Nora's Gift Foundation: History and Purpose

In 1998, Doctors Osama and Lillian Gaber established Nora’s Gift Foundation in memory of their daughter Nora, who was killed in a tragic automobile accident. Nora’s legacy did not end with her death. Her organ donations helped several critically ill children and fueled the creation of Nora’s home, an enduring gift to those in need.

Nora’s Gift Foundation was founded upon and continues to be guided by four central intentions.  At all times, we strive to provide fundraising activities to:

  • Promote understanding of end-stage organ failure and its treatment options, including organ transplantation.
  • Promote innovative research in the field of organ failure and transplantation
  • Develop and provide charitable research, educational support, and medical services for patients and their families in need
  • Support organizations dedicated to treating individuals with organ failure, linking medical, allied health, social and academic organizations actively supporting patients.

Patients suffering from end stage organ disease and facing the need for life saving transplant surgery must deal with many challenges. Medical care often requires them to travel far from home and many patients awaiting transplant, under-going surgery or having follow-up care must stay in Houston for many months. During this difficult time, and in addition to their tremendous medical expenses, patients and their families are burdened with the high cost of lodging, the loneliness of being away from their loved ones and the fear of losing their jobs, homes and way of life.

Nora’s Home offers transplant patients and their families an affordable place to stay where they can find support and share experiences with others, in the comfort of a home-like environment. Nora’s Home is a new, freestanding facility near the Texas Medical Center at 8300 El Rio Street. Built with the specific needs of transplant patients and families in mind it includes: 32 private bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a great room, a meditation room, a community room, an education center and free shuttle services to the medical center.

Our Impact Since 2013