Transplant Patient Update, Donate Life America Conference Recap
Posted Aug 26 2008 4:32pm
Recalling our previous post about Corinne Jakubiec who was waiting for a kidney transplant, we are extremely happy to report that Corinne recently received her transplant at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago!!! She has been released and is currently recovering. We'll keep you posted as Corinne gets better.
Joslyn Osten, Senior Public Education Coordinator over at Gift of Hope , recently had the opportunity to attend Donate Life America's national fall conference. As you may recall, Donate Life America is Donate Life Illinois' national counterpart and the umbrella coalition working to register 100 million people nationwide as lifesaving donors by April 2008.
The conferences are always an excellent opportunity for the transplant community to get together and discuss plans for engaging others on the issue.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Donate Life America Conference, which was held October 21st - 23rd in Indianapolis, IN. Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and local coalitions across the United States dedicated to inspiring all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. This group meets twice a year for a national conference.
It was very interesting to meet other state coalition members and learn more about their successes, challenges and ideas. The days consisted of several workshops and lectures which showcased best practice methods from around the country.
Although it rained outside during the entire conference, inside the conference hall was a buzz of energy and optimism. I found that sharing ideas in programming and outreach to be the most beneficial. Colleagues were more than willing to provide information on a variety of projects and methods they have tried, as well as, maintaining communication after the Conference to lend support as needed. As a newer member of Gift of Hope’s staff, this communication will be useful as our programs continually strive for excellence.