Legacy of Hope Promotes Organ and Tissue Donation

More than 100,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant which means a second chance they can live a healthier, more productive life. On average, 17 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

Legacy of Hope is Alabama’s federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization which coordinates organ and tissue donation for transplant and research. Its stated mission and vision are to end the wait and suffering by shepherding the gift of life to those in need of organ and tissue transplants with its core values being compassion, hope, dedication, integrity, collaboration, and belonging.

For individuals with end-stage organ failure, organ transplantation may be their only option for health and life. This need aligns with the department’s mission to promote, protect, and improve Alabama’s health. The organization also encourages people to make healthy choices which may keep them from needing a transplant.

“It is our hope to alleviate the misconceptions that pervade the donation community. In partnership with the ADPH, this endeavor is paramount to alleviating the number of men, women and children waiting on a transplant,” Dr. LaToya Bishop, multicultural educator at Legacy of Hope, said.

Donor registration is the most effective way to save lives through donation and is a sign of support to those who continue to wait. Currently, 54 percent of the U.S. adult population are registered organ, eye and tissue donors with about 40 percent of licensed drivers registered in Alabama. Yet, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated.

Flyers will soon be available at county health departments to provide organ donation information to the public. In addition, volunteer ambassadors are located throughout the state to share information about donation and how it has impacted their unique journeys.

For more information, contact LaToya R. Bishop Ph.D., M.P.H., Legacy of Hope, 421 Richard Arrington Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35233, e-mail [email protected] or call (205) 516-8645.