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Donate Life Northwest Honors the Oregon DMV

In January, Donate Life Northwest kicked off a three-month-long tour of a Threads of Life Quilt to DMV field offices around the state. The tour highlights the 40-year life-saving partnership with the Oregon DMV.

The Quilt has already completed 2-week stops in Sherwood, Pendleton, Baker City, and Bend and is currently on display in the DMV office in Medford. It will soon move on to Corvallis, before finally moving to Salem for a special ceremony where the Quilt will be formally retired for permanent display at the DMV headquarters.

At many stops, members of the Donate Life community whose lives have been touched by donation are visiting the DMV to show gratitude for the DMV’s efforts by sharing their personal stories with staff.

In Sherwood, Kristi Teats thanked the DMV for their part in helping to save her husband’s life – a liver recipient and Portland Police officer. In Bend, Cindi Jordan, shared how her recent liver transplant is allowing her back into the workforce after her illness forced her to the sidelines in 2007. In Baker, 8-year old Lindsey Bingham and her mom shared how donor hearts saved the lives of Lindsey and her sibling Sierra – both of which have the same genetic condition along with their brother who may need a transplant in the future.

Members of the media have been very interested in covering the quilt tour at its various stops, helping to tell our community members’ stories while drawing attention to the need for more registered donors. Below is a sample of the stories that have been published so far!

If you are interested in attending the special ceremony on April 6th in Salem to help honor the DMV and celebrate our partnership, click HERE for more details and to RSVP.