“Welcome to Mid-South Transplant Foundation”
2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America Flag Signing
The Donate Life Transplant Games of America is a biennial event held in the United States to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of individuals whose lives have been affected by eye, organ, and tissue donation.
Bryan Lawton is a returning member of Team Mid-South and a transplant recipient. “I had a double lung transplant in 1997. This is my second transplant games. Last year I played basketball, golf and racquetball and I hope to compete again this year.”
Erskine Gillespie, Community Development Coordinator for the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, says, “It’s about highlighting the fact that transplantation works. It takes people who were once so sick that they were told they were going to die and now they’ve been restored to life where they can go out and compete in an athletic activity.”
There are currently more than 123,000 individuals on the national waiting list for an organ transplant. More than 28,000 lives are saved each year in the U.S. through organ donation. A new person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
National Donate Life Month Celebrated at Mississippi State Capitol
Jackson, MS- 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.
Donate Life Mississippi (DLM) 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 Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) was also there as great partners of DLM. 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.
Guess who is featured on the University of Memphis website cheerfully signing up registered donors?
It’s our own Yvonne Adams representing MSTF with all of her enthusiasm and her beautiful smile! Way to go Yvonne and COR!!
TGA Team Members Share with Methodist
In a presentation to Methodist, team members shared their experiences at the Transplant games.