Free Virtual Presentation Will Link Faith & Organ Donation

To normalize the discussion of organ donation within families of faith, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), the agency that facilitates organ donation and recovery services for families in Central & South Texas, will host a virtual presentation to discuss religious views on organ donation as part of the National Donor Sabbath (NDS) observance.

During NDS, which is typically celebrated in November, faith leaders join with donor families, transplant patients and donation and transplantation professionals to educate the public about the lifesaving and healing gifts we can give through donation, while also echoing the importance of being a registered organ, eye and tissue donor.

TOSA's free presentation will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. To sign up, click here. The hour-long presentation will feature a panel discussion from non-denominational, Jewish, Baptist and Catholic perspectives. Amparo Marles of San Antonio, who is a hospital chaplain for the Baptist Health System, became a donor mom in 2016 when her son Jorge died following a tragic motorcycle accident. She will offer her testimonial and explain how her Catholic faith helped guide her donation decision.

Amparo Marles, pictured right, holds photos of her son, Jorge, who saved lives as an organ donor.

As many families turn to their faith leaders for support with end-of-life decisions, this webinar will review organ donation facts and also feature testimonials about first-hand experiences with religion and organ donation. TOSA will also take questions live from the viewing audience.

To view a full list of religious statements about organ donation, click here.