The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston has embraced organ, eye and tissue donation and is developing plans to help LifeGift offer more hope to more people – and an Ambassador of Hope is paving the way.
“Forget about life enhancing, tissue donation is lifesaving,” were the remarkable words from our president and CEO, Kevin Myer, during the first staff meeting of 2016 in reference to the phenomenal achievement of the tissue department: 1,014 tissue donors in 2015.
In 2013, the leadership of the three Texas organ procurement organizations sat down and came up with a lofty goal: Register 8 million Texans as organ, eye and tissue donors by the beginning of 2016. At the time, the registry stood only at 4 million, so the bar was set high.
Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift, was recently interviewed by Joe Symdo with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the national transplant system and the record number of donors seen across the country in 2015. Click here to read the article: http://bit.ly/1RR9tox
A letter from Kevin Myer, president and CEO
Congratulations to Michael Cooper and Emmitt Savannah for being the first recipients of the Dr. Charles Van Buren Award.
These awards were presented to Michael and Emmitt for exemplifying the persona of Dr. Van Buren, who served as the medical director for LifeGift from 1987 to 2012.
For a little more than four years, and in complete kidney failure, 65-year-old Isauro Zamora endured the grueling process of kidney dialysis. The most common form of treatment for those in kidney failure, dialysis, is defined as “the clinical purification of blood, as a substitute for the normal function of the kidney.” The treatments took a toll on his body, but even more so, his spirit.
With the stroke of midnight, almost every new year starts with new resolutions. Resolution lists are filled with weight loss goals, travel adventures and ideas of reevaluating life’s choices. But have you ever spoken to someone who said his or her resolution is to get a second chance at life?
LifeGift’s Volunteer Appreciation 2015 Holiday Party at the Houston Zoo Aquarium was an enchanting night we will never forget. LifeGift’s Ambassadors of Hope had a chance to bring out their wild side while they enjoyed holiday dinner among exotic underwater creatures from all over the world.
Smells like the holiday season! This year, you’ll be able to wrap up a sweet gift of hope fresh out of the oven to share with a loved one: the 2015 annual report/2016 calendar, “Hopes and Dreams Take Flight.”