UNOS announces national donor memorial award winner

UNITED NETWORK FOR ORGAN SHARING

UNOS named Alejandra Cortes of Dayton, OR, the winner of its 2017 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence in recognition of her untiring efforts as a donation advocate. This is the first time in the award’s history that it was bestowed upon the family member of an organ recipient.
Nine years ago Alejandra’s younger brother Jose suffered a heart attack. Although Jose survived the heart attack, a heart transplant saved his life. While recovering from his transplant, Jose asked Alejandra to help him serve his community and give others a second chance at life. The siblings planned a festival where the Spanish-speaking community in Oregon could receive, in a joyful way, information about organ, eye and tissue donation. Alejandra is now the lead organizer for this family event that features live music, games, raffles, face painting, clowns, Zumba, health information, free dental and eye exams, and testimonies about donation. Beginning in 2011, thousands of Oregonians have learned accurate information about donation and transplant for the first time and have taken the step to register donors and educate others in their families. Continue reading
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