Supporting organ donor families one blanket at a time The Kyle Zuleg Foundation mission is two-fold: to promote organ donation and support donor families as well as provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in media communications to honor Kyle’s dreams of being a sports broadcaster. One of the missions of the Kyle Zuleg Foundation is to help support organ donor families. In honor of those who choose and are able to give the gift of life through organ donation, a monogrammed “Forever in our Hearts” blankets is given to families as they sit at the bedside and wait while their loved one is prepared to give the ultimate gift of life. Our hope is that these blankets will provide warmth, comfort and support to these families during this very difficult time. Kyle’s first blanket was given to a family at Edward Hospital on August 24, 2011. The blanket program has successfully grown from being a few blankets in a garage to being hundreds of blankets being distributed to over 180 Gift of Hope affiliated hospitals in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Organ donor matching for Kyle was a long process. The right person had to be found and the perfect match had to be made. As much as we wanted Kyle with us we knew he was wanted and needed somewhere else. It was a couple of days before Kyle’s seven organs were matched to his 5 recipients. Although we never had the conversation with Kyle about being an organ donor we knew that was the kind of person Kyle was. This was confirmed after coming home and seeing Kyle’s Donate Life bracelet sitting on his desk in his room where he often sat and did his homework. Looking back at pictures Kyle was often seen wearing his Donate Life bracelet.