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Please fill out the form to register as an organ and tissue donor. By registering as a donor you consent to donate your organs and tissues at the time of your death. Organs and tissues will be recovered for the purpose of transplantation, however, in the event a donated organ or tissue cannot be used for transplant, an effort will be made to use the donation for research.
July 1, 2022
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) hosted its ninth Annual Spero Awards on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at the Sheraton Flowood Refuge Hotel and Conference Center. The awards ceremony recognizes hospital partners, medical professionals, and community partners who help make the Donate Life mission possible. The keynote speaker for this year’s event was Brooke Lillie, a two-time recipient who received a heart at 13 months and a kidney donated by her husband 20 years later.
Susan Russell of Singing River Health Systems received the agency’s Award of Distinction, an award given to those that have long been proponents of donation in Mississippi and worked to promote the gift of life throughout their careers.
A total of 14 Spero Awards were presented to individuals and organizations from areas throughout the state. The word Spero is Latin for “I hope.” The title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a lifesaving organ or a life healing tissue transplant.
2022 Spero Award recipients:
Mississippi Lions Eye Bank (MLEB) presented the Gift of Sight Award to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and the Partners in Vision Award to Ocean Springs Hospital, for their work in helping to facilitate sight saving corneal transplants.
A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 9 minutes and an average of 17 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. Currently there are nearly 1,300 Mississippians on the 100,000+ national organ transplant waiting list with over 1,200 of those waiting on a kidney transplant. MORA wants everyone to know one organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 75 recipients or more. Join the one million Mississippians who are currently on the Mississippi Donor Registry by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor at msora.org/register.