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featured on San Antonio Report: Texas Organ Sharing Alliance unveils new memorial honoring organ donors

Elaine Kearney

From San Antonio Report:

The Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) on Wednesday unveiled an installation honoring Central and South Texas residents who have donated organs dating back to 1988.

Know as the Wall of Heroes, the memorial is a centerpiece at TOSA’s headquarters facility in the South Texas Medical Center. Construction of its new four-acre headquarters began in 2018 and was completed in March.

TOSA is one of 58 organ procurement organizations in Texas that works with the families of registered and potential organ donors to facilitate the donation process. Headquartered in San Antonio, the organization serves 56 counties in Texas spanning Waco to the Rio Grande Valley.

“This [memorial] was probably the first thing that we thought of as how we were going to honor [the donors],” Joseph Nespral, president and CEO of TOSA said. “We at TOSA are extremely proud of how this came out and strategically placed so that anybody who comes on this property must come through here and see it.”

The wall consists of five panels holding more than 6,000 medals drilled in by TOSA staff. 3,279 of the medals are engraved with a first name, the initial of the donor’s last name, and date of donation. Austin-based landscape architects TBG Partners worked with contractor SpawGlass to create the wall.

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