"It is a privilege to guide
Gift of Hope on our lifesaving mission. Join us in offering
hope and life to others as a
Kevin Cmunt, Gift of Hope President/CEO
"Because of my donor, I now have a future with my husband and my cherished daughter, Chloe, whom we named after my selfless donor to honor her legacy."
Melissa Simon, Heart Recipient and Donation Advocate
"My brother gave the gift of life to others through donation. Now I give to others to honor his gift."
Sandra Noriega, Donor Family Member and Volunteer
"I strive to make a difference in the people's lives by supporting the faith-based decision to donate life through donation."
Father Claudio Diaz, Catholic Priest and Donation Advocate
"Our grassroots efforts help to increase donation rates in the African-American community."
LouEster Petty, Donation Advocate and AATF President
Our mission is simple: to save and enhance the lives of as
many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.
New Connections Shares 'Baby Quinn' Story
The latest Connections tells the story of Quinn Kyles, who captured the nation's attention as "Baby Quinn" in 1991 and raised national awareness of donation and transplantation. Quinn's life was cut tragically short in December 2014, but his legacy of hope and triumph lives on. This issue also reports on our record-breaking year in carrying out our mission of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation. We invite you to download and view the PDF or browse through the online version of our award-winning newsletter.
Registration Open for Funeral Director Seminar
We will hold our annual continuing education seminar for funeral service professionals on Tuesday, May 5, at the Northfield Inn & Suites in Springfield, Ill. The all-day seminar, offered at no cost to professionals in the funeral and forensics community, is a popular donation education resource for funeral directors, embalmers, non-licensed funeral service staff and pre-need counselors and will offer 6.6 CEUs for participation. Coroners, medical examiners and their allied staff members also are welcome to attend the program.
Record Performance for Gift of Hope in 2014
We provided a record 1,024 lifesaving organs for transplant in 2014 through the generous decisions of 336 donors and their families. In addition, 1,912 donors and their families authorized the donation of tissue for transplant. These achievements underscore the dedication of our healthcare partners in our joint efforts to honor the donation decision and bring lifesaving transplants to people in need. But none of this would have been possible without the selfless decisions made by individuals and families to offer hope to others through donation.
Donation Video Simplifies Complex Process
The Health Resources and Services Administration has produced a new video that describes the donation and transplantation processes in a simple, easily understandable way. Organ Donation and Transplantation: How Does It Work? explains the transplant waiting list, how someone becomes a donor, the process of matching organs and how to sign up to share the gift of life. We encourage you to view the video, share it via social media or e-mail or download it for use as part of a public presentation, class or in-service training.
We Invite You to Read 30 Stories in 30 Days
As part of our 2014 National Donate Life Month celebration and observance, we shared a donation story a day throughout April as part of our month-long 30 Stories in 30 Days Campaign. These moving stories feature donor families, transplant recipients, living donors and other Advocates for Hope volunteers who have been touched by the lifesaving gifts provided through organ and tissue donation. We invite you to visit the Gift of Hope Blog to read these touching stories of hope and life and share them with friends and family.