The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF) is a non-profit health service organization who saves and enhances lives through organ and tissue donation. As the organ procurement organization for Maryland, we facilitate donation and transplantation in area hospitals, provide donor family support, and educate hospitals and the general public about the life saving power of donation. We are passionate about our mission of saving and enhancing lives while honoring the legacy and generosity of our donors.
The organization, first known as the Maryland Organ Procurement Center (MOPC), was incorporated in 1983. In 1991, MOPC merged with the Maryland Tissue Bank and changed it's name to the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland (TRC). Finally, in 2007, TRC changed it's name to the current The Living Legacy Foundation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services accredits The LLF as an organ procurement organization, and the State of Maryland licenses us as a tissue bank. Our tissue bank is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.
The LLF is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors, which includes general public members, transplant recipient representatives and donor family members. The board also includes transplant physicians, surgeons and administrators from the two Maryland organ transplant centers (the University of Maryland Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital).
We work collaboratively with the 34 hospitals in our service area as well as with the Medical Examiner and our Funeral Home partners.
In April 2008, The Living Legacy Foundation along with the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and the Washington Regional Transplant Community introduced Donate Life Maryland with the launch of www.donatelifemaryland.org. The website, which is the home to Maryland’s online donor registry, allows Maryland residents to designate themselves as organ and tissue donors and assist in sharing donation decisions with family and friends.