Teen Sister Whose Little Brother Suffers from Life-Threatening Liver Disease Helps Launch Donation Education Video Curriculum

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SHARES HOPE WITH CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY SPEAKER JOHN PEREZ THAT EDUCATION OF ALL PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY HOLD KEY TO LIFE

What:

Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry will roll out the very first statewide educational program geared at helping high school students make informed decisions about signing up to become organ and tissue donors when applying for their first driver licenses. To ensure students have the knowledge they need to make an informed decision, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez is authoring legislation designed to provide 15 minutes of donation education in all public high school health classes. Pérez, who has a personal connection to the issue—his father was an organ donor and his mother passed away while awaiting a kidney transplant—has been an organ donation champion throughout his career, previously authoring legislation that requires Medi-Cal to cover anti-rejection medication for two years following a transplant operation.

Who:

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles)
Savannah Ellison – 15-year-old sister to Connor Ellison, who may need liver transplant
Tiffany Ellison – Mother of Connor Ellison
Carl Chapin – High School Health Teacher
Sean Riordan – Twenty-year-old whose father received life-saving transplant
Tracy Bryan – Donate Life California Boardmember

When:

Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Where:

Carl Chapin’s Classroom of 9th Grade Health Students at Cosumnes Oaks High
School in Elk Grove (8350 Lotz Parkway, 95757 – Correct Address)

Background:

Donate Life California administers the nonprofit, state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry with the support of California’s four nonprofit, federally-designated organ recovery agencies: Sierra Donor Services, California Transplant Donor Network, Lifesharing and OneLegacy. As a state-authorized public service, the registry acts a “donation directive” ensuring that a person’s decision to save lives will be carried out. For more information, please visit, www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or in Spanish at www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org.

Contact:

Donate Life California: Tracy Bryan, Board