Life Gift Ambassadors of Hope Visit Transplant Patients on National Donor Day
For most of us, Feb. 14 is a day to show our loved ones how much we care about them through sweet treats and love letters, but for those who have a received a transplant or are waiting on one, the 14th means much more.
National Donor Day is celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day annually to remind everyone of the importance of registering to be an organ and tissue donor and to honor those who have donated their organs to give others a second chance at life.
“National Donor Day recognizes loved ones who have given the gift of donation, have received a donation, are currently waiting or did not receive an organ in time,” said Kellye Moran, Life Gift community engagement coordinator. “It is definitely a day to spread love and show compassion for those who have given the gift of life.”
In Houston, Life Gift Ambassadors of Hope honored the day by bringing handmade valentines to transplant patients at CHI St. Luke’s Health. The valentines also included a message of hope for patients.
“Ambassadors of Hope celebrated Donor Day by making handmade heart boxes. They wanted to give encouragement to those who are waiting for lifesaving transplants. Volunteers wanted them to know: there is always hope,” said Moran.
The Ambassadors of Hope visited with patients who were waiting on lung, heart, liver and kidney transplants. They also visited patients who had received their transplants, looking forward to their new lives with working organs.
Currently, there are over 13,000 people in the state of Texas waiting on a transplant and 121,815 people on the national transplant waiting list. National Donor Day is a day to recognize those who have given the gift of organ donation, have received a donation or the thousands who are waiting to receive an organ, eye, tissue, blood or bone marrow transplant. For more information about becoming a donor, please visit www.lifegift.org