Recent News

Please note that the information in each of the following press releases is only current as of the date of the release. RTI Donor Services undertakes no obligation to update the information in the press releases to reflect new information, the occurrence of future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

  1. Tissue Recipient Presents Donor Family with Framed Memorial Portrait of Son During Special Event

    Growing up, Mike Erickson played football and enjoyed the outdoors. He was very quick-witted, with an exceptional sense of humor. His mother Dorothy describes him as a computer geek and said he had talked about going to school in the computer field. Before graduation, Mike enlisted in the Marine Corp.

  2. Mother, Grandmother to be Honored for Tissue Donation on Rose Bowl Parade Float

    Lisa “Michelle” Middleton of Gainesville, Fla., originally from Charleston, SC, passed away very suddenly at the young age of 44.  Lisa had just said good bye to her co-workers at RTI Surgical (RTI), an Alachua, Fla.-based organization that prepares donated tissues for transplantation – and was driving down the road…

  3. Tissue Recipient and His Donor to be Honored on Rose Bowl Parade Float

    Growing up, Mike Erickson played football and enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, trail biking, canoeing, swimming, ice fishing – he loved them all. He was very quick-witted, with an exceptional sense of humor. His mother Dorothy Beckman describes him as a computer geek and said he had talked to going…

  4. Gainesville Mother, Grandmother to be Honored for Tissue Donation on Rose Bowl Parade Float

    Tissue donor Lisa Middleton’s daughter Tara Bryant, along with additional family and coworkers from Alachua-based RTI Surgical

    WHAT:           Lisa’s daughter will be putting the finishing touches on a special framed floral portrait of Lisa that will grace the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade float in honor of her gift of…

  5. Colby Young Man to be Honored for Tissue Donation in Rose Bowl Parade Float

    Tissue donor Mike Erickson’s Colby, Wis. parents – Dorothy and Denny Beckman – along with additional family and friends and staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as Colin Lepley, the 20-year-old young man who received a tissue graft from Mike’s donation.

    WHAT:           Mike’s parents will be putting the finishing…

Voices of Donation

“After learning about donation she decided that if anything happened to her she would want to be a donor herself.”

– Deborah, donor sister
Nancy Quick

"He always wanted to bring his brothers together and called himself the father of his brothers."

– Jouita Orzabal
Jose Guadalupe Tijerina Vargas

I was still very sad about the loss of my mother, but suddenly her death was not senseless, or meaningless. Someone benefited from it, and part of her actually lives on.

– Kathy Birthisel, donor daughter
Norma Jean Pierce

“I never appreciated tissue donation before going through this experience.”

– Christie Blakely, recipient
Christie Blakely

“Donation is helping Evan to live on,” Jessica said. “It keeps his memory alive and we know that somewhere out there someone has a part of him and is living a better life because of him.” 

– Jessica Hauk, donor mother
Evan Hauk