Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization entrusted by the nation’s healthcare system with coordinating organ and tissue donation and providing donor family services and public education in Illinois and northwest Indiana. As one of 58 organ procurement organizations that make up the nation’s organ and tissue donation system, Gift of Hope works with 180 hospitals and serves 12 million residents in Illinois and northwest Indiana.
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a Donate Life Illinois member organizations include is part of Donate Life Illinois, a coalition of agencies responsible for organ, tissue, eye, blood and marrow donation, as well as donor education and registration, in Illinois.
- American Liver Foundation-Illinois
- Biological Resource Center of Illinois
- Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
- Heartland Lions Eye Bank
- Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers
- Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program
- Mid-America Transplant Services
- Midwest Eye-Banks and Transplantation Center/Illinois Eye-Bank
- Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
- National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
To learn more about Gift of Hope and register to become a lifesaving organ & tissue donor in Illinois or northwest Indiana, please visit GiftofHope.org. To learn more about Donate Life Illinois visit DonateLifeIllinois.org.
In November 2010, Josh joined Gift of Hope as the Senior Public Education Coordinator responsible for managing the Donate Life Illinois social media and a variety of campaigns throughout the state of Illinois.
Josh is intimately familiar with the importance of organ and tissue donation. During the summer of 2000, Josh’s older brother, Nick, passed away in a tragic auto accident. Nick was a registered organ and tissue donor in Indiana. He was able to give life-saving transplants to two kidney recipients and enhance the lives of countless others through tissue donation.
Since 2004, Josh has worked with a variety of not for profit organizations including the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Josh is delighted to join the Donate Life Illinois team and looks forward to spreading donation awareness and registering organ and tissue donors throughout Illinois!
Mary Schlereth – Illinois Eye-Bank
After losing her boyfriend Craig (who became a donor), and searching for some type of healing and understanding, Mary began volunteering for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and participated as a Donor Family Member with Team Illinois U.S. Transplant Games.
Since Craig’s passing, many parts of her life have changed. Most notably, Mary has traded in her chalk and eraser as a teacher to be a part of the organ donation and transplantation community. Mary worked for almost two years at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois coordinating transplant patient education programs and now works as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Illinois Eye-Bank. One of the most positive experiences for Mary has been participating as a Donor Family Member of Team Illinois in the 2004, 2006, & 2008 U.S. Transplant Games. She is currently one of Team Managers for Team Illinois and will provide progress updates as the Team prepares for the 2010 U.S. Transplant Games in Madison, Wisconsin!
Morgan D’ Organ – Donate Life Illinois Mascot
Some assume he’s a giant piece of bubble gum. Others mistake him for a pork chop but alas, ole Morgan is Donate Life Illinois’ trusty mascot (yes, he’s a liver).
Whether starring in a video, recruiting Facebook fans or interacting with supporters at registration events – Morgan is one busy mascot. So busy in fact that we even let him post about his activities once in awhile.