It’s been a busy start to 2019 at Outlive Yourself Foundation!
As we announced late last year, we are now a part of Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) as a way to expand how we honor and support the gift of life. For anyone unfamiliar with STA, it is a non-profit organization that serves as a connector between those who make the decision to donate their organs and tissues and those who need a lifesaving transplant. For more than 40 years, STA has been saving and enhancing lives by recovering donated organs and tissues for transplant in one-third of the great state of Texas. To-date, STA has recovered more than 23,000 organs and saved or enhanced the lives of more than 100,000 people.
Outlive Yourself Foundation and STA are united on three key objectives:
- Driving research and education that will lead to more successful organ transplants
- Supporting the donation of organ and tissues while educating the public on the importance and need of donation
- Assisting the needs of donor families and transplant recipients.
The key to reaching these objectives is the building of our new, state-of-the-art facility in Dallas. This 77,000 square-foot building, the first of its kind in Texas, will feature operating rooms, a donor recovery center, and offices; it is built to save time for the medical professionals who often spend hours on the road between the organ donor locations and the transplant centers.
Our building will have organ donor care units, four operating rooms, organ donor management services, and organ donor recovery rooms. There will also be a lab for testing to be done prior to the donation, as well as training rooms for the surgeons. Our building will also feature a glass wall that will face a donor memorial garden, water feature, and 100-year-old oak tree, and will have a room where organ donor families can meet organ transplant recipients.
Check back here regularly for updates on our progress. We’re excited to embark on this next phase of our organization!