"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.
Registration Closed for October 29 Seminar
Registration is now closed for From Tragedy To Hope: Rewriting the Story, the 2015 edition of Gift of Hope's annual continuing education program for hospital professionals. The free, half-day seminar is designed to help hospital staff members learn how their organizations can help save and enhance lives through a collaborative approach to organ and tissue donation. The seminar will be held 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Thursday, October 29, at Gift of Hope's headquarters in Itasca. Check back for post-event information on the seminar in early November.
Connections Showcases Research Institute
The latest Connections spotlights our Research Institute and the contributions it is making to advance the donation field. This issue also reports on the challenges that Marcus Burnett faces as he waits for a kidney transplant, outreach education and awareness-raising programs targeting Hispanic and African-American communities, and news about our upcoming continuing education seminar for our hospital partners. We invite you to download and view the PDF or browse through the online version of our award-winning newsletter.
National Minority Donor Awareness Week
Gift of Hope President Kevin Cmunt and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will observe National Minority Donor Awareness Week on August 5 with a Wave Away the Waiting event at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. The event seeks to raise awareness of the 300 people who die each year in Illinois waiting for an organ transplant, more than half of whom are minorities. National Minority Donor Awareness Week is held each year to increase awareness of the need for more donors, especially among minorities.
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.