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


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Inaugural ride to kick-off National Donate Life Month in Mississippi


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.

Faith and Organ Donation Go Hand in Hand


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Pastor and congregation member reflect on faith and their donation connection  

Hattiesburg, MS– National Donor Sabbath is a time for faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients and donation and transplantation professionals to participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

In 2016, National Donor Sabbath will be observed Friday, November 11th-Sunday, November 13th and this year will have a special meaning for kidney recipient Michael Minor, a pastor at West Point Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

“I share with others how selfless of an act it was that was bestowed onto me,” said the 45 year old Minor, who first learned he would need a transplant in 2012.  “My faith in God was paramount. It was really all I had. It gave me something to hold on to through the process,” said Minor who has been at West Point Baptist Church for 17 years.

His miracle would come in the form of a tragedy that hit one of the families in his congregation in September of 2015.

Adrian Murry and her 25 year old son Kendrick had plans to watch Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi play football in Hattiesburg on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Kendrick never showed. He had suffered a seizure at work and hit his head as he fell. One week later, he was pronounced dead at Forrest General Hospital.

Unbeknownst to his mother, Kendrick was a registered organ donor. “At the time, I really didn’t know anything about donation and didn’t know that he had signed up for it,” said Murry. “When I did learn about it, I did not want to do it. I thought it was against my religion. I came home and I thought about it. I realized this was his wish. It turned out to be more amazing than I thought.”

The Murry family had been a member of West Point Baptist Church for nearly as long as Pastor Minor had been at the church. At the most painful time of her life, Murry remembered that her pastor was on dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant. “I was stuck on the fact that Adrian was thinking about me,” said Minor. “The fact that she could think of anybody at that time and the fact that she remembered that I was in need was overwhelming.”

Given that this was an unspeakable tragedy for this mom and mother of three, Minor believes that Adrian’s faith played a large part in helping her deal with her son’s death and understand his wishes to be a donor. “It is counter to human nature to think of someone else at that moment. Faith defies logic a lot of times,” explained Minor.

Murry’s faith waivered for a bit after he son’s death. “I stepped away from the church after my son passed but I started going back to church realizing that you can’t be down,” she said. “This is the time to be rejoicing and thanking God for the years I did have.”

Kendrick donated six organs that saved five lives and Adrian shares the importance of his selfless act to all. “I encourage anyone that I come across is to think about others and saving others because that’s what we are here to do.”

She says that she often shares that message with family members and one family member knows all too well the importance of that message. Murry’s cousin, Clintoria Johnson, who was the recipient of Kendrick’s heart, a fact she didn’t learn until seven months after Kendrick’s death and one day before his birthday.

“It has given me the strength to know that my son still lives on. The scripture says to give and it shall be given on to you. He gave and I believe it is going to be given back tenfold.”

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States.

Across the country, 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.

Spero Award Nominations to Open February 16th


Nominations for the 2016 Spero Awards hosted by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be open to the public Tuesday, February 16th. The awards will recognize hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor advocates that work tirelessly and in conjunction with MORA and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank (MLEB) to promote organ, eye and tissue donation to ultimately save and heal lives.

The word Spero (Sp?-r?) is Latin for “hope.” The title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ, eye and tissue donation brings to those in need of a lifesaving organ or a life improving tissue transplant.

“The Spero Awards are something that our staff puts a lot of time and effort into because of those that we are honoring”, said Kevin Stump, Chief Executive Officer of MORA. “The hospital partners, medical professionals, community supporters, donation advocates and most of all our donor families and transplant recipients are essential to reinforcing our message about how organ, eye and tissue donation saves and heals lives of Mississippians and others around the country. Without their support and their efforts, we would not be able to be successful at saving and healing lives.”

Spero Awards that are open for public nomination can be found on MORA’s website at www.msora.org/awards now through Friday, May 6, 2016. The awards will be presented on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson.

Great Prizes In-store for Drive for Life Participants!

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency is hosting its 5th Annual Drive for Life Golf Tournament and Crawfish Boil at Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi, on Thursday, June 18th, 2015. If you haven’t registered, now is the time! Here are just a few of the great prizes YOU could win while having fun and supporting the life-saving and life improving mission of organ, eye & tissue donation:

First Flight Tournament Winners
1st Place: each team member will win a $100 gift card from Edwin Watts Golf, a dozen Pro V1s, and a $50 gift card from Tico’s Steakhouse

2nd Place: each team member will win a $75 gift card from Edwin Watts Golf, a half dozen Pro V1s, and a $40 gift card from Logan Farms

3rd Place: each team member will win a $50 gift card from Edwin Watts Golf, a half dozen Pro V1s, and a $25 gift card from Trace Grill

Second Flight Tournament Winners
1st Place: each team member will win a $25 gift card from Edwin Watts Golf and a half dozen Pro V1s

2nd Place: each team member will win a sleeve of Pro V1s

Other great prizes up for grabs include:
a recliner from Miskelley Furniture,  a car from Fowler Buick GMC, a set of tires from Gateway Tires, a massage from Massage Envy, a Callaway Driver, a 32″ TV donated by the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, sleeves of Pro V1s, Mississippi Braves Hats, a Twin Peaks calendar, an Ole Miss picture, Mississippi State University picture, and gift certificates from Table 100, Longhorn Steakhouse, Nevada Bob’s, Grant’s Kitchen, Lost Pizza, Corner Bakery, Outback, Signa, Salute, Sombra, Jerry’s Fish House, Jason’s Deli, Buffalo Wild Wings, and more!

There are SO MANY GREAT PRIZES and opportunities to win! Each participant will also get feed lunch before the tournament and receive a ticket to the tournament’s crawfish boil that will begin at 5:30 p.m. Anyone and everyone who would like to come eat crawfish with us after the tournament is welcome to join us (whether they played in the tournament or not!). Visit www.MORADriveForLife.com to sign up to play or find out more information about the cost to play and eat crawfish. We hope to see you!

Donor Challenge 2014

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Welcome to the 2014 Donor Challenge!

Here to sign up to become an organ, eye and tissue donor
Please click on the banner of the team you would like your registry to count for!

Ole Miss vs. Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State
 Monday, September 15th – Friday, October 17th
Click here for more information about the results of this Challenge: Donor Challenge Results

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Delta State University vs. Mississippi College
Monday, October 13th – Friday, November 7th

Click here for more information about the results of this challenge: Donor Challenge Results

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Jackson State University vs. Alcorn State University
Monday, October 20th – Friday, November 14th

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The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donor Challenge, an annual statewide outreach effort to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation on college campuses while securing donor designations, will expand to a record seven college campuses in 2014.

Since the inaugural 2012 Donor Challenge, schools and student participation has continued to build from only 2 rival universities the very first year. This year, Alcorn State, Delta State, Jackson State, University of Mississippi, Mississippi College, Mississippi State and the University of Southern Mississippi will all participate in the competition. Mississippi State is returning after a one year absence. Mississippi College and Delta State will be participating for the first year.

The 2014 Donor Challenge will be actually be three separate challenges between school “rivals”.

Monday, September 15th-Friday, October 17th
Ole Miss, Mississippi State & Southern Miss

Monday, October 13th- Friday, November 7th
Delta State & Mississippi College

Monday, October 20th- Friday, November 14th
Alcorn State & Jackson State

“Last year, when we expanded the Donor Challenge to four schools, we saw an incredible 300% increase in donor designations,” said Charlotte Mullinnix, Director of MORA Outreach Services. “We are thrilled about the expansion of participating schools in the 2014 Donor Challenge and once again, we’re expecting another tremendous spike in people registering to be organ, eye and tissue donors. It’s an exciting way to increase awareness, designations and bring hope to those in need of lifesaving transplants.”

In 2012, Southern Miss won the inaugural Donor Challenge over Mississippi State. Last year, Ole Miss took the victory away from Southern Miss and Alcorn State beat Jackson State. Students, fans, alumni, faculty and staff of each university can register to be organ donors at any Donor Challenge registration event or they can sign up on-line at www.msora.org/DonorChallenge. This year, the school’s overall totals will also reflect students and fans already registered as organ and tissue donors if they show the donor designation on their license or donor card at any registration event. Existing donor registrations will account for 25% of the total.

Currently over 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000+ 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 18 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes.

Racing for Donation 8k Run Walk Winners and Times

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Racing for Donation 8k Run/Walk!

For your official time, please search the attached document by age, gender, and name (in alphabetical order by your last name). Runners are listed at the beginning of the document and walkers are listed after. Your official finish line time is next to your name followed by your category place and your overall place is in parenthesis.

 Racing for Donation 8k Run & Walk Timesheets

The winners are:

Racing for Donation 8K Run

Overall Male: Hayes Daly
Overall Female: Michelle Way

19 and Under
1st Place : Trevor Walters
2nd: Byron Poindexter
3rd: Alex Brown

1st: Miranda Jordan
2nd: Samatha Brown
3rd: Elizabeth Jordan

20- 29
1st: Christopher DeGroat
2nd: Joseph Lightsey
3rd: Shantanu Godbole

1st: Lindsey Moore
2nd: Casey Willis
3rd: Nikki Dramis

1st: Prince Chadswick
2nd: Michael McGeown
3rd: Jermaine Amos

1st: Jacqueline Long
2nd: Markia Cackett
3rd: Sonia School Craft

40 -49
1st: Alex George
2nd: Matt Alford
3rd: Chris Anderson

1st: Tammy Jackson
2nd: Bernie Throgmorton
3rd: Renea Kane

50- 59
1st : Michael McGehee
2nd: Kenneth Hall
3rd: Alfred Kuhnert

1st: Cathy Holmes
2nd: Rhonda Wakefield
3rd: Gloria Ervin

60 – Over
1st: Jan Powers
2nd: Gwendolyn Washington

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Overall Male: Larry Sykes
Overall Female: Polly Vinzant

19 and Under
1st Place : Jae Wilkinson

1st: Payton Hughes
2nd: Bailey Wilkinson
3rd: Ashton Hughes

20- 29
1st: Kristen Hall
2nd: Hope Russell
3rd: Ashley Nevels

1st: Jared Ivy
1st: Monica Hughes
2nd: Andrea Crudup
3rd: Shundra Bradley

40 -49
1st: Carmen Bradley
2nd: Maria Marsalias
3rd: Michelle Canard

50- 59
1st : Charles Atkins, Jr.
2nd: Larry Bryant
1st: Paula French
2nd: Regina Fancher
3rd: Tammye Starnes

60 – Over
1st: Buddy Kelley
1st: Mary Hodges
2nd: Carol Cothern
3rd: Denise Bounds

Congratulations and thank you for your participation!