I'm an #OrganDonor. Are You?

October 9, 2015

As a high school student, Katie Anderson met someone who would come to have a significant impact on her life.

Katie and Dave Bertorello were among more than 100 other high school students who were part of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY), a program designed to teach leadership skills to high school students in every state of the U.S. After volunteering with Dave for a couple years, Katie was shocked to learn that he was ill and might not return the following year. He seemed so healthy, but as it turned out, he was suffering from a lung condition and would soon be added to the transplant waiting list. In 2000, Dave received a new set of lungs, and loved ones near and far were elated!

After receiving his transplant, Dave dedicated himself to many causes and continued his work with HOBY. Over the years and through his work with HOBY students, he told his transplant story and touched many lives. Following Dave's example, Katie recommitted herself to serving the community and began volunteering with Gift of Hope, an organ and tissue donor network, in Illinois.

Last summer, Dave received devastating news. Soon after doctors told him he would once again need a double-lung transplant, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an inoperable brain tumor. Sadly, he lost his health battle, and was truly one of a kind of will be forever missed by so many.

After his passing, Katie came up with an idea to honor his memory and continue his work to raise awareness about the need for organ donors. She began an online campaign called I'm an #OrganDonor. Are you? and encouraged people to share a photo of their license showing their organ donor status, then tag friends as a way to challenge them to show off their organ donor status on their license.

Will you accept this challenge and share a photo of your license* to encourage others to raise hope for transplant patients in need?

*Please be advised that you shouldn’t include personal contact information, such as your address, in your photo.