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

“I never knew that bone or tissue could improve the quality of someone’s life so much,” says Mattie. “I would encourage anyone to donate tissue.”

– Mattie Owens, recipient
Mattie Owens

“I would have been in a wheelchair by now if I hadn’t had that surgery.”

– Betty Long, recipient
Betty Long

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

– Jouita Orzabal
Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas

“He was a very caring person, and it would have been important to him to help whomever he could even after death.”

– Derek Waterman
Derek Waterman

I was still very sad about the loss of my mother, but suddenly her death was not senseless, or meaningless. Someone benefited from it, and part of her actually lives on.

– Kathy Birthisel, donor daughter
Norma Jean Pierce