LifeGift holds eighth annual Celebration of Life event
To kick off celebrations for National Donate Life Month, LifeGift hosted its eighth annual Celebration of Life event, the first of many events this month. The Celebration of Life not only marks the beginning of Donate Life Month, but it also brings awareness to the importance of organ donation.
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, over half of the United States adult population is registered as donors and 41 percent of the adult population of Texas is registered. There are currently 121,000 people in the United States waiting for a transplant and on average, 22 people die each day because they are not able to receive an organ in time.
“National Donate Life Month is a celebration of life and the ripple effect that occurs when someone says ‘YES,’” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift. “Saying ‘YES’ to donation is a powerful decision—one that impacts so many lives in countless ways.”
This year’s Celebration of Life was focused on “Hopes and Dreams” of donor families, transplant recipients, LifeGift and the hospitals that care for these patients.
Keith Garvin, Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for KPRC2 News, emceed the event held at Trevisio Restaurant in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.
“This month means life literally and this event recognizes the work that LifeGift does to extend life to those in need of transplants,” Garvin said. “This is my second year in a row to emcee this event and I am so thankful to be involved with the important work they are doing.”
Hospital administrators, transplant coordinators, doctors, nurses, LifeGift staff and volunteers filled the restaurant to celebrate the beginning of this important month and hear from living donors and transplant recipients.
“It was a beautiful day to celebrate life that was given, the gift of life, and to show how important it is to donate life,” said Kellye Moran, community engagement coordinator at LifeGift.