2018 is a HUGE year for our nonprofit! We are celebrating 5 YEARS of Live.Love.Donate. and our annual Steve Muenchow Memorial Outing! With this milestone, came a lofty 2018 fundraising goal! We were raising $5,000 for the Restoring Hope Transplant House to celebrate our first 5 years! With your generosity, and as of September 28th, 2018, we reached that $5,000 goal plus more! THANK YOU for the support and generosity. Because of all of you, we are able to continue to save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation! We are more grateful than words will eve be able to express.
6th Annual Steve Muenchow Memorial Outing date announcement coming January 2019!
We are a Wisconsin 501 (c) (3) nonprofit focused on saving lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation. With the help of our tireless executive board, donors, supporters and volunteers, we organize fundraisers, community-building events, and in-depth educational sessions.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Amy Muenchow, our Executive Director, was interviewed by Sam Carlson (UW Madison nursing student) about her life-saving kidney transplant story! Check out the interview here to learn more!
We are very passionate about organ donation, and we work tirelessly in honor and memory of our Dad. Our father, Steve, was a two-time kidney transplant patient. He was diagnosed with Vasculitis at age 19, and that lead to eventual kidney failure. He was placed on dialysis during both transplant processes.
Our father had his first kidney transplant in 1991 from a deceased donor, and his second in 2007 from our mother, Amy Muenchow. They were the perfect match! Both transplants took place at UW Madison Transplant Clinic.
Twice, our Dad was given a second change due to a life-saving donor. His transplants gave him 25 more years of life. Unfortunately we lost our father in 2014 to stage-four lung cancer, due to his suppressed immune system. We have made it our mission to spread the word about organ, eye, and tissue donation in the State of Wisconsin, while keeping our father's legacy alive and honoring his memory.
You can register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor at DonateLifeWisconsin.org. Always make sure you register at the DMV and add the orange "donor" sticker on your license as well! Signing the back of your license is not enough, so make sure you register online too!
Organ donation can be procured through living donors and deceased donors. Living donation is determined based on extensive medical matching. Deceased donation occurs once the donor has passed. The surgical team removes the organs and tissues from the donor's body in an operating room. Organs are recovered, and then additional authorized tissues such as bone, cornea, and skin.
Fact: Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions.
Fact: Living donation increases the existing organ supply.
Fact: An open-casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.
Organs and tissue that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, nerve and heart valves.
Share your decision to be an organ and tissue donor with family and friends. Make sure they know your wishes and what you want to donate for transplant. You have the power to save up to 8 people's lives!
Your generous gift will help us promote organ, eye and tissue donation in the State of Wisconsin; register organ donors; educate the community about the importance; and save lives, one donor at a time.
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Live.Love.Donate. Inc. is a tax exempt charitable organization under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Donations are deductible as charitable contributions under sec. 170 of the tax code.