LifePoint and Donate Life South Carolina Partner with the AME Church to Promote Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
LifePoint was given the opportunity to present the “I Am AME, I Believe in the Gift of Life” (“I Am AME”) donation initiative at the Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 3-13, 2016. Several thousand parishioners, ministers, presiding elders and pastors from around the United States, Europe and Africa were in attendance.
“I Am AME” is a partnership between the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, LifePoint, Donate Life South Carolina and The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The ultimate goal of this program is to save lives through increased awareness and by registering more minority organ, eye and tissue donors.
The National Kidney Foundation along with staff from MUSC provided kidney disease screenings and education to 357 conference goers.
Rev. Miriam J. Burnett, M.D., M.Div., MPH, the International Health Care Director of the National African Methodist Episcopal Church, approved displaying “I Am AME” banners in the main hallway of the conference center and at the LifePoint exhibit booth. A total of 1,700 “I Am AME” booklets were distributed, featuring the South Carolina Presiding Prelate, Bishop Richard Norris, who is a kidney transplant recipient.
Rev. Mary Holmes Singleton, pastor of Calvary AME Church in North Charleston, stated, “Being recognized by the established religious and executive leadership of this church is key for any significant future endeavors on a regional and statewide level. This was our next step in furthering the ‘I Am AME’ campaign.” Many local presiding elders from South Carolina have now spoken with Rev. Singleton about attending quarterly meetings with their pastors in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 sessions and have requested the “I Am AME” campaign to become a stable entity within the health ministry of South Carolina AME churches.
LifePoint looks forward to continuing work with the AME church and to expanding our educational efforts to other predominantly black church denominations throughout South Carolina.
Congratulations to Team South Carolina!
The 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America were held in Cleveland, Ohio June 10-15. Team SC consisted of 23 competitors, 9 donor families/friends and 63 supporters. Congratulations to our competitors on winning a total of 61 medals in their competitions – 27 GOLD, 14 SILVER and 20 BRONZE. Complete listing of our medal winners (PDF 28KB).
Our donor families attended seminars and workshops, a special quilt-pinning ceremony honoring their loved ones and presented medals to winners at some events. A special highlight of the Games was the Donor Tribute Ceremony, when all donors (deceased and living) were recognized.
Everyone in the transplant community knows that it takes power to give the gift of life through organ donation, survive the wait and thrive after receiving a transplant. Twin sisters and double lung transplant recipients Ana Stenzel and Isa Stenzel Byrnes, and other members of the transplant community worldwide, show what power can do in the documentary film “The Power of Two.” Called “compelling” and “poetic” by the Wall Street Journal, and an “inspiring triumph” by Golden Globe® nominated actor Jack Black, this winner of ten film festival awards has entertained, educated and inspired audiences globally.
This short video was produced by Donate Life South Carolina to increase awareness about the need for more organ and tissue donors. It also gives information about the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
A Message from Our Director
Thanks to the hard work of our many dedicated employees, volunteers, and professional associates, LifePoint continues to make great progress in advancing organ and tissue donation in South Carolina.
Through the generosity of our donor families, hundreds of lives have been saved and enhanced. Yet, the need for donation continues. We are privileged, humbled and honored to have a part in this lifesaving work. Please help us with your commitment to be a donor.
Nancy A. Kay CEO/President of LifePoint, Inc.