Gift of Hope and Loretto Hospital in Chicago unveiled and dedicated the Hope & Life donation-themed outdoor mural at a June 27, 2019 ceremony at the hospital. The mural is designed to raise community awareness of organ and tissue donation.
Renee Ferguson and Ken Smikle were best friends who shared a passion for journalism and a zest for life. A Beautiful Heart Ken Smikle was a trailblazer, a consummate journalist, a lover of jazz and a savvy businessman who gave freely of himself to those in need. It’s easy to imagine that his life’s [...]
During their first meeting, Michael (left) heard the heart of his 17-year-old daughter Payton beating inside Gordon’s chest. Honoring The Gifts Gordon Harris Cherishes Second Chance At Life After Heart Transplant Before receiving a heart transplant in fall 2017, Gordon Harris wasn’t sure he’d live to see his grandkids grow up. “Every day I’d [...]
C: What happened to you 22 years ago that changed your life? T: On Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, a couple of months shy of my 33rd birthday, I was involved in a propane gas explosion at a friend’s parents’ vacation home in Minocqua, Wis. It was supposed to be our second year of snowmobiling and skiing. [...]
Gift of Hope Raises the Bar on Donation - 3,200 Tissue Donors Sets New Mark Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network helped save and enhance more lives through organ and tissue donation in 2019 than in any other year in its history. During the year, 450 people offered the gift of life through organ [...]
As part of a complete lifestyle overhaul, Dan Runyan competed in the Spartan Race at Lambeau Field in Greenbay, Wisc. on June 24, 2017. Father's Decision to Donate Helps Family Find Hope After Loss When Heather Runyan of Portage, Ind., lost her 45-year-old husband Dan to sudden cardiac arrest, she said it was his [...]
Mike, a die-hard Cubs fan, got to throw the first pitch in 2015 for the annual Crosstown Classic showdown between the Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Donor Mike Cecchi’s Kindness, Generosity Touched Many Lives On July 10, 2015, Michael Cecchi, a hardcore Chicago Cubs fan, fulfilled one of his dreams when he walked onto [...]
Dear donation partners, advocates, volunteers and supporters Due to recent updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Gift of Hope, Organ & Tissue Donor Network has made the decision to postpone the Heart of Illinois Donation summit scheduled for April 2, 2020, in Peoria Ill. Nothing [...]