On Oct. 2, bike riders from all over Texas rolled up to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center as part of the 2017 Lone Star Circle of Life. The ride – a biennial, weeklong bike tour through Texas – is held to bring awareness of the need for lifesaving organ, eye, blood and bone marrow donations.
Rick Stilwell had his dream career at Cook Children’s Health Care System – that is, until he heard about the opening at LifeGift in Fort Worth. Then, working for LifeGift became his new aspiration.
Survival and rescue stories continue to emerge after Hurricane Harvey. One in particular hit close to home for LifeGift.
One of the biggest storms in U.S. history dumped record amounts of rain on the Houston area, impacting many of our staff and their families. In our time of need, we’ve seen the community rally around and offer hope to those who offer it on a daily basis.
The night of Friday, Aug. 26, was just the beginning of the most devastating disaster to ever hit the Lone Star State. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, bringing torrential rains to virtually every corner of the greater Houston area. The rains lasted for days, flooding major roadways and homes, while forcing many people to evacuate to higher ground.
On Friday, Aug. 18, LifeGift celebrated a birthday.
The organization, formerly known as Gulf Coast Independent Organ Procurement Organization, turned 30 years old.
Houston Fun Runs organizes community-centered 5K races and events in Houston. Each run benefits a local charity. This year, LifeGift was selected to be the beneficiary of the Día de los Muertos Fun Run, which takes place on Oct. 29.
Part two of an amazing story, the impact of infant donor Sophia Olivia. Jessica Roth, director of donation at LifeGift, shares Sophia’s continued legacy from her perspective:
On Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, LifeGift made history with the first-ever Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run in Lubbock.
Nearly 300 participants, including a family from England, came out to Mackenzie Park to celebrate the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation.
ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives. Donate Life ECHO began in 2015 as a collaborative partnership between the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and Donate Life America (DLA). It is a nationwide observance focused on the importance of donation and transplantation in multicultural communities.