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

Although Kelli and her family were hurting the day they lost David, it helped knowing there was another family happy for their loved one to be receiving a donation. They made “a blessing out of a tragedy,” Kelli said.

– Kelli Resendez, donor wife
David Resendez

“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

Andrea said they have two young kids who miss him and can see him in the stars. She hopes to inspire them when they get older to become donors like Rock.

– Andrea Joseph, donor wife
Walter Joseph, Jr.

"He always wanted to bring his brothers together and called himself the father of his brothers."

– Jouita Orzabal
Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas

 “I had the pleasure of calling this man my father. Thirty years, nine months, 30 days, four hours and 45 minutes here on earth, we got to make memories.”

– Josh Olson
Bruce Olson