MTS Donor Family Memorial Events
Posted August 21, 2015 in Donor Family News
Cultivating new opportunities to remember.
When honoring and remembering the loss of a loved one, there’s something hopeful about a gathering filled with inspiration, purpose and activity. Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) is pleased to provide a new, annual opportunity for Donor Families to celebrate, honor and remember a loved one by walking or running in MTS’s inaugural Celebrate Life 5K Run/Walk to take place on April 30, 2016. The addition of this annual event provides MTS the opportunity to modify our St. Louis Candlelight Memorial Ceremony, making it even more intimate and meaningful for the Donor Families whose loved ones donated the Gift of Life during the previous year.
Through the years, the St. Louis Candlelight Memorial Ceremony evolved and grew to include the St. Louis transplant community, providing the opportunity to thank and express gratitude to the families whose loved one provided life-enhancing and lifesaving gifts. As our Donor Family community has expanded, we’ve identified the need to make changes. As such, MTS will host the St. Louis Candlelight Memorial Ceremony for family members of those who have been organ, tissue or eye donors during the previous year. Each family in the St. Louis area will be invited to attend the St. Louis Candlelight Memorial Ceremony one time with an open invitation for ongoing annual participation in the Celebrate Life 5K Run/Walk.
For families who have attended the St. Louis Candlelight Memorial Ceremony prior to 2015, MTS will host a Donor Family Night of Remembrance on Thursday, Sept. 10, 6 to 9 p.m. This special evening of inspiration and remembrance for all MTS Donor Families features a presentation from MTS Chief Medical Officer, Gary Marklin, MD; the opportunity to create a special craft to honor the memory of loved ones; and a memorial tribute at the MTS Donor Memorial Monument.
With these changes and additions, we hope to provide more personal and meaningful opportunities for all Donor Families to honor and remember their loved one and celebrate life.
Anyone whose life has been impacted by organ and tissue donation is welcomed to attend the Celebrate Life 5K Run/Walk. Look for more information to come.
*The Springfield and Cape Girardeau Candlelight Memorial Ceremonies will remain unchanged.