Get Involved in Promoting Organ, Tissue and Eye 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.
- Feb. 9: Hoops for Hope, Jefferson School District Annual Fundraiser, Jefferson High School, 700 W. Milwaukee St, Jefferson, WI 53549. Visit with Dottie Donor Dot, 10am-noon. Hoops for Hope is an all-day event benefitting the School District of Jefferson and Tomorrow's Hope, a local non-profit that supports those touched by Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. Join us to celebrate and support our students as they play basketball with passion and purpose. Learn more
- Feb. 14: UW-Madison SODA (Student Organ Donation Advocates) organization's National Donor Day Donor Registration Drive, 4:30-6:30pm, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715. Learn more about the need for organ donors and what it means to register as an organ, tissue and eye donor. Show your "heart" by registering as a donor or show your donor registration symbol to receive a package of conversation hearts. Meet with UW-Madison SODA to learn more about this UW-Madison student organization.
- Feb. 14-24: Tomah's ACT Theater presents "The Tin Woman" - a tale of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the organ donor. Based on a true story. Evening and matinee performances are available. General admission for adults is $20/ticket and $10/ticket for students. ACT Theater, 907 Kilbourn Ave, Tomah, WI 54660. Purchase tickets
- Feb. 14: Men's Sport and Health Expo, Chequamegon High School, Park Falls Campus, 400 9th St N, Park Falls, WI 54552, 11am-3pm. Not just for men, women are welcome as well to the 11th annual event which includes many free health screens and more than 20 booths, with health and recreational sporting information. Visit the UW OTD donor registration table. Sheila Weix, RN, Director of Substance Services at Marshfield Clinic Health System, is the featured speaker at 1pm, offering a look at the drug climate in the Northwoods. Additional presentations include wild game and fish tastings and recipes and much more. Refreshments are available from a local non-profit group. The event is sponsored by Flambeau Hospital, Marshfield Clinic, Price County Health Department, Ministry Health Care, Lions Club, Northlakes Community Clinic and other health-related groups. More information
- Feb. 22-24: Wisconsin Fishing Expo, Booth L42, Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713. UW OTD will have a booth presence at the Wisconsin Fishing Expo to encourage attendees to register their decision to donate and spread information. Learn more
- March 8: UW-Madison SODA (Student Organ Donation Advocates) organization's International Women's Day Donor Registration Drive, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715, 1-4pm. The future is exciting. Everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere. Show your part by registering as an organ, tissue and eye donor. Your donation decision is a gift to your family. Let's all help create a #BalanceforBetter, adding more registered donors to the organ, tissue and eye donor registry. There are more than 114,000 children and adults waiting for an organ transplant and 2,000 people here in Wisconsin hoping for a life-saving gift of hope.
- March 26-28: WPS Farm Show, EAA Grounds, 1001 Waukau Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54902. UW Organ and Tissue Donation booth, Hangar A, Booth 3501. This is an opportunity to meet with UW OTD staff and volunteers to register as organ donors at this opportunity for the agricultural community to check out the latest farming, machinery, tools and services. Three-day silent auction benefits the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. On-site agricultural consultants from WPS to answer energy management questions. Learn more
- March 29: UW-Madison SODA (Student Organ Donation Advocates) organization's Donor Registration Drive, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715, 1-6:30pm. Learn more about the need for organ donors and what it means to register as an organ, tissue and eye donor. Meet with UW-Madison SODA members to learn more about this UW-Madison student organization.
- April 7: UW-Madison SODA (Student Organ Donation Advocates) organization's World Health Day Donor Registration Drive, UW-Madison Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706, 11am-1pm. Enjoy a coffee outside the Memorial Union, while raising your awareness about the need for registered organ, tissue and eye donors.
- April 11-13: "The Tin Woman," Oshkosh Community Players, Grand Opera House, 100 High Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901. A young woman receives a heart transplant and has survivor's guilt, while the parents of the donor are suffering as they mourn, then the recipient meets the donor family. This group produces one play, out of their three plays each season, that tackles a topic for which they want to raise social awareness. In 2019, they would like to raise awareness about organ donation. The Oshkosh Community Players also will partner with UW OTD in fundraising in April. Purchase tickets
- April 12: Celebrate National Donate Life Blue/Green Day with the UW-Madison SODA (Student Organ Donation Advocates) organization's Donor Registration Drive, East Campus Mall, 1-4pm.
- May 4: Central Wisconsin Gift of Life's Scavenger Hunt. Join the fun with your team of four to six people competing in a scavenger hunt with challenges from a large list provided at the beginning of the race. 10am registration; 11am-3pm scavenger hunt in Wisconsin Rapids and surrounding communities in your vehicle; 3-6pm light meal, bucket auction, 50/50 raffle and live auction. Teams register and leave from Ridges Golf Course, 2311 Griffith Ave, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. Proceeds benefit Restoring Hope Transplant House, Middleton, and UW Organ and Tissue Donation's Donor Education Fund. Visit Facebook page for event registration details
- May 11: Community Health and Safety Fair, Oconto Falls Elementary School, 415 Marie Volk Dr, Oconto Falls, WI 54154, 9am-1pm. Drop in with your family and friends to obtain a free blood pressure screening, visit the vendor booths, attend presentations in classrooms, see the Jaws of Life and a fire truck and safety demo, watch a live police K-9 demonstration and observe Eagle III ground and air medical transportation. UW Organ and Tissue Donation will have a booth offering education about organ, tissue and eye donation and the opportunity to register as a donor on Wisconsin's donor registry. Children will enjoy a Teddy Bear First Aid Clinic, face painting, balloon animals, jugglers, a coloring contest and bicycle giveaway.
- May 18: Cystic Fibrosis "Great Strides" Walk at Fireman's Park 7400 Lee St, Middleton, WI 53562, 9:30am-1pm. Registration for this event is free, but walkers and teams are encouraged to raise funds. Check-in at 9:30am; walk starts at 10:30am. Visit the UW OTD Organ Donation Education table to learn more about registering as an organ, tissue and eye donor. Visit with Dottie Donor Dot from 10am-noon. Because of funds raised from Great Strides, people with CF are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing their dreams.