040214 - Urban Living
April 18, 2014

Volume 36 | Number 6


LifeGift Tissue Donation Specialist Charles Wiltz Jr. with his mother, Geraldine, a kidney transplant recipient. 

Donate Life Month Celebrates Second Chances

This April marks the 11th annual National Donate Life Month, a celebration commemorating those who have given the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. For those whose lives have been touched by donation and transplantation, National Donate Life Month provides a chance to share their story to encourage more people to register as donors.

This couldn’t be more true for Charles Wiltz Jr., a tissue donation specialist at LifeGift, the organ and tissue recovery agency based in Houston. Not only does Charles work in the field, he’s also the son of both a recipient and a donor.

Charles’ mother, Geraldine Wiltz, was added to the transplant waiting list in 2002 due to kidney disease. Five transplant opportunities fell through before the elementary teacher finally received her gift in 2014.

Inspired by the selflessness that saved his wife, Charles Wiltz Sr. registered as a donor. When he died in 2012, his corneas gave sight to another, while his tissue saved the lives of perfect strangers.

“Let your loved one become a hero and a champion of donation,” said Charles. “Let them live through other people whose lives you can save...”


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Medical Students
Meet their Match »

For medical school students around the country, March 21, known simply as Match Day, was one of the most highly anticipated days of the year ... read more »


Brett P. Giroir, M.D. »

Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Texas A&M Health Science Center Executive Vice President, sat down to talk about his Cajun roots, his work with DARPA, and his love for the “can-do” Aggie attitude ... read more »


National Volunteer Week
is April 6-12 »

From cuddling babies to creating home cooked meals for families far from home, roughly 10,000 volunteers a year dedicate their time in support of Texas Medical Center member institutions ... read more »


Texas Medical Center News
Moves Forward »

We are excited to announce that this will be the last issue of the Texas Medical Center News newspaper. Thanks to our dedicated readers, the paper has outgrown the current format ... read more »


Register as a Donor
During Donate Life Month »

An estimated 18 people will die today waiting for an organ transplant. April is National Donate Life Month, and a great opportunity to share the message of organ donation ... read more »


Team at UTMB Seeks to
Rebuild Donated Human Lungs »

In a story that could be straight out of a science fiction novel, scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston have managed to grow a human lung ... read more »


Family Helps Establish
Ewing Sarcoma Center »

Texas Children’s Cancer Center has established a first-of-its-kind center, the Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center, dedicated to researching the rare childhood cancer ... read more »


Panel Explores Using
Big Data to Improve Patient Care »

We are now in the Age of Big Data, but bigger is not always better. A panel discussion will explore how clinicians and researchers can best harness big data’s enormous potential ... read more »


Active Shooter Simulation
Helps First Responders Make
Life-Saving Decisions »

The emergency call comes in that there is an active armed shooter with multiple gunshot victims down, prompting both law enforcement and ambulances to head to the scene ... read more »



A listing of seminars, lectures, meetings, classes and other events sponsored by Texas Medical Center institutions for health care professionals, medical researchers, patients, students and members of the community.


The latest appointments, awards, honors and kudos earned by Texas Medical Center health care professionals, medical researchers, administrative leaders, students and others who work and study in the world’s largest medical center.

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