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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Transplant recipient from Ashley one of organ donation program’s biggest advocates

Times Leader | Geri Gibbons

Karen Van Why, Wilkes-Barre, left, Cindy Timinski, Harding, center and Dan Peck, Wyoming, staff the Gift of Life booth at a recent community event. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

11 a.m., he was eating a ham sandwich and by 4 p.m., he had a new life.

That’s how Mel Talmadge, of Ashley, describes the fateful day in June 2009 when he was gifted with a new kidney, freeing him from the bondage of dialysis which limited his travel, his social life and diet.

He credits the Gift of Life Organ & Tissue Transplant Network with making both the transplant and his positive attitude possible.

Even while preparing for the life changing surgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, Talmadge set the tone.

“I told the transplant team that I was grateful for their efforts, no matter what the outcome,” the 64-year-old man said.

Still, the road to that day had not been an easy one.

In 1998, he was working full time in a high-level information technology position when, suddenly, he was having difficulty seeing his work. Continue reading


Quilts exhibit to pay tribute to organ, tissue donors

Times Leader | Geri Gibbons

Gift of Life volunteer and kidney donor Karen Van Why, of Wilkes-Barre, is shown at a health fair with a ‘Threads of Love’ memorial quilt honoring local organ and tissue donors. Submitted photo

When is a quilt more than simply a way to get warm on an autumn evening?

When it is a tribute to more than 100 organ and tissue donors from the Wilkes-Barre area and all of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The “Threads of Love” Memorial Quilts Exhibit will be held at the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, in conjunction with the Steamtown Health Fair on Oct. 10. The quilts display and health fair are free and open to the public.

Initiated in 2000 by the Gift of Life Donor Program, each quilted square, which make up several quilts, provides a special memory of those who have donated organs or tissue.

Often included in a quilt square is a treasured item of clothing that had been worn by the person who donated an organ or tissue or a photo of those who have donated engaged in their favorite activity as a reflection on their lives. Continue reading


Parents of train tragedy son honoured by award

Barnet-Today | Julia Gregory

A YOUNG man from Enfield who gave the gift of life through organ donation is being honoured posthumously.

Michael Bovell, 22, died after he was hit by a train in Brimsdown in April 2014 since when his organs have been used to transform the lives of two kidney patients.

His parents Kelvin and Patsy will attend the order of St John Award for Organ Donation ceremony on Monday, run in conjunction with the NHS Blood and Transplant organisation.

Mr Bovell said: “Michael was the very definition of the word love. Everybody loved him, not just his family. He was totally selfless and spent his life helping other people.

“We knew he wanted his organs donated because he said he’d donate every single part of his body to help others.”

He added: “I’m just happy that he was able to give life to other people. That was just Michael.” Continue reading.


Late L.I. High School Football Player’s Mom Runs In ‘Tunnel To Towers’ With Woman Who Received Son’s Heart

CBS New York

WADING RIVER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Shoreham-Wading River High School football player Tom Cutinella.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, Cutinella’s legacy lives on due to a monumental decision the teenager made just before he died.

“People wanted to be around him because of his kindness, compassion, love,” said his father, Frank Cutinella.

It has been a year since Frank and Kelli Cutinella’s oldest son died on the high school football field while playing the game he loved.

“A perfectly healthy 6-foot tall, 185-pound, vibrant junior in high school, and he died from a helmet-to-helmet football hit he never saw coming,” said Frank Cutinella, “We’re not looking to blame anyone, but there has to be changes.” Continue reading


Organ Donors Give Lives New Beginning

Cape May County Herald | Karen Knight

From left, Joselle (daughter), Eleanor (wife), Joe Pratt, and Sarah Shippen (granddaughter) advocate for the Gift of Life Program.

COURT HOUSE - One thing that strikes when speaking to 75-year-old Joe Pratt is how young he sounds.

“That’s because I have young lungs,” he’s quick to reply.

Pratt, who lives in Marmora, suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when he received new lungs Sept. 15, 2013. The only thing he knows about the donor is that the person was 23-years-old. “It (the transplant) is going exceptionally well,” he added.

Chis Wimberg, a 51-year-old from Cape May Point, got a new kidney July 4, 2007, and remembers seeing fireworks over the Hudson River. “I’ve felt really good since then,” said the donor recipient who suffers from AA Amyloidosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. He spends a lot of time volunteering these days, appreciative of the gift of life given to him. Continue reading


Dutchess man recalls life-saving organ donation

Poughkeepsie Journal | Abbott Grant

Patrick Adams didn’t smoke. He didn’t have a history of heart disease, and he enjoyed playing basketball three times a week. He was a healthy man. His heart was fine.

And then suddenly, it wasn’t.

Abruptly diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia and cardiomyopathy four years ago, the 55-year-old’s heart began beating 200 beats per minute. Still, he wasn’t worried about dying.

He was in denial, he said.

Until he found out he needed a heart transplant to live.

“It was probably the last few weeks were I was getting so bad, that I even realized,” said Adams, co-owner of Adams Fairacre Farms. “It was scary that it is out of your control. You’re just hoping that people will sign up to be organ donors. It just hits you all at once how dependent you are on others.” Continue reading


Friday, October 2, 2015

October is Liver Awareness Month

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Montana event spotlights importance of organ donors

KTVQ | Augusta McDonald

Josh Heser of Lewistown was 33 when he passed away in 2013, and since he has helped over 100 people through organ, eye and tissue donation. (MTN News photo)

MISSOULA - Taking the time to become an organ donor can really help someone in need.

Tragedy is transformed into hope when victims of fatal auto accidents opt to become organ donors.

Josh Heser of Lewistown was 33 when he passed away in 2013, and since he has helped over 100 people through organ, eye and tissue donation.

"Knowing that he was saving lives, we didn't know how many at the time, but knowing he was saving lives and able to live on through them was amazing, it gave us hope,” said Heser’s sister, Anne Robinson.

Erik Gelhar from Washington state was diagnosed with heart failure at age 22 in 2007, and after many intervening therapies and three years on a waiting list he was offered Josh's heart. Continue reading


Do You Believe #BlackLivesMatter? Here's How to Save One

Huffington Post | Diane A. Thompson,MD

Three years ago, 40-something Dorothy Vernon Brown had what she describes as the perfect life. Like so many other ambitious Caribbean nationals, she had moved from Jamaica to Canada in search of better opportunities. Married to the man of her dreams for more than 20 years, she had two happy and healthy kids, a supportive church family, great friends, a beautiful home, actively volunteered, and owned a thriving marketing consultant business.
Then, in the summer of 2013, her world fell apart. After returning home from a Jamaican vacation, she noticed a bruise on her leg. Further evaluation revealed acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a lethal adult blood cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal cells and carries a five-year survival rate of just 25 percent. Chemotherapy proved insufficient. One year later her cancer returned, with a bone marrow transplant now her only hope for survival. 
Dorothy's search for a life-saving bone marrow match has turned out to be far more difficult than she could have ever imagined -- a reflection of the fact that people of color are woefully under-represented on bone marrow registries throughout the world. The result: If you are someone of African ancestry, as Dorothy is, you are far more likely than your Caucasian peers to die while waiting. Only 7 percent of potential adult donors on the registry are black, while 67 percent are white, according to the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and Be The Match.
For bone marrow donation to succeed, the donor and recipient need to have similar genetic makeup. Dorothy's Irish and African background would complicate her search in any case, but an even bigger problem is that she lives in Canada where she's been told that less than 1 percent of people on the donor list are of African ancestry. She also searched the NMDP, the world's largest and most diverse registry with more than 10.5 million potential donors, and had no success due to low representation of black donors. Although Dorothy is from the Caribbean, a place rich in potential donors, she said that after conducting an exhaustive search she found no official bone marrow registry in the region. To learn about black lives and organ donation, continue reading

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Badly injured Hughson 7-year-old dies

The Modesto Bee
A prayer and hymn service was held for first-grader Morgan Thornsberry on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Hughson Elementary School. Morgan, critically injured in an incident Saturday night, died Thursday, Oct. 1. Deke Farrow jfarrow@modbee.com

Morgan Thornsberry, the 7-year-old boy critically injured Saturday night in an incident just outside Hughson, died Thursday, according to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

The family’s friends, neighbors and much of the Hughson community rallied around the Thornsberrys, offering prayers, support and monetary donations as the Hughson Elementary first-grader lay in critical condition this week at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Posts on social media indicated the child suffered a major head injury.

On the Prayers for Morgan gofundme page, which raised more than $28,000 in support for the family, an update Thursday morning asked for prayers specifically at 8 a.m., when “the last exam of brain activity will be assessed, and if no change, a legal declaration of death will occur.”

Late Thursday, Morgan’s parents, Kasey and Shandea, posted this message on the page: “We cannot thank you enough for all of the prayers and support throughout this week for our family while we are going through this. The Lord chose to take our sweet, beautiful Mr. Morgan to heaven this morning. Our hearts are aching with grief, but we know that the Lord is in control and his timing is perfect, even if we don’t understand. Continue reading
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East Alabama Medical Center raises flag saluting gift of life

WSFA, Alabama | Elizabeth White

East Alabama Medical Center is saluting the gift of life in a special way.

With consent from the family, EAMC raises a white “Donate Life Flag” outside the hospital, honoring the patient and family during the organ donation procedure.

EAMC employee, Amy Mctier tears up, thinking about how much she misses her father. He died in 2002 and was an organ donor for three people.

"I am aware of when that flag flies and if I ride by it on the weekend, I know and I say a prayer for those families,” she said.

The hospital began the practice five years ago.

"This flag is a tangible something to hold on to, to show the honor the greatness of that gift giving," explained Angela Haffernam, Alabama Organ Center coordinator. "We actually take the flag and present it to the family. We also have a certificate saying when it was flown at the hospital and the days it was left there.” Continue reading

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Volo woman donates part of liver to save Lake Villa man's life

Chicago Tribune | Sheryl DeVore
Teresa Snyder of Buffalo Grove and her fiance, Chris Twardy of Lake Villa, who recently received a liver transplant. (Teresa Snyder)

Cindy Greisz did not know Chris Twardy before donating part of her liver to him to save the Lake Villa man's life.

But the moment Twardy's boss, Tom Dorsch, put out the word to some 500 of his customers that his employee needed a liver transplant, Greisz of Volo, made an appointment to get tested to see if she was a match. Dorsch is director of operations at On Target, an indoor shooting range in Crystal Lake where Greisz and her husband, Josh, are customers.

Josh said when he read the email he knew even though his wife and Twardy were strangers, she would immediately volunteer to help.

"It's who she is," he said.

The transplant took place Sept. 24 and was successful, with Cindy, 41, recuperating at home and Twardy, 49, improving daily at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, hoping to return home in about a week. Continue Reading

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"Touchdowns for Madi Curry" raises awareness about organ donation

WFIE | Erin Meyer
Edwardsville, IN.   Madi Curry would have been a member of the Central High School Class of 2019. She died suddenly last year of a heart condition.

Thursday, people honored her and raised awareness about the importance of organ donation at the “Touchdowns for Madi Curry” tailgate party at Central.

Many people wore shirts, buttons and bracelets with Madi’s name on them. Football players’ helmets had stickers with her initials on them.

“I think it's a great opportunity for our young people, her family and friends and all of her classmates to be able to get together in memory of her and to honor and celebrate her life,” said Central’s head football coach, Andy Owen. Continue reading

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Longtime Elkhart music teacher Patrice Penny-Henderson needs kidney transpant due to rare disease

The Elkhart News | Michelle Sokol

Patrice Penny-Henderson smiles as she leads a discussion at a kidney disease support group that meets at Elkhart Public Library Tuesday. Penny-Henderson is a longtime Elkhart music teacher and is now holding a fundraiser where proceeds will be donated to Help Hope Live in honor of Patrice. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

ELKHART — Patrice Penny-Henderson has been helping Elkhart students develop a love for music and learning. Now she needs help in return.

Penny-Henderson, who worked for Elkhart Community Schools for more than 20 years, is battling a rare blood cell disease — one that many doctors in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties have never heard of — and needs a live-saving kidney transplant.

For more than seven years, Penny-Henderson has suffered from a disease called light chain deposition disease that has reduced her kidney function to nothing and caused her to undergo straining dialysis treatments three times a week. Although a kidney transplant could save her life, the financial cost is a major hurdle.

Even with her Medicare coverage, the out-of-pocket expenses for a transplant could exceed $20,000, including the cost of co-pays, deductibles, travel and relocation for the transplant, and a lifetime of anti-rejection medications. Continue reading


Golf Classic on Oct. 5 at Baltusrol Golf Club supports life-saving mission of organ and tissue donation


Jill Morton, a Westfield native, will participate in the 17th annual NJ Sharing Network Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 5 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield. (courtesy photo)

For Jill Morton, the opportunity to play at the 17th Annual NJ Sharing Network Golf Classic is a happy homecoming.

Morton, a Westfield native who graduated from Westfield High School, has competitively played golf all over the world – most notably as a silver medalist in the U.S. Transplant Games in 2004. As a competitor at the World Transplant Games as well, Morton has won gold medals in various sports, including tennis and cycling. She now lives in Manhattan and – as a kidney recipient who spreads the word about organ donation wherever she goes – she is eager to support NJ Sharing Network.

"This is a terrific group of dedicated people and I am so pleased to be involved with NJ Sharing Network," Morton said. "It is so important to spread the message of organ donation and to never lose hope. I am connected forever with my donor family. I am proudly carrying another person with me always."

Morton will join in the event on Monday, Oct. 5, to spread the life-saving message of organ and tissue donation, to highlight the fact that nearly 5,000 people remain on the transplant waiting list in New Jersey for organs and tissue and to help raise funds for education, research and donor family support. Continue reading


California Philharmonic Shows Support for Ava's Heart Announces Sponsorship on World Heart Day

Pasadena Now

L–R: Ava’s Heart Foundation Chairman Of The Board James Lewis Perdue Jackson with California Philharmonic Executive Director Brandon Dobbins

It has long been recognized that music is good for your health – and heart!

And, continuing its tradition of giving back to the community, California Philharmonic has entered into a new partnership with Ava’s Heart Foundation, the only 501c3 in the United States that provides extensive support for transplant patients and their families pre-and-post lifesaving organ transplants.

Newly-appointed Executive Director of California Philharmonic, Brandon Dobbins made the announcement yesterday during the Ava’s Heart To Heart Forum which hosted members of the transplant community including transplant patients and their families, advocates and leading heart/ heart transplant doctors from UCLA to share insight, advice, first hand experiences, information about life-prolonging techniques and devices that can now help bridge a patient from waiting to transplant such as The Artificial Heart, new advances in the world of transplant and more.

“California Philharmonic is proud to partner with Ava’s Heart to do everything we can to bring the healing power of live music to patients and their families dealing with these sometimes months long recovery processes,” said Dobbins who expressed interest in collaborating with Ava’s Heart to provide concert tickets to people it helps among other ideas. “I cannot think of a more noble and more deserving organization for us to partner with.“ Continue reading


'I’ve gone from top rugby player to being disabled': Rhys Thomas speaks about devastating heart attacks

Mirror UK | Mark Smith

Waiting: Rhys Thomas is on the organ donor list

A rugby star who was regarded as one of most talented props in the country when he suffered a heart attack is now waiting to find out if he will get a new heart.

Former Wales forward Rhys Thomas lost his career, and nearly his life, after being struck by a series of devastating heart attacks.

He was given just 12 months to live, but managed to recover slightly and is now hooked up to a machine to help his heart pump blood around his body, he told the Wales Online .

The father-of-two and stepfather-of-two said the first shock came when he had the first heart attack in 2007.

He had an operation to remove a clot in his heart and within six months he was back playing rugby.

The former Newport Dragons and Scarlets star said: “After the first minor heart attack, I recovered quickly and went back to playing rugby. Continue reading


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Consortium Tackles Transplant Genetics With More Than 30K Donor, Recipient Samples

Genomeweb | Andrea Anderson

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Members of the International Genetics and Translational Research in Transplantation Network (iGeneTrain) are banding together to apply genomics to transplantation studies in the hopes of better understanding and improving transplant patient outcomes.

In a paper in press in the journal Transplantation, the team described the goals and progress made so far for the iGeneTrain effort. When the paper was submitted, that work included 22 genetic studies, though the tally now comes in closer to 30 studies, according to information on the iGeneTrain web site.

Through genome-wide association studies involving more than 32,000 organ donors or recipients of kidney, liver, heart, or lung transplants, the researchers are searching for genetic factors contributing to both short-term transplantation success or failure as well as longer-term complications, including side effects related to the immunosuppressors transplant recipients receive to stave off rejection. Continue reading.


Organ donors to get an engraved brick at Lafayette General Medical Center


Organ donors at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) will now get an engraved brick at the hospital, thanks to a cooperative agreement between Lafayette General Foundation, Southern Eye Bank (SEB) and Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA).

La Place de Vie is a bricked courtyard located next to LGMC’s main entrance that also features engraved bricks, pavers, benches and plaques purchased by patrons of the hospital or by those wanting to honor a newborn or a loved one. The engravings are sold through the Foundation, Lafayette General’s philanthropic agency. Continue reading


Man celebrates 20th anniversary of sister's lifesaving gift

Chicago Tribune | Denise Moran

Every Oct. 3, since 1995, Hap Seyller has given his sister, Sandy Eberly, a dozen roses. (Courtesy of Sandy Eberly / HANDOUT)

Every Oct. 3 for the past 20 years, Walter "Hap" Seyller has given his sister, Sandy Eberly, a dozen roses. He also takes Sandy and her family out for dinner.

On Oct. 3, 1995, Sandy gave her brother the gift of life when she donated one of her kidneys during an organ transplant operation at Chicago Rush Presbyterian Hospital.

"Sandy has been my angel," Hap said.

When the anniversary reaches a five-year mark, Hap holds a special celebration at his home in Kingston. Five years ago, he said the event drew 250 people. Sandy had T-shirts made up during the first anniversary that she and her brother have worn for later anniversaries of the operation. Continue reading


Watch Teddy's tearful parents meet surgeon who helped him become Britain's youngest organ donor at Pride Of Britain Awards

Mirror UK | Ann Gripper

Pride Of Britain Award winners Jess Evans and Mike Houlston were in tears this evening

Pride Of Britain Award winners Jess Evans and Mike Houlston were in tears this evening.

The brave parents received an award at our annual ceremony after allowing their incredible son Teddy - who lived for just 100 minutes - to become Britain's youngest organ donor.

When they took to the stage tonight, the couple's eyes began to water as they met the surgeon who carried out their little boy's transplant, Niaz Ahmad.

As he walked out before the audience, the entire room stood on their feet to applaud the doctor, who together with Teddy, was able to save the life of an adult by giving that person the newborn's kidneys.

"I'm so glad to meet you," he told Jess and Mike, thanking them for their life-saving decision.

"What you did was pioneering. I would like to say that I am so grateful that you had the courage to think clearly to help another fellow human being. You are just incredible." Continue reading VIDEO.


Hospital, county officials urge Dutchess residents to give the gift of life

Mid-Hudson News

Adams: "... he was a registered organ donor"

POUGHKEEPSIE - More than 90 percent of New Yorkers support organ donation, but only 24 percent are registered donors, the lowest percentage in the nation. Hospitals and businesses in the greater New York area are banding together on October 6 with a common goal, to enroll as many as possible as organ donors.

During a presentation outside the Dutchess County administration building on Tuesday, Health Quest, county officials, a heart recipient and the mother of an organ donor, made an impassioned appeal.

Alice Ruffing lost a son recently, but finds comfort in knowing others live because of a decision he made to become a donor.

“We had absolutely no hesitation in alerting the hospital that this is what he wanted to have done, and since then, the recipient of much comfort from his decision,” Ruffing said. “It brings us daily peace to know that others are living because of him and his decision.”

Patrick Adams, of the Adams Supermarket family, knows the other side. His heart was deteriorating with apparently little time remaining. Continue reading


Knowledge a barrier to donation

Goderich Signal Star | Steph Smith

The rate of organ donation in Ontario is poor at best, as it is considered to be a taboo topic, despite statistics that show there is a willingness to donate.

“Approximately 90 per cent of the population agrees with, or is in support of, organ and tissue donation, while only 25 per cent have actually filled out the registration form,” said Dr. Stan Spacek, physician champion of the eye donation program at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH). “It’s one thing to say you want to donate and another to actually face the reality of doing it. Having the conviction to do it and agreeing with it are also two different things.”

There are two avenues to donation: organ, such as the heart and lungs, and tissue, which includes skin, bone, heart valves and eyes. According to Spacek, the donation of eyes is the most common and least invasive.

“There is little understanding of tissue donation because people often associate it with organ donation,” Spacek said. “While related, they are two very different avenues. Tissues can be donated at pretty much any time, but organs are more difficult and have to be harvested within a certain timeframe.”

Last year, there were approximately 1,100 eye donations made in Ontario, 12 of which were made in Goderich. The wait list for eyes in Ontario is more than 1,000 people in length, and while AMGH can easily perform eye retrievals because it doesn’t require a surgical suite, there has only been one donation made in Goderich so far this year. Continue reading


Goal of 200-mile bike ride is raising awareness for organ donation

Times Union | Jennifer Gish

The Strope family, Sara, left, Harold and Miriam stand near Harold's bike at the Albany Academy for Girls Sept. 30, 2015 in Albany, N.Y. On Thursday, October 1st, Sara Strope and her father will embark on a four-day, 200-mile bike ride, departing from Delmar. In 1995, during Sara's senior year at Albany Academy for Girls, her father had lifesaving surgery at Mass General in Boston - a heart transplant. Now they are embarking on this ride together celebrate the 20th anniversary of his transplant. They will be biking the route that Harold Strope took 20 years ago to receive his heart. They will be gathering at 9:00am Thursday at the Seville Bike Shop in Delmar to leave at 9:30. At least a dozen community members will be gathering to send them off. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union)

Because maybe when someone sees a picture of them together on social media and realizes her father, Harold Strope, is pedaling up the Berkshires with a heart he wasn't born with, they'll sign up to be an organ donor.

Their four-day ride will start in Delmar, the place Harold and Miriam Strope call home, and end at Massachusetts General Hospital, where Harold received a heart transplant 20 years ago, when he was in his late 40s and Sara was a senior at Albany Academy for Girls. They hope to raise a bit of money for the hospital, but the primary purpose of the ride is to raise awareness about the importance of signing up to be an organ donor. It's as easy as checking a box when you get your driver's license or signing up online. Continue reading


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Organs still needed despite willingness to donate

Arizona Sonora News

At age 15, Nick Korte came home with his driving learner’s permit, nagging his parents for consent to become an organ donor at the first opportunity.

Five years years later, on Nov. 9, 2012, he was brain dead in the hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. His persistence to donate became his legacy.

“We knew that [organ donation] was something that he wanted,” Caitlin Korte said, recounting the day her family decided to donate Nick’s organs. His death would ultimately go on to help 75 other people through organ and tissue donations.

According to Donate Life AZ which handles the organ donor registry for Arizona, about 54 percent of citizens (2.6 million) in the state are registered organ donors, a rate that nearly doubles the national average. Yet life-saving organ donation is still at a premium in the state and nationwide. There are currently 2,342 candidates on the waiting list for complete-organ transplants in the state, the vast majority (1,957) needing kidneys. The average waiting time in is roughly 38 months for a kidney in Arizona. Continue reading


Hoffman, advocates welcome live-saving law improving tissue and organ donation


EDWARDSVILLE – A new law backed by state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, facilitating local organ donation is receiving acclaim from local advocates. Hoffman and state Sen. William Haine, D-Alton, joined representatives from Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) and local organ donation advocates last week to applaud the passage of the law.

“Organ and tissue donations save lives, and this legislation will improve the donation process in the Metro East area by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis,” Hoffman said. “When people choose to donate organs and tissue, they are truly giving the gift of life, and it’s up to us to make sure that gift goes as long way." Continue reading