Racing for Donation 8k Run/Walk – April 28th

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Pull out those old running shoes, grab a friend and join Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) for our 7th Annual Racing for Donation 8K Run/Walk and Celebration of Life Picnic.  Both events are Saturday, April 28th 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 online at www.racingfordonation8k.com

HERO 100 BIKE RIDE -March 10th

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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 tbyrd@msora.org or (228) 896-5224.

TOUR DE LIFE BIKE RIDE – April 7th

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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.

MISSISSIPPI ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

Faith and Organ Donation Go Hand in Hand

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Photo attached: (Pictured L to R) Adrian Murry, Clintoria Johnson, Michael Minor


FAITH AND ORGAN DONATION GO HAND IN HAND

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.

Mississippi DPS Officials Recognized for their Efforts in Saving Lives

DPS Examiners responsible for registering 98%
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Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials, Major Ken Brown and Captain James Kelly, were recognized by Donate Life Mississippi in Meridian on Wednesday for their efforts to register more Mississippians as organ, eye and tissue donors. Donate Life Mississippi is a union formed by Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF) from Memphis, TN, and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank (MLEB), to promote the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. 

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Captain James Kelly & Major Ken Brown were awarded Certificates of Appreciation from Donate Life America and Donate Life Mississippi for their work in promoting organ and tissue donation through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Driver Services Department.

“Major Brown and Captain Kelly have been instrumental in increasing donor designations in Mississippi through Driver Services,” said Chuck Stinson, the Director of Community Services and Relations for MORA. “DPS is responsible for 98% of the registrations across the state and this year we have seen a 2% increase in registrations per encounter thanks to the efforts of Major Brown, Captain Kelly and their examiners,” added Stinson.

Brown, the Director of Driver Services, says he is pleased with his examiners and their impact on saving lives but that the department, in conjunction with Donate Life Mississippi can always do more. “We can educate better to show them (DPS Examiners) why, asking people to be donors is important. We can also do more public events to show how we are changing lives.”

“We’re so glad to recognize the employees of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Driver Services. All of us at Donate Life Mississippi realize that it starts with them,” said Randa Lipman, Community Outreach Manager for MSTF. “They give Mississippians an opportunity to say ‘yes’ to being an organ and tissue donor which in turns helps save lives. We honor and salute them!”

DPS examiners are required by law to ask those receiving a new Mississippi Driver’s License or renewing a current one if they wish to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. To date, the DPS has registered nearly 745,000 of the 760,000+ Mississippians registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

This recognition comes during National DMV Appreciation Week across the country where Donate Life state teams and Donate Life America celebrate the work of the Motor Vehicle Departments (DMVs) across the country for their partnership and commitment to asking the donation question to their customers every day.  


“Our DMV partners are the people on the front lines of service who have helped register more than 130 million donors”, says David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “Even with advances in technology, the DMV partnership remains a primary source of donor registrations. We could not have reached this milestone of registered donors and lives saved without the partnership and support of DMVs.”

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.

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:

Drive for Life Brochure – Event Information
Drive For Life Brochure – Mail-in Entry Form