St. Francis Host Donor Remembrance-April 26

GRAND ISLAND–CHI Health St. Francis is hosting their annual Donor Remembrance Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in Conference Room 2/3. Anyone touched by or interested in organ, tissue and eye donation is invited to attend.

The event will honor those who courageously gave the gift of life through donation and their families. Guest speakers include a kidney donor and a liver transplant recipient.

The hospital’s new Donor Memorial Wall, established by the CHI Health St. Francis Foundation, will also be unveiled and blessed as part of the ceremony. 

To learn more about donation or to register to be a donor, visit

April is Donate Life Month.

More about organ and tissue donation,;

-More than 103,000 people in U.S. are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
-Over 300 people in Nebraska are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
-Every 10 minutes another name is added to the transplant waiting list.
-Each day 20 people in the U.S. die waiting for an organ transplant.
-One deceased organ donor can save up to 8 lives, and one tissue donor can heal over 100 people.
-Anyone age 16 and over can register to be an organ, tissue and eyes.
-The organs that can be donated are lungs, heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, intestines.
-The tissues that can be donated are corneas, heart valves, bone, skin, veins, connective tissue.
-46,632 organ transplants were performed in the United States in 2023.

2023 Nebraska organ and tissue donation statistics:
-103 deceased organ donors
-6953 living organ donor transplants
-466 deceased tissue donors
-274 birth tissue donors  (placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid from planned C-sections)