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Discover resources available to our donor families for honoring loved ones who shared the gift of life.


LGBTQ+ community encouraged to register to save and heal lives

One of the many misconceptions about organ, eye and tissue donation is that members of the LGBTQ+ community are not able to register as organ donors, or receive a transplant. This is FALSE. Andrew Banacki, living kidney donor from Ohio, speaks on the misconceptions that come with organ donation and how his family’s life was …

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Donate Life Month 2022 was Un-BEE-lievable!

This April, Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) celebrated Donate Life Month in honor of those who have given the gift of donation, and those whose lives have been forever changed by receiving the gift of life. Thanks to the hard work of our partner organizations, 450 new people joined in the DonateLifeAZ Registry in April, …

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Celebrating Donate Life Day at the Capitol

In 2014, Marissa “Roo” Pummill’s life and memory was kept alive when her mother, Kellye Pummill, decided to donate her daughter’s organs. Roo was an animal lover, a compassionate person, and her sense of empathy lives on through her gift of donation. Thanks to Roo, six transplant recipients received the phone call they had been …

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Celebrating National Funeral Professionals Appreciation Day

March 11 is National Funeral Professionals Appreciation Day. Sometimes called the “last responders,” funeral home professionals are there at the end of someone’s life to guide each family. Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) partners with funeral homes across the state to ensure that we honor everyone’s end-of-life decisions, including organ, eye and tissue donation. We’re …

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What does a kidney do anyway? Learn about this vital organ for National Kidney Month!

For National Kidney Month 2022, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) asks you to take five steps to support your kidney health. The kidney is a vital organ. It’s shaped just like a kidney bean, hence the shared name. Its function is to filter and remove waste and extra fluid from the body, according to the …

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Happy National Donor Day!

Feb. 14 is most well known as Valentine’s Day, but here at Donor Network of Arizona, we like to celebrate National Donor Day and Valventine’s Day! We recognize the wonderful gift of heart and heart valve donation. In 2021, 396 heart valves were donated, and more than 60 heart transplants were completed in Arizona alone. …

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Thank you, Arizona: Organ donors set new record

Organ donors allowed for more than 40,000 organ transplants to happen last year, a notable accomplishment for the U.S. organ transplant system. It was more transplants than any previous year. That’s according to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the nonprofit that serves as the U.S. organ transplant system. “It is also a testament to …

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Delivering Hope: the gift of placenta donation

Lindsay Gibson was a young girl when she was introduced to just how valuable donation can be. Her father was not only a liver transplant recipient, but also received a lifesaving kidney. Lindsay saw firsthand how life-changing organ donation can be, as her father’s health changed drastically for the better. “His momentum, his energy was …

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The gift of tissue donation: How tissue donors give hope, healing & restored life

Did you know that tissue donation impacts the lives of more than one million people in the United States each year through transplantation? Let’s take a few minutes to talk about this incredible gift of healing! One tissue donor can help support the healing of more than 75 people by restoring mobility, supporting burn victims, …

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What exactly happens after you check the box at ADOT MVD? And how checking that box may one day save and heal lives.

If you’ve been to an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT MVD) office anytime over the last several years, chances are you have seen this line with that checkbox next to it: Be one in 4 million! More than 4 million people have joined the DonateLifeAZ Registry as an organ, eye and tissue …

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