"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.
Revisit Seminar for Hospital Professionals
Want to revisit a presentation from our Oct. 29 From Tragedy to Hope: Rewriting the Story seminar for hospital professionals? Couldn't attend and want to see what you missed? If so, visit our Hospital Professionals site where you'll find speaker presentations available for downloading. More than 100 hospital professionals in our service area took part in the half-day seminar 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.
Gift of Hope Honors 2015 Lifesaving Partners
A group of 17 individuals and organizations were honored as Lifesaving Partners of Gift of Hope on Oct. 9 during a special ceremony in Oak Brook, Ill. Our Lifesaving Partners Awards honor the "best of the best" in organ and tissue donation — people and organizations that have gone "above and beyond" to help make donation happen. This year's honorees range from health system professionals and volunteers to community partners, all of whom give their time and talents to support our lifesaving mission. Browse the event program to learn more about the ceremony and our 2015 Lifesaving Partners Award honorees.
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.
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.