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.”
Ambassadors of Hope from the Fort Worth area, as well as staff from LifeGift and other guests, were treated to an evening of laughter, food and celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5.
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.