(Shown above: Marquita Redd, Liver Transplant Recipient… able to enjoy once again dancing for LIFE, thanks to her organ donor)
Dance has always been a part of Marquita’s life. She began dancing when she was four and knew she wanted to dance professionally. While attending college, Marquita was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), a chronic liver disease. After battling liver disease for over 14 years, Marquita received a lifesaving liver transplant in December 2016. Marquita says, “I promised my doctor that I would resume dancing and after 11 months of recovery, I was able to teach a dance workshop.” When reflecting on her second chance at life, Marquita says, “I am grateful for this precious gift. I think of my donor family and their loved one daily. I strive to honor them through my efforts to be the best person that I can be and by using dance to uplift my community.”
This April, during the federally sanctioned National Donate Life Month, LifeLink® Foundation honors the spirit of those individuals who make transplants possible—organ, tissue and eye donors. We celebrate the lives of those who received their second chance – and finally, we call attention to the more than 113,000 men, women and children still awaiting their Gifts of Life across the United States.
Organ donation, with the primary exception of living kidney donation, takes place after death, and provides the Gift of Life to tens of thousands each year through heart, kidney, lung, liver, pancreas or intestine transplants. Without the generosity of organ donors those waiting will die. Make a potentially lifesaving decision today by registering as an organ and tissue donor online or while renewing your driver license of ID card. Contact the LifeLink Public Affairs Department for more information on organ and tissue donation at (800) 262-5775 or visit www.LifeLinkFoundation.org.
LifeLink Foundation is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of life-saving and life-enhancing organs and tissue for transplantation therapy. Headquartered in Tampa, FL, the Foundation has five divisions including three organ procurement organizations; LifeLink® of Florida (serves 15 counties in west central Florida), LifeLink® of Georgia (serves the state and two counties in South Carolina) and LifeLink® of Puerto Rico (serves Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands); LifeLink® Transplantation Immunology Laboratory (the “matchmaker” between donor organs and suitable transplant recipients); and LifeLink® Tissue Bank (recovers donated tissue for transplantation). In addition, the LifeLink Legacy Fund® develops philanthropic resources to support the organ recovery and transplantation activities of LifeLink.