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Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is proud to serve as the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that coordinates organ and tissue donation and services to families of donors in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Plane Crash Claims Life of Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards

2020-02-17T10:53:03-06:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Partners, News & Events|Tags: , |

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards and her husband, Frank Gift of Hope mourns the loss of Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards and her husband, Frank, who were among three people who died in a plane crash east of Springfield on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Edwards had served as Sangamon County Coroner since 2011 and was [...]

Alkesh Modi

2020-02-17T14:11:01-06:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Organ Donor|Tags: , , , , |

Mamta and Alkesh Modi spent quality time together while on a family trip with their two kids. Family’s Faith Creates Lifesaving Legacy For Loved One When a family suffers the loss of a loved one, they often turn to their faith for comfort and guidance. Faith sometimes also plays an important role in a [...]

Mia Lobo

2020-02-17T14:14:34-06:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Organ Donor|Tags: |

Photographed here flashing a peace sign from a location in downtown Chicago overlooking the Chicago River on Saint Patrick’s day 2018, Mia Lobo often played the mediator of the family, according to her father Dominic Lobo. Giving Spirit of 5-Year-Old Organ Donor Mia Lobo Lives On Saying yes to organ and tissue donation can [...]

Maddox LoPriore

2020-02-17T14:41:08-06:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Organ & Tissue Donor|Tags: , |

The Butterfly Effect of 8-Year-Old Organ & Tissue donor Maddox LoPriore

“He wasn’t planned. He was a gift, an angel, in the true sense of the word,” read Ralph LoPriore, the father of 8-year-old organ and tissue donor Maddox LoPriore. “We know that even more now that he has been taken from us. His time on this earth was magical.”

Maddox’s parents were devastated by their loss. But when the time came to speak with a Gift of Hope representative and consider organ and tissue donation on behalf of Maddox, they said, ‘yes.’

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Dale Lessen

2020-02-17T14:15:15-06:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Organ & Tissue Donor|

Central Illinois Farmer sets off lifesaving domino effect Dale Lessen had two major loves in his life — his family and farming. The Lincoln, Ill. resident began working as a farmer in 1984 with his father Bill Lessen and spent 35 years of his life cultivating corn and soybean fields throughout Logan County. On April 17, [...]

Don’t Let Age Prevent You From Becoming an Organ Donor

2020-01-14T14:08:04-06:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

  As medical science continues to advance, the call for donated organs and tissues increases. Back in 1991, there were 23,000 people on the national transplant waiting list but in 2018, the number had grown to 113,000 men, women and children in the United States awaiting a transplant according to information from the Organ Procurement and [...]

How Living Kidney Donation Works

2020-11-02T10:32:17-06:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

More than 100,000 people are on a waiting list for kidney donations in the United States, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. On average, a new name is added to the list every 14 minutes. Tragically, an average of 13 people die each day because a kidney donor was not available [...]

What is Tissue Donation?

2020-01-14T14:05:33-06:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Donor Family & Recipients|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Every day people experience life-altering medical improvements through tissue transplants from organ and tissue donors. Al Higginbotham was on a hunting trip when a tree branch fell on him and crushed five vertebrae in his spine. He was told that he would be confined to a wheelchair, never to walk again. He underwent a bone transplant [...]

Honoring Brent Hubley’s Legacy

2020-02-04T12:04:35-06:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Connections Newsletter, For the Public|

Averey Anderson was only two years old when her Uncle Brent Hubley suffered life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident in 2010. But speaking with her you would think she knew him her entire life. Although she was too young at the time of his death to understand the significance and importance of her uncle becoming an [...]

Which organs and tissues are most needed?

2020-11-02T10:35:11-06:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|

Which organs and tissues are most needed? Every morning more than 3,000 Illinois residents and 1,147 Indiana residents wake up hoping that this is the day their lives will change. They hope that this is the day that matching donors will be found so they can receive kidney transplants and new hope for life. Kidneys are [...]


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