Ambassador Program

The RTI Donor Services Donor Family Ambassador program provides opportunities for tissue donor families to share their talents and experiences by volunteering.

An Ambassador is a volunteer who shares his or her story of donation and conveys a positive message about tissue donation to others.

These volunteers can speak at hospitals, health fairs, community events and more. Donor Family Ambassadors may be accompanied by members of the RTI Donor Services team at the specific event. Ambassadors also are encouraged to attend donor family events hosted by RTI.

Specific activities that our Ambassadors may be involved in can include sharing their stories with the community, with healthcare professionals or with other donor families and listening to other donor family members and answering questions.

Voices of Donation

“In regard to my mother, it was an easy decision for our family to make. Actually, it was a decision that had already been made by her long before she passed away.”

– Tim Heffernan, son
Linda Heffernan

“Her unselfishness is evidenced by her wish to become a tissue donor.”

– Jerome Kroll, donor husband
Bette Kroll

“We never met either of Meagan’s donor families, but we always felt a connection with them. If it were not for them, we would not have had 17 incredibly amazing years with Meagan.” 

– Holly Nix, donor's mother
Meagan Rickman

“Ryan touched many lives in his short five days, and knowing he could help another baby and another family not have to go through what we did made me want to donate.” 

– Ashlee Jolley, donor mother
Ryan Jolley

“I never appreciated tissue donation before going through this experience.”

– Christie Blakely, recipient
Christie Blakely