DEANDRE LORENZO WHITE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Give the Gift of Life
For many people, a better life, or even life itself, may depend on organ donations. Many support organ donation, but support alone is not enough.
Welcome to the DLW Memorial Foundation
Imagine, if you will …
You’re seventeen years old and tremendously excited about getting your driver’s license. And because you have an incredibly giving spirit, you’re equally as excited to be able to make the very grown-up choice to identify yourself as an organ donor. Imagine racing home to share with your family this very important decision you just made, and emphatically expressing just how important this decision is and how much it means to you to be able to help others in the event something happens to you.
Now imagine …
Just months later … on November 3rd … one month and three days shy of your 18th birthday … your life is tragically cut short, and your family is left with the untimely responsibility of honoring the wish that you’d expressed to them just a short time prior. Imagine how, even through their incredible grief, they proudly donate your organs knowing that they are not only honoring your wishes to help others have a second chance at life, but honoring the legacy of YOUR life!
So now imagine …
The tragic loss of your life has resulted in the lives of six others being saved! Imagine your family making it their mission to continue honoring your legacy by bringing awareness to the community for the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation through a foundation established in your memory.
And now that you’ve imagined the unimaginable …
This is the real-life story of an incredibly handsome, charasmatic, loving and giving young man affectionately known as Dre. It is also the story of how the DeAndre Lorenzo White Memorial Foundation (known to most as Dre Nation) came to be. Dre’s memory lives on in the hearts of those who loved him. Just as he greatly impacted the lives of those around him in life, even now he will impact the lives of others. The DeAndre Lorenzo White Memorial Foundation will serve to honor the life and legacy of this phenomenal young man, who was just starting his own collegiate career, while assisting those who are beginning their post secondary education.
It Only Takes One
Life Legacy Scholarship
Congratulations to 2020 DLW Memorial Scholarship recipient –
Exam Room Dedication
On May 25, 2018, Exam Room 12 was dedicated at the new University of Maryland Transplant Center as a lasting legacy to DeAndre’s steadfast belief in organ donation. Click here!
DLW Memorial Foundation Seeks to Give Hope
In recognition of National Kidney Donation Month, the DLW Memorial Foundation turned its focus to giving efforts that support the well-being of children and adults in need of a kidney transplant through our Blanket of Hope Campaign. Live. Love. Give. Hope.
Affectionately known by countless numbers of people simply as “Dre,” his warm buoyant spirit endeared him to so many. At an early age, it had become clear that he would bring constant joy to his family and friends. He was often the center of attention at family gatherings, his mother’s workplace, church, and almost anywhere he could get an audience. Dre would come to be known as “the life of the party.” He was a caring and compassionate person with a kind demeanor—always respectful and mannerable. DeAndre’s true passion was living his life to the fullest.
Join the challenge.
Join the #850 Challenge
850 million people in the world have kidney disease. On average, kidney disease affects one in nine people with most of them not even being aware that they are ill. Join the #850Challenge to raise awareness of the 850 million people whose kidney function is irreversibly impaired. 8,500 steps a day, 8.5 miles of walking, 85 miles of cycling, 8.5 minutes of high-intensity training are all ways to burn ~850 calories.
Help celebrate National Kidney Month and raise awareness by posting your #850Challenge efforts to social media and tagging @ASNKidney.
April is National Donate Life Month
Learn more about organ, eye, and tissue donation, and register today at DonateLife.net. Join your local community and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter to help honor donors, recipients, and their families and caregivers.
NATIONAL DONATE LIFE CELEBRATIONS
Donate Life Living Donor Day is April 5, 2023
Blue & Green Spirit Week starts April 8, 2023
National Donate Life Blue & Green Day is
Friday, April 14, 2023
National Pediatric Transplant Week is
April 23-29, 2023
Say Yes to Organ Donation
What People Say
DeAndre was a special young man to give life unselfishly. I wish we had more time, just to hear your voice, and see your smile. Life is different without you, but your memory lives on. We miss you.
DeAndre, an adoring young man who embodied God’s limitless capacity and healed so many lives through organ donation. An inspiration from heaven into our hearts, minds, and souls.
What an amazing young man who learned to be selfless at an early age by choosing to give life to others. He was truly a blessing and loved everyone he came in contact with.