National Donor Memorial
Located at United Network for Organ Sharing, the National Donor Memorial honors America’s organ and tissue donors. Funded entirely by private contributions, the 10,000-square-foot memorial garden was designed by a volunteer committee of donor family members, living donors and transplant recipients from across the country.
The memorial symbolizes the emotional journey experienced by donor families during the donation process.
Connecting donor families and recipients
Sometimes donor families and recipients choose to contact one another. While the decision to share your experience is a personal choice, many donor families and recipients find comfort in correspondence. How to reach out.
The National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence
Established by UNOS in 2010, The National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence honors “unsung heroes” who have gone above and beyond in promoting organ donation in their community. Like the Donor Memorial itself, the award acknowledges that no transplant takes place without the donor.
Tom and Susan Robinson, 2020
Jim Gleason, 2019
Terry Murray, 2018
Alejandra Cortes, 2017
Harvey Steele, 2016
David and Susan Caples, 2015
Barbara Lee, 2014
Patty Jo Herndon, 2013
Tom Gano, 2012
UNOS National Tree of Life Celebration
The annual celebration is held the first Thursday in December and honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors while also offering solace to their families who often experience a greater sense of loss during the holidays.
The program, which is streamed live on the UNOS Facebook page, provides an opportunity for families to hang an ornament of their choosing on the Tree of Life in memory of their loved ones. Many of those ornaments can be seen here. During the Tree of Life Celebration, families will hear empowering testimony from those who have made similar decisions during the last year, and those donors, as well as others who have contributed in the past, are recognized during the program. The annual celebration also includes testimonials from a transplant recipient and a waiting list candidate as well as the lighting of the Tree of Life.
The Tree of Life Celebration is held at United Network for Organ Sharing with the support of the following organizations: UNOS, Donate Life America, LifeNet Health, Inc., Old Dominion Eye Foundation, Henrico Doctors’, VCU Health and Donate Life Virginia.
Make a gift to the National Donor Memorial
Your gift supports the 10,000 square foot memorial garden located in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to organ donors nationwide, as well as programs and activities supporting education, tours and memorial celebrations. Give now.