Congratulations and Best Wishes to LifePoint’s CEO & President, Nancy A. Kay, on Her Retirement
Nancy A. Kay's retirement on December 31, 2016, brings to a close her remarkable career of 32 years of continuous service to LifePoint. Ms. Kay founded LifePoint in 1984 and has been formative in the organization’s life-saving mission. Initially named the South Carolina Organ Procurement Organization (SCOPA), LifePoint has facilitated and honored the gifts of nearly 3,000 organ donors through the years, which resulted in almost 10,000 organs being transplanted. Ms. Kay has been invaluable in saving thousands of lives of patients on the organ transplant waiting list and enhancing the lives of many more through eye and tissue donation.
LifePoint will welcome Ms. Kay’s successor, David DeStefano, in early February 2017. Over the past twenty years, Mr. DeStefano has been engaged in organ and tissue donation as a member of the executive leadership teams at the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) in Washington, DC, Lifesharing in San Diego, CA and most recently TransLife in Orlando, FL.
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.
A Message from Our Director
Thanks to the hard work of our many dedicated employees, volunteers, and professional associates, LifePoint continues to make great progress in advancing organ and tissue donation in South Carolina.
Through the generosity of our donor families, hundreds of lives have been saved and enhanced. Yet, the need for donation continues. We are privileged, humbled and honored to have a part in this lifesaving work. Please help us with your commitment to be a donor.
Nancy A. Kay CEO/President of LifePoint, Inc.