Jose R.HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT with caregiver

The Tree of Life Monument

LAORA has worked with numerous hospitals to have a Tree of Life monument displayed in a hospital common area. A tree symbolizes life. This is what the gift of organ donation represents to transplant recipients. This tree is a reminder of the selfless gifts that donors and their families have given, and of the miracles that would not have been possible without them. The tree embodies the spirit of generosity. Every name on these leaves is a legacy, not only to those who knew them but to the recipients. The tree is a canopy embracing organ donation and transplantation. The memory of your loved ones will forever live in your hearts and the hearts of those that can continue to live.

close up of organ donor medal of honor that states in their last hour they gave a lifetime

Donors who were patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Broward Health Medical Center, Memorial Regional Hospital, Broward Health North, Naples Community Hospital, Palms West Hospital, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, or St. Mary’s Medical Center can have their names engraved on a Tree of Life leaf at their corresponding hospital. Once the leaf has been place on the monument, families are notified.

We continue to work with hospitals throughout South Florida so that more families can honor their loved ones. Whenever a monument is displayed at a new hospital, the families of donors from this hospital will be notified. Families can request that a leaf in memory of their loved one be placed on the tree and will also be invited to attend an unveiling ceremony.

To confirm that your loved one’s leaf has been placed on the Tree of Life or to request that your loved one’s name be added to an existing Tree of Life monument, please contact Donor Family Services at 1-800-232-2892 or laorainfo@med.miami.edu.