Connections Community Newsletter provides the Gift of Hope public and professional communities with news and information about Gift of Hope, organ and tissue donation and the importance of being a registered organ and tissue donor.

Maddox LoPriore

By |2020-01-14T15:42:20-06:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Connections Newsletter, Connections Story, Feature Story|Tags: , |

By the age of five, Maddox was a dedicated, talented and serious athlete who loved playing sports of all kinds with kids his age and older. 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.

Sign Up for Connections Newsletter

By |2020-01-16T12:15:02-06:00January 14th, 2020|

Connections Newsletter To better serve our donor families and donation partners, we are revamping our Connections quarterly newsletter and will deliver all future issues to you — our loyal readers — digitally. Over the next few months, we will restructure Connections to enhance the way we provide you with news and [...]

Connections Newsletter

By |2020-01-17T13:42:34-06:00July 18th, 2019|

Welcome to the New Connections To better serve our donor families and donation partners, we have transformed our printed Connections newsletter to deliver it to you — our loyal readers — electronically. Over the past few months, we have worked hard to enhance the way we provide you with news and information about Gift [...]

Honoring Brent Hubley’s Legacy

By |2020-01-14T15:45:39-06:00July 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 [...]

The Legacy of Donor in Spirit Derrick Page Lives on Through The Lives He Touched

By |2018-12-13T15:21:14-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: African-American Task Force, Blog, Connections Newsletter, Donor Family & Recipients|Tags: , , |

If Derrick Page could’ve given his heart to his grandfather, Larry, he would have. That’s just the kind of person he was. In fact, the 23-year old Aurora University student was planning on registering as an organ and tissue donor, but fate stepped in, and he lost his life before he could sign up. Derrick died [...]

Gordon Harris Cherishes Second Chance At Life After Heart Transplant

By |2019-01-04T13:15:34-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Connections Newsletter, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|

During their first meeting, Michael (left) heard the heart of his 17-year-old daughter Payton beating inside Gordon’s chest. Before receiving a heart transplant in fall 2017, Gordon Harris wasn’t sure he’d live to see his grand kids grow up. “Every day I’d look in the mirror, and all I could see was death [...]

“I Never Wanted To Be A Victim. I Wanted To Be A Survivor”

By |2018-12-05T20:09:32-06:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Connections Newsletter, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|Tags: , , , |

Life for Jamie Nieto was typical in 2003. He was a 19-year-old sophomore in college, playing college golf, spending time with family and friends, and trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. But all of that changed on Nov. 8, 2003, Jamie’s 20th birthday. He went to the Franklin Park, Ill., [...]

A Loving Mother Gives Life Lessons to Son, New Lessons to Others

By |2018-12-13T12:02:05-06:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Connections Newsletter, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|Tags: , |

Since the shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down, Shawn has become one of Chicago’s leading voices in the anti-gun and nonviolence movements in the city. Frinda Harrington was everything to her son, Shawn. He remembers her as a loving, generous woman who, as a single parent of an only child, [...]

Rachel Dean’s Spirit of Giving Will Always Be Remembered

By |2018-12-05T20:09:33-06:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Connections Newsletter, Donor Family & Recipients, For the Public|Tags: , |

As a donor in spirit, Rachel was a kind and compassionate person who left an indelible mark on the lives of those who knew and loved her. Rachel Dean was a source of hope and positivity for anyone who met her. The 25-year-old teacher and swim coach was always advocating for others and bringing [...]

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