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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Give life through organ donation, one person can be a hero for seven

KJCT8 | Carly Moore

GRAND JUNCTION Deputy Derek Geer who was shot by a 17-year-old male Monday morning, has saved one last surprise for the people he has worked to protect his entire life.

Geer will continue to serve through organ donations; giving a second chance at life to people in our region.

Unselfish -- is the word that has been passed around the community about Deputy Geer's decision to donate his organs.

"The fact of humanity and were all just helping each other and it really just stands for how he is idolized in the community,” said Coral Dietrich.

"I think that everybody should do that because that's a very unselfish way to die,” said Grand Junction resident, Gary Boyd, "Whenever the loss of a life helps another life that's good thing."


Nothing Bundt Cakes to donate proceeds in support of organ donation

Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Nothing Bundt Cakes and JJ's Legacy are joining together this Valentine's Day for National Donor Day.

Twenty percent of all proceeds on Feb. 14 will be donated to Bakersfield-based JJ's Legacy, which advocates for organ and tissue donations.

National Donor Day celebrates all types of donations, including organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow.

The day is also a time to honor those who have given the gift of donation, have received a donation, and are currently waiting or did not receive an organ in time.

If customers would like to donate before National Donor Day, they just have to mention JJ's Legacy at checkout. Continue reading


This Valentine's Day, Why Not Discuss Organ Donation?

FAST CO. CREATE | Meg Carter

LOVE is . . . joining the U.K.’s National Health Service Organ Donor Register, according to a new advertising campaign created to get people talking about organ donation this Valentine’s Day.

Through a series of online films, the "Better Left Unsaid" campaign created by London-based brand storytelling agency Aesop features a montage of inappropriate topics discussed by couples on romantic dinner dates—from fancying the waitress to underwear chafing (and even worse).

For many people, raising the subject of organ donations is not an easy thing to do. So Valentine’s Day—a time spent with your loved one—is as good a time as any," says Stephen Lynch, creative director at the agency, which made the films for NHS Blood and Transplant.

Boosting sign up to the donor register is a challenging brief given the low rate of organ donation in the U.K., which has one of the lowest organ donation consent rates in Europe. Continue reading



ABC 13

Making the decision to become an organ donor can save lives. That's especially true for a little girl who was born with a severe congenital heart defect. The odds were stacked against her, until she received a special gift.

Julianna is your average two-year-old girl. But the journey getting here is one she'll carry with her the rest of her life.

"When I was six weeks pregnant, I went to my doctor and found out I had breast cancer," Julianna's mother, Riki Graves told us.

She was living in Corpus Christi when her doctor recommended treatment in Houston. She went to Texas Children's Hospital to monitor the pregnancy during her cancer treatment. But at 20 weeks, something was wrong with Julianna's heart.

"She was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome," Riki said. Continue reading


Former MU coach who helped create state’s organ donor registry in need of transplant again

FOX 6 | Tim Van Vooren

MILWAUKEE — About a dozen years after receiving a second chance at life and becoming an advocate for organ donation, a familiar face to Marquette University basketball fans is fighting a new battle.

At the age of 50, Trey Schwab finds it easy to take stock of his life.

“It’s been really full. My goal growing up when I was a young coach — I wanted to coach in the NBA and I got there at a really young age, still in my 20s. Moved to Marquette, and when you’re a college coach, your goal is always to get to the Final Four and win a national championship. We got half of that done,” Schwab said.

And then there’s the next entry on his resume — work with the UW Hospitals Organ and Tissue Donation program — work that helped lead to the state of Wisconsin establishing a donor registry in 2010. Continue reading
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Young transplant patient hopes to inspire sick kids

WTOC | Barbara Gauthier

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local beneficiary of the “Make A Wish Foundation” is taking to the internet with the goal of inspiring kids like her.

Hadley Schoenborn, 9, is full of life after receiving a liver transplant just five months ago. The Columbus girl was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants.

Even though Hadley’s transplant was successful there is the possibility that she may need another in the future.

She isn’t on the list as of yet, but in the meantime and between time of hopes and prayers, she has taken to YouTube and Facebook to tell her story and to inspire sick children everywhere. Continue reading

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Indianapolis man reflects on the organ donation that saved his life

The Indy Channel | Beth Vaughn

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's a feat that Lance Lewis would have thought nearly impossible five years ago.

This June, he'll be competing in cycling at the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland.

A genetic lung disorder had landed Lewis on the transplant list, twice.

"I knew that this was going to work out, the call was going to come - everything was going to work out, be good... but there are times you can't help worry about the future," said Lewis.

While he waited, tragedy struck.

IMPD Officer David Moore was shot while on duty on January 23, 2011. Moore's family said his wishes were to donate his organs. Continue reading


Give Your Heart February 14th to Help Organ Donation

PR Newswire

CLEVELAND, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans will show their love with heart-shaped candy and cards on Valentine's Day. But February 14th is also National Organ Donor Day, bringing awareness to what a heart and other organ donations can do to save lives. Donate Life and Marco's Pizza have partnered together to create an interesting way for men and women to send a message of both love and life at the same time at #ORGANDONORDAY2016.

From February 9 – 14, post a message for your Valentine to #organdonorday2016 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – using pictures with a heartfelt message or a video of yourself singing one line from your favorite love song, like That's Amore, You're Beautiful or I Think I Love You. And for your good deed in bringing awareness to organ donation, you'll have a chance to win Pizza for Life, as well as one of hundreds of Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownies for your significant other. You must be 18-years old to enter the sweepstakes and giveaway. The program kicked off today, but there is already plenty of Valentine's Day wishes posted: https://youtu.be/0pwdRiimkBI. Continue reading


Parents of Claire McKeown donate cheque to NHS Blood & Transplant in daughter's memory

Liverpool Echo

The parents of a Liverpool businesswoman knocked down and killed by a drunk-driver five years ago have today handed over a £2,000 cheque to the NHS.

Martin and Sally Walker gathered with Claire McKeown’s friends, family and former colleagues at the McKeown Rice Exhibition Space in the Baltic Triangle – a dedicated creative space named in memory of their daughter.

Claire, 32, who spearheaded Liverpool’s success at the World Expo in Shanghai, was killed by drunk driver Amanda Brierley in Norfolk in 2011.

Brierley was jailed for eight years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. Continue reading


What Can YOU Make Possible?

Donate Life America

We invite you to help Donate Life America create possibilities for the more than 120,000 people waiting for a second chance at life. Join us in the What Can YOU Make Possible Challenge!

The fundraising challenge officially launches on February 14th #NationalDonorDay - you can get a head start by signing up today!

Click here to start your fundraising campaign: http://donatelife.net/possibilitieschallenge

You have until the last day of National Donate Life Month (April 30, 2016) to create and complete your personalized campaign. Thank you for all you do to make LIFE possible!



Heartwarming gift: Pueblo native on road to recovery after life-saving donation

The Pueblo Chieftain | Regan Foster
CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/BRYAN KELSEN Pueblo residents Alvin (left) and Shelly Thompson are on the road to becoming the picture of health. Alvin, 37, had a life-saving heart transplant in December

A few weekends ago, Alvin Thompson taught his teenage son, Coltin, to change the brakes on his truck. That’s a pretty typical tableau for a hands-on dad whose child is learning to drive, but it still made Shelly Thompson — Alvin’s wife and Coltin’s mother — weep. 

The Internet is awash with information for organ, blood, and bone marrow donors and recipients. To learn more about donation in general and here in Colorado, check out the following educational resources:

United Network for Organ Sharing (Transplantliving.org) — Provides information about the national transplant list, information for potential donors, community resources for recipients, survival stories, and details on living donation, among others. Continue reading
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Stories From The Heart: Hannah's Heartfelt Gratefulness

Hannah Heatherington celebrated a special night as Heart Princess for the American Heart Association's Heart And Stroke Ball in 2011.

She had received medical care for her heart and several months after the event she received grim news from her doctor.

"He said my heart was operating at only 5%," she explained in a recent interview with WOWT 6 News. "I was sixteen."

Hannah immediately was placed on the transplant list at the Nebraska Medical Center. Five days later she received a phone call while she was sleeping.

"It was my nurse and she said that there was a heart available and from there I was so lucky."

She received her new heart five years ago and I spoke with her back then during her first public appearance after the transplant. Hannah expressed her gratefulness to the unknown donor and talked of her plans to one day attend college. Continue reading

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Mesa County deputy 'in final hours of life'

KUSA | News9 | Mallory E Davis 

MESA COUNTY - The Palisade Fire Department says a Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputy is in his "final hours of life."

Deputy Derek Geers was shot multiple times Monday morning by a 17-year-old suspect he had detained during a weapons investigation.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says Geers is on life support so his organs can be donated. This process could take up to 48 hours, after then, life-sustaining measures will be stopped.

Geer is a Navy veteran who has been with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office since October 2001.

He is married and has two children, ages 11 and 13.

The suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was taken into custody less than an hour after the shooting. Continue reading
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Kidney disease is major issue in T&D Region

The Times and Democrat

The recent death of Natalie Cole and reports of her ongoing health issues including a kidney transplant in 2009 have raised questions from many across the United States who wonder if they are at risk of kidney disease, and if they too can donate a kidney to someone in need.

The answer regarding risk is an emphatic yes – and certainly so if you live in The T&D Region.

Before the 10th annual Kidney Walk in Orangeburg this past October, Regional Medical Center surgeon Dr. John Ross provided perspective, stating that per capita, Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties have the nation's highest incidence rate for kidney disease. One in four people in Orangeburg County and one in three people in Bamberg and Calhoun counties have kidney disease.

Nationwide, more than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk of developing CKD. In fact, 90 percent of those with CKD are unaware their kidneys are failing, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Continue reading
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Johns Hopkins Hospital Set To Perform First Organ Transplant Between HIV-Positive Patients; What Took So Long?

Medical Daily
The monumental procedures could save hundreds of lives each year.  Public Domain/Pixabay
This month, Johns Hopkins Hospital was approved to be the site for the first organ transplant between HIV-positive patients to be conducted in the United States. The decision comes three years after the passage of the 2013 HOPE Act, a bill that made it possible for HIV-positive individuals to donate organs, which raises the question — what took so long?

The monumental operation is set to take place as soon as a viable organ becomes available and a recipient is identified and prepared, Fox News reported. "This is an unbelievably exciting day for our hospital and our team, but more importantly for patients living with HIV and end-stage organ disease. For these individuals, this means a new chance at life," said Dorry Segev, an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a recent statement.

HIV-positive patients are living longer than ever before, thanks to the help of antiretroviral drug therapy. Unfortunately, one result of longer life is more time to develop severe organ problems. Until 2013, organ transplants between two HIV-positive patients in the U.S. were not legal and any organ harvested from an HIV-positive patient was required to be thrown away. This meant that such patients could only receive organs from HIV-negative donors, further adding to the already long organ waiting list. What’s more, according to Segev, organ transplants are especially important for HIV-positive patients because they die on the waiting list “faster than their HIV-negative counterparts.” Continue reading
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Super Bowl lasts 3 hours and is seen by 114.4 Million People ...

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Scott Hetsko's ready to return to work!

Rochester First | Maureen McGuire

7 months after his last weathercast on News 8, and 4 months after his heart transplant, Scott Hetsko is ready to return to work. He's grateful, and so are the doctors who helped save his life.

In the days before the Superbowl, Hetsko and Dr. Leway Chen share a joke about football. "Im a Seahawks fan," says Dr. Chen. "I wouldn't have had you treat me if I knew that!" Scott says. "I think (Scott's) going to be better and stronger than ever," says Dr. Chen. "So check with your newsroom that they can handle all that."

This is a friendship forged between a once dying man, and the doctor who helped save his life. "Scott's doing very well," says Dr. Chen. "We've been very impressed with his recovery from surgery and also, with his progress in getting stronger. He's doing better than usual for several reasons. One he kept himself in shape leading up to the surgery and he also has a force of will to get stronger, get healthier. That's helped him to recover faster." Continue reading


Community rallies to help teacher in need of new heart

Barrow County News | Adam Wynn

Most people have the luxury of going through their day without putting much concern in the function of their heart. Until roughly three weeks ago, Barrow County resident Lynn Foster was one of those people.

On the afternoon of Jan. 16, however, Lynn found herself headed to the emergency room for congestive heart failure.

“Three weeks ago, she was perfectly normal. Healthy,” Foster’s husband, Stephen, said. “Then one Friday afternoon she walked to the mailbox and was short of breath. I told her she shouldn’t be short of breath just for walking that far.”

Lynn called her doctor upon feeling a distinct shortness of breath, who insisted that she immediately get to the hospital. It was there that Lynn received the devastating news that she would need a heart transplant in order to survive. Continue reading


Diane Chandler Brockmeier: working her way to the top

Daily Dunklin Democrat | Laura Ford

Photo provided Senath native Diane Chandler Brockmeier is the president and CEO of Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis.

After high school graduation, some Bootheel natives stay in the area and raise families, while others go on to college, and from there, move on to do great things, like connecting people after the death of one in order to bring life to another.

Diane Chandler Brockmeier, a 1975 Senath-Hornersville graduate, has dedicated most of her life to saving lives, and on Feb. 1, she stepped into her new position as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS), which helps to coordinate lifesaving organ transplants for patients in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

Brockmeier grew up in Senath, but in 1986, she moved to Cape Girardeau to begin a career with MTS that would last more than 30 years. Her career there began while working at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau when she saw the help wanted ad in the paper for a coordinator to live and work for the organization in the Cape area. She said the company wanted a registered nurse who could do hospital education and a mix of other things. "I applied for the job," she said. "They were hiring people on a one year grant being sponsored by Medicare." She said that she was single at the time and took the job, and like most people who rise to the top, she had to start at the bottom and work her way up. Continue reading


68,500 people will fill Levi's Stadium for the big game. 122,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

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68,500 people will fill Levi's Stadium for the big game.

122,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

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The 121,514 patients waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the U.S., could fill Levi Stadium nearly twice

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In the time it takes you to watch that #SuperBowl commercial or grab that snack, you could register to save lives.

While enjoying the game with your loved ones, take a moment to share your donation decision and cheer them on to do the same. Learn more at IndianaDonorNetwork.org


#SuperBowl50 Today's big game at Levi's Stadium holds approximately 68,500 people...

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

What gift is as blessed to give as to receive? The gift of organ donation

Hudson Hub-Times | Tim Troglen

Three days before my recent birthday, I did something I had never done before -- I officially became an organ donor.

As I renewed my driver's license, I could not wait for the man to ask me the question, "Do you want to become an organ donor?"

"Yes," I answered, maybe a little too enthusiastically, judging by the look on his face.

I didn't mean to startle the man, but I was excited.

This was a first for me.This was a first for me.

You may wonder why I waited so long. I'm not really sure.

Maybe it was the fear of facing my own death, or maybe the belief in an old wives' tales that some overzealous doctor might slice out an organ if I was ever on life support, even though I was still alive.

However, the reason I didn't no longer matters. I want to concentrate on my reasons for doing it. Continue reading


Chance The Donor Dog is Dabbin' for Donation around San Francisco.

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Chance The Donor Dog is Dabbin' for Donation around San Fran. preparing to cheer for #Carolina in Sunday's #BigGame. Register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at DonateLifeSC.org #sb50 #KeepPounding #DonateLife #CarolinaGotHeart


Bigfork husband donates kidney to wife

News Times

In this Jan. 25, 2016 photo, Tyson Niewoehner and his wife Shelley pose for a photo outside their home in Bigfork, Mont. In November Tyson gave her one of his kidneys. (Brenda Ahearn/The Daily Inter Lake

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Tyson Niewoehner simply smiles when asked how he and his wife, Shelley, will celebrate Valentine's Day this year.

He already demonstrated his love for Shelley in a way very few men ever have a chance to experience: He gave her a kidney.

The couple underwent the transplant operation Nov. 18, 2015, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, and the two continue to recover at their Bigfork area home.

Tyson insists it was no big deal. You see a loved one suffering and you do whatever it takes to make it better.

"I think a lot of people would do it," he said about donating his kidney. "When you see what they go through on dialysis." Continue reading


Floragraph Is Touching Tribute To Montclair Woman, Organ Donor

Montclair Patch | Eric Keffer

A floragraph of Niles on the Donate Life float

Montclair, NJ - The family of Betsy Niles, a Montclair mother who died after being struck by a van in March 2011, honored her at the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on New Year’s Day.

A “floragraph” of Betsy, whose kidney saved the life of Valentine Samuels, 53, of Newark, was created with seeds, flowers and other natural materials and displayed on the 2016 float.

Betsy was among 60 organ and tissue donors honored with floragraphs during the event.

“We were so honored to learn that Betsy was chosen for this honor,” said her companion of 10 years, Dan Sarnowski, who referred to Betsy as “the love of my life.” Continue reading


Livonia man talks about grief in new TV series on death

Detroit Free Press | Sharon Dargay

Michael Kovalcheck of Livonia and his wife, Toni, who died in January 2015. (Photo: Submitted)

Michael Kovalcheck wants to convey a message of hope through his appearance in the new documentary television series, “Embrace of Dying: How we deal with the end of life.”

The show, which starts Monday, Feb. 8 on WTVS Detroit Public Television, is the final installment in local filmmaker Keith Famie’s three-part look at aging. Famie interviewed Kovalcheck, a Livonia resident, last year for a segment on grieving, which will air during “Embrace of Dying” episode 4, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29.

Kovalcheck and his wife, Toni, would have celebrated their 40th marriage anniversary last fall if she had survived another year in her battle with stage-four cancer. Toni died in January 2015, just a few months after appearing in a segment on women and cancer in “Embrace of Aging, the Female Perspective on Growing Old,” Famie’s second installment in the aging series. Toni was one of three breast cancer patients profiled in the program. The Kovalchecks explained how breast cancer had affected their lives and how they had faced challenges. Continue reading

The shows air at 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Episodes include:

•Pay It Forward, March 28: The show looks at how death can be a new beginning for someone else, through scholarships, memorial foundations, and organ donation. It includes interviews with the Ingram family of Carleton, founders of Mikie’s Minutes, an organization that provides calling cards for deployed troops, and with organizers of the Rich Rau Memorial Bicycle Tour in West Virginia, established in honor of a bicyclist who was killed while riding his bike. Viewers also learn about the story of Jimmy Williams who donated his heart through Gift of Life Michigan.


Local woman excited to be living kidney donor


Tosh Opsal, right, describes the process of being a kidney donor as her wife, Sarah Andrews, listens during the afternoon of Jan. 22 in their Coeur d’Alene home

COEUR d'ALENE — Tosh Opsal is going to save someone's life, and she's willing to give her right kidney to do it. Literally.

The Coeur d'Alene resident is scheduled to fulfill her mission on March 17 of being a living organ donor. It's been a dream of hers for several years.

"I’m definitely honored. I’ve always wanted to do something bigger than myself that’s selfless, something that nobody can pay back, that they don’t need to," Opsal said, seated in her living room among her family the evening of Jan. 22. "Everybody should have the right to have a normal life and not live off a machine."

A few years ago, Opsal was living in upstate New York and saw on Craigslist that someone was seeking a kidney donation. She contacted the person who posted the ad and volunteered to be the donor.A few years ago, Opsal was living in upstate New York and saw on Craigslist that someone was seeking a kidney donation. She contacted the person who posted the ad and volunteered to be the donor. Continue reading