Mission: Core is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving the quality of life through organ, tissue and corneal transplantation.
Programs: The center for organ recovery & education (core) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and enhancing lives through organ, tissue and cornea transplantation. Core operates under the umbrella of eight values: integrity, compassion, quality, responsiveness, education, innovation, respect and life. In 2017, core fulfilled its mission by saving 634 lives through solid organ transplants and enhancing tens of thousands of lives by recovering tissue from 1,151 donors and corneas from 758 donors. The number of tissue donors in 2017 was the most ever in core's history. In 2017, core was honored to receive the excellence award from the mid-atlantic alliance for performance excellence,the highest award category. This award represents a major milestone in core's excellence journey and now qualifies core to now apply for the malcolm baldrige national quality award. In 2017, core demonstrated its values of innovation and responsiveness by beginning the process of moving towards dmek (peeled corneas) processing. The core eye bank undertook extensive training around the country in 2017 as well as purchased new equipment required to produce these delicate grafts.
I volunteer my time to COre, the Center for Organ recovery and Education. My mom got a liver transplant and I got 13 extra years with her. In memory of her, her donor, and her donor family, I spend time setting up information tables, going to events in the community, and telling my story to groups. If I get anyone to sign up to be a registered organ and tissue donor I feel like I've done something. If I get one person to think about it or even take paperwork, ask a question, I feel like I'm making a step in the right direction. I've done over a 100 hours the past two years. This year, I went to our state capital, Harrisburg, PA, stood on the steps outside and every 18 seconds one of us laid down. In Pennsylvania everything 18 hours someone dies waiting for a life saving transplant. We are trying to get them to pass a new bill, ours hasn't been updated in over 20 years! I have a tattoo that says, Don't take your organs to heaven, heaven knows we need them here. Please think about that and recycle yourself!