Los Angeles, CA —
OneLegacy Foundation Donates $100,000 for the Fallen Soldier Donor Memorial that Honors Veterans Who Gave the Gift of Life
To be located in the National Donor Memorial at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Headquarters in Richmond Virginia
American men and women who lost their lives in combat and who chose, along with their families, to give the gift of life through organ donation will be honored with a “Fallen Soldier Donor Memorial.”
In a Veteran’s Day announcement, OneLegacy Foundation, which funds organ donation promotion,research and support, said it would provide a $100,000 grant for the design, construction and installation of the memorial at the UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) headquarters in Richmond, VA with a companion bas-relief plaque to be dedicated at the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Ramstein, Germany.
The Memorial was inspired by lung transplant recipient Gary Foxen, when he heard of the many U.S.soldiers who were airlifted from combat zones for intensive care treatment at Landstuhl Hospital, who could not be saved, but whose families chose to donate their organs to save other lives. Gary was inspired by the generosity of these soldiers’ and families’ gifts, which were transplanted in Germany and nearby countries because transport time to the U.S. was too long to allow for transplants here.
These soldiers gave their lives protecting the people of distant countries and all of us back home, and in death continued to serve and give to people and families in need – not just in their own communities but around the globe. This memorial honors their sacrifices for all of us and their spirit of giving that we can all emulate by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Gary, who also conceived of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, now in its 13th year of honoring donors,celebrating recipients and inspiring us all to Donate Life, passed away a year ago, many years after a successful lung transplant.
The Fallen Soldier Donor Memorial was designed by architect Chris Fultz, the designer of the National Donor Memorial, and will be fabricated over the next 6 months with a goal of installation in Summer 2016. Learn more about the National Donor Memorial.
For more information, call OneLegacy at (800) 786-4077 or visit their website