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Gift of Hope Joins the City of Chicago and the Illinois Secretary of State to Host First Ever Chicago Organ Summit

ITASCA, Ill. (February 8, 2017) – This year, more than 4,700 men, women and children living in Illinois are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. However, 300 of those people will die waiting. On February 21, 2017, The City of Chicago, the Illinois Secretary of State and the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network will sponsor the first ever Chicago Organ Summit to empower local and state government, hospitals and health systems, transplant centers, patient advocacy groups, and other partnering organizations in Illinois to come together to transform Chicago into the transplant hub of the country.

This inaugural Chicago Organ Summit was developed in response to the June 2016 White House Organ Summit and President Barack Obama’s call to action for the nation to increase organ transplantation. The summit will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center (8 E. Washington St, Chicago, Ill. 60602) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“The summit is a true collaborative effort that unites Chicago in making a positive impact on organ transplantation,” said Kevin Cmunt, President/CEO for Gift of Hope. “By working together, we can save more lives, reduce the wait, and facilitate new breakthroughs aimed at enhancing patient outcomes and providing expanded support for donors and recipients.”

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