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. Peter Jordan Pintens

    Peter Jordan Pintens

  2. Winston Morris, Jr.

    Winston Morris, Jr.

  3. Mack Caldwell

    Mack Caldwell

  4. Ralph Popp

    Ralph Popp

Voices of Donation

“But there is comfort in knowing that he lives on, not just in our hearts, but also in the lives of those benefiting from his donated tissue. Connelly always had an open heart and wanted to help everyone.”

– Rosemarie Sanders, donor wife
Connelly Sanders, Jr.

“I’m really, really thankful that someone donated so that I could receive an allograft.”

– Diane Hickey, recipient
Diane Hickey

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 am very happy my husband decided to donate, because it feels good to know that some of him is still here.”

– Katrina Lewis, donor wife
Kenneth Lewis

“One of the most surprising things about the donation was how many people our gift helped. It was a comfort to know that Patrick’s generosity continued even after death.”

– Kay Peterson, donor wife
Patrick Peterson