"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.
Register for Our Free World Religions Seminar
We invite our hospital donation partners to attend To See, To Be, To Do: Primary Perspectives of World Religions, a free, two-day continuing education seminar designed to enhance your religious worldviews on many issues, including those associated with end-of-life decisions. The seminar will be led by Brian Carwana, Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, and will be held twice at two locations: June 6 – 7 at our Itasca headquarters and June 9 – 10 at our Springfield office. Attendees can earn 9.66 contact hours.
DuPage Board Honors Donor, Gift of Hope
The DuPage County Board of Commissioners recently recognized the importance of donation and honored a young donor and her family for their decision to turn tragedy into triumph. DuPage County Board Chairman Daniel Cronin read a proclamation observing National Donate Life Month, and Joseph Leone (second right), Deputy Chief of Operations for the Addison Fire Department, shared the story of his daughter, Lauren, and the impact her sudden death and ultimate donation had on five people whose lives she saved as an organ donor.
New Connections Highlights Record 2015
The new Connections reports on our record-setting 2015 and the work we did to honor donors' and donor families' wishes to offer the gift of hope and life to others. You'll also find a tribute to donation advocate Carrie Stephen, get a good-news update on Quinetta Taylor and read about one man's ordeal as he waits for a kidney transplant. We invite you to download and view the PDF edition or browse through the online version of our new-look Connections, which has undergone a graphic facelift starting with this issue.
Gift of Hope Experiences Record-Setting 2015
Our core mission is to honor the wishes of people who want to be organ and tissue donors, honor the wishes of family members who make the donation decision on their loved ones' behalves, and save and enhance lives by making organs and tissue available to people waiting for lifesaving transplants. In 2015, we had a record-setting year in all three arenas, marking the third year in a row we set all-time performance records for Gift of Hope. During the year, 379 people became organ donors, resulting in 1,078 organ transplants, and nearly 2,000 people became tissue donors. Check back soon for more about more on our 2015 successes.
Images of the Day: A Celebration of Hope
A Celebration of Hope, our annual tribute to donor families and their loved ones who offered the gift of hope through donation, was held on Nov. 7 at Gift of Hope. During this moving event, more than 150 donor families and their friends gathered for a special day of hope and remembrance to honor their loved ones who offered the gift of hope through donation. Attendees heard inspiring stories that honored and celebrated the selfless individuals who gave of themselves through donation. Click the link below to view images from the day.