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Soldier Honors Friend During World Travels
Donate Life MonthDuring his recent deployment, Army Staff Sgt. Erik Tofte carried a Donate Life flag to Africa, the Mideast, Europe and Southeast Asia and displayed it to honor college friend Cameron Chana, who saved and enhanced more than 30 peopleís lives as an organ and tissue donor. Erik took photos of himself with the Donate Life flag during his travels and recently presented the flag and a photo book to Cameronís parents, Robert and Lori Chana. The Chicago Tribune and The Doings newspapers have chronicled Erikís story.

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Donor Husband Shares Donation Story on WGN
Donate Life MonthGift of Hope and organ and tissue donation were featured on a recent segment of WGN-TVís Focus on Family. Alison Smith, our Vice President of Operations, and Kevin Helmer, a donor husband, were the guests. Alison talked about the importance of being a registered organ and tissue donor and sharing that decision with family and friends. Kevin generously shared the story of his wife, Niki, who died in 2011 and saved the lives of three people as an organ donor and many others as a tissue donor.

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DONATION ON PARADE
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Vivian Lefferts Honors Son at 2013 Rose Parade
LeffertsNormal, Ill., resident Vivian Lefferts was one of 32 people who traveled to Pasadena, Calif., to ride on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on New Yearís Day to honor a loved one who gave hope and life to others through donation. Vivian honored her son, John, a tissue donor whose gifts have touched the lives of more than 30 people since his death in 2004. Vivianís husband, Larry, accompanied her to share in the festivities surrounding the parade. We invite you to view pictures from the Leffertsí experience.

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DONATION IN THE NEWS
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Kevin Cmunt Named Gift of Hope President
CmuntKevin Cmunt is Gift of Hopeís new President/CEO, replacing Jerry Anderson who retired after 25 years of service to Gift of Hope. Kevin formerly served as Executive Vice President of AlloSource, our tissue processing and distribution partner, for 12 years. In that role, he was responsible for AlloSourceís external relationships, including donor services, and drove progressive product development to honor the gift of donation by maximizing its impact for physicians and tissue transplant recipients. Kevin, a Chicago native, resides in Glen Ellyn.

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