Twelve years ago, The Quest for the Gift of Life Foundation began working on a dream of having a memorial to those who had given the gift of life through organ, eye, tissue and whole body donation. They worked with Salt Lake City and with Intermountain Donor Services and the result was the Celebration of Life Monument. The Monument is located on the southeast corner of Library Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 500 S. 300 E.
Over the years, the Monument has become a beautiful memorial to those, both living and deceased, who have given a life-saving gift to others. It has been so well received, that the Monument is beginning to fill up with names. It became necessary to consider some changes.
Yesterday was the groundbreaking for the remodel of the Celebration of Life Monument. Former Salt Lake City Mayor, Rocky Anderson, was instrumental in the success of the original monument 12 years ago, and he has been a big part of the remodel process as well.
Lucille Jensen, a donor mom, was one of the speakers at the groundbreaking. She had not discussed organ donation with her son before his passing, but she said she is grateful that they were able to make that decision. web page monitoring . One of her sons chose to honor his brother by regularly donating platelets. Ironically, that son has become ill and is in need of bone marrow. pulau christmas peta She shared some very emotional perspectives on donation and read a few lines from a song her son wrote.
The Monument remodel will be done in late August. The new design maintains the beauty of the current Monument, but will be more sustainable for the future.
Information about the Monument can be found at www.idslife.org.