As part of National Donor Awareness Month, the Intermountain Healthcare Abdominal Transplant Program at Intermountain Medical Center has invited all living kidney and liver organ donors and their recipients in the history of the program to join together on Monday evening for a night of gratitude, celebration, and recognition.
At Monday evening’s inaugural Intermountain Living Organ Donor Gala, kidney and liver recipients will present their organ donors with a unique Living Organ Donor Challenge Coin to recognize them for their selflessness and willingness to give the gift of life. Challenge coins have been part of U.S. military history for more than 100 years and historically were presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit.
“Those who give the gift of life are definitely a unique and special group of people that deserve to be recognized and honored,” said Diane Alonso, MD, medical director of Intermountain Healthcare’s abdominal transplant program.
Last year, the Intermountain Healthcare Transplant Program at Intermountain Medical Center transplanted 30 living kidney transplants and one living liver transplant. Since the program’s inception at Intermountain LDS Hospital in 1986, a total of 1,231 living kidney transplants and nine living liver transplants have been performed.
Gala attendees will also hear from Nicole Campbell, who was a living kidney donor to her neighbor in 2017.
6 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019
Intermountain Medical Center – Education Auditorium (Bldg #6)
5121 S. Cottonwood Street, Murray, UT 84107
(Parking is available just east of the Education Center)
Note: This event is not open to the public, however news media are invited to attend.