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The Living Legacy Foundation to Honor Professional Soccer Midfielder Andy Najar With National Donate Life America Award

Mar 5 2013 12:00AM

Hispanic PR Wire

BALTIMORE, Md., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The Living Legacy Foundation, an organ and tissue donation program based in Maryland, is proud to announce 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.

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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.

In addition to the Living Legacy Foundation Baltimore events with Najar, which took place during National Hispanic Heritage Month, the organization also created an all-Spanish website,, where visitors can register to become a donor and share their donor stories with others through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

More than 20,000 Latinos living in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant — more than 50 of them in Maryland. An average of 18 Americans of all ethnicities die each day due to lack of organ donors. Statistics show Latinos and other minorities have the best chance of a successful organ transplant if the donor is of the same ethnic background. By working with sports figures and their loyal fans across the country, Donate Life America hopes to significantly increase the number of registered donors and save more lives through organ donation and transplantation. For more information or to become an organ donor, visit or or call 1-866-MD-DONOR.

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

Source: Hispanic PR Wire

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