LifeGift doesn’t work alone; we join with a variety of industry and community partners to save lives and restore families.
State and Local Partners
Donate Life Texas Registry – Donate Life Texas comprises the state’s organ and tissue donation professionals. Every day, they provide comfort for families in crisis and provide lifesaving organ and tissue transplants for patients in need, thanks to individuals and families who share the gift of life. The Donate Life Texas Registry is the nation’s fastest growing and one of only two in the nation that has registered more than 150,000 people in a single month. Register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor online through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) or at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Nora’s Home– The first of its kind in Houston, Nora’s Home offers affordable lodging, care, education and support for pre-transplant and post-transplant patients and their families who travel to any of the Texas Medical Center transplant centers.
Texas Medical Center– LifeGift is part of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC). The TMC strives to promote health for all people by helping member institutions achieve superior standards of preventive care, research and education, for local, national and international community well-being.
Todd Krampitz Foundation– In May of 2004, newlywed Todd Krampitz was diagnosed with HCC, primary liver cancer. His only chance for survival was a liver transplant. Todd received the transplant, which allowed him to spend his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Julie. Unfortunately, Todd lost his battle with cancer in 2005, but Julie founded the TK Foundation in his memory to raise awareness of organ, eye, tissue, blood and bone marrow donation.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center – The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partners with the community to save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, blood components and related services.
MedStar EMS – MedStar Mobile Healthcare is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency mobile health care provider to Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities, including Haltom City, Burleson, Saginaw, White Settlement, Forest Hill, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, Blue Mound, Edgecliff Village, Haslet, Lakeside and Westover Hills.
Information and Advocacy
Donate Life America – Donate Life America helps mobilize the transplant community to educate Americans on the need for organ, eye and tissue donation, and motivating the public to make an actionable donor designation. The organization publishes brochures, program kits and other materials; provides technical assistance and referral services; coordinates the national campaign for organ, eye and tissue donation and identifies best practices.
Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) – Created in 1991, AMAT was established to create more hope of saving lives by increasing organ and tissue donation among multicultural communities.
OrganDonor.gov – The official U.S. Government website for organ and tissue donation and transplantation, OrganDonor.gov is maintained by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB), and the Division of Transplantation, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
National Accrediting and Oversight Organizations
American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) – The AATB is a professional, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization. It is the only national tissue banking organization in the United States, and its membership totals more than 100 accredited tissue banks and 1,000 individual members. These banks recover tissue from more than 30,000 donors and distribute in excess of two million allografts for more than one million tissue transplants performed annually in the U.S. The overwhelming majority of the human tissue distributed for these transplants comes from AATB-accredited tissue banks.
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) – AOPO represents and serves organ procurement organizations (OPOs) through advocacy, support and development of activities that will maximize the availability of organs and tissues and enhance the quality, effectiveness and integrity of the donation process.
United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) – A nationwide umbrella joining the transplant community, this nonprofit charitable organization maintains the nation’s organ transplant waiting list under contract with the Healthcare Resources Services Administration.
Dawn Clay, age 32, dreamed of growing her family and of becoming a registered nurse. But renal failure stood in her way. She had to drive an hour and a half to Houston for doctor’s appointments each week to avoid paying for lodging on top of medical bills.
A kidney and pancreas transplant changed that. Dawn has more time with her husband, Shawn, and their son, Shawn Jr. – and the chance to pursue her dreams.
For follow up treatments, she’s able to stay close to the hospital at Nora’s Home, the first home for transplant patients and families in Houston. While Dawn’s body rejected the new pancreas in late 2013, her kidney is still strong, and she’s hopeful for a second pancreas transplant.
Hope allows you to dream, set goals and achieve them,” Dawn said. “Hope will take me further.”