Organ donation and transplantation affects everyone-regardless of age, gender, nationality, or faith. There are over 75,188 multicultural patients awaiting a life saving transplant in theUnited States. Listen to how several multicultural donation supporters have been affect by donation-as recipients, living donors and donor families.
Cynthia London Donate Life PSA
Cynthia London named her son Sipho Thembla - a South African name meaning "gift of hope." Sipho was an organ donor and was able to bring hope to multiple lives through donation.
E:60 Paco Rodriguez Story
Boxer Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez told his wife, Sonia, that he wanted to be a hero. But that dream seemed shattered after Rodriguez slipped into a coma and was declared brain dead after losing a title fight in Philadelphia. Through organ donation, his uncle and four women received a gift of life. Courtesy of ESPN.
Annie Huynh was thrust into the world of organ donation when her father needed a life saving liver transplant to survive. After her father received his transplant, she decided to dedicate her time and energy to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.
Faces of Organ Donation- Maggie Nix
When Maggie Nix's son was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, her only hope was that a stranger would step up to donate. Because of a stranger's decision to donate, her son was able to receive his transplant. Inspired by a stranger's life saving gift, Maggie decided to become an altruistic kidney donor. Sadly, Maggie's son passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on through Maggie's dedication to donation awareness.
Faces Of Organ Donation- Ramona Howard
Ramona Howard, a multiple organ recipient, is a living example of the life saving gift organ donation is to not only the recipient, but their family.
Faces Of Organ Donation- Sandra Merlino
Transplantation Works: Lou Torres' Story
Lou Torres' liver tansplant gave him a new lease on life. Lou now has the opportunity to interact with donor families and participate in the U.S. Transplant Games.
Faces of Organ Donation- Chris Domine
Chris Domine, a Filipino American, shares his story of how a kidney transplant allowed him to resume his life.Courtesy of HRSA.
Faces of Organ Donation- Catherine Lan Tran
Catherine lost her husband and then a year later, her son. She has turned personal tragedy into a mission to help others understand the power of organ and tissue donation and the legacy it leaves for the family that is left when a member of their household has died. Courtesy of HRSA
Explore the online quilts to view the quilt squares provided by the loved ones of those who died and gave the gift of life. The actual quilts are available for display in public places throughout the region to promote donor awareness.
National Donor Sabbath,observed annually in November, seeks to educate faith-based communities about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. Order free materials to celebrate National Donor Sabbath, taking place Nov. 14-16!