Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Organ Donor Recognition!

Since 1994, the Federal Government-through the US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Department of Transplantation, has worked with national and local organizations, to recognize the amazing gift of life by live donors and donor families. Every other year they host the National Donor Recognition Ceremony and Workshop.  This year the event will be held July 15-17 in Washington DC.

The National Kidney Foundation has been an active co-host of this event since 1995.  The NKF hopes to empower live donors, donor families and transplant recipients, to become advocates for live donation and to increase designated organ donor registrations. 

This biennial event’s recognition ceremony will honor great heroes who have saved someone through live donations as well as pay tribute to those who in death, gave the gift of life!   

The workshops offers support and educational topics for donors, recipients, families & the medical professionals who care for them.  The workshops will also provide tools to help promote live & deceased donation on a local level.

Some of the topics covering Live Organ & Tissue Donation include:

  • New Developments in Organ, Tissue, and Cord Blood Donation
  • Life after Donation: a Workshop for Living Donors
  • Living Donation, expectation and reality (Sharing Session)
  • Power of One: Getting Involved and Making a Difference

All of the nation’s living donors, donor families and friends are welcome to attend the National Donor Recognition Ceremony and Workshop! Registration is free! The only expense attendees are responsible for is travel, meals & lodging.  Click here for the event pamphlet and registration forms.

kevinruncloseupI have been working since February 28, 2011, to help find my brother Kevin, a live kidney donor.  Kevin has been on the transplant waiting list for more than 3 years.  At this point in time with his health declining, his best chance for survival is to find a live kidney donor.  If you’re interested in helping Kevin, please read “The Evolution of Hope.” To see if you could be a match for Kevin, fill out the Live Kidney Donor Referral Form & fax it to Penn Transplant Institute

Donate Life!


  1. Do you think it is unethical to give benefits to those/and or their family who donate organs? I believe if there are some form of benefits, more people would gladly give. I also wonder if organs could be grown in a lab and then given but unfortunately if this was possible the medical companies would charge outrageous prices for it. Good luck in your search for a kidney for you brother, I have an uncle that’s been waiting 2 years for one as well.

  2. Hi Nina! Thanks for reading & commenting. The government considers giving anything to donors to be unethical - the recipient can pay for their costs associated with the donation, but that's it. Recently in Scotland, scientist DID grow a kidney in a lab - its several years before the technology could be available to the public, but interesting point you made - about what the cost of THAT might be! I wish your uncle all the best!