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Gift of Life Breaks National Record for Life-Saving Organ Donations
Date:1/12/2010

is remarkable achievement occurred as Gift of Life spent the year celebrating its 35th anniversary.  Over the past three decades, the OPO has helped coordinate more than 29,000 life-saving transplants along with approximately 300,000 of tissue transplants. Gift of Life plans to keep that momentum going, and the scope of work will continue to increase through outreach efforts and new programs.

One of the most exciting initiatives of 2009 was the groundbreaking that began construction of the Gift of Life Family House.  Slated to open in the fall of 2010, the 30-room facility will provide temporary lodging and supportive services to family members of adult and pediatric transplant patients traveling greater than 30 miles to Philadelphia for their transplant care.  In addition to lodging, the development of educational resources and services tailored for the needs of these family members is underway.

Working to increase organ donation and transplantation has not only been a local focus, but one that Gift of Life has taken on both nationally and internationally.  Gift of Life, and specifically Nathan, have been working in collaboration with donation professionals around the world to combat donation abuses and promote best practices.  This included multiple presentations at the biannual International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) in Berlin last October – an organization which Nathan served as president for the past two years.  He also provided expert testimony to the United Nations about combating organ trafficking and worked with healthcare professionals to promote donation in The Philippines in November.  The organization – through its educational arm, Gift of Life Institute – has trained more than 3,000 donation professionals both nationally and internationally on best prac
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