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Our Mission

LifeLink Foundation is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of life-saving and life-enhancing organs and tissue for transplantation therapy. The Foundation works in a sensitive, diligent, and compassionate manner to facilitate the donation of desperately needed organs and tissues for waiting patients, support research efforts to enhance the available supply of organs and tissue for transplant patients, improve clinical outcomes of patients post transplantation and work closely with the United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS) to support its goals.

Who Are We?

More than 30 years ago, a small group of innovators led by renowned nephrologist Dr. Dana Shires made a commitment to save lives through organ and tissue donation. LifeLink Foundation was born. What was once a small, non-profit organization with big dreams and just a few employees is now much larger. LifeLink has more than 500 full- and part-time staff in west-central Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico who fulfill the life-saving dreams of waiting transplant recipients through the generosity of organ and tissue donors.

LifeLink Foundation is made up of five divisions: LifeLink of Florida, LifeLink of Georgia, LifeLink of Puerto Rico, LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory and LifeLink Tissue Bank.

LifeLink Tissue Bank provides lifesaving and life-enhancing tissue allografts to patients in need.

The Difference We Make

We are committed to educating and inspiring the public to save lives through organ and tissue donation by joining the organ, tissue and eye donor registry. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and their families, along with the hard work and dedication from all members of the LifeLink team:

  • 610

    Organ donors Honored


    In 2017-18 by LifeLink of Florida, LifeLink of Georgia and LifeLink of Puerto Rico

  • 1,825

    Organs Transplanted


    In 2017-18 thanks to the generosity of our donors and their families, along with the combined efforts from all LifeLink representatives

  • +40,000

    Lives Improved


    Annually through tissue transplantation, made possible by our donors and their families, along with the efforts of LifeLink Tissue Bank

  • +$2million

    Provided


    By LifeLink Legacy Fund® for organ transplant patients in need of financial assistance.

  • LifeLink of Florida

    LifeLink of Florida is a division of LifeLink Foundation. As the non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) designated to 15 counties in west and southwest Florida, LifeLink of Florida helps to facilitate the recovery of organs for transplantation within all hospitals in its donation service area, along with providing public education about the facts of donation and how individuals can save lives by joining the organ, tissue and eye donor registry while obtaining a driver license or online at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org.

  • LifeLink of Georgia                                         

    LifeLink of Georgia, a division of LifeLink Foundation, is the non-profit OPO designated to the state of Georgia and two counties in South Carolina. LifeLink of Georgia helps to facilitate the recovery of organs for transplantation within all hospitals in its donation service area, along with providing public education about the facts of donation and how individuals can save lives by joining the organ, tissue and eye donor registry while obtaining a driver license or online at www.DonateLifeGeorgia.org.

  • LifeLink of Puerto Rico

    LifeLink of Puerto Rico, a division of LifeLink Foundation, is the non-profit OPO designated to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. LifeLink of Puerto Rico helps to facilitate the recovery of organs for transplantation within all hospitals in its donation service area, along with providing public education about the facts of donation and how individuals can save lives by joining the organ, tissue and eye donor registry while obtaining a driver license or online at www.DonateLifePuertoRico.org.

  • LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory

    LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory is focused on matching potential donors with waiting recipients, protecting transplant patient safety and improving transplant outcomes. More than 1,000 patients and live donors are tested each year, along with approximately 300 deceased organ donors, resulting in more than one organ transplant a day within the six transplant programs served by the LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory.

  • LifeLink Tissue Bank

    LifeLink Tissue Bank is the largest non-profit tissue bank in the southeastern United States and provides annually more than more than 40,000 life-enhancing allografts to orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgical specialists to benefit patients in need. LifeLink Tissue Bank takes pride in maintaining the safest, most clinically effective allografts possible. LifeLink Tissue Bank is accredited and inspected by the American Association of Tissue Banks, registered with the Food and Drug Administration, licensed by the states of Florida, California and New York and holds a permit to provide tissue in Maryland. Hundreds of thousands of patients have experienced renewed mobility and improved lives thanks to the generosity of tissue donors and LifeLink Tissue Bank. Click here to visit the LifeLink Tissue Bank website.

  • LifeLink Legacy Fund®

    In 1995, LifeLink Foundation established the Endowment for Giving as a separate 501(c) 3 in support of the Foundation’s mission. In collaboration with transplant centers throughout LifeLink Foundation’s three organ recovery service areas, the Legacy Fund supports transplant patients through financial assistance programs. LifeLink Legacy Fund also funds research and other initiatives that positively impact organ donation and the transplant community. Through the generosity of our community, LifeLink Legacy Fund has provided more than two million dollars to fulfill its mission of support. 

Board of Governors

  • Dennis F. Heinrichs, B.S.N., M.B.A.

    Chair of the Board

  • Ms. Jean Aiken Davis

    Vice Chair of the Board

  • Dana L. Shires, M.D.

    Founder and Board Member Emeritus

  • John D. Whelchel, M.D.

    Board Member Emeritus

  • Ms. Patricia Carroll

    Employee Representative

  • Victor D. Bowers, M.D.

  • William H. Cleveland, M.D.

  • Mr. Benjamin James

  • Larry F. Jones, B.A.

  • Christina L. Klein, M.D.

  • William M. LeFor, Ph.D.

  • Robert Metzger, M.D.

  • William J. Meurer, C.P.A.

  • Mr. Arnaldo Mignucci

  • Mr. Harold W. Mullis, Jr.

  • Luis A. Morales Otero, M.D.

  • Thomas C. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Brandi Quinn, C.P.A.

  • Jeffrey L. Seavey, CFP

  • Marty Sellers, M.D., MPH

  • Dara M. Simon, C.P.A.

  • Esther Torres, M.D.

  • Joel T. VanSickler, M.D.

  • J. David Vega, M.D.

  • Deborah Winegard, J.D.

  • James J. Wynn, M.D.