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We foster these connections by providing a way for recipients to write to their donor or donor's family, offering volunteer opportunities, and sharing their stories.
As a tissue transplant recipient, you can write to your donor or donor’s family. Donors and their families often appreciate receiving a card or letter from individuals who have received donated tissue. It allows them to know their gift of donation has helped improve the lives of others. The MTF Biologics Linking Lives® Program is just one way we're committed to honoring the donated gift of tissue.
If you are an AmnioBand, VersaShield, or Enhance recipient
During your recent procedure, you received a tissue graft from MTF Biologics. The tissue was made from donated birth tissue, which is now your own. It was donated by mothers at the time of their baby’s birth.
If you are a recipient of all other tissue grafts
During your recent surgery, you received a tissue graft from MTF Biologics. This graft was made from donated tissue (bone, tendon, ligament or skin), which is now your own. The tissue was donated at the time of the donor 's death. Many donors or their families choose donation so that they and their family member may matter in death as they mattered in life.
Tips on writing to your Donor or Donor's Family
Many patients wish to express thanks to their donor or donor's family but are unsure of what to say. We have included a sample letter you may use as an example when you send a personal card or letter. We have also provided some suggestions to help you write your letter.
Recipients are encouraged to write a letter which MTF Biologics will forward to the agency that coordinated the tissue recovery. The recovery agency then sends the letter to the donor or donor's family.
You may not hear back from your donor or donor's family. However, donors and their families have shared how important those letters can be. Here are some helpful tips to consider as you write your letter:
Yes, I would like begin the process of writing to my donor or donor's family
In addition to the Linking Lives Through Letters Program where you can write to your donor or donor’s family, MTF Biologics has a Volunteer Program. The volunteer program is optional and offers opportunities for those who wish to share their story or volunteer their time to encourage others to become organ, tissue, and eye donors.
You can also volunteer with a local organ and tissue recovery organization. Many of these organizations use volunteers as speakers, participation in general public education events such as health fairs, races, and other community events.
Millions of lives are touched each year through the gifts of tissue donation. These donations result in life-changing tissue transplantation stories that bring hope to others. There are millions of inspiring stories and we want to hear about your experience. Will you share your story to help educate others about the successes of tissue transplantation?
Your story may be used in a variety of ways to encourage others to register to become donors – on our website, social media, print media, or for educational purposes. If you prefer to be interviewed about your tissue transplant story, please contact us with your request at: ShareYourStory@mtf.org.
Your contact information will not be shared with your donor or donor’s family.
It is used to communicate with you and assist with your request.
Sharing your experiences helps us in our commitment to honor the donated gift and educate others about the benefits of donation. Your actions and insights will truly help to make a difference in the life of someone in need. We will review the information provided and get in touch with you for more detail, if needed.