Donor Alliance is honored to receive the first-ever Katie Coolican-Nicholas Miller Donor Care Award for Excellence in Donor Family Support, presented by MTF Biologics and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). Donor Alliance was chosen as the inaugural recipient of this honor for its commitment to providing excellent support to donor families during and after the donation process, and its donor family materials that offer a caring message and helpful information to families.
The Katie Coolican-Nicholas Miller Donor Care Award for Excellence in Donor Family Support is named in honor of two children whose lives were cut short, but who made a difference in others’ lives through donation. Katie Coolican’s eyes and kidneys were donated after she suffered a fatal aneurysm at the age of six. For more than 35 years, Katie’s family have been fierce advocates for donor family support.
“The Katie Coolican-Nicholas Miller Donor Care Award celebrates those who have provided excellent donor family support through advocacy and education,” said Elling Eidbo, CEO of AOPO. “We are honored to present the first award to such a compassionate and dedicated organization.”
“We are so pleased to receive the first Katie Coolican-Nicholas Miller Donor Care Award,” said Sue Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Donor Alliance. “The selfless decision to donate a loved one’s tissues and organs is extremely powerful. We’re proud of the support that we provide to our donor families during their most difficult times, and we are dedicated to continuing to find new ways to honor donated gifts and those who give them.”
To read more about the award and Donor Alliance’s unique distinction, read the full announcement here.