Individuals, Hospitals Honored For Going ‘Above and Beyond’ To Support Donation

By |2019-01-29T13:39:04-05:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Donor Family & Recipients, Funeral Service Professionals, Hospital Professionals|Tags: |

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network honored 14 individuals, hospitals and health systems for outstanding achievements in addressing the critical need for organ and tissue donation in 2018 by presenting each with a Lifesaving Partners Award at a special recognition ceremony held on Oct. 12 in Oak Brook, Ill. This year’s Lifesaving Partners represent [...]

‘Bench of Hope’ Dedications Honor Donors’ Lifesaving Legacies

By |2019-01-29T10:11:52-05:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Family members and friends of four people who offered the gift of life through donation joined Gift of Hope representatives at special ceremonies held in recent months to dedicate memorial park benches —Benches of Hope — that honor the lifesaving legacies of these selfless individuals. Each Bench of Hope displays the donor’s name and the inscription, [...]

Donor Mother Shares Story of Loving, Lifesaving Son

By |2019-01-28T14:11:40-05:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|Tags: , |

 Izaiah, shown on his 15th birthday, was a loving, talented, caring, smart and determined young man, according to his mother, Irma. His loving and giving personality helped her make the decision to authorize organ and tissue donation, she said. Izaiah Franceschi was a vibrant, athletic and charismatic 15-year-old high school student at Maine West [...]

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network Raises the Bar and Sets New Records for Organ and Tissue Donation

By |2019-01-31T16:06:54-05:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Press Release|

ITASCA, Ill. (Jan. 10, 2019) –  In 2017, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network made history by offering a record number of people the opportunity to say “yes” to becoming organ and tissue donors. Those records were shattered in 2018, with a 67 percent increase in tissue donors and 14 percent increase in organ [...]

Kyle Shines On

By |2019-03-01T13:50:22-05:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Donor Family & Recipients|Tags: , , |

While on an annual family group camping trip, 16 -year -old Kyle Zuleg was killed by a falling tree limb while playing flashlight tag with friends in a forest preserve. Kyle’s family made the selfless decision to donate Kyle’s organ, saving five people. After his passing, Kyle’s family created the Kyle Zuleg foundation in his honor. [...]


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