April 23, 2008

Contact: Rachel Schreibman, NKF
(202) 244-7900 Ext. 17
Xina Eiland, Community of Hope

The National Kidney Foundation & Community of Hope Team Up to Raise Awareness about Organ Donation

Living testimony that organ donation saves lives

WASHINGTON, DC – April is National Donate Life Month and the NKF Serving the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA) is celebrating in a unique way—by teaming up with the Community of Hope A.M.E. Church in Hillcrest, MD, to raise awareness about organ donation on Sunday, April 27, 2008. During mass services at 10 am and 12 noon, Pastor Tony Lee and his sister-in-law Quandra Lee will share testimony about their personal experiences as a living kidney donor and a recipient, respectively. In addition to the Donate Life Program, the National Kidney Foundation will sponsor free blood pressure screenings and provide organ donation information after both services.

Quandra is a devoted volunteer of the National Kidney Foundation and can be seen in a public service announcement promoting the Foundation’s Knock Out Kidney Disease screening program for residents of the District of Columbia. She was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) when she was just 17 years old and has endured years of dialysis and two transplants from living donors—her mother Gillian Bates and her brother-in-law, Pastor Tony Lee.

Some very special volunteers will be on hand on Sunday to educate people about organ donation and dispel myths that prevent people from donating. They include:

Last year, organ transplants saved more than 27,000 lives in the United States. One organ and tissue donor could one day save the lives of seven people and enhance the lives of 50 more individuals. The problem is of those eligible to donate upon death, only 50% chose to do so even though all major religions support it, and the quality of your medical care will never be compromised for organ donation.

Once a person has arrived at the important decision to become an organ donor, there are several options for documenting it including:

The National Kidney Foundation applauds the Lee family for organizing this special gathering. “Our message is that organ donation works and these volunteers are living, breathing examples. After experiencing the miracle of transplantation and being given a second chance at life, they are eager to raise awareness about the dire need for more organ donors in this country,” said Preston A. Englert, Jr., CAE, President & CEO of the NKF Serving the National Capital Area.

Press and the general public are welcome to attend services. Community of Hope Church is located inside Iverson Mall, lower level, at 3701 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights, MD. Press, please RSVP to Rachel Schreibman at (202) 244-7900 ext. 17 or

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.