Donate Life Month

In honor of Donate Life Month this April, The Health Museum is hosting a series of events to celebrate the generosity that saves lives.

Please join us in this communal effort to raise awareness of how you can make a difference in the lives of others.

Special Events

Book Reading – Clayton Sparks Leaves His Mark

Thursday, April 18 | 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm with FREE admission to the museum

Abby Gray is the author of Clayton Sparks Leaves His Mark and an advocate for organ donation. Abby’s husband, Reid Gray, received a directed donation liver transplant in January of 2019 from Clayton Sparks. After developing an amazing relationship with Clayton’s parents and learning what a kind and giving person he was, Abby was inspired to write a children’s book about him. Clayton Sparks Leaves His Mark encourages readers to find ways to “spark” kindness in others, and gently opens up the conversation of organ donation within families.

Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine

Thursday, April 25 | 5:30 pm with FREE admission to the museum

Join us to hear the stories about how giving or receiving something impacted a life (or several lives). The stories are about the tangible or intangible, an organ donation or pep talk – they will be true, fictional, or a mix of both.

Off Script is a community-oriented event and is free to attend.

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Kidney Spotlight

Doc Dissections: Kidney
April 6 & 27
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Visitors will learn about organ donation and transplantation from our portable educational cart. The cart will include information, models, and other educational engagements.
Kidney Cart
Thursday Afternoons & Weekends
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An educational cart will be taken out on weekends, Thursday afternoons, during field trips, and on other days when there is high foot traffic at the Museum. Visitors will spend 5-7 minutes at the cart and learn about organ donation and transplantation.
The kidney cart is sponsored by The Living Bank.
Dissection Demonstrations: Kidney
3:00 pm & 5:00 pm
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Step inside the McGovern Theater and engage in an hour-long live kidney dissection demonstration with a Museum science educator, plus a Q&A session.

Film Streaming – Fixing Paco

The Health Museum McGovern Theater

Follow Margie as she embarks on a journey to understand transplantation and dialysis alongside her friend Paco. Witness the unwavering support of Paco’s family and friends as they navigate the highs and lows of his health journey, inspiring viewers to stay strong and healthy until his life-changing transplant.

The film is presented by Houston Methodist and Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation.

Film Streaming – Linked by Love

The Health Museum McGovern Theater

“Linked by Love” delves into the complexities of transplantation, family dynamics, and the intricate history of Black Americans with the medical establishment. Through laughter, tears, and moments of revelation, this poignant story explores themes of love, resilience, and the pursuit of second chances.

The film is presented by Houston Methodist and Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation.

Donate Life Heroes Wall

By LifeGift

Celebrating the generosity of these heroes who saved many lives with their end-of-life organ donations. These touching stories illuminate the power of organ donation to bring hope, healing, and renewed vitality to those in need.

See the wall of heroes here.

SCI Cafe: “Give the Gift of Life”

Thank you to the amazing panel of speakers from LifeGift and Norah’s Home as they discussed the impact of organ donation on their families as well as their communities. Thank you, Emilia, who just underwent a liver transplant, and Monica, who decided to donate her son’s organs, for bringing your personal journeys to the discussion!

Our Community Partners

When Monday – Tuesday April 1 – 30 Where The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Park
Houston, TX
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