. We hope our entry can be a reminder to the Wyoming community: there is no greater kindness than giving the gift of life. Just one donor can save or enhance more than 100 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation."
There will be 30 participants in the Donate Life Wyoming parade entry, carrying a total of 159 Donate Life balloons, to represent the 189 Wyoming residents currently waiting for an organ or corneal transplant. Participants will include individuals whose loved ones made the decision to donate and transplant recipients who benefitted from donation. The group will be made up of many moving stories of hope and support, including:
Also walking in the parade will be Donor Alliance staff and volunteers, who facilitate the miracle of donation and transplantation in Wyoming and Colorado, as well as staff from Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank and Wyoming Medical Center.
The Donate Life Wyoming float entry will be a moving sight, with each of the 189 Wyoming residents on the waiting list represented by a blue or green Donate Life balloon or a walker. The group hopes that the cumulative display will demonstrate just how many in the Wyoming community are in need. Those personally impacted by organ, eye and tissue donation will lead the group with a banner that reads, "United We Stand with Patients on the Transplant Waiting List."
The Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Parade takes place from 10 AM-noon on July 8 in downtown Casper.
Join the 59 percent of Wyoming residents who have registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information about organ and tissue donation, please visit DonorAlliance.org. To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit DonateLifeWyoming.org or call 888-868-4747 for more information.
About Donor Alliance
Donor Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. As the organ and tissue procurement agency for Colorado and most of Wyoming, Donor Alliance serves more than 5.8 million residents and more than 100 hospitals.
Donor Alliance adheres to the highest medical and ethical standards: respectfully working with the families of organ and tissue donors, maintaining partnerships with hospitals and educating residents on the life-saving benefits of donation and inspiring them to sign up on the state's donor registry. Colorado and Wyoming boast some of the highest rates of donor registration in the country, which directly translates to more lives saved and healed through organ and tissue transplantation. Donor Alliance is one of 58 federally designated organizations of its kind in the United States. For more information visit DonorAlliance.org or the Donate Life Colorado or Donate Life Wyoming Facebook pages.
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