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Donate Life America's "Play Through with Erik Compton" enters third year

April 3, 2014

HOUSTON- To celebrate April as National Donate Life Month, Donate Life America (DLA) just launched the third year of the "Play Through with Erik Compton" campaign in Houston. Over the past two years, Donate Life America has partnered with PGA TOUR player and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton on the educational campaign, which is supported by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. "Play Through" aims to raise public awareness of organ donation and urge Americans to become organ donors.

"I've received the extraordinary gift of life twice," said Compton. "Every day, I honor that by working hard, taking care of myself and my family, keeping perspective on the golf course and working closely with my doctors to stay healthy, while at the same time, trying to inspire others through my involvement in programs such as 'Play Through' with Donate Life America."

Compton is participating in various events to raise awareness for organ donation while playing the Shell Houston Open this week. He will then do the same in New Orleans later this month during the Zurich Classic. Both stops are part of National Donate Life Month initiatives.

"Donate Life America is proud to continue our partnership with Erik on the 'Play Through' program," said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. "Erik's leadership both on the golf course and in the transplant community makes him an excellent role model and ambassador for DLA to support our mission to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation."

Currently, there are more than 121,000 patients who are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. An average of 18 people die every day while waiting for a transplant; this is due to a shortage of available organs. Approximately 90 percent of Americans say they support organ donation, but only 30 percent know the essential steps that need to be taken in order to become a donor.

In 2014, "Play Through" will travel to various cities across the United States, to highlight the importance of organ donation and educate the public on how to register to become a donor. Markets over the past two years have included Dallas, TX, Columbus, OH, San Francisco, CA, Washington DC, Orlando, FL, Charlotte, NC, NY/NJ Metro Area and Boston, MA.

"Play Through" is one of Donate Life America's many initiatives aimed at encouraging donor designation nationwide. Since the "Play Through" program launched in May 2012, there have been more than 9.1 million new organ donor registrations and more than 637,000 visits to Donate Life America's website.

For more information on organ donation, transplantation and to learn how to become an organ donor, please visit Donate Life America's website at donatelife.net.

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