Valentine’s Day extends beyond matters of the heart, honors organ, eye, and tissue donors for National Donor Day

Though February 14 is most well-known for displaying acts of love through Valentines, something most people are not aware of is the day’s recognition for another matter of the heart…or kidneys, liver, lungs, tissue, or corneas. In addition to celebrating love, the 14th of February also recognizes those who have given the gift of life through […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 years later, a grateful heart recipient honors his donor and continues to celebrate a new lease on life

September 2019 The “widow-maker” Life was pretty good for Richard Henderson. He was married, professionally employed, and able to both teach and perform music part-time. His cardiac health had never been a concern, and he described himself as being “robustly physical” all his life. That’s why, at 55 years old, a severe and life-threatening heart […]

‘Paula is my hero’; grateful kidney recipient meets family of woman who gave him gift of life

Paula Williams was a strong and independent woman. Paula did nothing but her best job on any task given to her. Paula grew up in a poor family and as an adult took great pride in the life she worked hard to create for her family. Anything that had her name on it was done […]

Guest Speaker and Tissue Recipient Jason Schecterle visits LifeCenter Northwest

Earlier this summer, our staff welcomed guest speaker and tissue recipient, Jason Schecterle to our office headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. Jason’s message of hope and resilience in the face of tragedy was an inspiration to everyone in the room. On March 26, 2001, Phoenix Police Officer Jason Schecterle was struck from behind in his patrol […]

Benefis Health System donor to be honored on Donate Life Float at Rose Parade

Each year, LifeCenter Northwest selects a donor from our service area to be honored on the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. We are joined by organizations from across the nation in sponsoring donor families, living donors, and transplant recipients to attend the parade, connect with others touched by donation, and […]

Bellevue Donation Celebration wraps up summer gatherings

Each year, those who have been touched by organ, cornea, and tissue donation in Western Washington gather to celebrate the gift of life and remember those who gave to others. The annual Donation Celebration is hosted collaboratively by LifeCenter Northwest, the local organ procurement organization, and SightLife, the local cornea recovery organization. This year’s event […]

LifeCenter Northwest and SightLife host event to bring donation community together in Spokane

Last month, we hosted our third Donation Celebration of the year in Spokane, WA. These events are hosted in collaboration with our donation partner, SightLife, and give the organ, eye, and tissue donation community an opportunity gather together to honor a powerful gift. Our theme this year, “Every act of kindness creates a ripple” symbolizes the kindness of […]