"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.
Martin Named 2015 Rose Parade Float Rider
Heart recipient and Advocates for Hope volunteer Kelvin Martin will be our 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float rider. Kelvin will tell "The Never-Ending Story" of donation as one of 30 people riding on the Donate Life Float on New Year's Day. The float will be 25th in the parade order. Kelvin was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2005 at age 25. He survived three subsequent heart attacks and lived for nearly three years on an LVAD before receiving a heart transplant in January 2014. Learn more about Kelvin by watching his video.
Connections Tells the Story of Donor Quilt
Our latest Connections newsletter tells the story of our Donor Quilt project and the people who help donor family members honor their loved ones by producing Memorial Squares. This issue also recaps the fun-filled day a donor family had at a summer NASCAR event, shares the story of young man promoting donation to earn his Eagle Scout rank, and shines the spotlight on Faces of Hope award winners recognized for their work in Hispanic communities. We invite you to read and share our award-winning community newsletter.
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.
Record Performance for Gift of Hope in 2013
We provided a record 919 lifesaving organs for transplant in 2013 through the generous decisions of 323 donors and their families. In addition, 1,487 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.