"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.
Connections: Donor Family, Recipients Meet
The latest Connections tells the story of a first-time meeting between the parents of organ donor Jermaine Cullum Jr. and the people who received his lifesaving gifts. This issue also reports on the challenges that Monica Fox faces as she waits for a kidney transplant, outreach education and awareness-raising programs targeting Hispanic and African-American communities, and new efforts to engage our hospital stakeholders. We invite you to download and view the PDF or browse through the online version of our award-winning newsletter.
Donor Family, Recipients Meet for First Time
Four families gathered at Gift of Hope recently to hold an emotional meeting. Although they'd never met before and are unrelated, the families share a special bond that transcends ethnicity, religion, economic status and geography — a bond created by the life-giving legacy of 16-year-old Jermaine Cullum Jr. Jermaine gave new life to three people as an organ donor in May 2014. With their loved ones by their side, the three recipients of Jermaine's lifesaving gifts met parents Tarcia Patton and Jermaine Cullum Sr. for the first time. TV stations WGN9, CBS2, ABC7 and NBC5 covered the uplifting event.
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.