North Memorial Medical Center recently unveiled a Wall of Heroes as a tribute to patients who gave the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.
The inaugural Wall of Heroes features photographs of 126 organ, eye and tissue donors submitted by their loved ones as a testament to their generous gifts of life and sight. The Wall of Heroes is located near the chapel on the first floor of the hospital and was unveiled as part of a special event during National Donate Life Month, a time set aside each year to honor the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation.
Watch a video that played during the Wall of Heroes unveiling ceremony.
Each photo represents the story of a generous individual who shared renewed life, hope and healing with others. People like Jeff Pouliot, a 34-year-old man who saved three lives through organ donation, provided the gift of sight to two people through eye donation and helped many more through his gifts of tissue donation. Jeff’s family attended the unveiling with the man who received his heart. They were among 400 donor family members who attended the unveiling.
The Wall of Heroes was created as an extension of the hospital’s care for patients and families and dedication to serving the community. Organ, eye and tissue donation offers grieving families comfort, and the donors who give these gifts are heroes. Nearly 3,000 patients in Minnesota are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and many more are touched by the healing gifts of tissue and eye donation. Minnesota's first hospital to create such a memorial, North Memorial Medical Center partners with LifeSource and the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank to facilitate the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation. Minnesotans can register to be donors by checking the box on their driver’s license or state ID cards or online at www.DonateLifeMN.org.