“DOVE acts as the Veterans’ donor champion by identifying, screening, and educating prospective donors and matching them to Veterans in need. Enabling potential donors to personalize their life-saving gift—direct donation to Veterans—taps into a pool of donors that may otherwise have never considered donation.
DOVE’s goal is to find, educate, screen and support prospective living donors and then match those donors to a Veteran awaiting transplant. We promote living kidney donation through nationwide campaigns and outreach events with the aim to create a living donor registry of prospective donors.
We also provide individualized support to any eligible Veteran who is actively listed for a kidney transplant at any US Transplant Center in creating an outreach campaign within their networks and community.”
Jon Wayne Taylor, a Tactical Fitness Austin instructor, and a Combat Vet/Medic, donated his kidney in October 2020 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. This helped set up a chain of transplants that ultimately led to fellow Veteran Chief Bennie undergoing transplant in April 2021 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
All instructors at Tactical Fitness Austin are veterans therefore Memorial Day is special for us. It is important that we commemorate our fellow service people who have lost their lives or been severely impacted in service. We are really proud of the incredible sacrifice John has made by donating a kidney with DOVE. It felt fitting that we honor them this Memorial Day and raise awareness to the work they are doing in our community.Ron Grobman – CEO and Founder, Tactical Fitness Austin.
Sign up to our Memorial Day Ruck which will be taking place May 30th 8:00am – Noon at Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702. We will meet at the Cemetery and go for a 5 mile Ruck March around town. The Ruck will finish back at the state cemetery. Open to people of all ages however please be aware this may be physically challenging for some people.
You will be directed to a page to sign a waiver and give us some details about yourself so we know who to expect on the day. If you cannot make the Ruck but would like to show your support, please share the details of this event with anyone you know. Additionally, you can make a donation to DOVE via the button below, which will support them to continue their great work.