Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency and Merit Health Central Honor Donors
Gift of Life Donor Wall Showcases those who saved and healed lives through donation
Organ, eye, and tissue donors give a unique gift. Their donations grant a second chance to many awaiting a miracle. Organ, eye and tissue donation offers many families comfort in the midst of loss and grief. In this final act of hope, one person can truly change the world.
That’s why Merit Health Central has partnered with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank to honor those who have given so unselfishly of themselves. These agencies held a special ceremony in the Main Lobby of the hospital on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 to unveil the Gift of Life Donor Wall to honor organ, eye and tissue donors. The ceremony is the first in what will become an annual tradition of honoring donors both past and present.
“Creating a lasting tribute to those who have given hope and new life through donation has been a dream of ours for years,” said Kevin Stump, CEO, MORA. “There have been nearly 130 donors at Merit Health Central since our partnership began. Some have chosen to remain anonymous, but we hope other families will see the Gift of Life wall and allow us to add those names in the future.”
The Gift of Life Donor Wall features photographs of organ, eye and tissue donors submitted by their love ones as a testament to their generous gifts. Each photo represents the story of a generous individual who shared renewed life, hope and healing with others. Merit Health Central is the second hospital in Mississippi to do a wall honoring organ, eye and tissue donors.
“Organ and tissue donation can save and improve lives in our communities, the state of Mississippi and across the nation,” Stump said. “Joining the donor registry gives hope to those in need of organ and tissue transplants, while leaving a legacy of generosity for the donor and his or her family.”
Every year, an estimated 22 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. More than 122,000 Americans are in need of a life-saving organ transplant, with approximately 1,500 of these in Mississippi. The level of necessity, blood type, and size are among several criteria that determine who can receive a donated organ. One individual donor can provide organs and tissue for nearly 50 people in need.
“These donors and their families deserve this recognition and it helps ensure that they will never be forgotten,” said Jon-Paul Croom, CEO of Merit Health Central. “We have been working with MORA for over 20 years and in April, we participated in a balloon release with MORA to celebrate Donor Awareness Month.”
Although hospitals are obligated by law to identify potential donors and inform families of their right to donate, anyone can sign up to become an organ, eye and tissue donor by registering at www.donatelifems.org.
If your loved one was an organ donor at the hospital and you would like to have him or her honored on the Gift of Life wall in the future, contact MORA at (601) 936-1000 or visit www.msora.org.