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Go on one tour.
See something special in Kansas City.
Do it to support organ, eye & tissue donation.
Hope you will join us on Saturday May 2, 2020 for this one-of-a-kind event. Details will follow!
Life Savers Rally
Educate. Inspire. Talk About It.
650 students from 19 high schools gathered for the 17th annual Life Savers Rally hosted by Gift of Life at Rockhurst High School. Dr. Rich Hendrickson explained his journey of becoming a pediatric transplant surgeon. Emily Ewart shared why she donated a kidney to her sorority sister when she attended K-State. Kidney recipient, India Caffey shared her story of triumph over defeat and through it all she graduated from college. And Carthesa Hutson shared how their son Chris gave hope and second chances when he became an organ donor at 19. Gary Dixon, Chris’s heart recipient shared his gratitude for his life saving gift.
Olathe North won the Tag It contest for the best design for a customized license plate about donation. Blue Valley High School was awarded the Life Savers Achievement of Excellence for empowering teens to communicate the life value of organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Life Savers Rally educates and inspires students about organ, eye & tissue donation through presentations of loss, hope and survival.
Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who contributed to this very special day!
Thank you to the following schools for attending the 2019 Life Savers Rally!
Blue Valley High School
Eudora High School
Fort Osage High School
Lexington/La Ray Technical Center
Oak Park High School
Olathe North High School
Olathe Northwest High School
Pembroke Hill High School
Ruskin High School
Schlagle High School
Shawnee Mission East High School
Shawnee Mission North High School
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee Mission South High School
Southeast High School
Staley High School
Tonganoxie High School
Truman High School
Donor Mom, Carthesa Hutson with heart recipient, Gary Dixon
Life Savers Rally Sponsors
Jim & Carol Burrows
Larry & Jan Finn
Jewish Community Foundation of Greater KC
Dr. Brad & Amanda Koffman
Anne Peterson In Memory of Bryan Barrow
Sam Price Family Foundation
Saint Luke’s Health System
Rob & Connie Waldrop
Andrew & Vicki Widman
Golf Fore Life
Isabelle Ellis Memorial Golf Classic
Isabelle died at the age of three waiting for a heart transplant. Her family started this annual golf tournament to help Gift of Life pursue its mission to provide support, awareness and success of organ, eye and tissue donation through education, mentoring and collaboration with partners and individuals in the transplant community.
The Golf Fore Life Isabelle Ellis Memorial Classic on September 20th, celebrated its tenth year by netting $27,000 to support the programs of Gift of Life. As they played for a great cause the golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at St. Andrews Golf Club. Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who contributed to make this event possible!
Chris & Amanda Ellis with Honorary Chairs Sherri & Danny Doherty
Golf Fore Life Sponsors
(Annual gift of $5,000 or greater
for at least three consecutive years)
Jim & Karen Day
Dan & Sherri Doherty
Jerry & Donna Ellerbusch
– In Memory of Deborah
Jamie & Jo Forster
Mike & Vicki Graft
Nate & Kim Harbur
Sean & Alix Kumer
Olathe Medical Center
Angel & Jody Olson
Margi & Keith Pence
Jim & Teresa Sorlie
The University of Ks Health System
Eagle Sponsor – $5,000
Birdie Sponsor – $2,500
Par Sponsors – $1,500
Strickland Construction Co.
AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
Hole Sponsors – $1,000
Beach Blinds, Draperies & More
Hatch Family In Honor of Conor Rock