In 1995, WRTC began the donor family quilt project as a way for families to be involved in a tangible memorial to their loved ones and their gifts of life. All WRTC donor families were invited to create a quilt square to honor their loved ones. The project began in January of that year and by April, three finished quilts were presented at the Donor Family Gathering.
Today, we have 23 beautiful quilts that hang in the WRTC office for visitors and staff to appreciate. These quilts continue to travel throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. They have been on display at almost every hospital in WRTC’s service area and featured at numerous community meetings, media events, health fairs and presentations. In addition, many families have provided a narrative of their quilt square that is posted on this web page.
The 23rd and last physical quilt was dedicated at the Donor Family Gathering at the National Presbyterian Church in April 2019. During the dedication, WRTC Chief Executive Officer Lori Brigham announced the newest memorial opportunity for donor families as we transition from a physical to a virtual donor memorial. In late 2019, a virtual donor memorial will be introduced on this website. Families will have the opportunity to provide photos and a narrative that will be woven into an individual slideshow and tribute page for their loved one. Information on how to participate will be posted on the website soon and sent to donor families’ homes as we prepare to launch this memorial. Contact the Donor Family Advocates at with any questions.