MISSISSIPPI ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Flowood, MS – Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open. For the fourth straight year, MORA will present $6,500 in scholarships in May to high school seniors who understand the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Mississippi and across the country.
Eleven $500 scholarships will be awarded in the spring, as well as a $1,000 Gift of Lifescholarship, that will go to the top student applicant.
 After a record number of applicants (265) from a record number of high schools (94) in 2017, MORA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Stump, expects the list of applicants to be even higher this year. “We have seen interest in donation rise among young people through the recent years,” said Stump, who is in his 24th year as the agency’s CEO. “We feel this is because either a young person has been touched by donation through a personal experience or that they are becoming educated about the need of the lifesaving gifts of donation,” Stump added.
Seniors applying for the MORA scholarships must meet certain criteria.  First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school.  Those seniors must also must have been accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi, or have intentions of 2018 fall enrollment.  They must also have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation one from a teacher and one from an adult of the student’s choice and include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about their connection to donation, why they are registered donors or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.
For more information concerning these scholarships, you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Outreach Coordinator, via email at sbonds@msora.org or by phone at 662-841-1960.
Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to:

Susan Bonds

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

Midtown Pointe

499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1

Tupelo, MS 38801

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For media inquiries:

Chuck Stinson

Director of Community Services and Relations

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

cstinsons@msora.org

601.936.8610 (work)

601.383.1221 (cell)

At present, approximately 1,300 Mississippians and 116,000+ 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 improve the lives of 50 recipients or more.  To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org.

For more information on MORA visit www.msora.org.

Praises of Hope Gospel Showcase – December 16th

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Join us December 16 from 1 – 4 p.m. for “Praises of Hope”- a gospel showcase featuring BET’s Sunday Best season 5 finalist and Mississippi native Ashford Sanders. Praises of Hope will focus on the lifesaving and life healing gifts of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

The showcase will also feature local praise groups as well as Mississippians sharing their stories about the gifts of donation! This event is free to the public. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Singers and praise dancers interested in participating may contact Becky Pierson at (601) 933-1000.

2017 Racing for Donation 8k Run/Walk

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Dust off your sneakers and join Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) for our 6th Annual Racing for Donation 8K Run/Walk and Celebration of Life Picnic.  Both events will be held Saturday, April 29th at MORA’s office, 4400 Lakeland Dr., in Flowood, MS.  The race will begin at 7:30 a.m.  Immediately following the race, the Celebration of Life Picnic will kick-off with live and amazing entertainment by Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers. This annual event will also include free food, health screenings from local vendors, a Kid’s Fun Zone, door prizes and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Don’t miss out on this great family friendly event and opportunity to celebrate the Gift of Life with our donor and recipient families.

 REGISTER TODAY at www.RacingForDonation8k.com

NMMC AND MORA TEAM UP FOR TOUR DE LIFE RIDE

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NMMC AND MORA TEAM UP FOR TOUR DE LIFE RIDE
Inaugural ride to kick-off National Donate Life Month in Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 17, 2017

PONTOTOC, MS—In honor of National Donate Life Month, North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) and Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) are holding the inaugural Tour de Life bike ride, Saturday, April 1 on the Tanglefoot Trail.

“We hope to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation in north Mississippi,” said Jeff Bonds, NMMC Performance Improvement Coordinator and chair of the event committee. “We hope local families will join us for the ride on the beautiful Tanglefoot Trail and help us spread the word about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. This is going to be a great event for a great cause.”

“The opportunity to partner with North Mississippi Medical Center on the Tour de Life Ride is one that we are terribly excited about,” said Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA. “We are confident it will be a staple in our National Donate Life Month schedule for years to come.”

National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003 with the support of then Secretary of HHS, Tommy Thompson. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

The Tour de Life ride options, which begin at 8 a.m. in Pontotoc, include:
• Metric century (62 miles)
• Half metric century (31 miles)
• 10K (6.1 miles)
• 1-mile fun ride

The ride course will provide options for bikers who prefer more hills or a flatter course. Participants will receive a short-sleeve dri-fit T-shirt, as well as refreshments at the whistle stops on the course.
Early bird registration is $25 until March 17, 2017. After March 17th, registration cost is $30. For a family of four or more, registration is $75. There will also be on-site registration the day of the ride. For more information, on or to register for the Tour de Life ride, visit www.tourdeliferide.com.

To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org.

Join us for the Drive for Life Golf Tournament

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The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency will host the Drive for Life Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi.

In its sixth year, the Drive for Life Golf Tournament is a set up as a four man scramble with food, door prizes, a silent auctions, and on course contests. Its a fun, inexpensive way for friends of organ, eye and tissue donation to help support the educational efforts of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

We hope you will join us and consider sponsoring the tournament! The sponsorship and entry fees are as follows:

Drive for Life Team Package (includes four man team and hole sponsorship): $700

Drive for Life Team (includes four man team): $600

Single Entry (includes one player entry): $175

Hole Sponsorship: $125

Beverage Cart Sponsorship: $100

For more information, to register, and/or to sponsor the event, please contact Chuck Stinson at 601.933.1000 or cstinson@msora.org

You may also print and fill out the attached Mail-in Entry Form:

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Congratulations to the 2016 Spero Award Winners

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MISSISSIPPI ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY HONORS THOSE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO SAVING AND HEALING LIVES THROUGH ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONATION

3rd Annual Spero Awards held at Old Capitol Inn, Jackson

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) served as host for the 3rd Annual Spero Awards on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. The awards ceremony recognized hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor ambassadors who work tirelessly in conjunction with MORA to promote organ, eye and tissue donation to ultimately save and heal lives.

A total of 15 Spero Awards were presented to individuals and organizations from areas throughout the state as well as one Special Recognition Spero Award. The word Spero (Sp?-r?) is Latin for “hope”. The title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a lifesaving organ or a life improving tissue transplant.

Additionally, seven medical facilities in the state received Hospital Excellence Awards in recognition of their achievement of national organ donation performance standards by attaining one or more of three set goals.

2016 Spero Award recipients

Ancillary or Healthcare Staff of the Year- Hospitals for Hope Committee, North Mississippi Medical Center

Nurse Champion- Amber Overstreet, Greenwood Leflore Hospital

Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year- Megan Butts, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Physician Champion- Dr. Carrie Morgan Henderson, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Most Supportive Hospital Leadership- Susan Russell, Singing River Health Systems

Best Medical Management- Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg

Most Supportive Tissue Hospital- Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital, Hazlehurst

Most Supportive Organ & Tissue Hospital- Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg

Most Supportive Mortuary Services- Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, Biloxi

Most Supportive Coroner- Butch Benedict, Forrest County

Community Faith Leader or Chaplain of the Year- Chaplain Brian Williamson, Forrest General Hospital

Volunteer of the Year- Julie Dickerson, donor mom, Nettleton

Donation Advocate- Rachel Payne, transplant recipient, Vancleave

Red Heart Award-Brookhaven Department of Public Safety Station

Corporate Partner of the Year-Brown Bottling Group, Brandon                         

Special Recognition-Jimmy Roberts, Retired Rankin County Coroner

Mississippi Lions Eye Bank (MLEB) also presented the Gift of Sight Award to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for their work in helping to facilitate sight saving corneal transplants. MLEB also awarded the inaugural Partner’s in Vision Award to Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. This award recognizes the hospital partner that has helped to facilitate eye donations that resulted in the greatest percentage of corneas being transplanted, with a minimum of ten corneas being recovered during the year.

Hospital Excellence Awards were awarded to seven hospitals that have achieved national organ donation performance standards set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Hospitals receiving those awards were:

Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian

Merit Health Central, Jackson

North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo

Ocean Springs Hospital, Ocean Springs

St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson

Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula

University of Mississippi Medical Center-Jackson

Also recognized during the ceremony were 36 hospitals from across the state that have enrolled in the Mississippi Hospitals for Hope campaign, which was developed to raise awareness for the need of organ, eye and tissue donation and increase registrations. The Hospitals recognized for their participation in the state Hospitals for Hope campaign were:

Anderson Regional Medical Center

Anderson Regional Medical Center-South

Covington County Hospital

Delta Regional Medical Center

Field Memorial Community Hospital

Forrest General Hospital

H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital

Highland Community Hospital

Jasper General Hospital

John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital

King’s Daughters Medical Center

Laird Hospital

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Merit Health Biloxi

Merit Health Central Mississippi

Merit Health River Region

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Neshoba County Hospital

North Mississippi Medical Center

North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka

North Mississippi Medical Center-Pontotoc

North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point

North Sunflower County Medical Center

Ocean Springs Hospital

OCH Regional Medical Center

Regency Hospital of Meridian

Rush Foundation Hospital

St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital

Scott Regional Hospital

Simpson General Hospital

Singing River Hospital

South Central Regional Medical Center

Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center

The Specialty Hospital of Meridian

University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Mississippi Medical Center-Grenada

For pictures from the event, please visit:

http://bit.ly/SperoAwards2016

 

MORA Schedules Volunteer Trainings Across Mississippi

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Agency launches a new volunteer program
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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.

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National Donate Life Month Events 2016

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National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations, which includes Donate Life Mississippi, in 2003. Celebrated in April every year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national donation awareness activities to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those heroes who have left a legacy that saved lives through the gift of donation.

This year, Donate Life America choose the sunflower as the national symbol of National Donate Life Month. The seeds of one sunflower has the potential to create an entirely new field of flowers. Just like the sunflower, we have the opportunity to give the gift of life when we register our decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. One organ donor can save and the heal the lives of up to 8 people through organ donation and countless others through tissue donation. A chance at new life gives beyond the recipient, and touches their friends and family for future generations.


List of Events

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Donate Life Mississippi Day at the State Capitol


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Donate Life Night with the Mississippi Braves


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Legacy Lap 2016


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National Blue & Green Day


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Impressions of Life


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Hattiesburg Grand Opening


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Donate Life Night with the Biloxi Shuckers


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Racing for Donation 8k Run/Walk


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Hospital Events


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