The Living Legacy Foundation, an organ and tissue donation program based in Maryland, has announced one of their partners, professional soccer midfielder Andy Najar, formerly of DC United, has been selected by Donate Life America to receive a Donate Life Champion Award to recognize his efforts in promoting organ, tissue and eye donation among Baltimore’s Latino community.
The Donate Life Champion awards are given to select members of the athletic community from across the country who have inspired others to give the gifts of life, sight and mobility. Andy is one of sixty 2012 award recipients in the U.S.
In 2012, Andy appeared in a Spanish radio spot, collateral materials that appeared in dozens of businesses in Maryland, and in a series of events in Baltimore to help the Living Legacy Foundation raise awareness about organ, tissue and eye donation among Latinos in Baltimore. With Andy’s help, The Living Legacy Foundation and Donate Life Maryland recruited more than a dozen Baltimore-area retail and restaurant partners to assist in raising awareness about organ donation through two large-scale community events featuring Najar. The events attracted and educated close to 2,000 Baltimore Latinos.
"We’re so thrilled that Andy partnered with us, and he had an incredible impact in dispelling myths about organ, tissue and eye donation among Baltimore’s Latino community. This award is a way of thanking Andy for his support of our mission," said Jennifer Gelman , Director of Communications for The Living Legacy Foundation.
The Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) is a non-profit organ and tissue donation program serving the state of Maryland. LLF facilitates the life-saving process of organ and tissue donation, celebrates the generous gifts of organ and tissue donors, supports our donor families, and educates others about the importance of registering as a donor.
Donate Life Maryland is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and enhancing lives by registering organ, eye and tissue donors. DLMD was established in 2007 by the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and Washington Regional Transplant Community.
SOURCE Living Legacy Foundation
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