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Ultimate Medical Academy Shows its Heart at “Love Give Live 5K”

February 14, 2017, Tampa, FL – With a commitment to helping others and supporting local communities, Ultimate Medical Academy, the Tampa-based nonprofit healthcare educational institution, helped raise money and awareness for organ donation and organ transplants at the second annual Love Give Live 5K on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

“Taking part in the Love Give Live 5K was a great experience,” said Michele Distler, an online adjunct instructor at UMA, who participated in the run with her son. “We were supporting a great cause and it feels good knowing we helped make a difference.”

UMA had 19 participants run along the Tampa Bay Riverwalk in downtown Tampa to support pre- and post-transplant patients in need of financial assistance and also Florida’s organ, tissue and eye donor registry. The school also showed its heart by donating $1,650 to support the UMA runner registrations to help raise awareness and ultimately benefit the LifeLink Legacy Fund® and Donate Life Florida.

“It’s always so uplifting to see how many UMA staff members give back to the community by rallying for causes in which we are deeply passionate,” said Dan Soschin, the executive overseeing philanthropic initiatives at UMA. “Caring about people and improving patient outcomes is at the heart of our school’s mission and is reflected in what we do inside and outside of school hours.”

UMA’s involvement with LifeLink Legacy Fund and Donate Florida is one of the many service projects and outreach initiatives in which the institution participates each year. For more details about UMA’s involvement in the community, visit

LifeLink Legacy Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1990 to support the LifeLink Foundation’s efforts in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. During the last 27 years, the Legacy Fund has served as a support system for transplant patients in need of financial assistance and has provided funding for critical research and programs to improve organ and tissue donation and transplant. To date, the organization has contributed more than $1.5 million to hundreds of patients in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Donate Life Florida is Florida’s statewide alliance of organ, tissue and eye recovery programs. The non-profit organization, which was founded in 1997, is contracted by the State of Florida and is tasked with overseeing the Joshua Abbott Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Donate Life Florida is dedicated to motivating Floridians to designate themselves as organ, tissue and eye donors so lives are saved and enhanced through donation and transplantation.