Donate Life Ambassador Alex O'Loughlin in a pre-recorded message sent his support to the worldwide efforts for organ donation. His message was shown on huge video screens strategically place throughout the World Day & European Day of Organ Donation concert which was held in Berlin, Germany at Brandenberg Gate on October 5th. In addition to Alex's message, heartwarming stories were shared by donor families and transplant recipients encouraging concert attendees to become organ, eye & tissue donors. The European Day of Organ Donation events were also broadcast on television throughout Europe. The Day of Organ Donation was held in conjunction with the International Society of Organ Procurement (ISODP) Congress attended by over 700 delegates from 60 countries.
The text of Alex's message follows:
"Hi, this is Alex O’Loughlin with CBS’s new medical drama Three Rivers. I am honored to play a transplant surgeon on the show which premieres tonight in the States and I want to congratulate you on the work you are doing to raise awareness of organ donation worldwide and save lives through donation and transplantation. I wish I could be there with you celebrating World Donation Day and I am happy to play a small role in what you are doing to encourage the world to Donate Life. Thank you.”
The Congress and European Day of Organ Donation was a smashing success as we learned from Silke "Schmeissi" the founder of the German Alex O'Loughlin Fan Club who received this message from Christine Gehringer, Publicist, German Foundation for Organ Donation (DSO):
The Organ Donation Congress was a big success. Through the international exchange of scientific news and opinions on the different aspects of organ donation, the people working in the field of transplantation were able to achieve a big step toward more organ donations.
This is very important, as waiting lists increase worldwide and thus the hopelessness for many patient about receiving matching donor organs. In the US alone wait about 110,000 patients for a life saving transplantation. In Germany it's about 12,000 patients.
In this regard, Alex O'Loughlin's statement on organ donation was extremely important. The more people in the public limelight show that they support this important cause, the more people we can reach with our message. The statement was heard with great joy and answered with big applause.
But it's not just about celebrities. Everyone of us can make a difference. Because everyone of us has the chance to give the gift of life to someone else if we die. This is why we are very glad about your fan club's campaign which convinced already several members to support this cause. Should you require more information material, we will gladly send it to you.
DEUTSCHE STIFTUNG ORGANTRANSPLANTATION
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
60594 Frankfurt am Main
Please learn more about organ, eye & tissue donation and register your wishes to become a donor.
To become a donor in the United States, learn how to register to be a donor in your state please click HERE.
Thank you Sabine Atkins from the German Alex O'Loughlin Fan Club, Tenaya Wallace from Donate Life Hollywood and Christine Gehringer from DSO for your contributions to this story.