According to Southwest Transplant Alliance President/CEO Patti Niles,
Have you ever considered that whether an organization was deemed “essential” or not has never come up before the age of COVID? Organ and tissue donation is an essential corner of healthcare that saves lives. Not only for the recipient of the life-saving or life-enhancing gift – but for the family left to grieve.
Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) might be a best kept secret in North Texas because organ and tissue donation has not impacted your life. But for more than 40 years, we have served North Texas in every major hospital system. You might not have ever seen us, but our staff are grieving together with families on their worst day – the day they are told a loved one’s miracle isn’t today, and they won’t be coming home. We give hope and an ease to this great loss by presenting the gift of organ and tissue donation. And that gift is passed on to more than 112,000 individuals awaiting a life-saving organ, or a woman needing a tissue donation after a mastectomy, or an athlete undergoing ACL repair. You can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of many more through the gift of tissue.
Soon, our essential care will expand even further with the opening of the STA Donor Recovery Center in the fall of 2020. The Recovery Center will revolutionize organ donation and transplantation and provide compassion-centered care every step of the way. STA will be able to deliver the nation’s most advanced care and support to organ donors and their families in this place where hope and healing come together.
Every life is a story; one of love, family, friends, memories, and purpose. For every person awaiting a transplant, the stories are very similar.
Honor the gift of life and play an essential part in our lifesaving mission by supporting organ donor families, transplant recipients and research initiatives today.
* Graphic and photo provided by Southwest Transplant Alliance