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					    Donate Life Connecticut
              Annual Report 2011

            P.O. Box 4000 - Woodbridge, Connecticut 06525 - 203.387.1549 -

                              At Donate Life Connecticut, we continue to feel
                              incredible gratitude for our community of support. Your
                              time, passion and financial contributions allow the
                              organization to continue to grow and inspire more state
                              residents to register as organ and tissue donors. With
                              your help, we are expanding current programs and
                              exploring new opportunities to share the importance of

                               Currently, close to 100 million people in the United
                               States are registered donors and states are working hard
                               to determine how to keep improving that number in order
                               to save and improve more lives. As the local affiliate of
                               Donate Life America, Donate Life CT is invested in
practicing the best ways to encourage more people to donate. We are dedicated to our
work with the Department of Motor Vehicles, high school students, and state and local
officials and bring national programs to the state—like Flags Across America. Donate
Life CT participates in national meetings and works closely with the state’s donation
and transplant community to ensure that our mission is met.

As we continue to expand our outreach, we are eternally grateful for the way you have
carried our mission with you. Your financial support has funded new projects and im-
proved our signature offerings, while your time and your personal stories have encour-
aged many people to join the Donor Registry.

As the call to “Donate Life” canvases the state, we look inward with appreciation to
you…our devoted community of volunteers, donors and supporters.
The partnership between Donate Life Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of
Motor Vehicles (DMV) has continued to grow. Each branch of the DMV has at least
one Donate Life volunteer visiting monthly to show appreciation and encourage the
employees’ efforts to ask ‘every customer, every time’ if they would be interested in
joining the State Donor Registry. With LifeChoice Donor Services, the New England
Organ Bank and the Connecticut Eye Bank, Donate Life Connecticut customized
inserts to be included in every license renewal form mailed from the DMV. The
local story highlights five year old Aaron of Seymour. Aaron received a heart transplant
in 2007.
Stephanie Del Preore joined the
University of Bridgeport community
as the head Women's Basketball
Coach at the end of 2010. Coach
Del Preore reached out to Donate
Life Connecticut to coordinate a
Donate Life Day with the Men's
and Women's Basketball Teams in
January 2011 in honor of her late
father whose life was extended 6
years with a double organ
transplant. Del Preore's athletes
wore green bracelets and Donate
Life tees, raised over a thousand
dollars and registered nearly a
dozen new donors!

                                                     Thirty-nine Donate Life volunteers
                                                     spent half a day at J. Christian's
                                                     Restaurant in Wallingford learning
                                                     how to better communicate personal
                                                     donation and transplantation stories
                                                     to best impact the public. Attendees
                                                     of this Saturday afternoon in March
                                                     enjoyed a delicious, hot lunch and
                                                     left with Donate Life garden flags to
                                                     display in their home gardens. One
                                                     attendee shared his reflection of the
                                                     event: “To be honest, I'm not big on
                                                     seminars, trainings, and whatnot. I
                                                     want to tell you how much I enjoyed
                                                     the training on Saturday. Great
                                                     place, very good content, the guide-
lines were specific and relevant, and I forced myself to think about what I would say in
4 minutes, which is an important task. I especially liked the emphasis on participants’
input formally and informally, as opposed to dry lecture. I found the audience
delightfully interested in the topic and a real sense of working together.”
                                  FIREFIGHTERS GOING FURTHER

The Westport Fire Department led by
Firefighter Joe Arnson initiated a
program to bring donation education to
first responders around the state. The
program kicked off at a flag raising
ceremony held at the Westport Fire
Headquarters and was attended by
United States Congressman Jim Himes.
Other speakers included Westport First
Selectman Gordon Joseloff, double lung
recipient and Maine firefighter, George
Carman, local Westport heart recipient
Adrian     Pace   and      Donate    Life
Connecticut Director, Kari Mull. The first
responder outreach program, dubbed
“Fire Fighters Going Further” plans to
educate each fire department town by
       Donate Life Connecticut kicked off National Donate Life Month with our Annual
       Celebration event at the State Capitol. Event speakers included Non-Profit Liason
       to the Governor, Deborah Heinrich, Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner
       Currey, and Representative Labriola. Inspirational speaker, Dr. Tom Dempsey, shared
       his life-saving experience of receiving a liver transplant, a story he shared regularly
       with his patients. One such patient was young Jennifer who, following an appointment,
       told her mother, Lorraine, she wanted to be a donor when she passed away. When
       Jennifer unexpectedly passed away less than a year later, Lorraine remembered this
       conversation and Jennifer became an organ and tissue donor, saving the lives of
       dozens of people.

                                   Former DMV Commissioner Bob Ward,
                                    DMV Commissioner Melody Currey,
                                    Non-Profit Liaison Deb Heinrich and
        Lorraine, donor mom         DLC Board Member Donna Sciacca                 Tom, liver recipient

                                           The 21st Annual High School Poster
                                           Contest drew over 200 submissions from
                                            20 high schools throughout Connecticut.
                                            The 2011 Awards Ceremony followed
                                             the annual kick-off to National Donate
                                             Life Month at the State Capitol in
                                              Hartford.  Each year, Donate Life
                                                Connecticut invites all Connecticut
                                &T ony Award    high school students to submit
                   st, 2nd, 3rd
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           the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation. This
       contest is often coupled with in-class educational presentations 2011 Poster C
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       decision when receiving a driver’s license.

The Barons honored their son Bruce’s, decision to become
an organ and tissue donor when he unexpectedly passed
away. Tom received Bruce’s liver in 1996. Tom lives a full
life with a beautiful family and a busy optometry practice.

One afternoon while treating a young female patient, Tom
found himself recounting the story of his transplant. So
struck by her doctor’s medical history, twelve-year-old
Jennifer declared she wanted to be an organ and tissue
donor, on the ride home from the appointment. That
conversation with her young daughter would come flashing
back months later when Lorraine learned the news her
daughter was brain dead following a church snow-sledding
accident. Lorraine honored her daughter’s wish and
Jennifer became a donor helping dozens of others.

Inspired by her niece, Janlyn felt she had something to
give. She heard of an acquaintance that was in
need of a kidney transplant. Janlyn decided to be
tested for his match. In December of 2006, Janlyn
donated one of her kidneys to her now, good
friend, Rob.

Tom, Lorraine, Janlyn and Rob joined Donate Life
Connecticut at the State Capitol to celebrate
National Donate Life Month.
                                      FLAGS ACROSS AMERICA
                                       Sixty-four cities and towns across
                                       Connecticut participated in the national
                                       initiative, Flags Across America by flying a
                                       Donate Life Flag during April, National
                                       Donate Life Month. This program honors
                                       those that gave the gift of life through
                                       donation, celebrates the lives saved and
                                       brings awareness to those that still wait.


      Ansonia                 Greenwich               Putnam
       Berlin                  Guilford              Roxbury
      Bethany                  Hamden                Seymour
     Bloomfield                Hartford               Shelton
      Branford               Killingworth            Simsbury
     Bridgeport                Madison               Stamford
       Canton                Marlborough              Sterling
      Cheshire          Marlborough Fire Dept.      Thomaston
       Clinton                 Meriden              Thompson
 Clinton Fire Dept.             Milford             Wallingford
     Colchester               Naugatuck             Waterbury
      Coventry               New Haven             West Hartford
      Cromwell          New London Police Dept     West Haven
       Darien             New Milford Library    Westport Fire Dept.
     Deep River               Newington            Wethersfield
       Derby                North Branford           Willington
      Durham                   Norwalk                Wilton
   East Hartford               Norwich               Windsor
     East Lyme                Old Lyme            Windsor Locks
East Lyme Fire Dept.           Orange                 Wolcott
   East Windsor                 Oxford             Woodbridge
       Essex                   Plainville           Woodbury
      Franklin                 Prospect

                                                                       Darien City
The DiVincenzo family celebrates
the new lease on life their young
son, DJ, was given with a heart
transplant at the age of 6 months
old.   The family held their 2nd
Annual Bowl for Life at the Milford
Lanes this past May! Over 25 lanes
were full of        bowlers vying for
prizes and awards! The event was
a huge success and a ton of fun for
all ages - 4 to 84!

                             The 3rd Annual Rob Novak
                             Golf Tournament was held at
                             the Lyman Orchards this
                             past June honoring the life of
                             Rob     Novak,    a    young
                             husband, father and organ
                             donor. Donate Life CT is
                             appreciative of the Novak
                             family for donating a portion
                             of the proceeds for public

                             Greg Novak, Rob’s brother,
                             has created a memorial
                             video highlighting the gift of
                             organ and tissue donation.
               3RD ANNUAL TOAST TO LIFE
           Donate Life Connecticut held the 3rd Annual
           Toast to Life event at Gouveia Vineyards in June.
           Guests were treated to a beautiful sunset while
           sipping on delicious wines. The sold out event
           was attended by 200 Donate Life supporters who
           helped the event to raise over $24,000. Thank
           you to all that attended or contributed items to the
           fabulous silent auction. Special awards were
           given to the excellent transplant surgeons we
           work with in Connecticut: Dr. Sukru Emre (YNHH)
           and Dr. David Hull (HH). The event was emceed
           by Channel 8 news anchor, Kristen Cusato.

Photography by Susan Jackson Kiddy

In July, Donate Life Connecticut began a wonderful new relationship with the
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The new DMV Commissioner, Melody Curry, is
extremely supportive of donation, encouraging us to interact with her employees -
allowing us to thank them for asking every customer, every time to join the Donor
Registry. Without the DMV employees, it would have been very difficult to have
reached one million registered Connecticut Donors at the end of 2010. This program
is in partnership with LifeChoice Donor Services and the New England Organ Bank.

Donate Life Connecticut was chosen as an Official Charity of the 2011 Hartford ING
Marathon (half, relay and 5K). Our organization was able to provide the marathon with
39 volunteers to help organize the start of the race! We had 28 runners run with us -
and together we raised over $8,000!
Rock and roll icon, Ronnie Spector, coordinated a benefit concert with fellow stars
(John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Christine Ohlman, Michael Carabello of
Santana, The Uptown Horns, Dennis Diken of The Smithereens) in Collinsville,
Connecticut. Donate Life Connecticut hosted an awareness table at this November
event to benefit UNOS (United Network of Organ Sharing). Spector's second
husband is a kidney recipient. The couple lives in Connecticut.
                                                 THE POWER OF GIVING

The Power of Giving segment on Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s 'All Things
Connecticut' contacted Donate Life Connecticut to profile the organization and its
mission to raise donor awareness. Volunteer, Dara Brooks was interviewed and her
family's story of life was profiled on the show in December. Dara’s infant son was
diagnosed with biliary atresia and was in need of a liver transplant. Dara became the
first related living donor at John Hopkins Hospital when she donated a portion of her
liver to her son. Unfortunately, when Tyler passed away a little while later, Dara and
her family had the strength to consent to organ and tissue donation. Tyler saved the
lives of many others, including a female infant who had been hospitalized with him at
the same time. The woman is now nearly 20 years post heart transplant and doing

                     Donate Life Connecticut was the December beneficiary of a local
                     discount services website. Shoreline Perks donates 5% of
                     monthly proceeds to a charity. Donate Life Connecticut received
                     a check for $250.

Board Member, Zvi Cole took the Donate Life message on his back when he
participated in the 42 mile NYC 5 Boro Bike Tour in May! Zvi raised nearly $4,000 for
Donate Life Connecticut.

A special thanks to Patty Shaw and friends for
holding the 2nd Annual Billiard Event to raise
funds and awareness for organ and tissue
donation. Donate Life Connecticut is one of the
                                             NUMEROUS THANK YOUS

Nothing speaks louder for our organizational work than the number of dedicated
VOLUNTEERS that share our message to the public. Seventy-five individuals gave
their time to further organ and tissue donation awareness in Connecticut.

430.5 at 79
Our volunteers spent over 430 hours educating the public at seventy-nine events
around Connecticut.

More than 5200 High School students were educated about the difference one
decision can make in the lives of so many others.

Creating donation friendly communities around the state led to increased donor aware-
ness. This year, 47 municipalities raised a Donate Life Flag outside town hall to call
awareness to National Donate Life Month.

People ‘liked’ Donate Life Connecticut on Facebook (please join us

More than 113,000 people were exposed to the Donation Message in 2011.

More and more Connecticut residents are saying ’yes’ to organ and tissue donation.
By December 31st, 1,082,176 Connecticut residents committed to saving lives by
registering as donors.
  Registered Connecticut Donors

Donate Life Connecticut is working to address the critical need for organ and tissue
donors through public outreach. In 2011, efforts of the organization contributed to
more than 36,000 new registered donors. 40% of Connecticut adults are have
registered as donors.
For the second year in a row, this small non-profit organization struggled through a
difficult economy to obtain grants and other sources of funding to sustain and increase
outreach programs to broaden awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation.

The volunteer group of Donate Life Connecticut continues to add diversity to the
organization’s fundraising efforts through volunteer-driven projects such as Bowl for
Life, 5 Boro Bike Race, University of Bridgeport Basketball, ExerShar Personal Fitness,
memorial and honor gifts and countless others. New strategies were implemented to
expand revenue sources for the 2011 Annual Toast to Life fundraiser, now in its third
year, which included event sponsorship and diverse auction items. A new fundraiser
event added in 2011 was the Hartford ING Marathon. Not only did this organization
receive generous contribution as a result of the event, Donate Life Connecticut used
this opportunity to educate the running community about the importance of organ and
tissue donation.


Membership Dues                             $7,000 11%
Fundraising                                $39,968 63%
Contributions                              $16,103 26%
       Corporate Donations        $4,444
       Individual Donations      $11,659
        TOTAL                              $63,071 100%


Projects                                    $37,665 53%
Program Administration                      $20,261 29%
Business Operations                         $12,773 18%
TOTAL                                      $70,699 100%


As of December 31, 2011                        $74,648
               MEMBERSHIP                            CONTRIBUTORS
                  AnnMarie Bello                      Bruce & Dawn Adams
                Barbara Buckalew                          Barbara Ahern
            Don & Maggie Coolican                         Cindi Anderson
          Matthew & Marcella Criscuolo                     Jane Andrews
                    Chris Elgee                          Frank Antonucci
                Roberta Grossman                             Erin Baker
             Peter & Virgene Hany                       Renee Bangerter
             Tom & Sheryl Hollyday                       Rebecca Barnes
            Tom & Joanne Kasprzak                         Gemma Bates
                  Laine Krisiunas                          Eric Bergman
                 Gary E. Kureczka                       Heather Bernard
                Peter & Maria Loss                        Jaya Bhargava
                  Oliver Manning                         Douglas Bobrow
                   Donna Martin                        Calvin & Kate Bostic
            Walter & Linda Murasky                          Dara Brooks
                   Dianne Pallo                         Barbara Buckalew
              Jorge & Joanne Pinto                       Elisabel Calcano
             Rich & Anna Retallack                          Eric Capellari
           Michael & Jaime Rotatori                         April Capone
             Brad & Carol Shwidock                   James & Debra Casman
                     Kolie Sun                            Patricia Cherin
                 JoAnn Thompson                          Roberta Chopra
            Richard & Patsy Twohill                         David Clarke
                  Kathleen Viery                               Zvi Cole
                  Robert A. Weiss                        Peter Connellan
               Janis Wohlschlaeger                       Suzanne Cooper
                                                         Marion Crowley
        ADVISORY AGENCY MEMBERSHIP                       Karen DeGeorge
 American Liver Foundation, Connecticut Chapter           Danielle Dudek
Connecticut Eye Bank & Visual Research Foundation      Dave & Mary Eherts
       ESRD Network of New England, Inc.            David & Kathleen Elmore
      Hartford Hospital Transplant Program                 Robert Emery
            LifeChoice Donor Services                     Linda Espinoza
      National Kidney Foundation serving CT             Danielle Forester
             New England Organ Bank                      Lauren Godbout
       The Hospital of Central Connecticut             Roberta Grossman
 Yale-New Haven Hospital Transplantation Center            Paul Hawkins
                                                         Cindy Hendricks
                 GRANTORS                                   Daniele Hunt
                                                        Dana Kibler-Harris
              Bristol-Myers Squibb                          Laurie Jones
                      Cigna                                  Janet Junz
                   Genentech                        Tom & Joanne Kasprzak
 Maximillian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation           Joseph Kelemen
 Yale-New Haven Hospital Transplantation Center
   CONTRIBUTORS                          CONTRIBUTORS
            Donna Keyes             Christopher & Brownson Salatto
     Trevor & Susan Kiddy                Calvin & Patricia Sands
   George & Kathleen Kirby             Jeffrey & Victoria Scanlon
            Jenny Kitsen                      Ascher Sellner
            Sharon Klein                        Phyllis Serra
           Sharon Knight                    Barbara Shimmel
   John & Kathleen Kreppel                      Kevin Skelly
             Kristin Kuhi                      Patricia Skelly
   Peter & Frances Kupczak                     Hunter Smith
  Alan & Margaret Lachlan                Emmet & Gita Sullivan
        Leonard Lamanna                          Kolie Sun
 Winifred & Francis Lawless                   Standley Thony
 Donald & Dolores Lemmon                        Sandy Stone
         Nadine Lonstein                     James Tagliarini
         Lorraine Malone                Mark & Lorraine Tierney
  Lester & Bernice Margolis                    Ellen Towner
  Daniel & Caroline Martin                     Patricia Trotta
   Armando & Rosa Matias                        Joseph Tulli
           John Mayhew                        G. & M. Vargos
           Roberta Mayo                       Kathleen Viery
            Valerie Maze                     Joanna Voyiatzis
       Christine McCarthy                     Marilyn Wilkes
      Christina McClintock                   Matthew White
Andrew & Jessica McCullough                 Thomas Winiarski
          Jane McManus                    Janis Wohlschlaeger
          Joan McManus                Charles & Charlotte Zenzick
          Sharon McRae
       Phyllis Medvedow                Jordan & Young Dental, LLC
           Charles Meier                Northford Timberframers
    David & Deborah Merci     University of Bridgeport Women’s Basketball
   Michael & Eileen Moran          Yish/Ferillo 2011 Campaign Fund
          Eric & Kari Mull
             Robert Mull                IN HONOR OF ZVI COLE
            Sara Olschan                     Michael Alban
          Lauren Ortman                       Lori Baldwin
           Patricia Owen                    Zachary Beebee
             Adrian Pace                       Sam Benen
             Nancy Paro                      Sara Berkowitz
     Jon & Jennifer Panzer                  Adam Birnbaum
         Moushumi Paul                      Stephanie Blatt
            Ivonne Perez                    Kathleen Boland
            Marci Perotti                  Donna Brazauskas
            Janet Peyton                       Dara Brooks
           Sandra Pierce                   Barbara Buckalew
      Jan & Forest Putnam                      Diane Cece
          Donna Ramsey                    Elizabeth Cameron
         Pamela Reitsma                       Stacy Caputo
     Rich & Anna Retallack                   Thomas Carley
             Linda Riley                     Anne Chehade
    Bruce & Nancy Roshka                        Ben Clark
          Frances Sadler                      Patti Clement
  Hal & Bev Cleveland           Angelo & Mary DiSorbo
      Marjory Cole                  Gregory Geloso
          Zvi Cole            Harlow & Kathleen Geloso
  David & Laura Davis         Luigi & Filomena Lavorgna
       Nancy Davis              Luigi & Justine Lavorgna
         Matt Eide                Robert & Karen Lisi
    Annette Einhorn            Joseph & Rita Mammano
        Nick Friese           James & Assunta Michaud
     Andreas Fuchs                    Diane Netto
     Allison Fullmer              Anna Maria Onofrio
      Jana Gelman              Ronald & Kathleen Slowik
    Sandy Goldstein
   Patricia Gonzalez        IN HONOR OF DJ DiVINCENZO
John & Frances Gordon            Fernando & Ida Alvarez
 Steve & Nancy Gould                  Annette Amato
   Jennifer Hershey                     Anonymous
     Stacia Howard             Testa & Company Apicella
      Terry Jackson               Louis & Carol Bonazzo
     Roni Kaplowitz                 Barbara Buckalew
      Barbara Karp                    Kenneth Burns
     Mary Lou Kush                   Lena Cammarata
    Theresa Lalomia           Joseph & Wendy Carrafiello
        Uri Lifshitz                    Eunice Clark
 Salvatore Macchio Jr.                      Dawn
       Shar Martin                     Gina Dechello
 Antony McGregor Dey                  Joseph Delloso
         Kari Mull                Paolo & Rosa Delloso
      Russell Munz         Anthony & Pasqualina Delmonaca
    Elizabeth O’Neil           Angelo & Michele D’Errico
     Shawn Nelson             Biagio & Michele DiMartino
    Noam Paransky               Mary & Angelo DiSorbo
     Alex Peselman           Joseph & Amelia DiVincenzo
     Marco Platania          Michael & Sharon DiVincenzo
      Beth Rackow          Michael & Stephanie DiVincenzo
      Alison Reiser                Paul & Marissa Evan
    Marc Rodriguez                      Lisa Falasco
   Stephanie Rogers            Joseph & Josephine Ferry
    Ellissa Schneider                 Todd Gabianelli
      Nancy Shalek                      Anna Gelosa
   Georganne Shirk                    Theresa Jacksis
   David Silverstone            John & Stephanie Keane
     Jeffrey Snyder              David & Judith Laudati
     Richard Snyder                Antoinette Lavorgna
     Steven Soyland            Luigi & Filomena Lavorgna
    Gordon Strause                     Tina Lavorgna
   Donna Thompson                     Karen McIntyre
   JoAnn Thompson                      Joan Meehan
   Lucia Torrregiani                  David Molgard
     Kristin Valente                   William Neary
   Laureen Vellante                  Linda Paslawsky
     Krstina Warner                 Filomena Ricciardi
      Alla Weisberg                   Melanie Sadick
            Brian & Laura Sexton
              James & Jill Sota
           Scott & Mary Speaker
              Margaret Stango
               Elizabeth Stowe
          Sandino & Dawn Verrelli
           Jody Wanzie-Sinisgalli
              Geraldine White

        Dalio Family Foundation, Inc.

             Peter Polack

        Benjamin & Radine Borowsky
               Albert Krauss
            David & Nada Krauss

         Edward & Adeline Davidson
                  Irma Evans
          Lester & Bernice Margolis
                Lauren Ortman
                 Amy Sakowitz
          Dr. Richard & Jodi Shelling
           David & Susan Skolnick
                Rose Zoltek-Jick

      The Robert Novak Jr. Family Trust

             Deborah Smith

        Edward & Adeline Davidson

        Alfredo & Patricia Axtmayer
             Alexander J. Shak

          Jacqueline Woodward

Thank you to everyone who makes
Donate Life Connecticut successful!

                       BOARD OFFICERS:
        Chairperson                 Treasurer
          Caitlyn Bernabucci           Jenny Kitsen
          LifeChoice Donor Services    ESRD Network of NE
        Vice Chairperson             Secretary
           Phil Scarfo                 Donna Sciacca
           American Liver Foundation   National Kidney Foundation

                     BOARD MEMBERS:
                           Lindsay Arnott, RN
                               Ryan Cady
                              April Capone
                                 Zvi Cole
                             Danielle Daley
                          Cheryl Edwards, RN
                             Allison Mahon
                         Beverly Reynholds, RN
                               David Yish

                          Honorary Members:
                           Phyllis Medvedow
                              Jan Fenton

                  Advisory Council Members-

    Dr. Sukru Emre (Yale-New Haven Hospital Transplantation Center)
          Dr. David Hull (Hartford Hospital Transplant Program)
           Joanne Thompson (American Liver Fdn, CT chapter)
                        Ryan Cady (CT Eye Bank)
              Jenny Kitsen (ESRD Network of New England)
             Caitlyn Bernabucci (LifeChoice Donor Services)
               Sean Fitzpatrick (New England Organ Bank)
                          The Mission:
The Connecticut Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation, dba Donate
Life Connecticut (DLC), is dedicated to the purpose of public education
and awareness for all Connecticut residents concerning the lifesaving
benefits of organ and tissue donation and increasing the number of
registered donors.

                                      Connecticut butterfly graphic
                                      designed by Allison Mahon.

                        The Membership:
Donate Life Connecticut is a state-wide collaborative organization
comprised of individuals devoted to increasing organ and tissue donation
awareness in the state. Members include donor families, transplant
recipients, healthcare professionals and supporters. The organization
addresses a spectrum of audiences ranging from high school and college
students, local businesses and churches, to state and local politicians.
Thanks to dramatic increases in public education, there are now over one
million registered donors in the state of Connecticut! Each person’s
decision to become a donor is critical…because each person has the power
to give the gift of life.

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