"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 Recaps “Donation Is …” Campaign
The new Connections offers a visual recap of our “Donation Is …” social media campaign conducted during National Donate Life Month. Elsewhere, Donation Specialist Terri Peplow shares the story of organ donor John Miller and the impact his case had on her. You’ll also learn about the 53 Team Illinois athletes who participated in the 2016 Transplant Games of America in June and read the exciting news that more than 6 million Illinoisans are now registered donors. Download the PDF or browse through the online versionConnections.
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.
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.