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Join us on May 11 for Give STL Day 2017!

Posted May 3, 2017 in News Category

pre-event-photo-for-social-media-qdtIt’s on! Once again, Mid-America Transplant is participating in Give STL Day, which will be held on Thursday, May 11. 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.

Mid-America Transplant is participating to support individuals in need of a lifesaving transplant and their families through funding of Mid-America Transplant’s Family House. Family House served 41 families in 2016 and five new families in 2017, year to date. These families needed comfortable, safe and affordable housing after relocating to St. Louis to receive lifesaving pre- and post-transplant care.

Learn more about the people helped by the Family House

gavinmaxwell-055Gavin, top, and his family stayed at Family House after he received a lifesaving liver transplant in 2016.

“Housing is one of the biggest challenges for transplant patients from outside the area,” said Kevin Lee, executive director of the Mid-America Transplant’s charitable foundation. “To be eligible for a transplant, patients need to live in proximity to the hospital. Through the generous donations made on Give STL Day, we will continue to provide transplant patients a comfortable home-away-from-home, and the opportunity to receive a lifesaving gift through organ donation, for many years to come.”

This year, with your help we are committed to make Give STL Day even more successful than 2016. Mark your calendar for May 11, 2017, and bookmark our giving link:

https://www.givestlday.org/midamericatransplantfoundation.

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Give STL Day is an online day of giving where nonprofits like ours will be reaching out to supporters, to share our mission and raise funds. Mid-America Transplant last participated in Give STL Day in 2015. Last year, the event generated a total of $2.15 million for more than 900 nonprofits, despite technological challenges. This year, the St. Louis Community Foundation has partnered with a new technology vendor, CiviCore, a developer with more than 15 years of experience managing high-volume giving day events. The fundraising platform contains innovative donor-friendly giving tools and robust backup and contingency systems.

 Visit www.givestlday.org for additional details, and don’t forget to give on May 11!

About Mid-America Transplant
Mid-America Transplant enables adults and children to receive lifesaving gifts 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 home to 4.7 million people. It saves lives by providing expert and compassionate care for organ and tissue donors, recipients and families, and transforms the clinical processes required to recover and transplant organs and tissues. Mid-America Transplant was the first such organization in the U.S. to use an in-house operating room for organ recovery and pioneered innovative models of increasing donor registry enrollment to provide more organs and tissues to those in need. It is federally designated as one of 58 such organizations in the U.S., and is the first organ procurement organization to be recognized as a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence.

About the Mid-America Transplant Foundation
The Mid-America Transplant Foundation provides enhanced support to transplant patients and their families, 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 programing, develops partnerships, administers research grants, and provides community health grants to organizations that support its mission of improving health through disease prevention, education and successful transplantation.

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