National Minority Donor Awareness Day Aug. 1

The Gift of Hope African-American Task Force works to empower African-Americans to save lives through organ and tissue donation. Its members include transplant recipients, donor family members and advocates working together to educate other African-Americans about the critical need for donation in their communities.

The Task Force conducts hundreds of education programs every year through its Chicago, North Shore, South Suburban, Northwest Indiana and Rockford chapters. For more information, contact Jack Lynch, Gift of Hope director of Community Affairs, at (630) 758-2732.

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is the federally mandated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) working with hospitals and families in the northern three-fourths of Illinois and northwest Indiana. Established in 1986, Gift of Hope is among the largest of the nation’s 59 OPOs. Its main office is located in Elmhurst, a west suburb of Chicago, with satellite offices in Springfield, Rockford, Peoria, Champaign and Bloomington-Normal.

For more information, contact Julie Steller at (815) 258-4419.

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