The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency promotes the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation year-round across the state. If you are looking for a speaker or for us to attend a future event, just fill out the Outreach Activity Form below and we will get back to you soon!

MORA Events

HERO Bike Ride

We invite you to take part in our annual Hero Ride to raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Beginning at Pass Christian War Memorial Park, cyclists will bike along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on March 2, 2024. Choose from a 50-mile, 30-mile, or 10-mile ride. Registration is opening soon!

Racing for Donation 8k Run/Walk

Racing for Donation is a 5k/8k Run/Walk to bring awareness to the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation. It’s held annually during Donate Life Month in April. Our next race is scheduled for April 13, 2024, at The District at Eastover in Jackson.

Spero Awards

The word Spero is Latin for “hope.” The title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ, eye, and tissue donation brings to those in need of a life-saving organ or a life-improving tissue transplant. The Spero Awards recognize hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners, and donor advocates who work in conjunction with MORA and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank (MLEB) to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation to ultimately save and heal lives. This year’s Spero Awards will be held in April.

National Observances

National Donor Day – February 14

National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets, and marrow by participating in blood/marrow drives or donor registration events. It is also a day to recognize our loved ones who have given the gift of donation, have received a donation, are currently waiting, or did not receive an organ in time.

National Donate Life Month – April

National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features an entire month of local, regional, and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

National Donate Life Blue & Green Day – April 14, 2023

The public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to spread awareness about organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation.

National Minority Donor Awareness Month – August

National Multicultural Donor Awareness Month is a collaborative initiative of Donate Life America (DLA), Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to save and improve the quality of life for diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Outreach activities during this month include events to provide donation education, encourage donor registration and promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

National DMV Appreciation Month – September

The first-annual National DMV Appreciation Week took place in 2016. The DMV partnership remains the primary source of donor registrations. DMV and driver’s licensing partners are the people on the front lines of service who have helped register more than 130 million donors. DMV Appreciation Week is a time for the Donate Life Community to say thank you and show its appreciation of DMV partners across the country through national and local events and outreach.

National Donor Sabbath – November

This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States, in order for congregations to come together to learn about and celebrate donation and transplantation, and pray for those affected by it.

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