"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.
New Connections Spotlights Lifesaving Partners
The new Connections showcases our 2016 Lifesaving Partners Award honorees and recaps our "Portraits of Hope" Donor Family Tribute. It also reports on our Mayors for Hope campaign in Peoria and the recent Brain-Death Simulation Workshop we held in collaboration with OSF HealthCare. Elsewhere, you'll read about the dedication of our new Donor Memorial in Springfield and the challenges Diane Langley is facing as she waits for a kidney transplant. We invite you to download or browse the latest issue of Connections.
Portraits of Hope Honors Donors, Families
Portraits of Hope, our annual tribute to donor families and their loved ones, was held on Nov. 6 at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. More than 150 donor families and their friends gathered for a day of remembrance to honor their loved ones who offered the gift of hope through donation. Attendees heard inspiring stories that celebrated these selfless individuals. This year, Gift of Hope partnered with Project Onward, whose artists produced custom portraits of donors. Follow this link to view photos from the event.
Gift of Hope Workshops For Donor Families
Gift of Hope is offering donor families support in the form of two workshops. Our “Writing to Recipients” workshop will walk you through the process of writing to the people who received your loved one’s donations. And our “Donor Family Quilt” workshop will give you tips and ideas on how to create a Memorial Quilt square honoring a loved one’s generous gifts. Our workshops are intended to help donor families find comfort and are a wonderful way to connect with others who have experienced a loss and been touched by donation.
Donor Father Shares Story on ESPN Radio
Tim Joos, whose daughter Samantha became a tissue donor in 2003, recently shared the moving story of Sam’s death and the decision he and his wife Deb made to donate her tissue. He shared the story as a guest on ESPN’s Sports Medicine Weekly, a Chicago radio show hosted by orthopedic surgeon Brian Cole, MD, of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center. Take a listen, and you'll be inspired by Dr. Cole's introduction, Tim's moving story and the significant impact that Sam had on people's lives.
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.