Mother Honors Donor In Spirit Son By Advocating For Donation

By |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 [...]

Norwegian American Hospital Donation- Themed Mural Unveiled

By |2019-02-04T16:28:45-05:00February 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

By |2019-03-01T11:40:32-05:00February 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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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

By |2018-12-13T15:21:14-05:00December 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 |2019-01-04T13:15:34-05:00December 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 [...]


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