ITASCA, IL — (Marketwired) — 02/01/16 — Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, the not-for-profit organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation 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 transplanted. More than 2,000 people became tissue donors in 2015. Gift of Hope is one of 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States. OPOs are responsible for coordinating the donation process and increasing the number of registered donors.
“These achievements underscore the remarkable dedication of Gift of Hope and its healthcare partners in their efforts to honor the decision to donate and bring lifesaving organs and tissue to people in need,” said Kevin Cmunt, Gift of Hope President/CEO. “In 2015, we helped more people than ever before in our 29-year history and made a huge difference in the lives of many people. But none of this would have been possible without the selfless decisions made by individuals and family members to offer the gift of life to others through donation.”