The green ribbon is a badge of honor, a symbol of giving hope and sharing life through organ, eye and tissue donation. It represents the simple act of saying yes – a small word that gives each of us the power to save up to eight lives and improve many more.

What, then, is a Green Ribbon Champion? The answer is not what, but who. Green Ribbon Champions are a diverse group of local leaders and well-known personalities who are passionate about increasing the number of registered organ donors in our communities across Kansas and Missouri. Each Green Ribbon Champion wanted to be involved with our campaign to make a difference. Each understands the importance of lifesaving and life-changing organ, tissue and eye donations. And each has a story to share with you.


Photo of JJ Hayes, Green Ribbon ChampionJJ Hayes | Co-host of the “JJ and Tiny” Show on 101.3 KFDI
After watching his wife’s struggles with kidney disease that required a transplant, JJ Hayes has made it his mission to raise awareness of the need for organ donor registration, so more lives can be saved and improved.
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Photo of Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Green Ribbon ChampionSophia Dominguez-Heithoff | Miss Teen USA 2017
Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff represents a new generation of advocates. She hopes to make an impact by raising awareness about the need for more registered organ donors among people of all ages.
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Photo of Bryan Busby, Green Ribbon ChampionBryan Busby | Chief Meteorologist, KMBC-9 News
With a career spanning 30+ years in Kansas City, Bryan Busby’s dedication to accurate reporting comes from his firm belief that knowledge is power — and that sharing knowledge can save and improve lives.
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Jake Reid | President and CEO, Sporting Kansas City
Jake Reid has seen how one donor’s selflessness can improve so many lives. As an inspirational team leader and Green Ribbon Champion, he is spreading the message that when we all say yes to organ and tissue donation, everybody wins.
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Photo of Jeff Jones, President & CEO of H&Block and Green Ribbon ChampionJeff Jones | President and CEO, H&R Block
Jeff Jones has a deeply personal connection to organ donation. His father is a kidney transplant recipient, and Jeff is sharing his family’s story to encourage others to register as organ donors.
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Image of Alonzo Jamison and his living kidney donor, Shekinah BaileyAlonzo Jamison | Kidney Transplant Recipient & Former Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Player
His team reached the 1991 NCAA national championship game, but Alonzo Jamison says his biggest victory came much later, when a living kidney donor selflessly saved his life.
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Truman the Tiger Portrait for Media UseTruman the Tiger | University of Missouri mascot
Truman the Tiger, who fires up the crowds at Mizzou, is the #1 cheerleader to raise awareness of the need for more registered organ donors. When it comes to saving and improving lives, he’s a real team player.
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We invite you to join us as we inspire others to give hope and share life through the generous gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. Learn more about the types of donation, including the option to be a living donor, and the incredibly positive emotional experiences for organ donor families and transplant recipients.

Join the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry today at ShareLifeMidwest.com.