National Donor Sabbath is November 11-13, 2005

State of Nevada

Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force


                             Frankie Sue Del Papa                    Former Assemblywoman Dawn Gibbons

                                      Co-Chair                                                          Co-Chair




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            CONTACT: Danelle Snodgrass

November 10, 2005                                                         (775) 684-1293




Carson City – Faith communities throughout the country will observe National Donor Sabbath on November 11-13 this year by implementing activities to increase awareness of the critical need for organs and tissues and the miracle of transplantation.  This is the 10th anniversary of National Donor Sabbath where faith communities all over the nation observe this opportunity to discuss donation with their families over the weekend.  Most religions in the United States, whether they officially support organ and tissue donation or support the individual choices of their members, view donation as an act of compassion and generosity.  Temples, churches, mosques, and other places of worship will observe the National Donor Sabbath – each in their own fashion.  But every program will provide an opportunity for all involved to increase the awareness of sharing the greatest gift of all gifts – life.

            Participation in National Donor Sabbath has increased each year, but more individuals must become aware of donation.  People need to talk to their families and make their intentions known.  Organ donation is a gift that proves beyond a doubt that out of tragedy can come hope…out of death, new life.

            There are close to 90,000 men, women and children in the United States who are in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.  The need for organs still far exceeds the number donated.

                        I know that places of worship are unique settings to talk about the

                        precious gifts of life…Regardless of race, religion, or culture, we

                        can come together and help educate and lift awareness and ask

                        for a response…by sharing the gift of life.  Let us be faithful

                        stewards and share this gift with others in need.

                        –The Reverand Canon Dalton D. Downs, heart transplant

                        recipient and Rector of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in

                        Washington, D.C.


            “I would like to call on all Nevadans to please give careful thought to giving ‘The Gift of Life’ by becoming an organ and tissue donor,” said Frankie Sue Del Papa, Co-Chair for the Nevada Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force.  “The decision you make today will help save lives tomorrow.”

            Assemblywoman Dawn Gibbons, also Co-Chair for the Nevada Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force said, “By agreeing to give the ‘Gift of Life’ Nevadans can play a significant role in helping to save the lives of others through their thoughtful act of kindness.”

            For more information and to obtain an Interfaith Clergy Resource Manual (worship resources, sample sermons, bulletin inserts, etc.) please visit:  

            For more information on organ donation and the Nevada Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force please visit our website at:

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