"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.
A Celebration of Hope Set for September 20
A Celebration of Hope, our annual tribute to donor families and their loved ones who offered the gift of hope through donation, will be held on Saturday, September 20, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Ill. During this by-invitation-only event, our donor families and friends gather for a special day of hope and remembrance to honor loved ones who became organ, eye and tissue donors. Attendees hear inspiring stories that honor and celebrate the selfless individuals who gave of themselves through donation so that others may live.
Minority Donor Awareness Week Observed
Gift of Hope President Kevin Cmunt and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White observed National Minority Donor Awareness Week on August 5 with a Wave Away the Waiting special event at the Thompson Center in Chicago. At the event, 300 volunteers were on hand to represent the 300 people who die each year in Illinois waiting for an organ transplant, more than half of whom are minorities. NMDAW is held each year to raise awareness of the need for more donors, especially among minorities. We encourage you to learn more about National Minority Donor Awareness Week and what you can do to Wave Away the Waiting.
Donor Family, Recipient Hold Emotional Meeting
Advocate Condell Medical Center and Gift of Hope hosted a special event on August 4 to celebrate the addition of Ashley Ann Swart, a young donor, to the hospital's Legacy of Life Wall. Ashley's family and Melody McIntosh (pictured second left), who received Ashley's heart, attended the event. Ashley, a 20-year-old Purdue University student and Cedar Lake, Ind., resident, gave life to four people as an organ donor. Several news outlets, including ABC7, CBS 2 Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Herald, attended the event. Click on the media links to watch and read about coverage of the event.
New Connections Shares Michael Collins Story
Our latest Connections newsletter shares the story of donor Michael Collins and the worldwide "paying it forward" movement his decision to be a donor sparked. This issue also recaps our highly successful 2014 National Donate Life Month activities and reports on recognition we've received for our Connections newsletter and community outreach programs. You'll also learn what our new Charitable Giving Committee is doing to give back to the community and what we're doing to support educational opportunities for Latino students in Chicago.
1Q14 Hospital Performance Data Now Available
We are now posting donation activity data for donor hospitals so you can monitor your performance on four key metrics and see how you compare with other hospitals. The data show rankings by organ donors, donation conversion rate, authorization rate and timely notification rate. Our latest data posting shows hospital performance through the first quarter of 2014. Additional updates will be posted quarterly throughout the year. We encourage you to review the reports with your Gift of Hope Donation Coordinator.
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 National Donate Life Month celebration and observance, we shared a 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.
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.