Donor Family Shares Story of Hope  |  April 22, 2015

Cameron Chana (2)Cameron Chana was a born leader who focused on making an impact in lives of others. He was very involved in volunteer work, his church, and went on mission trips across the world. No matter where he was, he encouraged positivity and spread his caring, upbeat energy.

The Chana family’s world was turned upside down when twenty-two-year old Cameron was killed in a bus accident in 2009. During a time of unimaginable grief, his parents and three siblings honored his wish to be a donor.

Cameron’s legacy of hope and love lives on through the gift of organ and tissue donation. He saved five lives through organ donation and impacted as many as 50 lives through tissue donation. His family recently shared their experience with WGN Radio. Listen to their moving interview here.

Honoring Donors in National Donate Life Month: Addison Parker  |  April 21, 2015

Addison Parker (2)Addison Parker was a happy, healthy four-year-old when undetected Type 1 diabetes took her life.

Despite the heartbreak of losing their child, Micki and Darrell Parker chose generosity in the face of grief and donated Addie’s organs, eyes and tissues.

Addie was able to give her heart, liver, kidneys, corneas and knees. Her vibrant, joyful spirit and boundless love have touched the many lives she saved and transformed.

Addie’s legacy of hope and healing has given her family peace. Through her amazing gifts of organ and tissue donation, Addie’s story lives on.

 

Gift of Hope President and CEO Shares Donation Message on ESPN Radio  |  April 20, 2015

GOH_COLORLOGO1Kevin Cmunt, the President and CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, was featured on ESPN Radio’s Sports Medicine Weekly show for National Donate Life Month.

Cmunt discussed the importance of donation, Gift of Hope’s connection to AlloSource, as well as the amazing uses for donated tissue.

Listen to the interview here.

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day!  |  April 16, 2015

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Today marks the 8th annual Healthcare Decisions Day, a national initiative to encourage advance care planning.

For many people, a conversation about death might seem uncomfortable or daunting, but having those discussions with your family can help to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled. Today’s observance also promotes an open dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers to foster the important conversations about advance care planning.

One of the ways to start this discussion with your friends and family is to talk about organ, eye and tissue donation. You can make your wishes known by registering as a donor here.

 

Honoring Donors in National Donate Life Month: Gary Wall  |  April 13, 2015

Gary_Wall origGary Wall was healthy, active and always lived life to the fullest. To know Gary was to know a smile because he had such a great sense of humor. The proud father of 18-year-old twins absolutely loved life. When he died suddenly from an aneurysm at the age of 69, his family and friends were devastated.

But in the midst of their heartbreak, they knew Gary would want to help others and they consented to donation. Gary was a musculoskeletal tissue donor who helped heal up to 50 people and he gave life to three people as an organ donor.

“As I’m losing the person I most cherish, I found the gift of peace in knowing that my husband’s gift will give life to others,” said Gary’s wife, Maureen. “This is absolutely the only thing that has given me any comfort in this tragic loss. I want to thank you for giving my wonderful husband a final way to give to others.”