Honoring Individuals who have Saved Lives through Organ Donation

April Celebrates National Donate Life Month

Special to the Star

April celebrates National Donate Life Month, a time to honor those who have saved lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation. Each year, Valley Baptist Healthy System recognizes April with a special unveiling of their Wall of Heroes, which gives tribute to those individuals who made life possible through organ donation.

“April is a special time to honor the courageous donors, who through their generosity have given the greatest gift to those in need, LIFE,” said Manny Vela, CEO of Valley Baptist Health System. “Our Wall of Heroes unveiling is an emotional and very special event, as we pay tribute to these courageous individuals and celebrate their lives with their family and loved ones.”

National Donate Life Month is about saving and healing lives through organ, eye, tissue and living donation. Every April, Donate Life America focuses national attention on how every individual has the potential to make LIFE possible by registering their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and by considering being a living donor.

“We encourage our community to take the time to register to be an organ donor,” said Vela. “This month we will celebrate the lives of transplant recipients whose lives have been saved and the heroes who made it possible, by registering as an organ donor.”

According to Donate Life America, over 114,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants today.

The community is invited to the 2019 Wall of Heroes unveilings and the10th Annual Donate Life Texas Walk to sign up to be an organ donor and honors those who have given life through organ donation.

Wall of Heroes Unveilings

Friday, April 5

10 a.m. at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville (Tower Conference Room), 1040 W. Jefferson, Brownsville

1 p.m. at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen (Woodward Conference Room), 2101 Pease St. Harlingen

10th Annual Donate Life Texas Walk

Saturday, April 6 from 8 – 10 a.m.

Harlingen South High School Stadium, 1701 Dixieland Road, Harlingen

Free Walk Registration: 7 – 7:45am

For more information contact: (956) 698-5519


Valley Baptist Health System is an 866-bed faith-based regional health system located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. It is focused on helping people achieve health for life through compassionate service inspired by faith. Valley Baptist extends many of its services beyond its facilities and into local communities, offering free screenings for the community, support groups and numerous educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.ValleyBaptist.net.