Southwest Transplant Alliance actively works with media outlets throughout the state of Texas to increase support and create awareness of the lifesaving importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. Please check out some of the recent media coverage we have received.
Family of El Paso man killed in crash donates his organs, helps dozens
KFOX14 - February 19, 2020
It’s a phone call that nobody wants to receive. “Saturday night is when we got the call that my father had been in an accident,” said Karla Lopez, daughter of Arturo Lopez. But the family is turning the tragic accident into a gift for others. “Right away we started the process of the organ donation,” said Karla Lopez.
National Organ Donor Day: Local donors and transplant recipients recall their journeys
Your Basin - February 14, 2020
February 14th does not just celebrate a global Hallmark holiday. It also marks “National Organ Donor Day” in which advocates increase awareness for a life-saving decision. For heart transplant recipient, Cindy Keel-White, her story goes back decades. “March 26, 2011. That’s when I received my heart transplant,” said Keel-White. “It just takes your breath away. And you think about it every day for the rest of your life.”
'My son believed in giving second chances': Father of organ donor urges teens to register
El Paso Times - February 14, 2020
When Rene Moreno Jr. applied for a driver's permit at age 16, he was adamant about one thing: He was going to join the state organ donor registry. His dad wasn't so sure. Being an organ donor was something Rene Moreno Sr. had never considered, and he had reservations about it. "My son believed in giving second chances, so in becoming an organ donor, he knew if anything were to happen, he would be able to give somebody a second chance at life," the father said.
What’s the organ donation process? Curious Texas investigates
The Dallas Morning News - February 5, 2020
Every year, thousands agree to donate their organs, eyes or tissues by checking that small box. As of 2020, more than 12 million Texans are registered donors, according to the nonprofit Donate Life Texas. But the actual means of donating organs isn’t nearly as easy as the sign-up. That’s why an anonymous reader asked Curious Texas: “What’s the organ donation process?”
AP Raises Funds for Southwest Transplant Alliance to Support Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Adolph & Peterson Construction Blog - August 16, 2019
AP was honored to present a $25,000 check to Southwest Transplant Alliance to support their mission to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The funds were raised at AP’s 2019 Annual Charity Golf Classic, a tournament in which STA served as a benefactor.
East Texas Family Meets Five People Saved With Son’s Donated Organs
CBS DFW - June 25, 2019
It is a lifesaving miracle, that’s delivered in loss. And yet, for Juan and Rebeca Flores, it was unexpected comfort to see and meet those whose lives were saved through their sorrow. So five families gathered at the Southwest Transplant Alliance headquarters in Dallas– anxious, emotional–and eager to say ‘thank you’.
Southwest Transplant Alliance’s Expansion is More than Brick and Mortar
D CEO Magazine - June 4, 2019
When architect Matt McDonald found out he couldn’t donate a kidney to his father, he was devastated. He met Patti Niles, president and CEO of Southwest Transplant Alliance, at a leadership meeting. He shared the story of his father’s kidney with her, and now is leading the design of STA's new 77,000-square-foot facility where potential donors could be brought in order to efficiently remove organs for donation.
African American transplant patients face additional hurdles
US News and World Report - September 18, 2018
Southwest Transplant Alliance, a Dallas-based nonprofit organ procurement organization, recently launched Know The Truth. Aimed at African-Americans, the campaign's goal is "to dispel the myths that permeate minority communities and make people more receptive to the idea of registering to donate their organs," according to Katie Whitton, director of marketing and communication for STA.
Wife of donor meets the man saved by her husband’s heart
NBC - Megyn Kelly TODAY - August 2018
Tim Cooper died suddenly in his home earlier this year and, though he wasn’t a registered organ donor, Kristen connected with the Southwest Transplant Alliance to help give Tim’s heart to Art. Megyn Kelly TODAY follows Kristen and Art as they meet for the first time three months after the surgery, forming a bond over this live-saving gift.
Liver recipient meets donor's family in Dallas
KTVT CBS 11 - May 2018
A gift of life led to an emotional meeting for an liver recipient and the liver donor’s surviving family. Rebecca Roper met Denise Ely, who received the liver of Geraldine Hodges, Roper’s mother.
Record-breaking lives saved
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX (KXXV) -The Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA), a non-profit organ procurement organization based in Dallas, has saved a record-breaking number of lives for the second year in a row.
STA talks about their 2017 success and the importance of donation
KLTY 94.9 - Jan 2018
KLTY speaks with STA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Katie Whitton, about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and STA's success in 2017.
STA talks about the importance of donation
KMOC 89.5 - July 2017
KMOC’s Liz Sanderson speaks with STA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Katie Whitton, about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
Donate Life Texas
Radio One - July 2017
A Southwest Transplant Alliance representative phoned in to explain organ donation and tell listeners how they can register on the Donate Life Texas registry.
Focus at Four: Bryan family's heartbreak offers life to others through organ donation
KBTV - June 2017
Jarek's father, Joey Cadena III, spoke on First News at Four about how his boy's legacy is living on through organ donations.
For the Second Straight Year, the Southwest Transplant Alliance Sets a New Record for Organs Recovered in Texas
D Magazine Healthcare - January 2017
STA, based in Dallas, helped transplant 1,210 organs from 380 donors. That tops the record it set last year of 1,123.
Dallas Transplant Company Was Losing Money, But Changed Its Business Model
Dallas Business Journal - August 2016
Patti Niles found herself in a tough spot when she started her role as president and CEO at Dallas-based Southwest Transplant Alliance almost four years ago. The more organs the alliance recovered, the more money it lost. Something had to change.
Families Honor Organ Donors
CBS 19 | KYTX - August 2016
Southwest Transplant Alliance and Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, Texas, came together to honor local organ donors and their families.
Texas Families United by Life-Saving Gifts
NBC 5 | KXAS - August 2016
The family of a high school football player who died in 2015 met four of his organ recipients in August in Dallas.
DeDe in the Morning with Lady Jade Interview
K104 FM | KKDA - August 2016
Two Southwest Transplant Alliance representatives stopped by the K104 studio to explain organ donation and tell listeners how they can register on the Donate Life Texas registry.
Donate Life Texas
CBS 6 | KAUZ - July 2016
Southwest Transplant Alliance employee provided information for a brief article about the life-saving gift of organ donation. The article explains how viewers can register to become organ donors.
How to Perform a Heart Transplant
D Magazine - March 2016
In this feature article, writer Matt Goodman follows several of the people who make a heart transplant possible at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, one of the country's biggest heart transplant programs. In his detailed account, Goodman explains the roles of two STA transplant coordinators, Samantha Rutledge and Anna Cervantes.