MTS Family House Dedicated to Bob and Marge Murphy
Posted December 3, 2013 in News Category
Mid-America Transplant Services dedicated its MTS Family House to Bob and Marge Murphy on Monday evening at a special open house for the Board of Directors.
“Their love of family, dedication to our mission, and their service to the entire community, help make this house a special place,” MTS President and CEO Dean F. Kappel told the gathering. “I know you join me in knowing we are all better for knowing Bob and Marge, and have been touched by their lives.”
Bob and Marge have shown a lifelong commitment to the mission of Mid-America Transplant Services. Bob has served as a board member for more than 20 years and he has worked with the Donation Coalition, a pre cursor to Donate Life America. Marge passed away in 2012.
“It’s just an honor beyond imagination,” Bob Murphy said. “I really don’t think I deserve it, but it was very generous of MTS.”
The Family House offers comfortable, safe and affordable mid- to long-range, single-family apartment living for patients and their families who must relocated to St. Louis to receive life-saving pre- and post-transplant care. The 10 single-family apartments include private kitchens and bathrooms, private laundry facilities and access to a fitness and wellness center.
The Murphy’s son, Michael, was an organ donor at age 20 while a college student at the University of Missouri. His life was taken in a tragic car accident in 1980.
“It shows Michael’s memory lives on and it shows the dedication Bob and Marge had to spreading the word about the importance of organ and tissue donation,” said Mary Veith, a fellow board member and friend of the Murphys. “Their decision to donate Michael’s organs didn’t affect just a few families who received organs or tissues, it affected many people and it continues to affect people.”