New Address. Same Mission.
On a sunny spring day, LifeGift opened a new chapter with the grand opening of its new Fort Worth facility on May 15, 2018.
Hospital partners, Ambassadors of Hope, neighbors and friends gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the 14,000-square-foot facility, located in the heart of the Fort Worth Medical District. Complete with three operating rooms for tissue recovery, a kidney pumping room and a spacious open-concept work area, the new building is located at 1000 12thAve.
“This building signifies a new chapter in LifeGift’s history,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift. “We are now able to serve more people and offer more hope than ever before. And we have the opportunity to do so in a beautiful and much more mission-friendly environment.”
Under the direction of Houston artist Reginald Adams, LifeGift's Ambassadors of Hope created artwork that adorns the walls. Each piece of artwork depicts a memory from the Donate Life Texas 2ndChance Run, a tradition started in the Fort Worth area 16 years ago.
The campus includes a memorial garden, generously funded in part by donations from Mike and Berni Elder, Ambassadors of Hope and donor parents; Wells Fargo Bank, in memory of Xander Vento, organ donor; and Steve and Janice Hawkins, LifeGift’s builder. In addition, a tree is planted in memory of two extraordinary people in the hearts of all of LifeGift, including Dann Baker, a chaplain at JPS Health Network, donor champion and friend of LifeGift for many years, and Shan Wolff, a longtime LifeGift employee and later a clinical transplant coordinator at what is now Medical City Fort Worth.
Please stay tuned to LifeGift social media pages, the LifeGift newsletter and website for a special program in which you can take part in making a mark on the new building with the purchase of a paver brick that can be engraved in memory or in honor of someone.