The Facts & Fallacies About Organ & Tissue Donation

2019-06-14T16:07:59-05:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, For the Public|

Unless you or a family member are on a waiting list for an organ donation, it may not seem like an area for concern. However, the need for organ donors is great according to the American Transplant Foundation and should be considered by everyone regardless of current need. The foundation reports that every day, an average [...]

Mother Honors Donor In Spirit Son By Advocating For Donation

2019-03-18T12:00:27-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|Tags: , |

Organ and tissue donation is a clinical, emotional and complex process. Saying yes to donation is courageous and generous, but it is not always easy. For Yolanda Wallace, the donation experience was filled with doubt and fears, but, ultimately, she is honoring her son’s giving nature by using her experience and voice to help future donor [...]

Kari and me: A Story of Life and Love

2019-03-07T15:37:41-06:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, For the Public|Tags: , , , |

Editor’s Note: Steve Ferkau is a long-time friend of Gift of Hope and a staunch donation advocate. In 2000, Steve received the gift of life from Kari Westberg, a 17-year-old girl from Iowa, transforming his life forever. Steve recently shared his story at A Celebration of Hope, an annual event that Gift of Hope holds to [...]

My Head and Heart Were Never Touched By The Flames

2019-03-04T12:53:09-06:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, For the Public|Tags: , |

Burn survivor Tony Gonzalez Shares His Harrowing Journey From Trauma to Triumph    In 2000, Tony and his parents, Ernest and Marjorie Gonzalez, celebrated his birthday. That day Tony played nine holes of golf for the first time since his injury, a significant milestone in his healing process. C: What happened to you 22 [...]

Norwegian American Hospital Donation- Themed Mural Unveiled

2019-02-04T16:28:45-06:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|Tags: , , |

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago unveiled and dedicated the donation-themed Give Hope – Give Life outdoor wall mural at a Nov. 14 ceremony. The mural is designed to raise community awareness of organ and tissue donation and honor the individuals and family members who have offered the [...]

Nikki’s Gift: A Lasting Legacy

2019-03-01T11:40:32-06:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Donor Family & Recipients|Tags: , |

As a mother and a friend, Vicki Olds has a storehouse of love that knows no bounds. Her actions are proof of that. Faced with unimaginable loss at the unexpected death of her daughter, 18-year-old Domonique “Nikki” Smith, in June of this year, Vicki turned tragedy into triumph when she made the decision to donate Nikki’s [...]

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

2019-01-29T13:39:04-06:00January 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 [...]

Donor Mother Shares Story of Loving, Lifesaving Son

2019-08-01T16:59:59-05:00January 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 [...]


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