Join MORA on Saturday, March 10, for the inaugural Hero 100 bike ride to raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation. The ride will start at the Town Pavilion in Pass Christian at 8 a.m. and will consist of a Metric Century (62 miles), a Half Metric Century (31 miles) and a 1 mile Fun Ride. Register at hero100ride.com. Interested event sponsors may contact Trisha Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org or (228) 896-5224.
You’re invited to participate in MORA’s Tour de Life bike ride on Saturday, April 7, at Tanglefoot Trail in Pontotoc. The Tour de Life offers challenges for riders of all skill levels and ages as they raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation while biking the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage area. Ride options include a metric century (62 miles), half metric century (31 miles) or a 10k (6.2 miles). Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the ride begins at 8 a.m. Registration is now open at tourdeliferide.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1
Tupelo, MS 38801
Director of Community Services and Relations
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
For more information on MORA visit www.msora.org.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
You may also print and fill out the attached Mail-in Entry Form:
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
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.