Recognizing Donor Families

RTI Donor Services is dedicated to educating communities on life-saving and life-enhancing organ and tissue donation and honoring the generous tissue donors who gave the Gift of Life and their families who helped to facilitate the gift.

Recognizing Donor Families

Through many local and national events and activities, we are proud to have the opportunity to provide support to our donor families and thank these individuals who make the gift of donation possible.

Rose Parade

RTI Donor Services has helped sponsor the Donate Life Float since its first Tournament of Roses Parade appearance in 2004. The float is designed to help raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Each year, RTI Donor Services’ sponsorship includes the selection of a float rider to represent the importance of tissue donation.

National Donor Recognition Ceremony

The National Donor Recognition Ceremony and Workshop (NDRCW) is a biennial event held by the Federal government on odd-numbered years in the Nation’s capital. The NDRCW pays tribute to all Americans who have donated organs, tissue or marrow to save or enhance the lives of others. RTI Donor Services sponsors a donor family to attend each biennial ceremony.

Transplant Games

The U.S. Transplant Games, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, are an annual Olympic-style event for athletes who have received life-saving organ transplants of every type – kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow. RTI Donor Services is proud to support the Games and to honor the donors who make possible the miraculous feats of transplant recipients.

Tree of Honor

This special wall mural depicts a Tree of Honor recognizing the generous faces of tissue donation. It is housed at the RTI Donor Services location in Middleton, Wis. Hundreds of framed donor photos are positioned in the Tree of Honor’s “branches.” This serves as an on-going memorial to those who donated bone, skin, heart valves, veins and connective tissues to save and enhance the lives of others.

Donor Memorial Pond

The Reflections of Life Donor Memorial Pond is located at the headquarters of RTI Donor Services in Alachua, Fla. The beautiful pond serves as a tribute to the many donors and their families that make the Gift of Life through tissue donation possible. The pond also serves as a very tangible reminder to our employees and visitors that the work we do is thanks to many very generous families.