It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since the Donate Life Transplant Games took place in Houston.
It’s National Donate Life Month across the country and it’s being celebrated in big ways across the Lone Star State!
As we dive into the second quarter of 2016, I wanted to take a moment and provide some updates on some of our key initiatives:
On a beautiful day in Houston, Texas, Vic Sarrafin drives into LifeGift’s corporate office. He walks into the front lobby and signs the visitor booklet. As he waits patiently, he looks out the lobby windows to see the stunning, blue, cloudless sky. He is able to see because a heroic donor gave him the gift of sight.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, the lives of perfect strangers intersected when the family of Corey Taylor, organ donor from Ben Taub General Hospital, had the rare opportunity to meet some of his recipients.
In early February 2016, John Hopkins broke medical ground receiving approval from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) to be the first hospital in the country to perform HIV-positive-to-HIV-positive organ transplants.
Did you know that Valentine's Day is also National Donor Day? Click to read about how our volunteer commemerated this special observance.
A construction crew has become a regular fixture at the LifeGift headquarters. Since the groundbreaking in August, they have steadily been working on the 7500-square-foot project, which will house a new and improved call center, the Communication Center for Donation, as well as a training facility and an area for AlloSource, one of our tissue recovery agencies.
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.
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