ITASCA, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 28, 2012) - Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, set a new Guinness World Record for registering the most people as organ donors in a single day on August 26 at the University's 2012 Quad Day event. Gift of Hope nearly tripled the previous record of 765 by registering 2,262 organ donors during the event.
"We are very proud to have set this new Guinness World Record, but we are even more proud of the fact that, by setting this record, we will ultimately make more lifesaving organs and tissue available to those in need," said Jerry Anderson, President/CEO of Gift of Hope. "We are extremely grateful to the University of Illinois community for its generous support of our lifesaving mission. With the University's help, we have made history and built a committed community of registered organ and tissue donors on the Urbana-Campaign campus."
About Gift of Hope
Celebrating 25 years of saving and enhancing lives in 2012, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization entrusted by the nation's healthcare system with coordinating organ and tissue donation and providing donor family services and public education in Illinois and northwest Indiana. Since 1987, it has coordinated donations that have saved the lives of nearly 20,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients. As one of 58 organ procurement organizations that make up the nation's organ and tissue donation system, Gift of Hope works with 180 donor hospitals and serves 12 million residents in its donation service area. To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation, or to register as an organ and tissue donor, visit GiftofHope.org or DonateLifeIndiana.org or connect with Gift of Hope on Facebook or Twitter.