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New York, NY
February 8 , 1999
With "Count Me In" as her motto, Deana Carter steps up to the plate to serve as Organ and Tissue Donation spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. Carter, a trendsetter in country music, is one of Newsweek's "100 Americans to Watch for in the Next Century." Inspired by the recent successful kidney transplant of her father, session guitarist Fred Carter, Jr., Deana has committed to spreading the word about the importance of Organ and Tissue Donation.
Her first contribution is a music video-style public service announcement to be distributed to television stations around the country by National Kidney Foundation affiliates. The 30-second spot, filmed in Nashville, briefly mentions her personal experience with transplantation and urges Americans to think about becoming Organ and Tissue Donors. Deana has since given numerous media interviews, including an appearance on ABC-TV's Good Morning America to promote National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week.
Says Deana, "My father's life was literally saved by the generosity of someone who gave him a new kidney. I believe I must give back by making people aware of the tremendous organ shortage and encouraging them to sign donor cards and discuss this decision with family members."
"That family discussion is very important," continues Deana, "since family consent is necessary at the time of donation. It makes the decision so much easier if they know your wishes."
The Organ and Tissue Donation spot features a bit of the soundtrack from Deana's new album, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," which earned the number six slot on Time magazine's Top 10 Albums of 1998 list. Carter's 1996 debut album, "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" is currently quadruple platinum and the first single released, "Strawberry Wine," became a #1 hit, followed by the straight-to-the-top success of "We Danced Anyway" and "Count Me In."
More than 60,000 Americans are currently awaiting life-saving organ transplants. Ten to eleven die each day while waiting. The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information or a free donor card call the foundation at (800) 622-9010.