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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.
   More than 7,000 participants from across the United States will travel to Cleveland for the event, including Team Mid-South. 
   This festival-style event brings athletes, living donors, donor families, as well as members of the amazing medical community involved in transplantation together to promote awareness of the life-changing impact that donation represents today. Teams compete in a variety of sporting and non-sporting competitive events to demonstrate how their lives have been changed through the gift of life.
   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.”
   Today, team members signed the official 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America flag, which is traveling across America and will be raised during the Opening Ceremony of the Games in June, 2016.
   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.”
The teams compete in a variety of sports including cycling, swimming, track and field, ballroom dancing, golf, singing, basketball, poker, corn hole, etc. Special events will also take place to honor donor families.
   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. Sadly, 22 people will die every day waiting for lack of available organs.
   One organ donor can save as many as eight lives. A tissue donor can enhance the lives of up to 50 more. So one person can help almost 60 people.

National Donate Life Month Celebrated at Mississippi State Capitol

Donate Life Mississippi promotes life-saving and life healing organ, eye and tissue donations

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.

MSTF Advisory Board Member

Sheridan Smotherman, MSTF Advisory Board Member, New Tri-State Defender 2016 Women of Excellence Honoree.

Baptist Desoto Honored

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    A DeSoto County hospital leads the Mid-South for saving lives through organ tissue donation.
    The Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF) Friday gave Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven an award as the number one hospital in that area.
    The award was presented at the hospital’s conference room in Southaven with officials from the facility and the MSTF on hand as part of a hospital event.


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.