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The family of Christopher Vieth put the finishing touches on a special floragraph portrait that will be displayed on the Donate Life Float honoring organ and tissue donors at the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on January 1, 2019.
In 2018, National Donor Sabbath is focusing on the message of being a symbol of hope and compassion for the more than 114,000 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
Eye Donation Month 2018 will focus on all the individuals who make the gift of sight possible.
The establishment of The G. Alexander Patterson, MD / Mid-America Transplant Endowed Distinguished Chair in Lung Transplantation marks the first time an OPO has provided a gift to initiate the formation of such an endowment.
The week-long observance is aimed at educating minority communities on obstacles and concerns about organ and tissue donation while highlighting its many triumphs.
The study found a 71 percent increase in lungs recovered for transplant when an organ procurement organization (OPO) followed a 10-step protocol in managing lung donors at an independent organ recovery facility, similar to that utilized by Mid-America Transplant.
Under the law, when a state or nationally recognized organization requests to make a presentation on organ, eye and tissue donation, the school board must allow 30 minutes for the presentation. The school board will then determine if the information will be shared with students and parents within the school district.
ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives through donation and transplantation.
The Mid-America Transplant Foundation’s Board of Directors awarded more than $850,000 in May to four research projects seeking to improve the lifesaving impact of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.