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SUMMER DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY) MEMORIAL PROJECT:
BOX OF MEMORIES
Ages: Everyone! It can be especially fun to share memories
with friends and family.
Purpose: To create a small box full of drawings, words, and/or
photos that remind you of your loved one and the memories
you shared. During difficult moments of missing your loved
one, you can use the Box of Memories to talk about your loved
one as a group or for individual reflection. It can also be useful
for children to use the Box of Memories to address any anxiety
or fears about “forgetting” their loved one. Because the box is
small, it can be taken along in a handbag, a backpack or even
kept in the car.
Completed Box of Memories
1. Decorate the outside of an empty tin box using glue,
decorative paper, stickers, markers, etc.
2. Recreate pictures or symbols of your loved one any way
a. Draw/color a memory of your loved one or something
that reminds you of them.
b. Cut out a picture or word from a magazine or news-
paper that reminds you of them.
3. Place memories (paper and pictures) inside your
Box of Memories.
4. Use your Box of Memories to have alone time remem-
bering your loved one, or share memories with friends
• Small box with lid (empty mint or candy tin works well)
• Paper (drawing paper, decorative paper, etc.)
• Markers, crayons, pens, etc.
• Old magazines or newspapers
• Photos of your loved one
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED, “WHAT HAPPENED
TO MY LOVED ONE’S ORGANS, EYES AND/OR
TISSUES THAT WERE DONATED FOR RESEARCH?”
Recently, a donor family shared their story about
their life, their family, and their son’s organs and
tissues being studied for research during this podcast http://
www.radiolab.org/story/grays-donation/. Thomas Gray died
six days after he was born due to anencephaly, a fatal birth
defect where the brain and skull did not fully develop. Sarah
and Ross Gray made the decision to donate Thomas’ organs
and tissues for research. As a result, Thomas’ corneas, retina,
cord blood and liver were studied and have lead to numerous
discoveries. When Sarah talks about her journey, she states,
“We need each other. Bereaved families need a way to find
hope in the midst of a crisis. Researchers need tissue in order
to advance medicine and science.” Through Thomas’ research
donation, Sarah said, “The way I see it, our son got into Harvard,
Duke, and Penn. He has a job. He is relevant to the world. I
only hope my life can be as relevant.”
About OneLegacy Research Partners:
OneLegacy partners with innovative research organizations
from all over the country. By partnering with different research
organizations and medical facilities, OneLegacy offers a variety
of new and innovative ways in which donors and their families
can save and enhance lives beyond traditional transplantation.
Current OneLegacy partners include:
• The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is an
organization that matches available diseased and healthy
organs, eye and tissue with research projects around
the country. OneLegacy donors have gifted heart, liver,
pancreas, lungs and kidneys to these studies to advance
treatments for diabetes, HIV, Cystic Fibrosis and heart
disease. For example, lungs recovered from patients with
Cystic Fibrosis have given researchers the opportunity to
develop the first drug to target the underlying cause of
• Cytonet works closely with OneLegacy to utilize donated
livers by recovering high quality liver cells and transplanting
them into patients with liver diseases, especially babies
waiting for a liver transplant. If the liver is not used for this
process, it is used for continuing their research with the
infusion of these liver cells.
• The International Institute for the Advancements of
Medicine (IIAM) works closely with prominent research
programs through medical schools and medical research
facilities to study donated organs and tissues and find
breakthroughs in treatments for many illnesses such as
asthma, cancer, diabetes and many more. For example,
hearts are being studied to enable researchers to develop
a durable, prosthetic heart valve to improve blood flow in
patients with aortic stenosis. Currently, the only treatment
for these patients is open heart surgery.
• City of Hope, Prodo Laboratories and Network for
Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPod) study
donated pancreases to better understand the disease
process in type 1 diabetes and/or the use of islet cell
transplantation as a treatment for type 1 diabetes. This
treatment transplants the cells from the pancreas which
are responsible for insulin production into diabetic
patients. With islet cell transplantation, often times, the
diabetic patient is no longer dependent on insulin.
Organ, Eye and Tissue Donations for Research by Anna Binder
Thomas Gray (Photo: Mark Walpole)
Donated organs, eyes and tissue have a tremendous positive
impact and are priceless, vital contributions to medical
advancement. From improving recovery techniques to
exploring the therapeutic potential of human cells and then
creating new forms of treatment, our research partners are
consistently developing and improving their investigations to
maximize the gift of life that has been given to them.
What OneLegacy Does:
Once authorization for research is provided by the donor or
by the donor’s family, OneLegacy then works to designate
approved research partners and projects, and assists with the
One Life. One Choice. One Gift.
• Cryolife uses heart valves to teach surgeons how to perform
life-saving heart valve transplants, which can positively
impact the lives of numerous heart patients.
• OneLegacy Eye Bank provides corneal tissues for research
to teach surgeons and recovery technicians about cornea
recovery and transplant which positively impacts donors
and patients for years to come.
Like donating for transplant, we hope that donating for
research brings comfort and hope, knowing your loved one’s
contribution is helping people who benefit from these medical
advances. If you have any questions about your loved one’s
donation, please contact Donor Family Aftercare at 1-800-
423-7220 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Grief Support Monthly Workshops on Saturday mornings 10am to 12pm
All ages welcome (children starting at age 3 ½).
English or Spanish speaking adults welcome.
SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS
Donate Life Night at Dodger Stadium
Date: Saturday, September 21
Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
Month Downtown Los Angeles Orange Redlands
SEPTEMBER 9/14/19 9/21/19 No group
OCTOBER: Día de Los Muertos “Day of the Dead”
Craft Workshop 10/12/19 10/19/19 10/19/19
NOVEMBER: Surviving the Holidays Craft
Workshop 11/9/19 11/16/19 11/16/19
DECEMBER 12/14/19 12/21/19 No group
JANUARY 1/11/20 1/18/20 No group
SAVE THE DATE
“IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!”
OneLegacy currently has over 8,000 donor family members on our mailing list. We send our
newsletter out by mail and email. Families remain on our mailing list for three years following their
loved one’s donation.
If you would like to remain on our mailing list and your loved one donated in 2016, please call or
email us at 800-423-7220 or email@example.com. When emailing or leaving a message,
please provide your name, the name of your donor and a phone number where you can be reached
in case we have a question.
We will be pleased to keep all interested donor families on our mailing list so that you will then
continue to receive The Companion which helps us to connect with donor families and provide
information on upcoming events and opportunities.
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This year’s parade theme, The Power of Hope,
honors the opportunity to look beyond
challenges of the moment and light a path to
a brighter future. The 2020 Donate Life Rose
Parade® float, “Light in the Darkness”, shares
the Power of Hope by highlighting Southeast
Asia’s Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, a
celebration of light shining in darkness. Organ,
eye, and tissue donation is often the first spark
of light families see when in their darkest of
moments, the opportunity to honor their loved
ones’ legacy provides hope and light to both
grieving donor families and grateful recipients.
We invite you to help bring the Donate Life
Rose Parade Float to life! For the first time, we
are hosting one decorating shift in November
and we will have three shifts in December. The
donor family decorating shifts are scheduled
for Sunday, November 17th from 12pm – 4pm; Thursday,
December 26th from 7:30am – 12:30pm and 1pm – 6pm; and
Saturday, December 28th from 1pm – 6:30pm. We will begin
taking sign-ups on October 7th at 9am.
In an effort to accommodate the growing number of famil