On New Year’s Day 2016, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, “Treasure Life’s Journey,” will make its way down Colorado Boulevard, representing the more than 120 million registered organ, eye and tissue donors across the United States.
Joey Gase is more than a race car driver; he is an advocate for organ, tissue and eye donation.
Joey’s mother, Mary Jo, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in April 2011. Just 18 at the time, Joey made the courageous decision to donate her organs. He has been an advocate since that time.
Surprisingly, one of the popular myths some people have about organ, eye and tissue donation is that “it’s against my religion.” In fact, most faith communities are supportive of the cause and honor the choices of their members.
Every year since 2011, la familia (the family) Rodriguez gets free nuggets from Chick-fil-A. The staff knows that this family celebrates El Día de los Muertos to honor the life of their daughter, Fernanda “Fergy” Rodriguez, who offered hope when she was only 15 months old by becoming a tissue donor in September 2011.
LifeGift is evolving at a rapid pace as we find more ways to offer hope to our community – for those waiting for transplants, those receiving transplants and those who make it happen. These are exciting times as we work hard to improve the availability of organs and tissue for transplantation, medical therapy, education and research.
Let’s be honest. We should all strive to make a difference in someone’s life on a daily basis. But the truth is, we often get caught up in our own busy, crazy lives and we walk with our eyes to the ground, or worse yet, on our cell phones – never noticing the elderly lady struggling to load groceries in her car at the local supermarket
October is a big month for bringing awareness to many diseases that affect thousands of people worldwide. The most notable awareness campaign in October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
She was in a lot of pain.
Karen Basinet was only 30 years old when she found out her liver had been “eaten” by a benign tumor, known as focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH). The tumor was taking over the middle and lower left portions of her liver. (Just so you have an idea, the average size of a liver is 13.5 cm and it weighs 2.6 lbs. Get the picture? It’s pretty big!)
This past August, LifeGift Ambassadors of Hope made #hopestrong bracelets with kids undergoing dialysis at Texas Children’s Hospital renal center.
The amazing volunteer project gave young patients the chance to participate in an encouraging activity while undergoing life-supporting dialysis treatment.
He’s been called stealth, adventurous, even a ninja for the way he comes out of nowhere or hangs from the rafters to secure just the right angle, but mostly he is called an incredible photographer.