WHO WE ARE
The Connecticut Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation (CCOTD)
dba Donate Life Connecticut (DLC)
The Connecticut Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation (CCOTD) was established in 1985. CCOTD became a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in 1996. The statewide coalition is comprised of volunteers with a shared interest in public education about organ, eye, and tissue donation and increasing the number of transplants that save lives. The membership body includes donor families, transplant recipients, and allied health professionals who advocate organ, eye, and tissue donation. The coalition is guided in its work by a set of Board approved Bylaws, which are reviewed and updated periodically. Officers are nominated and selected through a democratic process, and membership is extended to all groups and individuals interested in organ, eye, and tissue donation. CCOTD is an affiliate of Donate Life America, the national organization most recognized for its work in increasing organ, eye, and tissue donation through massive public education and advanced communications campaigns. In 2007, CCOTD began doing business as Donate Life Connecticut (DLC) to better align with the national campaign.
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From the Co-Chairs
On behalf of Donate Life Connecticut (DLC), we would like to welcome you and thank you for being here!
Our DLC Staff, Board of Directors, and amazing volunteers are comprised of Connecticut residents dedicated to the cause of organ donation and transplantation. Our team is connected to organ donation and transplantation from many unique ways, but first and foremost we are individuals passionate about giving back to our communities. Organ donation and transplantation is the only field of medicine that relies on community involvement to provide lifesaving and life-changing organ and tissue donation to those who need it. The most important person in this mission is YOU.
Our mission is simple; to help save and improve lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation. In order to accomplish this, we work to increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors through public education and awareness. We also provide information about living donation, which allows healthy individuals the option to safely donate and help shorten the waitlist. We continue to be a platform to allow those in need of a transplant to share their stories as a means to educate on the need for organ transplantation and donors.
Thank you for being here to learn more about organ and tissue donation. Maybe you have already been touched in some way by organ donation or transplantation. Maybe you witnessed someone you know become a hero in their passing by giving the gift of life. Perhaps you or someone you know is in need of a transplant. Maybe you are considering becoming a living donor. Whatever your reason for visiting us, we appreciate your interest in our mission.
We invite you to bookmark our page and return often and follow us on social media to stay up to date on events, information, and opportunities to participate. Please join us in our campaign to dispel the misconceptions surrounding organ donation. Encourage your network and community to learn more about organ and tissue donation as well as registering as a donor. We look forward to working together to continue to find hope and meaning out of tragic and untimely deaths, educating and supporting our living donor heroes, and ultimately increasing the number of lives saved and improved through the miracle of transplantation.
Thank you for your support!
Elizabeth Cohen, PharmD - Co-chair
Kari Rancourt, RN BSN CCTC - Co-chair
Donate Life Connecticut Staff
Lindsay Vigue - Executive Director
Barb Doyle - Marketing Coordinator
2023 Board of Directors
Elizabeth Cohen, PharmD - Co-chair
Kari Rancourt, RN BSN CCTC - Co-chair
Cheryl Edwards, RN - Secretary
Andrew LeGrant - Treasurer
Jenn Batisti, MD
Eileen Cain, LCSW
Joynell Mirasol, DNP, APRN
Erika Nilsson, LCSW
Sarah Parmalee, APRN
95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 54% are registered. Help increase that statistic.
Donate Life Connecticut membership shall be open to all persons interested in contributing to the coalition's objectives. DLC shall not establish restrictions or qualifications for general membership based on, but not limited to, sex, age, race, religious creed, nationality, ancestry, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, lawful source of income, professional training, or experience.
If you are interested in becoming a Board Member of Donate Life Connecticut, please email us at email@example.com.
The Power of Volunteerism
Donate Life Connecticut is an all-volunteer organization managed by a Board of Directors, representing statewide agencies involved with organ and tissue donation and other interested individuals. The organization is incorporated as a Not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Donate Life Connecticut is an affiliate of Donate Life America, the national organization most recognized for its work in increasing organ, eye, and tissue donation through massive public education and advanced communications campaigns.
If you are interested in volunteering your ideas and/or time to Donate Life Connecticut projects, please complete the form below:
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New England Donor Services saves and heals the lives of organ and tissue transplant recipients in our region and across the country through these gifts of life.
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