Get Involved in Promoting Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation

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Organ Donation

10 Ways You Can Promote Organ Donation

UW Organ and Tissue Donation in Madison, Wisconsin, offers the following resources in an effort to keep potential donors and their families informed about organ donation.


June 2019 

  • June 21-23: 9am-4pm, UW Organ and Tissue Donation Tent, 14th Hole at the American Family Insurance Championship PGA Champions Tour, University Ridge Golf Course, Madison. The American Family Insurance Championship Tournament returns to Wisconsin and features golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. American Family Insurance is honored to join Steve Stricker in welcoming back the Champions Tour competitors for another year of great golf. We are grateful that proceeds from this amazing event support American Family Children's Hospital, Carbone Cancer, Alzheimer's Research and the UW Transplant program. In the tent, we will feature the stories of pediatric donor heroes and recipients. UW OTD volunteers and UW Transplant clinic and UW OTD staff members will provide information on organ donation, recognize registered donor heroes on a hero board or "Tee Up" to register new organ, tissue and eye donor on Wisconsin's donor registry. Information about events and activities, including Friday night's sold-out concert by Toby Keith, are available online.

July 2019

  • July 13: 7am-10pm, Fitchburg Festival of Speed, Donor Dash 5K (honoring organ donor Andrew Neleson), Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg. UW OTD's Donor Education Fund is the charitable benefactor and UW OTD volunteers serve as some of the course marshals, tent volunteers and at an informational booth to register new organ, tissue and eye donors. The Fitchburg Festival of Speed is an all-day festival playing host to the Wisconsin Cycling Association State Criterium Championships. Spectating is free and open to the public, with a family-friendly Kids Zone. Live music begins at 6pm with Twin XL, followed by New Politics.
  • July 13: 10am-7pm, Fifth Annual Emily C. Lyons Golf Outing, Old Hickory Golf Club, W7596 WI-33, Beaver Dam. Emily C. Lyons was 19 years old when she became a donor hero; however, her life still lives on through organ donation. On March 2, 2015, her final wish to be an organ and tissue donor was granted. Emily saved six lives, gave sight to two others and improved the lives of countless others with her selfless act. Enjoy a day of family, friends, fun, entertainment and golf as we raise money for the Emily C. Lyons Memorial Scholarship and the UW Organ and Tissue Donor Education Fund. For more information, visit the event website.
  • July 27: 5-9pm, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin's Capital City 5K Run/Walk, Goodman Pool, 325 W. Olin Ave, Madison. The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin hosts its annual family run/walk. The run/walk begins at twilight (6:30pm) on the Capitol Square, winding along the bike path next to Lake Monona and ending at Goodman Park with a private pool party. UW OTD will have a booth during and after the run/walk, in addition to other organizations and vendors. All proceeds support NKFW programs and services. More details and registration information
  • July 27: 7-9:30pm, Evening Concert, United Church of Christ, 104 S. Jones St., Barneveld. Be a guest at a special evening concert organized and hosted by Al Wright, honoring the memory of his wife, an organ donor who saved lives. Talented, professional musician/singer/songwriter Michael Massey and singer Emily Wicker will entertain, and guest speaker Cora Grover will share her connection to donation at 7pm to raise awareness of the importance of registering as organ, tissue and eye donors and discussing your decision with your family.

August 2019

  • Aug. 3, 10 and 17: 8am-1pm, Visit the Live.Love.Donate non-profit organization's outreach table at the Oshkosh Farmers' Market, Booth #9, Church Avenue Concourse, Oshkosh. Wander this wonderful outdoor farmers' market venue to learn more about donation and visit the booth where new organ, tissue and eye donors can register. Follow this link for more details. Parking is free in downtown lots.
  • Aug. 14-18: Donation Awareness Booth at the Dodge County Fair, Dodge County Fairgrounds, Highway 33, Beaver Dam. The second generation of the Neu family continues a tradition started by their father, Harold "Butch" Neu. Butch, and his wife Arline wanted to pay Butch's second chance at life forward, starting this outreach effort a few years following Butch's kidney/pancreas transplant. Butch and Arline have since passed away, but their sons, Bruce and Keith, have kept the tradition going. Stop by to congratulate the Neu family on their efforts to register organ, tissue and eye donors and visit with UW OTD volunteers, along with Neu family members and friends. Booth hours are 10am-9pm Wednesday through Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday.
  • Aug. 23: 5pm, Fifth Annual Ted's Trek Glow Run/Walk, Dale's Weston Lanes, 5902 Schofield Ave., Weston. This fun twist on a run/walk event is organized by the North Central Wisconsin Donate Life group, co-founded by grateful organ recipient Ted Gerbig. Ted's Trek takes place after dark, and participants get their "bling on" with glow-in-the-dark accessories and unique costumes. The event includes raffles and Brad Emanuel entertains guests with live music. Wisconsin's very own Dottie Donor Dot mascot will make an appearance for photo opportunities. Proceeds benefit a nursing scholarship, UW Organ and Tissue Donation's Donor Education Fund and other causes. More information, including registration
  • Aug. 25: 11am-5pm, Paulpalooza, The Hop Garden, Paoli. Join the fun and festivities in the park along the scenic Sugar River, just a short drive south of Madison and Verona. A day full of good music, food, beer and fundraising honors the spirit of organ donor Paul Natzke. Live music on two stages, raffles, local food vendors, a selection of microbrew beers and wine for sale, special Party Packs for purchase and local shops with unique items create a high-energy party that's sure to provide a good time for all ages. Paul was a kid who loved life and everything it had to offer him despite his physical limitations. He loved sports and would try anything that could be adapted for him, but especially loved sled hockey and track. Paul passed away in August 2017 and left a legacy of kindness. All proceeds from Paulpalooza benefits non-profits, including adaptable sports equipment and athletic scholarships.
  • Aug. 25: 1-7pm. Palmer's Steakhouse Tent Event is an annual fundraiser benefitting Cystic Fibrosis, a UW Health lung transplant research program, the UW Organ and Tissue Donation Donor Education Fund and Donate Life Wisconsin. Some of the best food and beverages you could enjoy at a fundraising event. Included in your admission is all-you-can-eat steak, ribs, chicken, sides and dessert, all-you-can-drink beer, wine and soda, live music and dancing, games, jewelry and wine pulls, raffles, auctions and more. Tickets are $30 in advance online or $40 at the event. Both UW OTD and Donate Life Wisconsin will have tables at this event to encourage donor registration.