"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.
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 more than 2,000 people became tissue donors. Check back soon for more about more on our 2015 successes.
Gift of Hope Part of Story Line on Chicago Med
Gift of Hope and organ donation were part of the story line in a recent episode of Chicago Med, which airs on NBC affiliates nationwide. This episode included a story about a mass casualty event that ultimately led to organ donation. Gift of Hope advised producers on the donation-related content, and three Gift of Hope staff and a Gift of Hope van appeared in the show. We believe this is the first time a TV medical show has included and mentioned an OPO in a story line involving organ donation. We invite you to tune in.
Connections Shares Story of Lasting Legacy
The new Connections shares the story of a mother's decision to leave a lasting legacy for her daughter through a directed donation and other gifts of life. Elsewhere in this issue, you'll find a photo recap of our two donor family tribute events, get an update on our interfaith outreach efforts and the Illinois Transplant Fund, and learn about one woman's challenge as she wait for a kidney transplant. We invite you to download the PDF edition or browse through the online version of our award-winning community newsletter.
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.
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.