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Monday, January 11, 2016

Record Year for Organ Donation in Illinois


ITASCA, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 01/11/16 -- Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving lives in Illinois and northwest Indiana, helped save and enhance more lives through organ and tissue donation in 2015 than in any other year in its history. During the year, 379 people became organ donors, resulting in 1,077 organs being transplanted successfully, and more than 2,000 people became tissue donors.

But organ and tissue donation is not about numbers. It's about people -- donors, donor families and transplant recipients -- and their stories. So allow me to share a story to illustrate the impact donation has on individuals, families and communities.

Domonique "Nikki" Smith, 18, was a loving daughter, actress and straight-A college student whose life story ended in June 2015, but not before she left a special legacy of love and compassion. Continue reading


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