"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.
Time to Celebrate National Donate Life Month
We invite you to observe and celebrate the Circle of Hope during National Donate Life Month throughout April. During this special time, we unite with our Donate Life Illinois partners, hospitals, schools, businesses and communities throughout the Illinois and northwest Indiana to educate the public about organ and tissue donation and encourage people to register as donors. We also recognize donors, their families, transplant recipients and the healthcare professionals who help provide the gift of life through donation and transplantation.
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 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Northfield Inn & Suites in Springfield, Ill. The 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.