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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Prescott man named 'Outstanding Volunteer'

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Tom Gammill
On Monday, Sept. 26, Tom Gammill of Prescott was named "Outstanding Volunteer" at DNA's Donation Symposium: You are the essential piece.

The event recognized all those who have done exceptional work in the field of donation and transplantation. Tom received his heart transplant more than 20 years ago and has been a dedicated advocate for organ and tissue donation ever since.

The employee who nominated Tom wrote, "Tom has always been a great asset to DNA and stepped up whenever we needed him this year. He drove to Phoenix several times to attend and/or work events down here. On one occasion, he stayed in Phoenix overnight to make sure he made an early morning speaking event at a hospital." Continue reading
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World’s longest surviving female transplant patient celebrates 30 years anniversary with a donor heart

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NEW GROWTH: Hendrika van Wyk poses for a portrait in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. She is the longest-surviving heart transplant patient in South Africa after having had a donor heart put into her body 30 years ago today
Image by: ALON SKUY


Organ transplants save and transform lives

You would expect the world to lie at the feet of a 20-year-old young woman, but a dark cloud hung over Hendrika van Wyk’s life in 1984. She was born with a heart condition that left her gasping for breath after she walked just a few steps and not even able to dress herself without the help of her sisters. Hendrika says she felt life draining from her and had to face up to fact that she may not survive for very much longer.

Thanks to a heart transplant she received that year at Groote Schuur Hospital, however, Hendrika’s life was given back to her. Now 30 years on, the world’s longest surviving female transplant patient attended a function in Johannesburg on Thursday to celebrate organ transplantation and give thanks to the organ donor and healthcare team who saved her life. The function was organised by Netcare Milpark and Groote Schuur hospitals.

“The miracle of transplantation has enabled me to live a full life these past 30 years. I am so grateful to have had the great privilege of being given a transplant. It gave me the opportunity to meet my loving husband Hendrik, and to adopt my wonderful daughter Riká Marie in 1993, who is now 18 years old. I have treasured every minute of this second chance I have been given.” Continue reading
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Ariz. girl's organ donation saves life of Minn. boy

AZ Family | Carey Piña


PHOENIX -- It's a powerful story of heartbreak and hope. A little boy was on the brink of death, and his family was holding onto hope for a miracle. Little did they know, their prayers would be answered by a total stranger 2,000 miles away.

"I've been meaning to write for a long time. I've put it off because, quite frankly, all I do is cry the whole time I am writing. I think about you and your daughter every day."

It took many months, but Jackie Thompson in Minnesota finally worked up the courage to write a letter to the Parker family in Arizona.

"Every day Grant wakes up is a miracle, and it's all because of you," she said, reading the letter aloud.

At only 14 months old, Grant Thompson's liver was failing. He was put on an emergency transplant list. Continue reading
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Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match

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Chicago, Illinois - Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival - even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart - than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

When the costs of care while waiting for an urgent transplant are considered, transplantation with the first suitable heart is also cheaper than waiting for a better-matched organ, researchers said.

In the same way that a vaccine activates the body’s immune response to fight off a virus, a donated organ can trigger antibodies to fight off foreign tissue. Because of the risk of severe rejection after transplantation, experts traditionally believed that children with these antibodies should wait for a heart that won’t activate an antibody response.

But patients with the antibodies in their blood are at high risk of dying while waiting for a perfect match, said Brian Feingold, M.D., M.S., study lead author and medical director of Pediatric Heart and Heart-Lung Transplantation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and associate professor of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. Continue reading
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Child under 6 declared brain dead for organ transplant, 2nd case in Japan

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A girl has been declared brain dead in the second such case for a child aged under six in Japan, a transplant coordination group said Sunday, with her parents hoping her organs can save the lives of other children.

The girl suffering from a brain disorder was hospitalized at Juntendo University Hospital, with her organs planned to be harvested for transplantation following family consent, the Japan Organ Transplant Network said.

"It would be a great consolation for us who will be left behind if our daughter can save the lives of other children at the end of her short life," the girl's parents said in a statement. Continue reading
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Seven-year-old transplant recipient to attend Red Wings game courtesy of Daniel Cleary

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Doug Warren (right) of Jerome, pins a Texas commemorative pin on his son Luke after the two finished the 5K run/walk to kick off the 2012 Transplant Games in Grand Rapids. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com )

DETROIT - Doug Warren was hoping to find a couple of Daniel Cleary jerseys for him and son Luke to wear at Monday's Detroit Red Wings game.

The Warrens will be Cleary's guest at the game against the Ottawa Senators and they want everyone to know who was responsible for getting them to their first NHL game.

Doug has attended a University of Michigan hockey game in the past but he wasn't able to take Luke, 7, because the youngster wasn't up to making the trip after undergoing a liver transplant when he was 10 months old.

But thanks to Cleary, Luke will finally get to see his first hockey game tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Cleary, in his 10th season with the Red Wings, purchased a pair of season tickets and has been donating them to a child that has survived a transplant. The youngsters gets to bring a guardian, attend practice and meet the Red Wings' veteran forward in addition to getting a goodie bag and other baubles. Continue reading
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Breathing New Life Through Organ Donation

Chris D | By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman


According to Health Canada figures, in 2012, just over 2,000 Canadians received new organs through organ donation. Those transplants covered a fraction of the 4,500 Canadians currently on the waiting list. Sadly, in 2012, 256 Canadians died before they received a transplant.

Last month, after living with ongoing kidney failure for close to a decade, Neepawa-area resident Darryl Kulbacki received a new kidney. Kulbacki’s new kidney came from his sister Karla Hall. Had a donor not stepped forward, Kulbacki would have had to wait about five years for a new kidney. With kidney disease on the rise, 72 per cent of Canadians waiting for a new organ are waiting for a kidney.

Kulbacki is the second person in the Neepawa area to receive a new organ in the last 12 months. Last November, Chris Howe got the long awaited call that he would be receiving a new liver. In June 2011, the then 28-year old Howe was diagnosed with terminal liver disease and he waited two years for a liver to be available for him. Continue reading
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UK transplant volleyball athletes back Chronicle campaign for more organ dono

Chronicle UK | Adam Luke


Contest marked the first in a series of events leading to the British Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2015
Transplant volleyball players from across the UK backed the Chronicle’s campaign for more organ donors as they competed in Tyneside on Saturday.

The annual Transplant Sport contest was held at Gateshead Leisure Centre - the first in a series of events paving the way to the NewcastleGateshead British Transplant Games 2015, launched last week with the lighting of The Games Flame at the Sage.

Supported by Gateshead Council, the tournament involved competitors who have all had a life saving organ transplant, including kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and bone marrow.

And they were quick to praise the Become a Donor campaign, which urges readers to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Continue reading
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Southern Regional Medical Center donates rose to promote organ donation

Clayton News Daily | Cailin O'Brien


JONESBORO — Southern Regional Medical Center made sure a small part of Clayton County would go into the 2015 Rose Parade.

President and CEO Kim Ryan signed a glass vial Wednesday that will hold a rose used to decorate the Donate Life America organ donation float in the 2015 Rose Parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., according to a press release.

A team of caregivers from SRMC’s ICU and ER joined Ryan. Continue reading
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Comedian Alonzo Bodden in Connecticut tonight for gala

WTNH | Kent Pierce
PROSPECT, Conn. (WTNH) – Alonzo Bodden is in Connecticut to tell jokes about what is usually a very serious topic – organ donation. When you look at him, it seems like he has it all. He’s a successful comedian who also appears in TV shows and movies.

“Mainly standup, but yeah I was in the Girl Next Door and Bringing Down the House movie-wise,” Bodden said. “I’ve done some TV shows, obviously the biggest being Last Comic Standing”.

For the past year and a half, however, there’s been something missing from Alonzo: a kidney. His brother had a degenerative kidney disease.

“My brother needs a kidney. You don’t sit around debating,” remembered Bodden. “They explained that if you’re healthy, if your kidney function is 100%, when they remove on kidney, the other one just takes over.”

In March of last year, they checked into Yale New Haven Hospital and Alonzo donated his left kidney.

“I was only in the hospital for 3 days and I was on stage a week later,” he explained. “It wasn’t that difficult.” Continue reading
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Utah liver disease victim moves to Indy for shot at life

WISH TV | Brooke Martin

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Nearly two months ago, a young couple from Utah picked up everything they had and took a plane to Indianapolis.

They’ve been living here in a hotel with no car.

To anyone who doesn’t know their story, it would seem crazy, but what you wouldn’t know is they’re doing all this for a shot at life – a knock out, drag out brawl they’re determined to win.

“Sometimes I forget how far I’ve gone and how sick I am until I pause and think about what I was doing a year ago or two years ago,” said Forrest Purser.

These days, 28-year-old Forrest Purser sleeps more than he’s awake. Fatigue and pain rack his body. His legs are swollen from Edema. Continue reading
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8 Black Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Organ Transplants

Atlantic Blackstar | Christina Montford


Tracy Morgan
In 1996, comedian Tracy Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes. In 2011, he received a kidney transplant from his ex-girlfriend Tanisha Hall, saving him from having to undergo dialysis. Some sources have claimed that Hall wanted to get back together with Morgan, which, they say, may have been some of the thinking behind her decision. According to his brother and mother, Morgan didn’t tell anyone in his family about the surgery. Continue reading
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At Thanksgiving, Consider Giving the Gift of Life

Lehigh Valley Health News | Ted Williams


More than 120,000 people nationwide are awaiting organ transplants. U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration officials say for every organ donor, the lives of as many as 50 people could be saved or improved. But in reality there aren’t enough organs to fill the national need, and as many as 18 transplant candidates die every day waiting.

With the Thanksgiving season upon us and the year-end holidays in the offing, it’s time to reflect on family, friends and the things that matter most in life. ‘Tis the season for giving back. What better time to register as an organ donor and promise someone the gift of life? Continue reading
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For Auburn organ donor who died tragically, a ‘floragraph’ and a place in the Rose Parade

The News Tribune | Larry LaRue


Autumn McCloud sings a song in the Muckleshoot language in memory of Rachel Givens during a memorial at the Muckleshoot Tribal School on Nov. 19. Givens was an athlete, mentor, daughter, tribal member. She helped five people through organ donation after her death on Nov. 3. LUI KIT WONG — Staff photographer

Rachel Givens was killed by a hit-and-run driver last year while walking across a dark highway in Sumner. Her decision years earlier to be an organ donor helped give life and health to others.

“Our family considers her a hero,” said her mother, Laura Givens.

On New Year’s Day, the world may share that view. The likeness of Rachel’s face will be one of 72 adorning a float honoring organ donors during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

This week, Laura Givens and her family got to see that likeness – called a “floragraph” – when the Donate Life folks brought it to the Muckleshoot Tribal School, where Laura taught and coached. Continue reading
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Member of FOX 13 family shares painful event that gives others the Gift of Hope

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This week our story on organ donation involves one of our own FOX 13 family members.

You’ve seen him covering sports here on FOX 13 for the past eight years, sports director Jeff Rhineer.

He lost his youngest brother almost three years ago.

Jeff sat down with FOX 13 News anchor Hope Woodside to share his story.

He comes from a large family of six brothers and a sister.

They all suffered a great loss when the youngest brother, CJ, was hit by a car at the age of 28.

“It’s the phone call you never want to hear,” Jeff said. “My brother called me in the middle of the morning and said, ‘Hey, CJ’s been in an accident and it doesn’t look good.’”

CJ and his wife Keri had been married a little over a year and living in California when the accident happened. Jeff and his mother flew to CJ’s hospital bedside. VIDEO, continue reading

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Obituary: Gary Foxen raised awareness of organ donation

The Orange County Register | Alma Fausto
Gary Foxen of Orange, works on a floragraph of Andrea Rae Dominguez that will be placed on the Donate Life float at the Phoenix Decorating Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena Saturday. Gary Foxen, is a lung recipient from Orange, and it was his idea and his vision in 2001 for Donate Life to have a float in the Rose Parade. Photo: Michael Goulding

Gary Foxen, the man who brought the Donate Life organ donation float to the Rose Parade, has died.

Foxen, of Orange, died peacefully at his home Nov. 13 after a monthlong battle with gastrointestinal cancer, his wife, Lois, said. He was 79.

After receiving a lung transplant in 1999, Foxen wanted to show his appreciation but didn’t know how.

“I really couldn’t describe how grateful I was to be able to breathe again,” he said in an interview with the Register last year.

In 2001, he wrote a letter to OneLegacy, the federally designated Southern California organ-donation network that’s part of Donate Life, and proposed a float to honor organ and tissue donation.

When Foxen wrote the letter, California didn’t have a registry for organ donation. Donate Life made its debut with a float in the 2004 Rose Parade. Two years later, Donate Life partnered with the Department of Motor Vehicles to include organ donation registration on official driving forms, and registration numbers skyrocketed. Continue reading
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Omaha transplant patient gets surprise from Grey's Anatomy stars

KETV | Brandi Peterson
OMAHA, Neb. —There’s a special bond between the cast and crew of Grey’s Anatomy and a transplant patient at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Doctor appointments are nothing new for Aspen Wiederholt from Alta, Iowa. But the subtle sound, beating loud and clear from the machines at the Nebraska Medical Center is; it’s the sound of Aspen’s new, healthy heart.

“I’ve had 13 surgeries,” explains Aspen, who just turned 20. She was born with a congenital heart defect. Around this time last year, doctors told Aspen they’d exhausted every option they could to help her heart to function on its own.

“Initially, I was in and out of the hospital five or six times from November to December,” Aspen told KETV photojournalist Molly Miles. “They finally did another cath and said, yeah, it’s time to be put on the transplant list.” VIDEO,Continue reading

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can save up to 8 lives!

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You can save up to 8 lives as an organ donor and improve up to 50 more by donating cornea and other tissues. Sign up today. http://1.usa.gov/1rJ4dCa
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Olmsted Medical Center receives Gold Award

KIMT  3 | Adam Sallit

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Olmsted Medical Center is receiving the Gold Award, which is the highest level of acheivement in efforts to promote enrollment in organ donation registries.

The center is one of 400 hospitals nationwide receiving the distinction.

OMC’s Donate Life Team is extremely active across southeast Minnesota in educating people on the importance of becoming an organ, tissue and or eye donor.

“We really believe that if people knew more about it and knew the good that could come from it, that more people would say yes to donation,” says Rich Villella, a Hospital Liaison with Life Source.

A donor has the potential to save 60-70 people. For more information about joining a donor registry, you can contact OMC’s social services department at 507-529-6744 or visit http://www.organdonor.gov. Continue reading

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The life-saving gift of organ donation

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INDIANAPOLIS - It is estimated 120,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ donation.

Go inside a certain hospital room at IU Health University Hospital and you will find a 23-year-old Dallas, Texas man waiting for life-saving surgery. Nelson Alcala needs a stomach, pancreas, intestines and a liver.

"I already got it once and went through a rejection. Now, I'm getting it again," said Alcala.

The people visiting the patient and handing roses to his wife know the importance of organ donation. Mark and Kathy Mikel's 16-year-old daughter Kelsey was killed in a car crash in 2004. Her family honored their daughter's decision to become an organ donor.

"Knowing that Kelsey had signed her driver's license, made it easier for us to honor that decision and follow through with that," said Kelsey's father Mark Mikel. "Her organ donation saved four lives and enhanced numerous others with the tissue donation that she gave."

Lisa and Adrian Babcock's daughter Audrey received Kelsey's kidney in 2004.

"She has had the kidney for ten years now and is healthy and strong and still growing. She's even surpassed the height that they expected for her,” said Lisa Babcock. Audrey, now 12, is developmentally delayed because she went 20 minutes without oxygen at birth. Continue reading
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Woman gives back after life-saving transplant

Santa Cruz Valley Sun News | Regina Ford

Jazmyn Creason is a fighter.

As she battles a rare liver disease that has taken her in and out of hospitals for five years, she copes by thinking positively, volunteering and helping others who are ill – many with life-threatening conditions.

Although she’s dealing with her own medical issues, including a liver transplant in 2011, Jazmyn has thrown herself into volunteerism to let others know there is hope.

Creason was a Sahuarita High school student in 2009 when, after months of tests, she was diagnosed with Caroli’s disease, a rare inherited disorder that affects the liver’s bile ducts. It is also associated with liver failure and polycystic kidney disease, a condition causing fluid-filled cysts to form in the kidneys.

“The doctors said she was born with this, but it actually didn’t show up until she was 16 and started having this excruciating pain in her side which we thought might be her appendix,” her mother, Lysa, said. “For the first three months after this episode, she was in extreme pain, often had fevers over 100 degrees, would sleep 20 hours at a time and the doctors couldn’t tell us why.” Continue reading
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DONATE LIFE’S 2015 ROSE PARADE® FLOAT will honor TWO Acadiana Heroes

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LAFAYETTE, LA – Ryan Viator's Legacy Foundation is proud to announce Justin Harrison and Laci Taquino, Lafayette natives and heroes of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), will be honored on the Donate Life float, “The Never Ending Story”, in the 2015 Rose Parade on New Year's Day. Justin and Laci gave the ultimate gift – the gift of life – through organ donation. Their families will view their floragraphs for the first time at 10:00 am on November 20, 2014 in the Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) lobby. Volunteers from Donate Life California decorated Justin and Laci's floragraphs almost to completion. Their families, along with Justin's heart recipient, will complete the portraits with organic materials. We invite you to join us as we celebrate Justin and Laci's selfless gifts of life with their families.

Justin and Laci, along with 70 other honorees who, in death, gave life to others through donation, will be showcased for 47 million viewers through floragraph portraits. Their portraits, each made entirely of organic floral materials, will be featured on the float “The Never-Ending Story” of hope, giving, and life which is the theme of the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade® float. Atop the float, the floragraphs will grace 72 books that hold their inspirational stories, with an open book seeming to release 60 butterflies representing the number of lives transformed by a single deceased donor. Continue reading
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Organ donor’s family, recipients to celebrate gift of life during Rose Parade

FOX 59 | Tanae Howard

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 19, 2014)– From one family’s tragedy to another’s triumph. The Mikel and Babcock families were joined together by the kidney of a courageous 16-year-old girl who made the decision to donate her organs.

“If we could make any good come out of Kelsey’s death we were gonna do that and organ donation was the beginning of that,” said father, Mark Mikel.

Kelsey Mikel, 16, was in a terrible car wreck 10 years ago in Wakarusa, Indiana. Kelsey was declared brain dead the next day. That heartbreaking moment for her family was the beginning of hope for the Babcocks.

“Three days later we got the call it was a Sunday morning that they had a possible kidney match for Audrey,” said mom Lisa Babcock.

“And we see Audrey and the progress that she’s made as a recipient of Kelsey’s kidney and it just warms our hearts and its very satisfying to know that others lived and they’re lives are enhanced and their family’s lives are much better because of that gift,” said Mikel. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Carson Palmer's lasting connection

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Reconstructing Ligaments Using Donated Tissue
David Fleming talks about the increased use of donated tissue to help repair ligaments and discusses how being a recipient of an allograft has affected Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.


NEARLY EVERY MORNING for the past eight years, Dorothy Hyde has followed the same routine. Wake at 7. Put the coffee on. Grab the paper from in front of her home in suburban Houston. And then, while standing alone in the predawn stillness of her dark kitchen, turn the pages of the paper over, searching for a connection to her daughter Julie in, of all places, the sports section.

It wasn't always this way. The 85-year-old widow -- a quintessential Texas grammy, demure, stylish, fiercely independent and not to be trifled with -- used to start with the obits to check on friends and acquaintances. "It's just what you do at my age," she whispers. Then, for a little relief, she would jump straight to the comics. She never had much use for sports, and even now her level of understanding remains such that she sometimes says "pitch" when she means "pass."

But that was before the early-morning hours of March 17, 2004, before the drunken driver going 117 mph practically incinerated the Volvo driven by her daughter Julie De Rossi, 44, launching it into a nearby concrete barrier. Afterward the police had hoped to find clues in the skid marks left at the scene of the accident. But there weren't any. The guy never even touched his brakes. By the time her family arrived at the ICU, De Rossi was already on 
life support. There was no brain activity. And there never would be. "Never got to say goodbye," Hyde says. Continue reading

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Life of late 5-year-old Livingston girl to be commemorated in floragraph ceremony

NJ.com | Jessica Mazolla


Riley Kogen, who died last year from a congenital condition, will be honored at this January's New Year's Day Rose Parade. (Photo courtesy Ali Kogen)

LIVINGSTON — The friends and family members of a five-year-old township girl who died last year are set to remember her though a medium they say is reflective of her personality – flowers.

Riley Kogen died from a congenital condition on Dec. 19, 2013, two days after her fifth birthday. During her final days, her family members decided that she should be an organ donor.

“We felt that the gift of life was something special we could do to ensure that Riley’s memory lives on,” family members explain on the website of Riley’s Dance, a foundation they started in her name after her passing.

This Thursday, the NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit organ procurement and donation promotion organization, will celebrate her life, and the double kidney donations she made that saved the lives of two women.

At the ceremony, Kogen’s parents will be putting the finishing touches on a “floragraph” of their daughter. Continue reading
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