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February 2016

30th Year Anniversary of Oregon's First Heart Donor

February 13, 2016

2015 Quilt Square of Bobby Olive

Many people have heard the story of Oregon’s first heart transplant, conducted at Oregon Health and Sciences University in 1985 by Albert Starr, M.D., and its recipient, 44-year-old Wesley Merrill, a construction worker from Battle Ground, Wa.

Fewer people have heard about the donor of that heart — 27-year-old Bobby Lewis Olive Sr. of Northeast Portland.

Bobby’s family is holding a special Black history event coinciding with Valentine's Day to honor his memory and his contribution to Oregon, Saturday, Feb. 13 at Stay Clean, 2601 SE 160th and Division, in Portland, Oregon, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event features food and music and benefits the nonprofit Donate Life Northwest. It is organized by Bobby’s sister Balinda Olive Beltran – a longtime Donate Life Northwest volunteer – Bobby’s daughter Shannon Olive and his widow, Anita Ward. For more information, please contact

April 2016

2016 'Threads of Life' quilt unveiling. (Medford)

April 10, 2016

Please save the date and join us as we unveil the 2016 'Threads of Life' quilt in Medford, Oregon. More information coming soon.

2016 'Threads of Life' quilt unveiling. (Salem)

April 23, 2016

Please save the date and join us as we unveil the 2016 'Threads of Life' quilt in Salem, Oregon. More information coming soon.

May 2016

2nd Annual Tabor Trot

May 28, 2016

Join us for the 2nd Annual Tabor Trot, a family friendly 2.5 mile interactive walk around beautiful Mt. Tabor in Portland, Oregon. More information coming soon! For now, sign-up HERE to get sent an invitation as soon as registration goes live.

June 2016

2016 Raffle

June 22, 2016

Tickets go on sale in March 2016 - visit for prizes, and to buy your chance to win big!

August 2016

Donor Family Picnic

August 20, 2016

A joint event between the Donor Family Advisory Committee & DLNW, this Corvallis gathering is an opportunity for Donor Families to meet one another, share stories, and create community amongst friends. Click HERE to RSVP.

November 2016

2016 Lifesavers Breakfast

November 16, 2016

Oregon Convention Center

7:30 - 8:30 am

Details TBA