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Qui Transtulit Sustinet
Heart and Soul
“Qui Transtulit Sustinet” (He Who Transplants Still Sustains) has been Connecticut’s state motto since 1639, adopted just after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and shortly before the Salem witch hunt began. But now we really mean it.
On Christmas Eve in 1954, a healthy 23 year old gave a kidney to his twin brother whose own kidney was failing. In 1961, a young girl’s gift of sight inspired thousands around the world to see organ donation in a new light.
In the years since then, we’ve reaped and sowed, put a few men on the moon and sequenced the human genome. But we have yet to capture lightening in a bottle, or know for sure that if a tree falls in the forest, we’ll be there to hear it. And so it began.
Our mission was launched at the foothills of the Paugussett Forest in Sandy Hook, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, when our scouts and spirits took a blood oath to help prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement and education.
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The U.S. has the highest performing donation and transplant system in the world. But as good as it is, it needs to get even better to support the more than 100,000 patients on the waiting list.
- Most Popular: Kidney
- Best Eyes: Corneas
- Easiest: Liver
- Least Likely to Succeed: Heart
- Most Difficult: Lungs