Saturday, September 6, 2008

Donate Life

I've been working on a really special project for a good friend of mine that I'd like to tell you about. My friend Kelli Walker's boyfriend, Todd, has been on a waiting list for a liver transplant for 3 and 1/2 years. Did you know that as of July 2008 there were 99,421 people in the United Network for Organ Sharing waiting list?

Todd and Kelli do a lot in their community and with the Transplant Foundation to help others like Todd who are waiting for transplants or are transplant patients. They often do charity walks to support their cause and raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. Their lab, Shadow, always joins them on their walks too. I made "Donate Life" bandanas for Shadow and a friend's pooch to wear on one of the last walks they did and they got lots of attention. So for their next walk, the 5K Triangle Transplant Walk & Rock on Sept. 28th, I'm making 30 Donate Life dog bandanas. Kelli and Todd are going to sell them during the walk and the proceeds will benefit the NC Transplant Foundation.

It's been a fun project and I'm especially happy to be able to do something to help contribute to such a worthy cause that's had a great impact on my friend's life. Guess what?! You can contribute too! Check out the North Carolina's Transplant Foundation website and click on the "sponsor a walker" link. It brings you to the PayPal page where you can make a donation of any amount you'd like (every single penny helps!). Please be sure to put "Kelli Walker/Elle Belle" in the comments so that they know who you're supporting and where you came from. Thank you!


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