Donor's Father meets Daughter's Heart Recipient-Ventress, Louisiana


Bill Conner of Wisconsin is riding his bicycle 2600 miles across the country to honor his daughter and raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.  Bill’s daughter, Abbey, died in January of 2017.  She was an organ donor. On Father’s Day 2017, Bill heard his daughter’s heart beat again.  

After biking 1400 miles through several states, Conner stopped in Ventress, Louisiana to meet his daughter’s heart recipient, Loumonth Jack, Jr - also known as Jack or Roppy.  Roppy suffered a heart attack at the age of 20.  Doctors gave him days to live.  Without Abbey’s heart, Roppy wouldn’t be alive today.    

Bill and Roppy’s first meet – working with the LA Organ Procurement Agency – was captured ‘live’ on the ‘Donate Life Louisiana’ Facebook page.  That video of the embrace, Bill listening to his daughter’s heart, the tears – has reached millions throughout the world– AND COUNTING! 

Bill is back on the road.  He is now focused on his final destination - Florida - where Abbey died and gave the Gift of Life.  His target arrival date is July 10, 2017.  

Bill’s says this ‘trip’ is part of his healing.  Updates can be found by searching Abbey’s Ride for Life on GoFundMe. Tax deductible donations will be supporting Donate Life America and his bike trip across the country.

LOPA Moving to St. Tammany Parish

Steel beams, rising three stories alongside Interstate 12 south of Covington, represent the framework for a new building that will put St. Tammany Parish at the leading edge of organ and tissue recovery operations across Louisiana.

The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, which has about 100 employees in two locations in Metairie, will be moving those operations to the North Shore next year, Chief Executive Officer Kelly Ranum said. The building, on the north side of I-12, just east of the U.S. 190 interchange, will serve as LOPA's state headquarters.

Click here to read the article in The Times-Picayune.

Front of building, Architect Rendering

Rear of building, Architect's rendering

LOPA amongst the 2017 Health Care Hero Finalists

LOPA is excited to learn that it has been chosen as a finalist in Delta Style Magazine's Health Care Heroes in the Medical Non-Profit of the Year catagory. The event honoring local healthcare professionals, will be on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30PM at the West Monroe Convention Center.

Click here to read the article.

LOPA Community Educator, Leah Lopez and LOPA Donation Services Coordinator, Cindy Baugh accepted the award for LOPA on 6/20.

Update to this article.

At the awards event on 6/20 in West Monroe, LOPA was excited to accept a certificate showing the agency was chosen as a winner in the Delta Style Health Care Heroes - Medical Non-Profit. Thank you to Delta Style and all those that have nominated LOPA.

10TH Annual Coroner Forensic Collaborative ~ Celebrating successes through collaboration and education

10TH Annual Coroner Forensic Collaborative ~ Celebrating successes through collaboration and education

Kelly Ranum, CEO of LOPA says, “they are responsible for determining manner and cause of death for any unnatural deaths. Many of our potential donors are coroner cases, and we need authorization from the coroner before we can proceed with donation. Last year (2016) was the first year in LOPA’s history no organ donor cases were denied by a Louisiana coroner.”

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Lafayette General Foundation Opens Courtyard-La Place de Vie-1/28/15

Lafayette General Foundation Opens Courtyard-La Place de Vie-1/28/15

La Place de Vie, in French meaning A Place of Life, features personalized bricks, benches, pavers and a one-of-a-kind metal oak tree, all memorializing the names of supporters of Lafayette General Medical Center. The courtyard will also host flag-raising ceremonies for Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) to honor the contributions of organ donors and their families.

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