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

“By donating, maybe he could save someone’s life and their family would not be going through what our family is going through.” 

– Kim Paine, donor mother
Corey Martinez

“I’m really, really thankful that someone donated so that I could receive an allograft.”

– Diane Hickey, recipient
Diane Hickey

“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

“Eighteen months after my accident and a year after I’d begun to fear I’d never be able to return to my old activities, me and my knee are doing great.”

– Rita Zeidner, recipient
Rita Zeidner

“I am forever grateful to the donor and their family who helped to restore my life and allow me to return to the things that I love to do.” 

– Harry Rambo
Harry Rambo