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Life and Legacy Celebrations

Each year, Gift of Life Donor Program invites families of organ and tissue donors to attend Life and Legacy Celebrations to honor their lives and their choice to be a donor.


Family members hold a handmade wrap and stand before the “Threads of Love” Memorial Quilt.

Each year, Gift of Life Donor Program hosts families of organ and tissue donors at our Life and Legacy Celebrations to pay tribute to their loved ones’ lives and donations. You will be invited the year following the death of your loved one to join us as we pay tribute to donors and remember them through music, photographs and the presentation of the Gift of Life Donor Medal.

The medal was established as a remembrance for those who have helped improve the lives of others through donation, and is a keepsake for the family. Symbolically, the picture on the medal illustrates the hand of the donor to the recipient as he or she passes on the gift of life (the heart) and love (the rose). The magnitude of the gift is accentuated by the rays extending from the heart. Families are also presented with a “Wrapped in Hugs” wrap which was created by a volunteer or member of our community as an outward sign of compassion and gratitude. Learn more about the “Wrapped in Hugs” program.

Finally, families are encouraged to bring a quilt square in memory of their loved one to be added to a “Threads of Love” Memorial Quilt.  The Life and Legacy Celebration starts with an opportunity for these families to pin their newly created quilt square on a special piece of fabric.  After the ceremonies, we will collect all of the squares to create our newest panels of the memorial quilt. Find more information about the  Life and Legacy Celebrations and the Memorial Quilts.