LifePoint is now We Are Sharing Hope SC, effective January 25, 2017
Why? The short answer is because LifePoint Health has moved into South Carolina and we agreed it might be confusing to serve our clients using the same name. But there’s more to it than that. This presented a unique opportunity to explore more fully who we are as an organization and why changing our name could enable us to more aptly describe what we do in serving our donor families, recipients and our community as a whole.
After much deliberation, we decided We Are Sharing Hope SC resonated with us as an organization and as human beings. At the core, our calling is sharing hope with the families that depend on us, so there’s really no better name to describe us.
Sharing Hope for us includes:
• Recovering organs and tissues for transplantation to save, heal and enhance lives
• Determining suitability of organs and tissues for transplantation to ensure the safety of potential recipients
• Coordinating with and educating our professional partners about the donation process
• Offering donor family support counseling during the donation process
• Providing care and support for our donor families after donation
• Supporting the recovery and use of all non-transplantable organs and tissues for research and education
Changing our name to We Are Sharing Hope SC in no way changes who we are and what we are doing as an organization. We are still helping donor families and recipients through an incredibly difficult time in their lives with compassion, love and, most of all, hope.
We believe by changing our name we can now realize even more of the aspirations we have as an organization to make donation an everyday conversation. We know the difference a single donation can make, both to the donor’s family and to the recipient. It is a very delicate balance on either end, but we believe our work together can share hope with all of those who may be impacted by the gift of donation.
2017 Floragraph Honoree Ceremony for Jacob McCollum
Fourteen-year-old Jacob McCollum was honored at a special ceremony on Dec. 6, 2016 at Fairforest Middle School in Spartanburg, S.C. for giving the “gift of life” to five organ recipients, as well as being a tissue and cornea donor. He will represent South Carolina on the 2017 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, themed "Teammates in Life." LifePoint and Donate Life South Carolina will honor Jacob with a “floragraph,” an artistic floral portrait, on this year's Donate Life Rose Parade Float. It is the ninth time a South Carolina donor has been honored on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. It marks only the third time a Floragraph Decorating Ceremony has been held in upstate South Carolina.
Jacob, along with 59 other donors, was selected from across the country to receive this honor. This special ceremony was held at FairForest Middle school where Jacob was an 8th grader. He played on the football team and members of his team returned to the school to attend their teammate's ceremony. Jacob also participated in the Warrior 101 Program offered by the Spartanburg Sheriff’s Department. We thank Spartanburg County School District Six and Fairforest Middle School for allowing us to have this event in their facility. All of this was made possible thanks to a grant from Bridge to Life Ltd.
View "The Power of Two" Documentary
Everyone in the transplant community knows that it takes power to give the gift of life through organ donation, survive the wait and thrive after receiving a transplant. Twin sisters and double lung transplant recipients Ana Stenzel and Isa Stenzel Byrnes, and other members of the transplant community worldwide, show what power can do in the documentary film “The Power of Two.” Called “compelling” and “poetic” by the Wall Street Journal, and an “inspiring triumph” by Golden Globe® nominated actor Jack Black, this winner of ten film festival awards has entertained, educated and inspired audiences globally.
This short video was produced by Donate Life South Carolina to increase awareness about the need for more organ and tissue donors. It also gives information about the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.