While people go the extra mile to volunteer for extreme Makeover, ABC22/FOX45 anchor Candace Hunter brings you the story of Life Connection of Ohio’s Donate Life Ambassador, Rachel Doseck and tells of another way you can lend a hand by registering as an o

WHIOTV Northern Bureau reporter Steve Baker reports on one teen’s efforts to increase organ donor registration during the Extreme Makeover Home Edition build in Beavercreek, Ohio.

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Extreme Home Makover: Promoting organ, eye and tissue donation

While people go the extra mile to volunteer for extreme Makeover, ABC22/FOX45 anchor Candace Hunter brings you the story of Life Connection of Ohio’s Donate Life Ambassador, Rachel Doseck and tells of another way you can lend a hand by registering as an organ and tissue donor.

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Aug. 1 was National Minority Donor Awareness Day

Dear Editor, Imagine a ball park during the World Series. Imagine tens of thousands of fans, packed into the stadium, waiting to cheer on their team. That’s how many minorities, more than 54,000, are waiting for a life-saving transplant in the U.S. They’re not waiting to cheer on their team; they are waiting for a second chance of life.

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Aids Family and Three Local Nonprofit Organizations: The Foodbank, Community Blood Center and Life Connection of Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio, July 27, 2009 – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Coventry Fine Homes team up with three local nonprofit organizations in the Miami Valley region—The Foodbank, Community Blood Center and Life Connection of Ohio—to make a positive impact on our community. “We bring communities together to make a difference—not just in a family’s life—but in their own,” said Conrad Ricketts, Executive Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “Whether you are nailing shingles on the roof, signing up to become an organ donor, donating blood or a can of food, you are making a difference for the betterment of this community.” Food Drive “In the past two years we have seen nearly a 50 percent increase in demand—from handing out 3 million pounds of food two years ago to our expected rate of 5 million pounds of food for this upcoming year,” said Linda Crouch-Roepken, Associate Executive Officer of The Foodbank in Dayton. “Summer is usually our busiest time, but our slowest time for donations. Any donation you make is appreciated.” Throughout the build, donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the building site at a shed—provided by Lowe’s—and marked with a Foodbank banner. Also, volunteers and community members are asked to bring two cans of food to the house reveal, also known as the “Move that Bus” scene, on August 6. Blood Drive The Miami Valley’s Community Blood Center (CBC) will be at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition construction site for volunteers, spectators and community members to donate their blood from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 31, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 1. Every blood donation can help save up to three lives. “We’re excited to be a part of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition event,” said Dr. David Smith, CEO of Community Blood Center. “This event will bring local and national attention to the ongoing importance of blood donation. I commend the show and its producers for making this a regular feature of the program." Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 year old donors must have parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email   or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Organ and Tissue Donation Registration Also at the construction site on July 31 and August 1, will be Life Connection of Ohio to register volunteers and community members to become organ and tissue donors. “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” .

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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