Road to the Rose Parade honors Benefis Health System organ donor Julie Shepherd

Julie Shepherd was fiercely competitive and an exceptional athlete, but also radiated empathy and kindness to friends and strangers alike. In her short 17 years, her generosity touched the lives of many. On Tuesday Nov. 12, Julie’s friends and family joined staff from Benefis Health and LifeCenter Northwest to celebrate her life and honor the legacy […]

A life of service: From the Army to organ procurement

November 2019 LifeCenter Northwest Surgical Organ Recovery Specialist, Les Olson, has worked in organ donation for over 50 years. That’s right 50. Though he has served one of the longest tenures in the field, his service to protecting and saving lives began in 1963 when he joined the US Army as a paratrooper in the […]

Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day: A tissue recipient’s story of hope and healing

October 2019 Thank you to the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations for sharing Kate’s story When Kate Kane was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2011, her doctor outlined the options for treatment. Kate’s doctor explained how each course of action would impact her options for reconstruction. Kate’s doctor raised the option of using […]

Dedication Garden honors donors, families, recipients, and waiting list candidates on Rose Parade Float

Each year, the Donate Life Rose Parade® float honors organ, eye, and tissue donors from across the country and inspires people to save and heal lives. An integral part of the float design includes a Rose Dedication Garden. The garden is made up of personalized messages of love, hope, and remembrance. The messages are attached […]

Organ donors save a record number of lives through donation and transplantation

September 2019 119 organs, including 53 kidneys, were provided for transplant in August thanks to the generosity of organ donors across Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington Continuing a seven-year upward growth trajectory of life-saving milestones, August saw 35 organ donors, 119 organs donated for transplant of which 53 were kidneys, the most of any […]