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Founder’s Legacy Fund
Your support allows Legacy Donor Foundation to carry on David Voelker’s legacy and mission
Encourage physicians, residents and medical students to expand their knowledge and understanding of organ donation.
Welcome Legacy Donor Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Legacy Donor Foundation provides education and public awareness activities about organ donation. We seek to increase donor registrations and foster informed family acceptance of the process.
When the Legacy Donor Foundation was founded in 1999 there were 450,000 names on Louisiana’s Legacy Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Today, due to strong marketing and public relation campaigns, educational forums, health fairs, minority awareness campaigns, and workplace partnerships, there are now over 2.2. million names on the registry. We are making progress.
The Foundation is a part of the Donate Life Louisiana collaborative which strives to bring a cohesive face to organ, eye and tissue donation awareness in Louisiana.
Donor & Recipient Stories
Because of my donor, I am now strong and healthy. I was even able to reach my goal of competing in half marathons!
After almost a year of living with high blood pressure, swollen legs, extreme fatigue and many doctor appointments, my medical mystery came to an end and my life turned upside down.
I was an advocate for organ donation before, but today I’d like to tell every living person to give this gift. It’s the most selfless selfish gift I’ve ever had the pleasure to give. I can’t have my son back but look what his death did do. He’s not just rotting in the ground somewhere he’s living in NINE people!!!
You could be the reason someone gets a second chance at life!
On November 1, 2008, Joey’s father walked his only child down the aisle. With tears in his eyes, he kissed her and “gave her away.” On December 15, 2008, he died. He had not told the Joey he had terminal cancer and was not expected to live much longer.
No one could have told me I would lose my kidneys at age 45. I was a healthy and strong, hard charging attorney, except I had this little problem with high blood pressure.