IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
Iowa Donor Network to Commemorate 20th Anniversary With Year-Long Celebration
North Liberty, IA - Iowa Donor Network (IDN) will be celebrating 20 years as Iowa's organ and tissue recovery agency with special events throughout the entire year. IDN is appointed by the federal government as an Organ Procurement Agency to provide education for Iowans about donation and facilitate the recovery and transplantation of organ and tissues. IDN become incorporated in 1994 and has administrative headquarters in North Liberty.
"Our goal is to celebrate donors and their families for the entire year." said CEO Suzanne Conrad, who has been with IDN for 17 years. "That was our mission 20 years ago, and honoring those that gave the gift of life is still our mission today."
IDN kicked off the celebration with a "Pay It Forward" campaign, encouraging Iowans to do something great for another person by registering as an organ and tissue donor. Other events scheduled:
Feb. 21st - Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey, Organ Donor Awareness and Silent Auction - 7-9pm
April - National Donate Life Month - Events planned at healthcare centers across Iowa.
May 18th - Iowa Speedway, Newton. IDN will be sponsoring donor son and NASCAR driver Joey Gase at this race.
May 18th is also the first day of the week-long EMS Week, in which IDN will celebrate Iowa's Emergency Medical Services.
Summer - IDN is a proud supporter of My Angel Foundation (MAF). MAF is passionate about creating awareness about the need for organ and tissue donors and will host two C.A.R.E.Walk/Run events in Waukee and North Liberty. IDN will also be supporting NASCAR driver Joey Gase at his second Iowa Speedway race on Aug. 2nd.
September 23rd and 24th - The Ripple Effect, A Donate Life Conference for healthcare providers hosted by IDN in Coralville and Johnston. Healthcare providers will learn about how they can save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation.
Fall - Hope for the Holidays and National Donor Sabbath. Held statewide, these events will be recognizing donor families and the gift of life their loved ones gave.
In addition to celebrating 20 years, IDN will also be breaking ground on a new Donate Life Center in Altoona this spring. The facility will house the 24-hour communication center, two recovery suites and about 60 employees.
More information about these events can be found at www.iowadonornetwork.org or by calling 1-800-831-4131.
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Based in North Liberty, Iowa Donor Network is the fully accredited and federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Iowa. Certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, IDN coordinates with health care professionals, funeral directors and others involved in the donation process. IDN also works with donor families before, during and after donation, to educate, support, and help families work through their grief. For more information, log on to www.IowaDonorNetwork.org, or call (800) 831-4131.
Iowa Donor Network