January 11, 2016 Orlando, FL –
TransLife Organ and Tissue Donation Services, the not-for-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving 10 counties in east-Central Florida, would like to extend a sincere thank you to the organ and tissue donation community. The year 2015 closes with an astounding 329 lives saved as a result of 124 heroic local organ donors. This represents the greatest number of donations ever facilitated by TransLife and a near 59 percent increase over 2014, when TransLife facilitated 237 organ transplants from 78 donors.
Under new leadership of Executive Director David DeStefano, who began his journey with TransLife in January of 2015, TransLife staff and leadership worked with area partners to implement new procedures that fostered the organization’s growing success.
“In addition to our strong DSA partners, we at TransLife are also so grateful to the OPO community for the tremendous support – from site visits to guest lecturers – that helped shape this past year and make my transition to Central Florida such a smooth one,” said DeStefano. “Our donation world is very special and the support and collaboration we have received have been a testament to the community as a whole. I would like to extend a special thank you to our Florida partners: Danielle Cornell, Liz Lehr, Dennis Heinrich and Larry Cochran. Thank you also to our community partners including Helen Nelson, Lori Brigham, Charlie Alexander, Howard Nathan, Jeff Orlowski, Christy Corbitt, Donald Stouder, Jason Woody, Andrew Mullins, Debbie McGrann, Elling Eidbo, Kunam Reddy, M.D., Jacqueline Honig M.D., Mark Strong, Perry Lange, Scott Brubaker, Scott Bottenfield, to name a few.”
TransLife’s service area includes Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Indian River, Seminole, Sumter, Lake, Okeechobee, Flagler and Volusia counties in east-Central Florida. The organization currently employs 41 full-time employees and is responsible for educating 3.8 million people on the importance of organ and tissue donation.
“I would also like to personally thank Dr. Robert Metzger, TransLife’s Medical Director, for all his support and guidance as we work to grow donation and transplantation in Central Florida,” DeStefano said. “Of course, our biggest thank you goes to those heroes and their families who said “yes” to organ and tissue donation. In their last hours, they gave a lifetime.”