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Join MTS for Give STL Day on May 5. Help us fund one apartment of the MTS Family House for a 3-month stay

St. Louis, Missouri, April 14, 2015 – On May 5, 2015, Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) is participating in Give Local America, a national day of local giving. This event strengthens the foundation of our communities through a 24-hour crowdfunding event that provides critical funding for and celebrates the work of our community partners across the country. In 2014, Give Local America’s first annual event resulted in more than $53 million being donated to local communities in just 24-hours. On May 5, 2015, Give Local America is aiming to double fundraising to more than $100 million with the help of the St. Louis region.

ryangannon-27Heart recipient Ryan Gammon, left, reads to his son at the MTS Family House.

MTS is participating in Give Local America to support individuals in need of a lifesaving transplant and their families through funding of the MTS Family House. The Family House served 29 families in 2014 and six new families in 2015, year to date. These families needed comfortable, safe and affordable housing after relocating to St. Louis to receive lifesaving pre- and post-transplant care. Families like the Gammons. Ryan Gammon is a 25-year-old father who received a heart transplant last month. He and his family needed to relocate to St. Louis from Arkansas more than one year ago as he awaited a lifesaving heart transplant. Ryan’s family paid $3,000 per month to rent a furnished apartment before moving to the Family House, where rent is reduced and often based on income.

MTS’s goal of $4,500 raised on Give STL Day will fund one apartment at the Family House for three months, the average length of stay at the Family House.

Learn more about the people helped by the MTS Family House

“The families of patients waiting for a lifesaving transplant face many challenges, beginning with the concern for the survival of their loved one,” said R.J. Crunk, executive director of the MTS charitable foundation. “The Family House has provided a comfortable home that keeps families together when being together is so important. Donations made on May 5th will help us further support families by reducing barriers to transplantation.”

Because it is held in partnership with nonprofit organizations and community foundations across the country, Give Local America is gearing up to be the largest online fundraising event in history. “This is a great opportunity for everyone in our community to contribute to the greater good,” said Crunk. “Every dollar will go further if you give on May 5th.”

Mid-America Transplant Services is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist. “Even the smallest donation can make a big difference,” said Crunk. “Every dollar really does count for a community in need.”

To help MTS fund one apartment of the MTS Family House for a 3-month stay, visit the MTS giving page on May 5 and show your support with a donation. 

To sign up for Give Local America 2015 updates, visit www.GiveLocalAmerica.com, and join the conversation on Twitter by following #GiveLocal15.

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About MTS
Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) saves and improves lives through organ and tissue donations. For more than 40 years it has facilitated and coordinated organ and tissue donation, and now serves 84 counties covering eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas that together are homes to 4.7 million people. It saves lives by providing expert and compassionate care. It was the first such organization in the US to use an in-house operating room for organ recovery and pioneered innovative models of increasing donor registry enrollment in an effort to provide organs and tissues to those in need. It is federally designated and one of 58 such organizations in the US. 

About the MTS foundation
The MTS charitable foundation provides enhanced support to transplant patients, donor families and the community. It seeks to reduce the need for organ and tissue transplantation; increase the availability of organs and tissues for those who need them; and to improve the lives of recipients and donor families. The foundation provides programming, develops partnerships and provides community wellness grants to organizations that support its mission of improving health through disease prevention, education and successful transplantation.

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