San Jose Vice Mayor and Donor Network West Team up to Encourage Donor Registrations

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Got the Dot campaign recognizes generosity of Silicon Valley business owners and residents

(San Jose, CA)  May 24, 2018 – Donor Network West and Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco of San Jose have introduced Got the Dot, a new community education campaign intended to save lives by promoting organ, eye and tissue donation in partnership with local businesses.

Got the Dot allows for patrons to receive a purchase discount or special offers at participating businesses by showing their donor designation, (e.g., the pink dot on their driver’s license or identification card) at the point of sale. For those not yet registered, it offers an incentive to register and promotes conversations about organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Businesses that join Got the Dot will receive promotional posters in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, window clings, and resources that can better the community’s understanding of life-saving and enhancing donation. Fifty business have already signed on to participate in the campaign.

“We are very encouraged by the tremendous support of Vice Mayor Carrasco and the businesses in Silicon Valley that have joined us in our mission of saving and healing lives,” says Sandy Andrada, Regional Director of Donor Network West. Their commitment gives hope to the nearly 1,700 Santa Clara County residents who await a life-saving organ transplant.”

Donor Network West serves 175 hospitals and more than 13 million people within 100,000 square miles in northern California and Nevada. The organization works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, more than 500 funeral homes and 44 coroners and medical examiners to connect donors to recipients.

“I have had the pink dot on my license for as long as I can remember. This pink dot saves lives!  This campaign is a way to inspire our communities to register as donors and have a conversation about donation with their loved ones. That is how we build a culture of saving lives,” says Vice Mayor Carrasco.

From Left- Ha Tran M.D. (Pediatric Nephrologist), Marina Monica (Kidney Recipient), San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, Council member Tam Nguyen, Sandy Andrada (Donor Network West South Bay Regional Director), Erika Salazar (Community Liaison for Ash Kara’s office).
From Left- Ha Tran M.D. (Pediatric Nephrologist), Marina Monica (Kidney Recipient), San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, Council member Tam Nguyen, Sandy Andrada (Donor Network West South Bay Regional Director), Erika Salazar (Community Liaison for Ash Kara’s office).

22,000 individuals are waiting for an organ transplant in California of which nearly 1,700 reside in Santa Clara County. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others. Anyone can register as a donor at DonorNetworkWest.org or at the DMV.

About Donor Network West
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. The organization was established in 1987, and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 40 counties in northern California and Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries. For information, visit DonorNetworkWest.org and follow us on social media: @mydnwest