Events & Outreach

RTI Donor Services values our role in the donation industry as responsible stewards of the gift of tissue donation, as well as serving as a good community member, raising awareness of donation and honoring those who make the Gift of Life possible.

Industry Participation

RTI Surgical and RTI Donor Services are active in several organ and tissue donation industry organizations, and numerous employees serve in leadership roles.

  • American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)
  • Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
  • Donate Life America
  • National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)
  • National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Donation Education and Awareness

RTI and RTI Donor Services are dedicated to raising awareness of the need for life-saving and life-enhancing organ and tissue donation. Our corporate giving philosophy prioritizes donation awareness-related activities and programs, some of which include:

  • Donate Life America Rose Parade Float (founding sponsor)
  • State Coalitions on Donation
  • Five Points of Life
  • State and federal lobbying
  • ​Regional and statewide education and awareness initiatives

Donor Families and Recipients

  1. Elias Kluth

    Elias Kluth

  2. Nancy Quick

    Nancy Quick

  3. James Cantwell

    James Cantwell

  4. Suzi Resnick

    Suzi Resnick

Voices of Donation

Following Melissa’s death, donation was not a difficult decision for her mother. “I knew that that’s what Melissa had wanted.”

– Loni Wendt, donor mother
Melissa Hanson

“I tell people, especially other transplant patients, that I’m 95 percent pain-free, 95 percent of the time… There’s really nothing I can’t do.”

– Dawn Giese, recipient
Dawn Giese

“Rob was the greatest man I have ever known."

– Lori Rickerd
Robert Rickerd

“We are doing what we know Jessica would have done. We have comfort knowing that she lives on in the lives of the many who were helped by her donation.”

– Julie Mathews Adams
Jessica Mathews

“We saw donation as a way for him to live on, and we wanted to give someone else a second chance. It hurts that he went to Heaven but it feels good to know that he can help more than 50 people through his gift.”

– Theresa Lozada, donor wife
Victor Lozada