Communication between donor families and the recipients completes the circle. It heals the hearts of the grieving families as well as promotes healing within the recipients as they take the opportunity to acknowledge the miraculous gift made possible by their donor.
If both the donor family and the recipient make the Aftercare Coordinator aware they would like to establish direct contact, the coordinator will assist in the process. The donor family and recipient must have established a relationship by written communication. Both parties must also agree to sign a release of information form before identities are revealed to each other.
We encourage the donor families to participate in the annual Celebration of Life Picnic. This is an event that brings recipients, donor families, living donors, clinicians, Legacy of Hope personnel as well as physicians together to celebrate LIFE. This event provides time to remember the donors who made the transplants possible.
Legacy of Hope holds the Life and Legacy Celebration twice a year for the donor families whose donation occurred in the previous year. This is a time for the donor families to honor their loved one surrounded by others who have experienced a similar loss. The family will receive an invitation in the mail for the Life and Legacy Celebration.
Alabama Donor Family Quilts are a patchwork of memories, lovingly created primarily by donor family members.