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

“Her last unselfish act in life was to give the gift of life to others and for her grieving family, it was a great consolation to think that in a sense, Amy would still be with us.”

– John Henderson, Amy's father
Amy Firth

“Pete’s life was like a bright and varied patchwork quilt, a design not entirely known to us, sewn together with the thread of love.”

– Nancy Pintens, donor mom
Peter Jordan Pintens

“I tell people, especially other transplant patients, that I’m 95 percent pain-free, 95 percent of the time… There’s really nothing I can’t do.”

– Dawn Giese, recipient
Dawn Giese

“The more people who know about the benefits of donation, the better.”

– Bob Johnson, donor father
Heather Johnson

“We are doing what we know Jessica would have done. We have comfort knowing that she lives on in the lives of the many who were helped by her donation.”

– Julie Mathews Adams
Jessica Mathews