Angela E.Mother of Julio, ORGAN DONOR HERO


Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA) is one of the nation’s 57 federally designated organ recovery agencies certified and regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. LAORA is a tax-exempt, nonprofit service organization that has the unique role of saving lives through organ donation and transplantation, as well as providing organs and tissues for research to advance medical science.

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Mission Statement

“Providing life-saving organs while caring for the families of organ, eye and tissue donors by turning tragedies into miracles.”


  • LAORA was founded in 1978.
  • The first renal Allografts recovered and prepared by LAORA were transplanted in 1978.
  • In October of 1978, the following three individuals moved from the University of Minnesota transplant program to Miami: Dr. Joshua Miller (Medical Director), Les Olson (Director of Organ Procurement) and Ken Trachy (Director of Public Education). Those were the initial three employees of the newly born Miami OPO.
  • From 1979 to 1987, kidneys were the only organs transplanted in LAORA’s service area.
  • In 1987, Dr. Miller and Dr. Burke performed the first liver transplant.
  • LAORA officially became known as Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency in 2002, changing its name from University of Miami OPO.
  • The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations accredited LAORA in 2006.

Core Values

  • Transparency
  • Mutual Respect
  • Trust/Honesty
  • Selflessness
  • Relationships
  • Agility
  • Compassion