Thank you Donate Life Month Sponsors!

Sponsor BoardAs Donate Life Month has come to a close, we just want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, and contributed to all of the events and awareness throughout the state this month. Because of your efforts more people have registered as organ, eye and tissue donors, more people are having the donation conversation with their friends and families, more people understand the life saving benefits of the gift of life, and more lives on the National Transplant Waiting List will be saved. Thank you especially to our sponsors! They help us make this month’s outreach possible.

An Overview of National Donate Life Month 2016

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) recognized National Donate Life Month in April, by hosting a record-breaking number of events, joining 27 hospital partners across the state to celebrate the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation with balloon releases, Donate Life flag raising ceremonies, community luncheons, and registration tables to afford the public with an opportunity to sign the donor registry. This was the largest number of events held in Mississippi during National Donate Life Month in MORA’s history. Among hospital celebrations, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the home of Mississippi’s only transplant facility, partnered with MORA to host the second annual Legacy Lap. The event brought together both transplant recipients and donor families to celebrate the miracle of transplantation and to honor those who have given of themselves to save and heal the lives of others with the gift of life.

In addition to hospital events, the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency hosted community events that reached all corners of the state to promote awareness and share education about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. Promotional nights with the Mississippi Braves and Biloxi Shuckers offered the opportunity to honor the donor families and volunteers of the Wilbanks family and the Cartwright family, respectively, and gave fans an exposure to the world of donation they may have never experienced. Impressions of Life, an event that brought together over 90 donor family members, transplant recipients, and their families to paint in memory of a loved one or donor who shared the gift of life, was expanded to three cities for the first time in MORA’s history: Tupelo, Hattiesburg and Ridgleland.

The highlight of the month was the 5th Anniversary Racing for Donation 8k Run/Walk and Celebration of Life Picnic that surpassed milestones with more than 500 participants and raised the greatest amount of donations in the event’s history, all to the benefit of the MORA Public Education Fund.

MORA would like to thank our sponsors, like Organ Recovery Systems, for making this the best April ever!

Donate Life Mississippi Day Declared

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, was designated as “Donate Life Mississippi Day” in Senate Concurrent Resolution number 647, sponsored by Senator Josh Harkins at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson.

The resolution recognized the need for organ, eye and tissue donation across the country and in Mississippi where nearly 1,500 Mississippians are in need of a life-saving organ transplant.

That was also the message delivered at a press conference held at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon by Donate Life Mississippi. 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, to promote the need for organ, eye and tissue donation.

The emotional testimonies of heart recipient Timothy Lewis and donor dad David Wilbanks, both of Jackson, brought home the powerful message of how important donation is. Lewis received a life-saving heart transplant in January of 2014. Wilbanks is the father of Walker Wilbanks, who was a multiple organ donor in August of 2014.

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. Donate Life Mississippi wants everyone to know one organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more.

Also discussed during the press conference was the partnership between Donate Life Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). 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, DPS has accounted for over 98% of the 730,000+ donor designations in Mississippi.

To join those Mississippians who are currently on the MS Donor Registry visit www.donatelifems.org and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

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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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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Legacy Lap 2016

** IMPORTANT NOTICE **

Due to rain the Legacy Lap has been moved from the lawn facing State Street to the Norman C. Nelson Student Union on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This is the location notated on the invitation below as the location to use in case of inclement weather. We hope to see you there!

Please join the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, and the University Transplant Guild for a special afternoon to celebrate those who have been personally touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation. The 2nd Annual Legacy Lap will be held at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday, April 15th, 2016. The event will kick off shortly after 11:30 a.m. with a press conference to share the importance of registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and to share stories of donation. Donor families, transplant recipients, those on the National Transplant Waiting List, and their families and friends, will join staff to release balloons in honor of those who have given the Ultimate Gift of Life. Then, attendees will take the Legacy Lap, a walk in honor of  the Wall of Heroes. The Wall of Heroes is a special memorial wall at UMMC that recognizes organ, eye and tissue donors who left a legacy of hope to help others in need. The Legacy Lap will conclude back at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union, where food and refreshments will be served.

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In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Parking for the event will be available in Parking Lot D beside the Norman C. Nelson Student Union and Garage A beside University Hospital. Please find directions below: Direction Card_Parking Lot D_Event HereDirection Card_Garage A

Donate Life Night at the Mississippi Braves

Web_Mississippi BravesCome out to the ball park! The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) is partnering with the Mississippi Braves for the third annual Donate Life Night. It will be begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 8th, 2016, at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The second home game of the season, the Mississippi Braves will be playing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This year, MORA is honored to have the donor family of Walker Wilbanks to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the game in recognition of Walker’s legacy and gift of life to others.

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Pictured: The donor family of Walker Wilbanks, who will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.

Fans that show their organ donor registration card or the “red heart” on the front of their drivers license, which denotes the carriers wish to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, can purchase field level tickets for $7 each. The first 1,500 fans through the gate will receive a free Donate Life/Mississppi Braves baseball cap that matches those being worn by the Mississippi Braves the night of the game.

The players will also be wearing custom, hero themed jerseys as a part of their “Shirts Off Our Backs Jersey Auction” program. The jerseys will feature the Donate Life, MORA, and Mississippi Braves logos, and will be auctioned off during the game. Fans with the winning bids will be escorted to the field following the game to receive the jersey from the player who will autograph the jersey for the winners. All proceeds will benefit the MORA Public Education Fund to raise awareness of the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

 There will also be Donate Life registration tables throughout the concourse available for anyone who would like to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation or register to Donate Life. After the game and presentation of the jerseys, stick around for FIREWORKS!

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Donate Life Mississippi Day at the Capitol

Please join the Donate Life Mississippi State Team, which includes the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, Mid-South Transplant Foundation, and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, for Donate Life Mississippi Day at the State Capitol. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Mississippi State Capitol. During the event, a press conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. All media and friends of donation are invited to attend to celebrate April 2016 being named as National Donate Life Month in Mississippi and to bring awareness of the need for registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

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