Each spring WRTC dedicates a day to honor and remember those individuals who have given the ultimate gift — the Gift of Life. Donor families join recipients, transplant surgeons, members of the WRTC staff and Board of Directors and many others in the transplant community to pay tribute to our donors. More than 600 persons attend this meaningful event.
Highlights of the program include the presentation and dedication of the newest Donor Remembrance Quilt, a message from a donor family, a thanksgiving from both an organ and tissue recipient, as well as a representative from the transplant community. All donor families are presented with a plant and a remembrance gift during a pictorial tribute of their loved ones. Families have an opportunity to bring a quilt square in honor of their loved one to be pinned during the ceremony. The program concludes with a candle lighting service. Music plays an important role in the non-denominational service, and a reception is held immediately afterwards to offer those attending the opportunity to meet and share fellowship with other donor families and recipients.
The Donor Family Gathering allows families to celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones and to witness first hand how organ and tissue donation truly makes a difference in the lives of so many.