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In Just Five Years, Gift of Life Institute’s Online University Surpasses 10,000 Module Registratio
In Just Five Years, Gift of Life Institute’s Online University Surpasses 10,000 Module Registratio

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Marking its five year anniversary, Gift of Life Institute’s Online University has reached a significant milestone, surpassing 10,000 module registrations.

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Karen Muldoon Geus

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215.557.8090, ext.1133

 

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Researchers Identify Critical Need for Standardized Organ Donation Metrics
Researchers Identify Critical Need for Standardized Organ Donation Metrics

Penn Medicine - Monday, July 31st, 2017

Penn-led study pinpoints areas of improvement for organ procurement organizations, could lead to more lifesaving transplants

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Abbey Anderson

Phone: (215) 349-8369

   

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Gift of Life Donor Program CEO Honored with Prestigious Alumni Achievement Award
Gift of Life Donor Program CEO Honored with Prestigious Alumni Achievement Award

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Juniata College bestowed one of its most important honors to Gift of Life Donor Program President and Chief Executive Officer Howard M. Nathan, an international leader in the field of organ and tissue donation.

Additional information:

Karen Muldoon Geus

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-557-8090, ext. 1133

 

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Delaware Supports Organ and Tissue Donation during National Donate Life Month
Delaware Supports Organ and Tissue Donation during National Donate Life Month

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Delaware continues to be at the forefront in its commitment to registering organ and tissue donors, expanding the donor pool and supporting donation.

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

 

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Gift of Life Donor Program Elects New Members to its  Governing and Medical Policy & Advisory Boards
Gift of Life Donor Program Elects New Members to its Governing and Medical Policy & Advisory Boards

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Gift of Life Donor Program announced that five new members were elected to its Governing Board and Medical Advisory and Policy Board (MAPB).

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

 

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The 22nd Annual Donor Dash Was the Most Successful to Date!
The 22nd Annual Donor Dash Was the Most Successful to Date!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

12,500 Dashers Came Out to Show their Support of Organ and Tissue Donation

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

 

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Gift of Life Spearheads Innovative Educational Initiative with Two of the World’s Leading Busines
Gift of Life Spearheads Innovative Educational Initiative with Two of the World’s Leading Busines

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

“The Art and Science of Leadership: Driving Results for Donation and Transplantation Professionals” serves as a milestone for the field of organ and tissue donation.

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-557-8090 x1133

 

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Gift of Life Donor Program Breaks U.S. Record for Organ Donation
Gift of Life Donor Program Breaks U.S. Record for Organ Donation

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

First Time an OPO Reaches – and Exceeds – 500 Donors in One Year

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 1-800-366-6771

 

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Nation’s First Pediatric Bilateral Hand Transplant Zion Harvey and Mother to Ride on Donate Life A
Nation’s First Pediatric Bilateral Hand Transplant Zion Harvey and Mother to Ride on Donate Life A

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Gift of Life Donor Program is supporting Zion Harvey’s journey to California to ride on the Donate Life Float in the 128th annual Rose Parade, along with his mother, Patti Ray, who will walk alongside the float as a living donor. Zion is one of 23 people who were selected to ride on the float.

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John Green

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-808-6495

 

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Gift of Life Institute’s Transplant Pregnancy Registry International (TPR) Celebrates 25 Years of
Gift of Life Institute’s Transplant Pregnancy Registry International (TPR) Celebrates 25 Years of

Monday, November 14th, 2016

When people think about organ transplant recipients, they may consider them too sick to be able to have children. But this is not the case. Recipients of all types of organ transplants have reported successful post-transplant pregnancies to TPR over the past 25 years.

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 18003666771

 

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Australian Athlete/Former Model Speaks to Gift of Life Staff About Her Gratitude for Life-Saving Ti
Australian Athlete/Former Model Speaks to Gift of Life Staff About Her Gratitude for Life-Saving Ti

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Turia Pitt's life was saved after 16 American donors, including donors from Gift of Life's region, provided skin grafts for transplant.

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 1-800-366-6771

 

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Gift of Life and the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council Honor Hospitals for Outstanding Organ Donati
Gift of Life and the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council Honor Hospitals for Outstanding Organ Donati

Monday, November 7th, 2016

On November 4, 2016, Gift of Life Donor Program and the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) honored Einstein Medical Center Montgomery with the DVHC Gift of Life Award.

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 18003666771

 

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Starbucks and Gift of Life Share Life-Saving Message in Stores During National Coffee Day
Starbucks and Gift of Life Share Life-Saving Message in Stores During National Coffee Day

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

On National Coffee Day, September 29th, as Philadelphians are searching for a free, celebratory cup of coffee, 100 local Starbucks locations will be promoting a life-saving message.

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 18003666771

 

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First Child to Undergo a Bilateral Hand Transplant Marks One Year since Surgery at The Children’s
First Child to Undergo a Bilateral Hand Transplant Marks One Year since Surgery at The Children’s

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Gift of Life Donor Program celebrates CHOP, Penn Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children For Their Collaboration on Groundbreaking Surgery, Made Possible by a Donor and His/Her Family.

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Ashley Moore, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Phone: 215-630-4683

   

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More than 300 People Came Out to Enjoy an Evening of Gospel Music and Competition at Gift of Life’
More than 300 People Came Out to Enjoy an Evening of Gospel Music and Competition at Gift of Life’

Monday, August 1st, 2016

On July 31st, 321 people attended Gift of Life’s 20th Annual Gospel Program and Competition at the First District Plaza in Philadelphia. Praise 103.9 radio personality, Dezzie, hosted the event, and gospel recording artist Keturah Duncan entertained the crowd. New this year, and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of this impactful event, Gift of Life held a gospel performance competition for local talent.

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Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 18003666771

 

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Evesham Township, NJ Mayor Randy Brown Proclaimed April as National Donate Life Month
Evesham Township, NJ Mayor Randy Brown Proclaimed April as National Donate Life Month

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

On April 26th, Evesham Township issued a proclamation stating that April is National Donate Life Month.

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 18003666771

 

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Production to Offer Unique Insight into the Critical Shortage of Organ Donors
Production to Offer Unique Insight into the Critical Shortage of Organ Donors

Monday, June 6th, 2016

RQ Productions is proud to present “Eight Parts of Life,” an organ donation awareness stage play and organ donor registration drive. The play is a compelling story about organ donation and was created to help facilitate awareness, provide education, dispel negative myths and communicate the incredible need to increase the number of registered and living organ donors.

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Ray Quick, Writer & Producer

 

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More than 10,000 People Came Out to Show their Support of Organ and Tissue Donation at the 21st Ann
More than 10,000 People Came Out to Show their Support of Organ and Tissue Donation at the 21st Ann

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

On average, 21 people die each day in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. The Dash, founded in 1996, was created to raise awareness about this critical need, to increase the number of organ and tissue donors and to acknowledge the more than 5,700 men, women and children in Gift of Life’s region who are currently waiting for an organ transplant.

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 18003666771

 

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Gift of Life Family House Honors Supporters and Celebrates Providing Transplant Patients and their
Gift of Life Family House Honors Supporters and Celebrates Providing Transplant Patients and their

Friday, March 18th, 2016

On Wednesday, March 16th, Gift of Life Family House honored its loyal contributors - the Family and Founders’ Circle members - at the 5th Annual President’s Reception. Due to the generous financial support of these individuals, the Family House has been able to continue offering a “home away from home” for transplant patients and their families traveling to Philadelphia for transplant related care. The House also celebrated the significant achievement of providing 30,000 lodging nights of care to guests, since its inception in 2011.

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 1-800-366-6771

 

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Ready, Set, Dash!
Ready, Set, Dash!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Join Gift of Life Donor Program at the 21st Annual Donor Dash

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 1-800-366-6771

 

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Gift of Life Donor Program Surpasses Two National Records in Organ Donation
Gift of Life Donor Program Surpasses Two National Records in Organ Donation

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Through its Coordination of Greatest Number of Organ Donors in a Single Month and in a 12-Month Period.

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 18003666771

       

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Gift of Life Donor Program Sets New National Record for Organ Donation in 2015
Gift of Life Donor Program Sets New National Record for Organ Donation in 2015

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Gift of Life’s Region – with 483 Generous Donors – is the Most Giving in the United States

Additional information:

Allison McDaniel

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Phone: 1-800-DONORS-1

       

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Top 5 Stories of 2015
Top 5 Stories of 2015

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Click "Learn More" to recap the five most-read stories from Gift of Life Donor Program in 2015.

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Alicia Dietzmann

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Phone: 2155578090

       

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Organ Donation, the Ultimate Gift of Compassion
Organ Donation, the Ultimate Gift of Compassion

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

One of the most common misconceptions about registering as an organ donor is that one’s religion does not support it. In fact, all major religions, including Catholicism, support organ donation. Pope Francis described the act of organ donation as ‘a testimony of love for our neighbor’ when the Vatican hosted the European Organ Donation Day in October, 2014.

Additional information:

John Green

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-557-8090

     

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Justin Wilson Gives the Gift of Life
Justin Wilson Gives the Gift of Life

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

IndyCar Driver, Justin Wilson, was tragically killed during a race on Sunday, August 23. Justin made the courageous decision to be an organ donor with the indication on his drivers license. His family has been supportive of his decision and has helped to raise more awareness for organ and tissue donation. Justin Wilson gave the gift of life by donating 6 organs for transplant.

Additional information:

John Green

401 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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World’s First Child to Receive a Bilateral Hand Transplant Returns Home from The Children’s Hosp
World’s First Child to Receive a Bilateral Hand Transplant Returns Home from The Children’s Hosp

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Zion Harvey, the world's first pediatric bilateral hand transplant recipient has been discharged from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is headed home with his precious 'gift of life.'

Additional information:

Ashley Moore, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Phone: 267-426-6071

   

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Gift of Life Donor Program is the Nation's Leader in Organ Donation in 2014
Gift of Life Donor Program is the Nation's Leader in Organ Donation in 2014

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Gift of Life Donor Program - the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – led the nation once again with the highest number of organ donors recorded by an OPO. The organization proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, and built on its strong track record by successfully coordinating 1,133 life-saving organ transplants from 447 generous donors.

Additional information:

John Green

401 N. 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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Gift of Life Milestone: More than 5,000 Hospital Staff Educated at Gift of Life Donor Program'
Gift of Life Milestone: More than 5,000 Hospital Staff Educated at Gift of Life Donor Program'

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This year, on February 27, Gift of Life Donor Program has educated its 5,000th participant in the Donation Champion Learning Sessions, a highly interactive program that teaches hospital staff best practices about referring potential donors and supporting families who are going through the donation process.

Additional information:

John Green

401 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: (215) 557-8090, ext. 1118

       

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Gift of Life Donor Program Leads the Nation in Organ Donors in 2013
Gift of Life Donor Program Leads the Nation in Organ Donors in 2013

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Sets new national record for donation because of the generosity of donors and their families

Additional information:

John Green

401 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-557-8090 x. 1118

         

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Gift of Life Donor Program Urges PA Residents to Help Save A Life Now!
Gift of Life Donor Program Urges PA Residents to Help Save A Life Now!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

In 1994, Pennsylvania passed what was then groundbreaking legislation supporting organ and tissue donation. Under this law Pennsylvania has been a leader in donation rates worldwide. However, despite our success, each year the waiting list grows. Each year, hundreds of people die waiting for a transplant in our commonwealth. The Donate Life PA Act is the first step towards addressing this public health crisis. It incorporates aspects of the current Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (which has been passed in 46 states), recommendations of the PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee and input from stakeholders including the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania to ensure that we remain leaders in donation and transplantation.

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John Green

       

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Gift of Life Donor Program Encourages Public, Legislators to Act Now to Help End the Wait
Gift of Life Donor Program Encourages Public, Legislators to Act Now to Help End the Wait

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Support Best Practices for Donation, Education & Local Collaboration

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: (215) 557-8090, ext. 1133

       

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Donate Life Pennsylvania Launches New Website
Donate Life Pennsylvania Launches New Website

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Donate Life Pennsylvania Launches 2013 Organ Donor Campaign In An Effort
To Add 200,000 New Registered Donors Over Next Two Years

Additional information:

Robert Johnson

Phone: (917) 923-3988

     

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Gift of Life Offers Condolences for Boston Victims, Increases Security for Dash on Sunday
Gift of Life Offers Condolences for Boston Victims, Increases Security for Dash on Sunday

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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Erica Vanstone

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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April is National Donate Life Month
April is National Donate Life Month

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Gift of Life Donor Program Urges Community to Help End the Wait for Thousands

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Erica Vanstone

Phone: 215-557-8090

     

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Gift of Life Donor Program Names New Officers and Members to Boards
Gift of Life Donor Program Names New Officers and Members to Boards

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Gift of Life Donor Program has announced the addition of new officers and members to its Governing and Medical Advisory and Policy Boards to help guide the organization's operations.

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry Moves to Gift of Life Institute
National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry Moves to Gift of Life Institute

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Since 1991, the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry (NTPR) has tracked and studied the outcomes of thousands of pregnancies in solid organ transplant recipients.

Additional information:

John Green

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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Gift of Life Donor Program Leads the Nation in Organ Donors in 2012
Gift of Life Donor Program Leads the Nation in Organ Donors in 2012

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

The organization coordinated the recovery of 1,062 life-saving organs from 417 generous individuals in 2012—making this region the most generous in the U.S. for organ and tissue donors.

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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Brotherly Love Run: Organ Donation Advocate Runs From Pacific to Atlantic
Brotherly Love Run: Organ Donation Advocate Runs From Pacific to Atlantic

Friday, September 21st, 2012

A Mullica Hill, New Jersey native will dip his toes into the Atlantic Ocean as he ends his cross-country run to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation next week.

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: (215) 557-8090, ext. 1133

     

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Gift of Life Celebrates "National Donor Sabbath" Weekend with Faith-Based Activities
Gift of Life Celebrates "National Donor Sabbath" Weekend with Faith-Based Activities

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

National Donor Sabbath is an opportunity for religious communities to let its congregants know that donation saves the lives of millions of people—people like Reverend Merle McJunkin, Assistant Pastor at Philadelphia’s Grace Baptist Church. In late 2007, Reverend McJunkin learned that his kidney disease would eventually necessitate a transplant. He had hoped to receive that transplant before he was in need of dialysis, but soon began the treatment, which was both time-consuming and tiring.

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Gift of Life Donor Program and Hispanic Choice Awards Team Up for 2012 Award
Gift of Life Donor Program and Hispanic Choice Awards Team Up for 2012 Award

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Gift of Life Presents the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at 9th Annual Hispanic Choice Awards

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: 215-557-8090 ext. 1113

       

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Department of Health and Human Services Honors Nineteen Area Hospitals
Department of Health and Human Services Honors Nineteen Area Hospitals

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In 2012, Gift of Life is pleased to acknowledge 19 hospitals in this region that are being honored by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with a Medal of Honor in donation excellence. DHHS annually awards these Medals of Honor to hospitals around the nation, recognizing those healthcare professionals who make a commitment to donation

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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10th Annual Jessie's Day Celebration Brings Hope, Remembrance
10th Annual Jessie's Day Celebration Brings Hope, Remembrance

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Jessica Beth Schwartz’s Memory Inspires Her Family to Continue Scholarship Fundraiser

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: 21-557-8090 ext 1133

       

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Local Residents Headed to Transplant Games of America to Go For the Gold
Local Residents Headed to Transplant Games of America to Go For the Gold

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

This summer, inspiring athletes from the tri-state region will take their skill, enthusiasm and passion to Grand Rapids, MI, to compete in one of the most exciting athletic events of the year, the Transplant Games of America, being held from July 28-31, 2012

Additional information:

John Green

       

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Facebook Partners with Donate Life America and Gift of Life to Dramatically Increase Number of Regis
Facebook Partners with Donate Life America and Gift of Life to Dramatically Increase Number of Regis

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Gift of Life Donor Program—the region’s organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware—announced a major initiative in conjunction with Facebook and Donate Life America, the national organization dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

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John Green

       

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Delaware to Participate in Nationwide Campaign and Register 28,000 Donors in 2012
Delaware to Participate in Nationwide Campaign and Register 28,000 Donors in 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Delaware Healthcare Association and Gift of Life Donor Program today announced details of its 2012 organ donor campaign – a targeted effort to increase the number of registered donors in the state. The campaign is being launched in April to celebrate National Donate Life Month.

Additional information:

John Green

       

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Gift of Life Donor Program Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Save Lives
Gift of Life Donor Program Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Save Lives

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Gift of Life Donor Program – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – kicked off its 40 year anniversary celebration at a press conference held at its Philadelphia headquarters. While celebrating the life-saving success of the organization, Gift of Life also announced a region-wide challenge to increase the organ and tissue donor registry with an ambitious challenge to register an additional 40,000 donors in 40 weeks.

Additional information:

John Green

401 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone: 215-557-8090

           

Philadelphia Family and Former Mummer Honored at 2013 Rose Bowl Parade
Philadelphia Family and Former Mummer Honored at 2013 Rose Bowl Parade

Monday, December 17th, 2012

When it was clear that he would not survive, his parents David Sr. and Patricia Nelson informed Gift of Life Donor Program that their son had already made the decision to be an organ and tissue donor, by placing the organ donor designation on his driver's license.

Additional information:

Erica Vanstone

Phone: 215-557-8090

       

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