NEWS | May 10, 2019

Young artists promote organ and tissue donation

Contest entries include first poster in Vietnamese and first video in Chinese

(SACRAMENTO)

High school artists who won the fifth annual Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized with prize money totaling $3,000 at a special event in their honor May 8 on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. 

Winners of the 2019 Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized at a ceremony in their honor. Pictured (left to right) are Sam Ramos, executive director of the Sierra Donor Services eye bank, Linh Huynh, Gavin Bomhoff, Huanying (Joy) Yeh, Calvin Yeh, Jack Williams and Monica Johnson, executive director of Sierra Donor Services. Winners of the 2019 Donate Life Visual Arts Contest were recognized at a ceremony in their honor. Pictured (left to right) are Sam Ramos, executive director of the Sierra Donor Services eye bank, Linh Huynh, Gavin Bomhoff, Huanying (Joy) Yeh, Calvin Yeh, Jack Williams and Monica Johnson, executive director of Sierra Donor Services.

Jack Williams of Del Oro High School received top honors for his poster, Have a Heart. Other winners were: 

Contest organizers encourage students who speak languages other than English to participate. This year, they received their first poster in Vietnamese and their first video in Chinese. Crossings TV, which broadcasts in Asian languages, has agreed to share the video with its audiences. 

“We want young people of many cultures to realize their important roles as ambassadors in their communities for organ donation,” said Richard Perez, chief of transplant surgery at UC Davis Health. “The contest opens doors to conversations with friends at school and family around the kitchen table that promote understanding and dispel myths.”

Watch Focus on Health: Donate Life Visual Arts Contest from PBS TV station KVIE.

Reaching out to high schoolers also helps them understand why they can choose to become donors when applying for California driver’s licenses or identification cards, according to Deanna Santana, public education and relations manager for Sierra Donor Services.

“The contest brings into focus the fact that they have the power to save lives,” Santana said.

The visual arts contest is one of the many ways UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services work together to address the critical shortage of organs and tissue available for transplant. About 21,000 people in California (2,100 in the Sacramento region) are currently on transplant waitlists.

For information, including how you can register as a donor, visit these websites:

Sierra Donor Services 
UC Davis Transplant Center 
Donate Life California
California Department of Motor Vehicles Organ and Tissue Donor Registry