Community Partners Honored During April’s National Donate Life Month

April 18 – Utah has consistently been one of the top states in the nation when it comes to saying yes to saving lives. This level of success can only be achieved with the hard work and participation of many people working together. Intermountain Donor Services would like to honor some of our community partners for being an integral part of saving lives through organ donation. To help celebrate National Donate Life Month, an event to honor these businesses and individuals will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 am at Intermountain Donor Services, 230 S. 500 E. Salt Lake City. The conference room is located in Suite 290.

Awards will be presented to:

Morgan Hansen, junior rodeo queen, has recently become an ambassador for Intermountain Donor Services and Donate Life. She has Donate Life embroidered into the sleeve of her rodeo shirt and carries the Donate Life flag when making a grand entry at the rodeo. Her efforts have raised the awareness about the importance of donation, not only in Utah, but several other states thanks to her travels and social media promotion of donation.

Keith Stubbs has been a strong supporter of donation for several years. As owner of the Wiseguys Comedy Club, he has opened his clubs in Ogden and Salt Lake several times to provide a fun night of comedy that raises awareness and funds to further promote donation.

Funeral homes are often a source of information for families when a loved one passes away. We are so grateful to Premier Funeral Services for the support they have provided to families when a loved one made the choice to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Mark Wheatley, Utah State Representative, has championed the cause of organ donation by sponsoring legislation that has helped bring awareness about living kidney donation and will have a long lasting impact on the number of people receiving kidney transplants in Utah.

Shaun Coon, received a heart transplant in 2006. Since then, he has made it his mission to give back and help others. Each year, he organizes a motorcycle ride to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. The money raised at this event is donated to Intermountain Donor Services for their education programs.

Currently there are almost 800 people in Utah who are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. We are very grateful to our community partners for their dedication to saving the lives of those who are waiting. For more information about organ, eye and tissue donation, please log on to www.yesutah.org.