James Bignon composed “Gift of Life” CD single and a series of Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) to help increase organ and tissue donations within religious communities. Bignon stated, “That organ and tissue donation in a format designed to inform is key to saving the lives of women, men, and children in our region.”
James Bignon along with the Deliverance Mass Choir and Bobby Howard, a kidney transplant recipient and Multicultural Education Manager for the LifeLink of Georgia Foundation and a former NFL team member for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, toured throughout
the State of Georgia partnering with Clergy members
to dispel the myth surrounding organ and tissue donations.
Church members, family, friends and visitors filled sanctuaries around the State to witness the musical ministry of James Bignon and the Deliverance Mass Choir and to hear moving testimonies by organ recipients and donor families.
The “Gift of Life Gospel Concert” tour is the brainchild of Bobby Howard and has proven to be an effective call to action method. Several artists have joined the campaign including: Bishop Paul S. Morton, Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires, LaShun Pace, Trinity 5:7 and R&B sensation Dwele.
National Donor Sabbath initially launched by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 1997, was established to unite the church and transplant communities to raise awareness of the urgent need for organ and tissue donors and to dispel fears about the incompatibility of certain religious beliefs and donation drives. All major denominations in the United States support organ and tissue donation, in the spirit of giving and as an expression of compassion for others and love.
LifeLink of Georgia is an independent non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization dedicated to serving patients in need of transplant therapy and their families.
Throughout the month of November LifeLink will be encouraging faith-based communities throughout the State to focus on the lifesaving results of organ donation.
For more information on organ and tissue donation, please visit www.donatelifegeorgia. org .