Growth; it's a key word for us here at The LLF. Whether it's growth in staff, in outreach, or in facilities, our organization is constantly growing. At the center of it all is a commitment to supporting our donor families, helping the thousands in need of a life-saving or enhancing transplant, and serving our community.
Founded in 1979, the Greater Baltimore Organ Procurement and Perfusion Center began its mission as the organ procurement organization for the majority of the state of Maryland, recovering needed organs for transplantation. Since becoming The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland in 2007, we have facilitated 1,984 organ recoveries and over 5,325 soft tissue recoveries, leading to 5,801 transplants. We serve 3.9 million Marylanders through our work, helping to honor the selfless wishes of our donors. Our goal is to give the 3,000 Marylanders waiting for a lifesaving transplant the second chance they need.
Our work keeps us on the forefront of research and technology in the transplant industry, having prominent roles in groundbreaking advancements such as the most comprehensive full face transplant surgery in 2012 and the first transplant organ delivered via drone in 2019.
We work closely with 33 local acute care hospital partners and two local transplant centers to ensure a smooth donation process. We often work with teams from the 57 other OPO’s throughout the nation as well.
We proudly partner with the 42 Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration offices, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, numerous local funeral directors, and many other community organizations that contribute to the donation process and registering people as organ donors.
The Greater Baltimore Organ Procurement and Perfusion Center (GBOPC) formed. As the transplant program in Maryland grew in size and types of organs needed, its transplant centers (Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center) merged.
The Greater Baltimore Organ Procurement and Perfusion Center (GBOPC) incorporated into the Maryland Organ Procurement Center (MOPC).
The United States Congress passed the National Organ Transplant Act which called for a national network to coordinate the allocation of organs and collect clinical data about organ donors, transplant candidates, and transplant recipients. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is incorporated and becomes the national network of transplant professionals working together to save lives.
Team Maryland is formed, comprised of local transplant recipients and competes in the U.S. Transplant Games for the first time. Learn More
Maryland Organ Procurement Center (MOPC) merges with the University of Maryland Tissue Bank and Laboratory to become The Transplant Resource Center of Maryland (TRC).
The Transplant Resource Center (TRC) holds its first annual Ceremony of Remembrance to honor the legacy of our organ and tissue donors. The event was held at the Interfaith Center in Columbia. Seventy-five people were in attendance. Within ten years, the event has grown to over 1,000 attendees. Learn More
The Transplant Resource Center (TRC) begins its first Donor Memorial Quilt. The quilt is dedicated to the love and lives of those who gave life through organ, eye, and tissue donation. Learn More
The Transplant Resource Center (TRC) works with the Motor Vehicle Administration to establish Maryland's Donate Life License Plate. Get The Plate
The Transplant Resource Center (TRC) changes its name to The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. The new name and logo symbolize the infinite extension of life donated through organ, eye, and tissue donation by the donor to the recipient.
The Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) moves into a larger facility including a state-of-the-art in-house recovery suite. This expansion increases The LLF's ability to facilitate the recovery of more organs and tissues ultimately saving and enhancing more lives.
The Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) partners with LifeNet Health to create the Skin and Wound Allograft Institute (SWAI). SWAI directly serves the needs of burn and non-healing wound patients in the U.S. needing allograft skin as a mode of therapy in their recovery. LifeNet Health provides the coordination of allograft skin recovery and distribution and The LLF provides processing services for donated allograft skin recovered specifically for burn and wound care treatment.
Donate Life Maryland launches the Maryland Donor Registry. Donate Life Maryland, along with the Motor Vehicle Administration, announces the completion of a project to combine the MVA's organ, eye, and tissue donor designation data with that of the state's online registry. With the creation of the new registry, Marylanders now have two options in designating themselves as donors: on a driver's license application at the MVA or online.
The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center partners with The Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) on the most extensive full face transplant completed up to that date, including both upper and lower jaws, teeth, and tongue. The 36-hour operation occurred on March 19-20, 2012, and involved a multi-disciplinary team of more than 150 physicians, nurses, and professional staff, including more than fifty LLF staff members.
The Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) completed a two-year construction project to add a second floor to the existing building and renovate the facility. The newest addition expanded work space for our growing team and added a state-of-the-art on-site simulation center to allow for advanced clinical and non-clinical training.