MORA Schedules Volunteer Trainings Across Mississippi

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Agency launches a new volunteer program
to help promote need for organ and tissue donation

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has scheduled three volunteer training sessions across the state to recruit and train new volunteers that want to promote the lifesaving and life healing gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation.

The dates and sites for the scheduled training sessions are as follows:

Saturday, July 23, 2016-9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MORA Office, 111 South 40th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39402.

Saturday, July 30, 2016-9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MORA Headquarters, 4400 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, MS 39232.

Saturday, August 20, 2016-9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MORA Office, Midtown Pointe, 499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Saturday, September 24, 2016– 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MORA Office, Knight Not For Profit Center, 11975 Seaway Road, Suite A 180, Gulfport, Mississippi 39503.

To register for a training session or for more information, please contact Trisha Byrd at tbyrd@msora.org or (228)-896-5224, ext. 6862.

At present, approximately 1,500 Mississippians and 122,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant.  A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 22 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes.  One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or heal the lives of 50 recipients or more.  To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.itssupereasy.org.

Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) Recognizes Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency Tissue Recovery Team for Exceptional Work

Pictured Left to Right: Director of Tissue Services Brad Mathis and Tissue Recovery Coordinators Chad Wiles, Jennifer Lowther, Trey Stokes, Drew Flanagin, and Nathan DuBard.

Pictured Left to Right: Director of Tissue Services Brad Mathis and Tissue Recovery Coordinators Chad Wiles, Jennifer Lowther, Trey Stokes, Drew Flanagin, and Nathan DuBard.

The award winning tissue recovery team from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has been recognized again for excellence in their work. Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) recently announced winners of the 2015 Technical and Achievement Awards and the MORA team was one of two teams recently awarded the Golden Scalpel Award in recognition of excellence in the recovery of soft tissue. Gift of Life Michigan was also recognized. “It is a privilege to recognize our Recovery Partners and their staff for the exceptional work they do throughout the year. Their excellence in tissue donation greatly enhances our ability to honor the wishes of donors and their families and to save and enhance the lives of transplant recipients,” said Mike Real, Vice President, Procurement for MTF. MORA CEO Kevin Stump said that this award is reflective of the agency as a whole. “This is just another example of the commitment by all of the employees of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency to honor those families who give so generously to help others.”

MORA Sponsors 53rd Medgar Evers Mississippi Homecoming

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) is excited to be the Title Sponsor of the 53rd Annual Medgar Evers Mississippi Homecoming celebration held Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12, 2016.

The weekend, which will honor the work and legacy of slain Civil Rights activist and Mississippi native, Medgar Wiley Evers, consists of great family friendly events on both days. Organizers describe this homecoming as an opportunity for all Mississippians to unite through the universal language of music.  As title sponsor, MORA will participate in the annual parade which kicked off Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. as well as the Blues Extravaganza that night, at the Regency Hotel & Conference Center.

MORA representatives will be setting up booths at these events and will explain the importance and benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation to the large crowd in attendance.  This weekend celebration is a great opportunity for MORA to reach out to our community and dispel any myths surrounding organ, eye and tissue donation by distributing factual information about our great mission.

If you are interested in having MORA be a part of your local event, contact us at 601-933-1000.

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency and Merit Health Central Honor Donors

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.

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency Makes Registering as an Organ Donor ‘Super Easy’

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Organ donors are real life super heroes.
That is one of the driving forces behind the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency’s (MORA) new “It’s Super Easy” marketing campaign to promote organ donors as the super heroes they really are and raise awareness of how easy it is to register as an organ donor.
Released in early May, the “It’s Super Easy” campaign is designed to give those seeking to register as an organ donor an easy option of becoming someone’s hero. “This campaign was spawned from conversations with the public that weren’t aware of how to register as an organ donor or they didn’t know how easy it is to register,” says Chuck Stinson, the Director of Community Services and Relations for MORA. “The campaign combines the idea of how easy it is to register as a ‘super hero.’ We thought that was a perfect fit for the campaign.”
The “It’s Super Easy“ campaign has its own landing page on the internet at www.itssupereasy.org. That was done to create more buzz around the campaign says Stinson. “This is different from anything we have ever done in the past to promote organ donation. The landing page is a registration form that can be filled out in less than two minutes but it also allows access to the other elements of the campaign which we think are really cool and really promote what the campaign is about and that is, ultimately, getting people to register as organ donors.”
At present, approximately 1,500 Mississippians and 122,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant.  A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 22 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes.  One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or heal the lives of 50 recipients or more.  To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.itssupereasy.org.