Xavier Bahena

2020-07-27T23:09:32-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Organ Donor|Tags: |

Although he was only two years old when he passed away, Xavier was extremely independent and helpful, always eager to assist loved ones. Two-Year-Old Organ Donor Xavier Bahena Saves Three Lives “Knowing Other People are Alive Because He Helped Them Makes Losing Him More Bearable” On the afternoon of July 22, 2016, Alberto Bahena [...]

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 [...]

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

2020-01-14T14:11:30-06:00August 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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