Donor Family Gathering

Valerie Schneider  APRIL 20, 2017
26th Annual Donor Family Gathering to be held in Washington, D.C.
More than 100 local organ, eye and tissue donors to be honored this Sunday

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) will host its 26th Donor Family Gathering on Sunday, April 23rd at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. This non-denominational service is held annually to honor and remember local organ, eye and tissue donors who so generously gave the gift of life. The Donor Family Gathering is WRTC’s signature community event and brings together almost 500 people whose lives have been touched by the power of organ donation and transplantation.

Lisa Colaianni has been a Donor Family Advocate with WRTC for more than a quarter of a century; a pillar of strength and support for families who lost loved ones, she provides them comfort and company throughout their grief journey. “It’s important for our community to understand that donor families are solaced knowing that their loved ones were able to save lives through donation,” says Colaianni. “The Gathering also provides hope to our recipients and those patients who are waiting for life-saving transplants.”

As part of the program, the service will include the dedication of the 21st Donor Remembrance Quilt. Considered “the face of donation,” the quilt is hand stitched and sewn with 16 separate patch squares, each one representing a local donor who gave the gift of life. Included in this year’s quilt is Noah Leotta’s patch, the Montgomery County police officer killed by a drunk driver in 2015 during a routine traffic stop.


The Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) is the Washington D.C. area’s organ procurement organization (OPO) whose mission is to recover organs and tissue by preserving every donation option, excelling in recovery and placement, and providing care for donors and their families. WRTC is a non-profit serving more than 5 million people, 44 hospitals and 6 transplant centers. WRTC’s services encompass recovery services, donor family support, hospital services, and community education. To learn more about WRTC, visit us at



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