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.
Each year as part of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, there is an opportunity to honor donors, families, recipients and candidates waiting for transplants by placing a personalized rose on the float in the Rose Dedication Garden. Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique personal message of love, hope and remembrance.
Donate Life Texas recently announced its 2016 delegates for the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.
When the call went out to the Fort Worth Ambassadors of Hope requesting 12 people to help cook a hot lunch for families residing at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth, the slots were filled almost immediately!
At the age of 18 years old, David Swearingen found himself in need of a kidney transplant. Diagnosed with glomerulonephritis, an inflammation of the tiny filters in the kidneys, doctors said a transplant was his best option. That is when he met his transplant coordinator, Carolyn Olivarez, at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.