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
National Tree of Life
Donate Life America (DLA) and United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) invite you to join us for the National Tree of Life virtual event to celebrate life, honor the gift, and remember the lifesaving generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and donor families. On December 17 at 5 p.m. EST, we will share stories and honor the legacy of donors in each state who gave the gift of life in 2020 and celebrate the thousands of lives they saved.
The National Tree of Life virtual event is an opportunity to gather together to recognize the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation, to pay tribute to donors and their families, and to celebrate the lives of recipients across the country. We also hope this event may be a moment of solace for friends and families who are grieving, and for all who may experience a greater sense of loss during the holidays.
2020 event program
David Fleming, President & CEO, Donate Life America (DLA)
Brian Shepard, CEO, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Stories of Hope
Shalonda & Greg Jones, kidney patient on the national transplant waiting list
Andrew Jones, heart recipient
Deanna Santana, donor mother
Pono Shim & Malcolm Lutu, living kidney donor and recipient
Recognition of Donors - By State
Lisa Schaffner, UNOS
States will be called in alphabetical order. For each state, the number of organ donors in 2020, and the number of lives they saved, will be shared. As each state is called, a volunteer on site at UNOS will hang an ornament on the national trees of life and light a candle of remembrance. All of the volunteers are DLA and UNOS staff or ambassadors, each with their own personal connection to donation and transplantation.
Closing Song, The Gift
Gary Snead, donor father
In years past, the program provided 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.
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.