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TOGETHER IN

HOPE 2016 ANNUAL REPORT 2017 CALENDAR


of LIFEGIFT

Welcome to our 2016 annual report and 2017 calendar, “Together in Hope.” Please enjoy the pages filled with both heartwarming stories of love and generosity and bittersweet stories of loss turned into hope. Human connection is the common theme across these pages. It is the power of these human connections that made 2016 such a transformative year for LifeGift and all those we serve. By all of us working together – from our dedicated LifeGift staff and board of directors, to our hospital and transplant partners, caregivers, Ambassadors of Hope, friends and community leaders – we were able to offer more hope, save more lives and take care of more families than ever before. Offering hope and making it real begins only when donors and the donor families make the decision to say “YES” to donation in the hope of helping others. As more individuals and families said “YES” to organ, eye and tissue donation in 2016, we continued to expand with the opening of our new addition to the Houston office to house our Communication Center for Donation (CCD) and a contemporary training facility. We broke ground on a new state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth, which will open in September 2017 to help us improve our capabilities to coordinate organ and tissue recovery. In February, we migrated our clinical information system to iTransplant, an advanced, best-in-class system that allows us to better track and share critical donation information with our transplant centers and hospital partners. We also invested heavily in training programs to help our staff learn how to better serve families in crisis and make the decision to donate, all to increase our impact on the waiting list of people counting on us to help save their lives through transplantation. As we shift our focus to 2017, we look forward to growing our community outreach programs – such as our fun runs, with races set for Houston, Fort Worth and an inaugural race in Lubbock. We will formalize and further develop our Aftercare program to help the increasing number of donor families during their grief journey following donation. As we continue to increase our impact through more organs and tissue for transplant, we will be working hard to improve our clinical effectiveness. Through formalizing learning management systems and strengthening our aggressive recruiting programs to bring seasoned professionals to LifeGift, we are becoming stronger and more proficient in our efforts to help maximize and optimize every donation opportunity. Thank you to all of our partners for sharing our mission. Thank you to every donor and donor family who had faith in LifeGift to turn tragedy into hope for others. With all of you, together in hope, we will continue the honor and privilege of serving others with passion, compassion and professionalism. With warm regards, Kevin A. Myer, MSHA

Sharyn Ivory, FACHE

President and CEO of LifeGift

Chair, Board of Directors

Visit LifeGift.org/2016 for a special video message from Kevin.


These growing numbers have brought countless people together in hope. Organ Donors

2016

Tissue Donors

2016

Lives Saved*

2016

266

2015

397 1,158

1,045

2015

1,038

2015

1,310

388 174 0

*Includes local and imported organs transplanted

FLYOUTS

LifeGift occasionally flies out to accept lifesaving organs from donors outside our service area.

500

1,000

1,500

Fiscal Year 2016: Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016

PERFUSED KIDNEYS

Perfusion helps preserve the function of the kidney between recovery and transplantation.


With 9 million Texans registered on the Donate Life Texas Registry, LifeGift is feeling its impact. 68 70

IN 2017 LIFEGIFT

30 CELEBRATES

YEARS Founded on Aug. 18, 1987, LifeGift was originally known as Gulf Coast Independent Organ Procurement Organization. Here’s to 30 more years of offering hope!

ORGAN & TISSUE DONORS

ORGAN DONORS

406 TISSUE DONORS

544

REGISTERED TEXANS BECAME DONORS IN 2016


2016 Donor Memorial Events and Flag Raisings

Ambassadors of Hope in Action

Here are just a few glimpses of the inspiring moments we shared in 2016.


2nd Chance Runs in Houston and Fort Worth

Texas Medical Center Hispanic Transplant Symposium

Transplant Games of America


Flying Hope Across the Skies Brian Swinhart’s favorite passenger aboard his Learjet 60XR is named Hope. Hope is special to Brian and the rest of the crew of Million Air, the official air transportation provider for LifeGift. Hope is not a person. Hope is the expectation that something good can come from any situation. On board a Million Air plane, Hope represents lifesaving transplants and comfort to grieving families. Brian is one of 42 pilots who support LifeGift’s operations, transporting recovery staff, surgeons and other medical personnel. “Being able to transport hope in the form of lifesaving organs is very rewarding,” Brian said. “You’re making a difference in people’s lives. It’s humbling.” Before flying on medical missions, Million Air primarily catered to the entertainment industry and flew rock ‘n’ roll bands across the country, providing services to the likes of Garth Brooks, Peter Cetera of the band Chicago and members of Duran Duran. “While flying entertainers was fun, it wasn’t nearly as meaningful as saving lives,” said Roger Woolsey, CEO of Million Air. “When there’s a life at stake, it puts purpose and perspective on everything. When the team learns that the mission they did saved a 3-year-old child, it is awe-inspiring and motivates us to work that much harder.” Roger said that the entire ecosystem for transplantation and donation is amazing. Just within Million Air, there are many pieces that need to be orchestrated – sometimes in the early morning hours – from fueling the planes and feeding the crew and passengers to performing standard maintenance on the aircraft.

Brian and Roger from Million Air

“Being able to transport hope in the form of lifesaving organs is very rewarding.”


Both Roger and Brian freely admit that before becoming involved in lifesaving missions, neither of them gave much thought to organ, eye and tissue donation. “Other than the checked box on my driver license, I never really thought about it,” Brian said. For both gentlemen and other Million Air crew members, organ donation has given their jobs a whole new meaning. In fact, a large majority of Million Air’s aircraft were recently outfitted with the Donate Life Texas logo – a symbol of commitment to the cause. Million Air’s footprint also includes Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) and Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA). “LifeGift and our sister OPOs in Texas are immensely grateful to Million Air for being our partner in offering hope to those who need it most,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift. “They are an instrumental connection in a complex system that has a direct impact on saving lives.”

TOGETHER IN

HOPE

Join us in hope. More people would register as donors if they only knew the impact they could make.

We are truly “together in hope.” It is hope that unites us as we strive to save more lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Along with your calendar,

Please make sure to visit LifeGift.org for a more in-depth look at this year’s calendar participants and their connections. There you will find additional photos of the participants and gain insight from others they’ve encountered along their journey.

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you have received a paper doll cutout. Using the hashtag #LifeGiftStories, help us spread the word on your favorite social sites by posting a photo sharing why you registered as an organ and tissue donor.


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Anything for family. Romana Nasir & Ahman Johnson Mother and Son Living Kidney Donor and Recipient January 12, 2015, CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital; Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas

There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her child. For Romana Nasir, that meant literally giving a part of herself. After nearly seven years of dialysis for her son, Ahman Johnson, who suffered from kidney disease, doctors said it was time for a transplant. Romana was the first to be tested – and she was a match. “I had no worries after that,” Ahman said. Everything changed for their family after the transplant. Ahman no longer has to spend 12 hours every week on dialysis. He can eat whatever he wants. He and Romana have made some great friends, including Spike Johnson, the photographer who covered their participation at the Donate Life Transplant Games, and Julie Guillen, a child-life specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital. Now Ahman is entering eighth grade – in all upper-level classes – with wisdom beyond his years: “Keep pushing and never give up,” he said. See the full story at LifeGift.org/RomanaandAhman

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 New Year’s Day

Tournament of Roses Parade (Donate Life Rose Parade Float)

8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH NATIONAL THANK YOU MONTH lifegift.org 800.633.6562

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On the living list. Dr. John Miller Waiting for a Heart CHI Baylor St. Luke’s, Houston, Texas

Dr. John Miller thought he was healthy. He ate right, participated in sprint triathlons and enjoyed a fast-paced career as a chiropractor. So it was a shock when a “widow-maker” heart attack revealed John had seven different serious heart conditions, and would need a new heart. But he didn’t let this news get him down. He started volunteering for LifeGift, where he befriended Kellye Moran, LifeGift community engagement coordinator, and Dr. R. Patrick Wood, chief medical officer. He has celebrity status at CHI Baylor St. Luke’s, where he received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) until a lifesaving heart can be found for him. Brandie Hajdasz, LVAD coordinator, and Dr. Andrew Civitello, John’s cardiologist, have also become close connections. So while John may be on the waiting list, he considers himself on the “living list” and lucky to be there, finding meaning and forging lifelong friendships. See the full story at LifeGift.org/JohnMiller

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 Groundhog Day

National Wear Red Day

5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Super Bowl LI Houston, Texas

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Valentine’s Day

Lincoln’s Birthday

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Donor Day

19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Presidents Day

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH NATIONAL HEART MONTH Feb. 12-18 – Random Acts of Kindness Week

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Rainbow in a storm. Manuel Romero and Lisa Corpus Donor Parents

Benjamin Romero Organ Donor Nov. 18, 2013, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Manuel Romero and Lisa Corpus describe “hope” as being knocked down by a storm, but recognizing God’s rainbow. “We found part of our rainbow when we met the young recipient of one of our son’s organs,” Lisa said. A severe asthma attack claimed 2-year-old Benjamin in 2013, but they donated his organs to save the lives of other children. Warm support from people like Terry Boggs, chaplain at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, helped them find perspective despite their unspeakable grief. “If it were the other way around, we would want someone to make the decision that could save our baby’s life.” A little more than two years later, they met Benjamin’s liver recipient, 4-year-old Jacob Lopez-Godoy, and his family at a special ceremony co-hosted by LifeGift and Cook Children’s. Together, they laid flowers on Benjamin’s grave. “It’s hard to put into words all that has transpired,” Lisa said. “We’re family now.” See the full story at LifeGift.org/RomeroFamily

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 Ash Wednesday

5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Daylight Saving Time Begins

St. Patrick’s Day

19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Spring Begins

26 27 28 29 30 31 American Diabetes Alert Day

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National Doctors’ Day

NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH NATIONAL EYE DONOR MONTH NATIONAL SOCIAL WORKER MONTH

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Proudly marked for life. Donnie Speers Liver Recipient April 18, 2014, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Donnie Speers told his wife, Kathy, he couldn’t fight anymore. He’d been losing his battle with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency for almost a year. Things seemed to be looking up when Donnie made it to the waiting list – but then unfortunate circumstances caused him to lose his first liver match. Donnie’s health and spirits took an even steeper dive. He was sure one night in April 2014 was his last. Kathy told him not to give up. Half an hour later, they got the call. Donnie received his new liver on Good Friday. Nicole Shelton, his pretransplant coordinator, and Dr. Tiffany Anthony, transplant surgeon with Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, celebrated the good news with Donnie and Kathy. Afterwards, Donnie received a specially created tattoo on his left forearm in memory of his donor. Now, he gives back by going above and beyond as an award-winning volunteer in the community. See the full story at LifeGift.org/DonnieSpeers

S M T W T F S 1 NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH Apr. 3-9 – National Public Health Week Apr. 23-29 – National Volunteer Week

April Fool’s Day

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 World Health Day

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Passover Begins

Palm Sunday

Good Friday

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Earth Day

Easter

Passover Ends

Transplant Nurses Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Donate Life Blue and Green Day

Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run in Houston

23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Administrative Professionals’ Day

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A gift through grief.

Linda Saulsberry has endured more than any parent ever should, yet remains passionate about helping others. Linda’s son, 11-year-old Darius Bell, was a caring kid who loved science and making his mother laugh. But Darius was unexpectedly taken from this life on Sept. 7, 2011. Linda Saulsberry Despite Linda’s unimaginable sorrow, she chose to donate Darius’ organs, knowing he would have Donor Mother, Fort Worth, Texas wanted to help others. It inspired Darius’ big sister, Arianna Shed, to register as a donor, too. Four Darius Bell years later, Arianna was 17 and planning to join the military when she also tragically passed Organ Donor, Sept. 7, 2011, Cook Children’s Medical away. Linda honored her daughter’s wishes, again offering hope and saving lives. The chance Center, Fort Worth, Texas to save others – as well as the support from friends like Gary Williams, a chaplain at JPS Health Arianna Shed Network – helps her cope. “My children are still living through someone else,” she said. “And I, Organ and Tissue Donor, Sept. 16, 2015, too, hope to give one day.” JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas See the full story at LifeGift.org/LindaSaulsberry

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 National Day of Prayer

Cinco de Mayo

National Nurses Day

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run in Fort Worth

Mother’s Day

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Ramadan Begins

28 29 30 31 Memorial Day

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NATIONAL FITNESS MONTH CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS MONTH NATIONAL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION MONTH OLDER AMERICANS MONTH

May 6-12 – National Nurses Week May 14-20 – National Police Week May 21-27 – National EMS Week

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Reclaiming joy. Fransisco Miguel “Mikey” Diaz Kidney Recipient Sept. 20, 2014 Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas

Fransisco Miguel “Mikey” Diaz was tired. Since losing a kidney to spina bifida at 3 months old, his life had revolved around medications and catheters. At 19, he’d been on the transplant waiting list for 20 months, and on dialysis for eight. Declining health and multiple surgeries drained his spirit; he even stopped taking his medicine. Then one September night at 1 a.m., the phone rang. Mikey had a kidney, thanks to donor Jesse White, who passed away at age 25. “My whole mindset changed,” Mikey said. “I had hope again and started taking care of myself.” Now Mikey spreads joy by cheering up kidney patients at Texas Children’s Hospital and visiting friends he’s made on his transplant journey, like Helen Currier, director of renal services, and Donna Esposito, co-manager of Team Texas in the Donate Life Transplant Games. “I encourage other kidney patients to never give up,” Mikey said. See the full story at LifeGift.org/MikeyDiaz

S M T W T F S 1 2 3

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Flag Day World Blood Donor Day

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Summer Begins

Father’s Day

25 26 27 28 29 30 Ramadan Ends

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A new hope. Sydney Kussler Liver Recipient April 21, 2011 Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas

Hope has meant many different things for the family of Sydney Kussler, age 12. When her mother, Jennifer, first became pregnant with Sydney, they hoped for a healthy baby. When Sydney was diagnosed with biliary atresia, they hoped she’d live to age 2. Later, when 5-year-old Sydney was placed on the waiting list for a liver, they hoped some grieving family might selflessly decide to donate. Nine weeks after that, a 1 a.m. phone call granted their dearest wish. Sydney received her liver at Texas Children’s Hospital, where child-life specialist Mary Hand worked with Sydney through her hospitalizations and the liver transplant process. Now, an active Sydney – involved in drill team, Girl Scouts and the Donate Life Transplant Games – fulfills the Kusslers’ dreams for a happy, healthy child every day. The Kusslers pass it on by encouraging others dealing with biliary atresia, like the family of little Elise Babin. See the full story at LifeGift.org/SydneyKussler

S M T W T F S 1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Independence Day

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 July 9-22 – Every Community Has Opportunity (ECHO)

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The gift of giving. Azalea Walker Donor Daughter Fort Worth, Texas

Tina Walker Organ and Tissue Donor Dec. 18, 2015, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Azalea Walker’s mother, Tina, taught her about giving in countless ways. Tina served in the U.S. Navy and Air Force Reserves; in the Navy’s anti-drug program, D.E.F.Y.; and at Destiny Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Tina was just 54 when a brain hemorrhage took her life, but as a registered donor, saved six lives and helped countless others through the gift of tissue and eyes. Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth raised the Donate Life flag in Tina’s honor in April, and LifeGift’s Susan Nelson, donation clinical specialist, and Ashley McCollum, donation systems specialist, later sent the flag to Azalea. “My experience with LifeGift has been great,” she said. “I am very grateful to have worked with caring, kindhearted people.” The experience also granted Azalea one last lesson from her mother: “She left a legacy of giving. This has helped tremendously throughout my grieving process, providing an unexplainable peace and comfort.” See the full story at LifeGift.org/AzaleaWalker

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run in Lubbock

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 International Friendship Day

13 14 15 16 17 18 19 LifeGift 30 Year Anniversary

20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Aug. 1-7 – National Minority Donor Awareness Week

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Faith it till we make it. Danny Medrano Waiting for a Kidney Houston, Texas

Danny Medrano and his wife, Suelen, looked forward to starting a family together until, in 2012, a severe case of influenza A landed Danny in the ICU. Miraculously, he pulled through. But a string of life-threatening complications followed. Danny lost the vision in his right eye and nearly lost a foot to an infection. Kidney failure set in, and Danny went on dialysis, where by chance his nurse was Consuelo Mendez-Vaca, who’d gone to school with Suelen. The Medranos have been waiting for a new kidney – and their chance to have a child – since October 2014. Through all the desperate prayers and answered prayers, they have remained strong through their love, their community and their faith. Claudia Sánchez, multicultural outreach/public relations coordinator at LifeGift, has helped them offer hope to others by sharing their story with the media. “We stay positive,” Danny said. “We will faith it till we make it!” See the full story at LifeGift.org/DannyMedrano

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Labor Day

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Grandparents’ Day

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

National Day of Service and Remembrance

17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Rosh Hashana Begins

Rosh Hashana Ends Fall Begins

24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Yom Kippur

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No stranger to hope. Karen Duncan Bone Graft Recipient Nov. 11, 2007, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Karen Duncan is no stranger to grief. In fact, she’s spent her life helping people who are dealing with loss. A registered nurse, she’s worked in the trauma and neuro ICU, in organ and tissue recovery at LifeGift, and in hospice as an admissions nurse. She experienced great personal grief when she lost her husband Clarence “Sonny” Duncan, in 2010. But Karen also knows the hope that organ and tissue donation provides; she’s even received bone grafts in her spine. “I’m grateful to have met many remarkable families who, in their time of deep grief, offered hope to the many waiting recipients.” Now retired, Karen volunteers for LifeGift as an Ambassador of Hope, where she has reconnected with Lesia Miller – a donor mother she worked with more than 20 years ago – and with her former colleague, mentor and friend, Ron Ehrle, longtime managing director of LifeGift’s Fort Worth office. See the full story at LifeGift.org/KarenDuncan

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Columbus Day

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Hispanic Heritage Month Ends

National Bosses Day

Sweetest Day

22 23 24 25 26 27 28 National Make a Difference Day

29 30 31 Halloween

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As beauty does. Jaslyn Biera Donor Mother, Lubbock, Texas

Mia Biera Organ Donor March 25, 2016, University Medical Center Lubbock, Texas

Jaslyn Biera’s daughter, Mia, was beautiful inside and out. At 16, when her father took her to get her driver license, she signed up to be an organ donor. “She called me at work and told me she registered,” Jaslyn said. “I was so proud of her for being a selfless person.” Two years later, at almost 19 years old, Mia had graduated from high school, taken a year off and was looking forward to attending college when she and her boyfriend were killed in a car accident. LifeGift Donation Clinical Specialists Laura Atkins and Jessica Kirkendall were assigned to the case. They both remember how grateful Mia’s family was that she had made the decision in life to give in death – which took the burden of choosing off their shoulders. “My baby girl was a giver,” Jaslyn said. “It made her feel good to help somebody else.” See the full story at LifeGift.org/JaslynBiera

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH NATIONAL HOSPITAL & PALLIATIVE CARE MONTH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AWARENESS MONTH NATIONAL MARROW AWARENESS MONTH

All Saints’ Day

All Souls’ Day

Nov. 10-12 – National Donor Sabbath

5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Election Day

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Veterans Day

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Thanksgiving

26 27 28 29 30 Giving Tuesday

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Heart of an angel. Edwina Ehmann Heart Recipient April 7, 2013, Memorial Hermann HospitalTMC, Houston, Texas

Edwina Ehmann registered as an organ donor at age 16. Forty years later, she found herself waiting for a heart. Her cardiologist, transplant team and support group at Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC all encouraged her to hope. In April 2013, she received the call that saved her life. Three years later, Kaylen Maduka, LifeGift donor family services coordinator, and Beth Mosele, Memorial Hermann heart transplant social worker, worked together to arrange a meeting between Edwina and the family of her 18-year-old heart donor, Miguel “Angel” Hernandez. “Miguel’s sister and her two girls wanted to listen to his heartbeat,” Edwina recalled. “For the first time, I realized in my mind this was not my heart beating. I told them they will never know how much it meant to me that they gave me life.” Today, Edwina finds many ways to encourage others to hope – such as volunteering for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. See the full story at LifeGift.org/EdwinaEhmann

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Advent Begins

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Hanukkah Begins

17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Hanukkah Ends

Winter Begins

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Advent Ends

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Christmas

Kwanzaa Begins

New Year’s Eve

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Donor Registration Takes a Creative Turn With Donate Life Texas The Donate Life Texas (DLT) Registry continued its upward trajectory in 2016 and it has reached 9 million registrants. In partnership with the three organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the state and 12 eye and tissue banks, DLT debuted some creative and innovative approaches to increasing donor registration and making it easier than ever before. Early in the year, DLT representatives began using the new DLT mobile app to make donor registration quick, easy and secure. By scanning the back of a driver license or ID card, it takes only seconds to sign up to save lives on the DLT donor registry.   Both the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the Texas Association of Student Councils have selected donor registration with DLT as a statewide service project for 2016-17. To empower

members and provide turnkey resources and education for hosting local registration drives and activities, DLT and the three OPOs created the online DLT Unite 4 Life Partners portal. DLT then expanded the National Donate Life Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety Appreciation Week into a monthlong celebration throughout September. All 220 Texas driver license offices throughout the Lone Star State received an in-person visit from a DLT representative, thanking them for having registered nearly 6.6 million Texans since the registry was established in 2005. As we enter 2017, we look forward to new opportunities and new possibilities to inspire more Texans to say “YES” to donation!

Acknowledgements LifeGift thanks Ralph Lauer for his generous contribution of photography throughout the 2017 calendar. We would also like to thank Troy Fields for his photography for our Million Air story. LifeGift thanks Nora’s Home in Houston and the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth for donating their space for our photo shoots.


Grants and Contributions LifeGift’s board of directors and staff wish to express sincere appreciation to the following individuals and organizations that generously contributed to our programs in 2016. AmeriLoan Cash Andrews Myers Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center BMP CHI St. Luke’s Health Cook Children’s Health Care System CryoLife DoubleDimond Public Relations DreamTeamDrive The Dubose family H-E-B Houston Methodist Sugar Land Houston Jewish Community Foundation Friends and family of LifeGift

Friends and family of Ravell Smith Friends and family of Twana Schulz IRONMAN Foundation, Inc. J. Michael Treviño Jerry Durant Auto Group KoKo FitClub Kroger Larry and Elaine Vincent Life Quest Million Air Mike and Berni Elder Nora’s Home Orangetheory Fitness Organ Recovery Systems Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth Red Boot Foundation

Reynolds Dental Clinic State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship program Taylor’s Gift Texas Children’s Hospital Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth The Living Bank TEXR Foundation Theresa Castruita Todd Harmon Orthodontics Tops Termite and Pest Control Transplant Connect The Van der Linden Family Foundation

*As of September 2016

Executive Leadership Team Kevin A. Myer, MSHA

Carolyn Olivarez, LVN, CPTC, CPHQ

Patricia Rubin, CPA

Brian Roe, MS, CTBS, SSLBBP

President and Chief Executive Officer Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

R. Patrick Wood, M.D., FACS Chief Medical Officer

Laura Frnka-Davis, B.S., APR

Managing Director of Communications

Managing Director of Quality Systems

Senior Managing Director of Tissue Services and Communication Center Operations

Donna R. Smith, MSN, RN Managing Director, North Region

David Staley, SPHR, SCP

Jerry Dunn, Six Sigma Green Belt

Senior Managing Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development

Justin Johnson, RN, BSN, CPTC

Schawnté Williams-Taylor, RN, BSN, CCRN, CPTC

Managing Director of Information Systems Managing Director, West Region

Jessica C. Leibold

Senior Managing Director of Facilities and Purchasing

Managing Director of Clinical Operations, Southeast Region

2016 Board of Directors Sharyn Ivory Chair

Steve Sanders Chair-Elect

Adriana Valencia Secretary

Edward Kuntz Treasurer

Stacy Bacon, M.D. Robert Boudwin Nancy C. Cychol Tom Flanagan Matthew Girotto John Graham, M.D., D.Min Jenifer Jarriel George Mallory Jr., M.D. Kevin A. Myer Elaine Nelson Roberta Schwartz Emeritus Barclay Berdan Edward K. Massin, M.D. Ruth Schiermeyer Lawrence Schkade


800.633.6562 NORTH

1701 River Run, Suite 300 Fort Worth, TX 76107 817-870-0060 817-870-2073 fax

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SOUTHEAST

2510 Westridge St. Houston, TX 77054 713-523-4438 713-737-8100 fax WEST

5812 64th St. Lubbock, TX 79424 806-798-5568 806-798-5572 fax

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2017 LifeGift Calendar (English)  

LifeGift's 2016 annual report / 2017 calendar, "Together in Hope" features the stories of individuals affected by organ and tissue donation...

2017 LifeGift Calendar (English)  

LifeGift's 2016 annual report / 2017 calendar, "Together in Hope" features the stories of individuals affected by organ and tissue donation...

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