LifeGift is one of seven organ procurement organizations (OPOs) participating in the Donor Heart Study conducted by Stanford University. Our participation involves important data collection that includes echocardiograms (ECHOs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), laboratory results, angiography results (heart caths) and survey responses from transplant coordinators.
Kevin Myer, MSHA, LifeGift president and CEO, shares his message for the LifeGift 2017-2018 Calendar and Annual Report – successes from the past year and the incredible people who make it all happen.
LifeGift’s Operation Military Embrace was once again a success, providing our armed troops with care packages, filled with necessities and little reminders of home. Sandee Thomas, administrative assistant at LifeGift, spearheaded the event this year and received a kind note from appreciative military personnel.
Stephen F. Austin’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity recently dedicated themselves to saving lives Donate Life Texas style! A group of more than 30 passionate fraternity brothers recently supported LifeGift’s “Brew Heroes” event in early October.
The Día de los Muertos Fun Run in Houston had a special connection to donor families this year, as LifeGift was the beneficiary of the event.
We were chosen as this year’s beneficiary because of our emphasis on reaching Hispanic communities and educating this specific demographic on organ, eye and tissue donation.
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.