Region Demonstrates Extraordinary Generosity and Clinical Leadership Despite Pandemic Challenges: Most Organ Donors Every Year Since 2008.
Gift of Life’s first organ donation after circulatory death (DCD) took place 25 years ago thanks to a young hero and his compassionate family. Michael McVey’s legacy went on to transform donation across the United States through his mother’s passionate advocacy and Gift of Life’s leadership. DCD had been practically abandoned by the 1990s as […]
Religion and organ donation go hand-in-hand for many transplant recipients and donor families. All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation as the ultimate act of charity and self-sacrifice. Hear from transplant recipients and donor families about how their faith guided them through their donation/transplant journey. Consider saying YES to saving lives. Register to be […]
In the midst of COVID-19, four-year-old Zach needed a life-saving heart transplant. Thanks to a selfless family’s decision to say “yes” to organ donation, Zach received his new heart and a chance to run, play and grow! Gift of Life Family House became Zach and mom Sarah’s home away from home while awaiting and recovering from his transplant so the Central PA family could remain close to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
I am a Registered Nurse (RN) and Certified Procurement and Transplant Coordinator (CPTC). I had the honor of helping Gift of Life coordinate a record 664 organ donors last year, along with the transplant of 1,865 life-saving organs. This is not just my story; it is the story of all persons who are committed to […]
The coronavirus on Smart Talk Thursday: Organ donations falling, a community fund for non-profits in need, and The Coronavirus Diaries on WITF-TV
At any given time, there are more than 100-thousand people waiting for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list. Wait times for transplants can vary, with the average time frame between three to five years – if you are fortunate. A little more than 50 percent of people […]
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When Markita said yes
to organ donation, she found
comfort knowing that her
son Marquis would give
others a second chance at life.
After tragedy brought them together, Carol and Kareem realized they shared a special bond through their faith and the life-saving legacy of organ donation.
Meet some of the men and women behind the giving and receiving ends of Gift of Life. KYW Newsradio host Cherri Gregg sat down to interview Joe Pratt and Markita Lewis, a double lung transplant recipient and donor mom. To hear Cherri’s interview and learn Joe and Markita’s stories, click here. Consider saying YES to […]
For 16 years, children who have undergone a live-saving organ transplant (and their siblings) spend the week out in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania at Mermaid County Day Camp, as part of Camp Jeremy. For one week a year, these recipients get to spend their days swimming, playing sports, and doing arts and crafts with other kids […]