Area Teen asks Community to Provide the Ultimate Extreme Makeover to Those in Need by Registering as Organ and Tissue Donors

DAYTON, Ohio, July 27, 2009 – Seven years ago an organ donor made a difference in Rachel Doseck’s life, and now she puts her heart into making a difference in the lives of others. In 2002, when Rachel was a 10-year-old, she received a life saving heart transplant. This week, as a Donate Life Ambassador with Life Connection of Ohio, she will be at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition construction site offering the opportunity for volunteers, spectators and community members to join the Ohio Donor Registry as organ and tissue donors. The donor drive location is one of special interest to Rachel. After her heart transplant, Rachel met Try Pennington through Make a Wish Foundation. “It was exciting to meet Ty, and I am just as excited to be a part of this opportunity. The show has the power to change lives in our community, and so do organ donors.” There are more than 102,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list. Of those, nearly 3000 are Ohioans. In 2008, one Ohioan died every other day while waiting for an organ transplant. “The good news is one organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and restore health to more than 50 additional people,” said Cathi Arends, Director of Community Relations for Life Connection of Ohio. “By joining the Ohio Donor Registry during the Extreme Makeover: Home Addition build, our community has the power to bring hope to those in need of a transplant and ultimately save the lives of our friends and neighbors.” Organ and Tissue Donation Registration Life Connection of Ohio will be at the construction site on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on August 1, providing information and registering volunteers, spectators and community members to become organ and tissue donors. Everyone who registers or shows their donor designation on their driver’s license enters to win a home improvement prize pack. “We’re excited to be a part of the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Dayton project because it will not only provide a home to a family that needs one, but also will help Life Connection of Ohio potentially save hundreds of lives by adding organ and tissue donors to the Ohio Donor Registry,” said Michael G. Phillips, President and CEO of Life Connection of Ohio. “Every episode, the show makes a real difference in people’s lives and inspires others to volunteer and give back to their communities. This spirit of giving is crucial to Life Connection’s ability to provide life-saving organ and tissue donations for those in need. “A great example of this generosity is 17-year-old Botkins resident, Rachel Doseck, who met Ty Pennington through Make a Wish Foundation after receiving her heart transplant. Now, she is giving back to her community as a Donate Life Ambassador with Life Connection of Ohio and by volunteering during the Dayton episode. Her ability and desire to help others is a testament to the show and to the compassionate individuals in our community who share the gift of life as organ and tissue donors.” Build Schedule July 24: Pep Rally, 8 a.m. July 30: Family is notified, also known as the “Door Knock” July 31 or August 1: Braveheart Walk, also known as the kickoff of the build. August 6: House Reveal, also known as the time for “Move that Bus!”

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