“‘Legacy of Hope’ is a better reflection of the spirit and purpose of our organization,” said Chris Meeks, executive director. “Since our founding in 1979, we’ve had a dedicated purpose. We provide comfort to families in the midst of great loss by offering at least one positive result from their tragedy: an opportunity for their loved ones’ legacy to live on through the lives of others. And through their generosity we extend hope to those waiting for the precious gift of life. Our new name is more in line with that goal.
“Legacy of Hope is about what happens next: opportunity and potential and hope. The organization’s mission has not changed, just the name; our operations continue seamlessly.”
One in three Alabamians is a registered organ and tissue donor. Meeks says the goal is to increase those numbers.
“The need for donors is more critical than ever,” he said. “One person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. And each day, 20 people die because an organ does not become available in time. Through our various programs and initiatives throughout the state, Legacy of Hope educates people about the importance of organ and tissue donation. We want to inspire and empower people to create a legacy that extends hope to people in need. I urge anyone considering donation to visit our website to learn more.”
Facts and Figures:
Right now, more than 113,000 men, women and children in the United States are on the organ transplant waiting list. Nearly 2,000 of those waiting are in Alabama. One organ donor can save eight lives, and one tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of 100 people. Visit LegacyofHope.org.