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Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy 14th transplant anniversary to Colorado's Chris Klug, bronze medalist snowboarder and liver recipient!

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Happy 14th transplant anniversary to Colorado's Chris Klug, bronze medalist snowboarder and liver recipient!

"Happy liver day! Today I celebrate 14 years since my life-saving liver transplant at University of Colorado Hospital. I'm grateful to be here and dedicated through Chris Klug Foundation to sharing the donation message to help others! Thank you to my donor family for the second chance at life and to all donors who are the real heroes, and to my family and friends for helping me get through almost six years on the waiting list. Say yes to donation and document your decision - I'm here today because of it, and intent on making the most of it! CK"
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Parents meet recipients of fallen daughter's organs

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It was a breathtaking moment when the parents of a young woman who lost her life met three of the people who received her organs.

Pamela Praill was just 26 years old when she crossed the border from Canada to do some last-minute Christmas shopping with her mom. Pamela suffered an aneurysm and died on Christmas Day. Her parents made the decision to donate her organs and they had the chance to meet three of those recipients at the "Life Walk" on Saturday.

"It's been a long time coming," said Patti Praill. "I'm anxious to meet them all."

Patti and her husband, Marc Praill, expected tears, but as the recipients of their daughter's organs approached, it was tough to find a dry eye in the room.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rants & Raves: Organ donation

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Rave: For a lifetime devoted to organ donation awareness. Sydney native Wendell Hill died last week at the age of 64 after more than 40 years living with a transplanted kidney.

Hill's brother Gordie gave him one of his kidneys. The transplant operation took place in 1973. And for the next four decades, Hill actively advocated for organ donation.

Hill's brother Sheldon recalled: "He would always say: 'Sign your donor card, because you don't know. Why take it with you? Look at me.' What he would have missed out on, our community would have lost out on if he had not have received that kidney. It only takes one to make a difference." Continue reading
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Organ donation 'Second chance at life'

The Sudbury Star | Harold Carmichael

HAROLD CARMICHAEL/The Sudbury Star Participants in Sunday's Irish Heritage Club of Sudbury Michael O'Reilly Walk for a Second Chance head out from Bell Park to start their awareness walk.

Chris Milliard is living proof of the importance of organ donation.

A heart transplant recipient at the age of seven years, Milliard, a New Liskeard native, is leading a normal life today due to a fatal motor-vehicle accident which produced a donor heart to replace his badly functioning one.

"There's no words to describe it," said the 19-year-old as he got ready to participate in the Irish Heritage Club of Sudbury's Michael O'Reilly Walk for a Second Chance Sunday morning at Bell Park. "It's a second chance at life. It's amazing. I'm so thankful for my donor."

The heart implanted in Millard's chest came from a child about his age and has grown with him over the years, he explained. Milliard said his own heart was coping with a condition called resilient cardiomyopathy, which affected its ability to operate properly. Continue reading
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Flowood ophthalmologist back at work at 76 after heart attack and kidney transplant.

Clarion Ledger | Leslie Myers

Dr. Connie McCaa performs an eye exam on Dianne Armstrong of Pearl at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Flowood clinic. The Jackson physician has returned to ophthalmology practice after more than a year off following a kidney transplant.(Photo: UMMC )

There’s a reason people often say, “There’s nobody like Connie McCaa.”

Imagine working 12-hour days throughout your career, performing emergency surgeries on top of that at all hours of the night — and teaching medicine to students, on the side.

Tired yet?

Imagine also being at the top of your game, being known as the best ophthalmologist around for the front of the eye: cornea and refractive surgery.

Imagine keeping up that work pace until age 73, when you suddenly have a heart attack and acute renal failure. Then, after six short weeks off work, you go back on the job for two years, while having kidney dialysis four hours a day, three days a week just to stay alive. Continue reading
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Florence man finds new life through kidney donation

SC Now | Melissa Rollins

Members of Team SC pose for a group picture during the 2014 Transplant Games of America in Houston, Texas.

FLORENCE—Five years ago, Michael Sprauve got news that no sixteen year old wants: his kidney function was around 35 percent of what it should have been. It wasn’t something that would clear up and allow him to resume his life. It was a very serious condition and Sprauve’s doctors quickly began their search for a new kidney.

“When you find out that you have a kidney disease, they have to put you on a transplant list,” Sprauve said. “The statistic is that every eleven minutes another person is added to a list. I got added about five months before my eighteenth birthday.” Continue reading
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Rachel aids promotion

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Rachel Hooley with her sister Kate at the O2 store in Cramlington where bracelets they have made are being specially gifted to customers to raise money for CHUF. Store manager Adam Lowes is supporting them as part of National Transplant Week. GM043969
A youngster who underwent a heart transplant has helped to support National Transplant Week.
The O2 shop in Cramlington’s Manor Walks shopping centre gave customers who purchased a contract phone a special gift made by Rachel and Kate Hooley.

Following Rachel’s life-saving heart transplant two years ago, the sisters set up Hearts that Matter UK to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation (CHUF) ward at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, and to promote awareness of the organ donor register. Continue reading
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Death can help someone visualize hope

The Las Vegas Sun | Danielle McCrea

STEVE MARCUS. Brent Bergquist, director of ocular services at the Nevada Donor Network, holds a trephine, a surgical instrument with a cylindrical blade, at the Network offices Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
For Brent Bergquist, staring at the faces of the dead is part of his job.

“I’m looking at their eyes and looking at their facial expressions ... I wonder what they’re like. Were they sad? Were they happy? Did they go peacefully?”

For Bergquist, this moment is as intimate as it gets. In the few seconds before the corneal procurement begins, he tries to see these people for who they were and how they lived.

He pushes a cylindrical saw into an open eye and twists, cutting the tough surface. He removes the cornea, the first clear layer before the colored iris.

At 47, Bergquist is a veteran corneal procurement technician who views the procedure as a ritual in altruism. He knows the corneas he removes will be used to restore someone’s sight. Continue reading
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Little boy, 4, remembers his dead dad by drawing pictures of him every day

Mirror | Jessica Best

Dylan Mummery's dad Jon died earlier this year while waiting for a lung transplant, but the youngster is keeping his memory alive through their shared love of art
A four-year-old boy is keeping the memory of his dead dad alive by drawing a picture of him every day.

Little Dylan Mummery draws daily pictures and collects photos to remember his amazing dad Jon - a cystic fibrosis suffer who died in March at the age of 41 while waiting for a double lung transplant.

But with the help of his mum Issy, Dylan is making sure they still take time to remember Jon every single day.

Issy, 37, from Leicester, said: "Dylan and Jon were incredibly close, they were always with one another.

"When Jon died he started drawing pictures of his dad every day, its amazing to see the memories they shared. View photo gallery, continue reading
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No greater love: a Perry County mother's liver donation saves her baby daughter's life

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Julia Zerance and her daughter, Avielle. (Courtesy of the Zerance family)

Before Julia Zerance's father succumbed to cancer last year, he said words that live on in Julia's memory: "Every parent says they would do anything for their child, but you have the chance to prove it."

That proof came in the form of the left lobe of her liver, donated to her now-14-month-old daughter Avielle.

Julia's donation saved her daughter -- her and husband Ben's fourth child-- from the ravages of biliary atresia.

Biliary atresia is a rare condition in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not develop normally, causing a blockage in the bile flow from the liver to the gallbladder. Because the bile ducts are vital to removing waste from the liver and carrying salts to help the small intestine break down fat, the condition can rapidly become fatal without a transplant. Continue reading
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Parents mourn daughter's death by living out her dreams

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Along a busy road in Chico, Calif., there's a memorial to a young college student. She was killed while riding her bike by an alleged drunk driver. Kristina Chesterman was just 21-years-old. She was going to be a nurse, but she had a lot of other dreams that no one really knew about, until a few months ago, when her mom and dad went to clean out her old apartment.

"I opened up a drawer and I found just this make-up bag," says her mom Sandra.

Sandra says there was no make-up. Instead, in that zippered compartment, she found a single sheet of notebook paper: Kristina's bucket list.

"I mean what kid writes a bucket list? There's not many," says Sandra.

Kristina probably wrote it in high school.

We asked if she would read some of the list.
"She wanted to tour Niagara Falls. Save someone's life, which she did that, many times over," she says. "By donating her organs, she saved lives. This next one makes me laugh. She wanted to break up a fight between two guys over her, which I think is so cute. And I don't know that it ever happened, but it should have." VIDEO, continue reading
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Man Receives State's First Lung Transplant

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Indianapolis, IN - If you watch hospital shows when they’re transporting organs, they carry them chilled in something like an igloo. But now thanks to the TransMedics Organ Care System an Indiana man received new lungs that were still functioning while doctors transported them from out of state.

IU Health is taking part in a clinical trial to test out the new technology that took more than a decade to make.

Sixty-three-year-old Damon Bradtmueller was the first volunteer in the trial who was chosen to receive the breathing lung transplant.

“I feel good. Sore, but good,” said Bradtmueller, who suffers from an autoimmune disease that attacked his lungs. He had been on the transplant list since February. Continue reading
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'Heart transplant allowed me to see my grandchildren grow up'

The Bolton News | Jeremy Culley

A HEART transplant eight years ago has allowed ex-police dog handler John Roberts to see his grandchildren grow up.

Now, the 59-year-old former PC from Bromley Cross is urging more people than ever to Sign up to Save Lives.

Just four years after retiring from Greater Manchester Police, Mr Roberts was struck down by a virus which destroyed a muscle in his heart.

He was so ill that just five days later he was rushed into surgery to undergo an emergency transplant.

Mr Roberts said: “I was so ill before the transplant, I wouldn’t be here now, quite simply. Continue reading
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Liver transplant unit at Newark's University Hospital gives patients a second chance

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Baburao Koneru, right, and Nikolaos T. Pyrsopoulos, doctors at University Hospital in Newark, flank liver recipient Deborah Hardy, 52, of Jersey City, earlier this month. (Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger)

Three years ago, Jersey City elementary school teacher Deborah Hardy, 52, didn’t feel well. But when her eyes started yellowing, she began fainting and couldn’t hold down food, the stakes rose quickly.

A trip to the hospital emergency room revealed an unexpected prognosis: Hardy had an auto-immune disorder that had caused her liver to fail. She needed an immediate liver transplant.

Anxiously awaiting a donor organ, Hardy was devastated when the first liver that became available was a close — but imperfect — match.

“But the very next day, another liver came through and it was a go for me,” she said. After eight hours of surgery on Thanksgiving Day 2011, Hardy received a liver and a second chance at life. Continue reading
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Naples mom, who lost baby 6 years ago, meets child saved by transplant

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CHRISTOPHER CROSBY/SUN JOURNAL. Tasha Lewis sits with her sons, Izak, 4, and Jace, 5 months, at their home in Naples. Two days ago, Lewis met the 7-year-old boy whose life was saved with an organ transplant from Lewis' daughter.

NAPLES — Tasha Lewis had little time to comprehend the idea that she was about to meet the boy she saved.

After nearly seven years without contact, Lewis reached out on Facebook that she was looking for the family of a boy, just over 7 years old, given life-saving organs from Lewis' deceased daughter, Pandora.

Ten hours later, she met Levi Goff for the first time.

“I was ecstatic, sad, happy and elated at the same time. It was surreal,” Lewis said.

The events that led to Pandora's death still cause Lewis to look down and speak slowly, as though reciting something someone has told her that she doesn't quite understand. VIDEO Continue reading
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Army dad fighting new battle for toddler son

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A 4-year-old boy needed a kidney but didn't have to wait long on the transplant list. Doctors found that his dad would be a perfect donor. VPC

When Kyle Morrison was born, he had one enlarged kidney and another that was not growing. Doctors were not sure if he would make it. He underwent surgery and was placed on a transplant list. But after four years of doctors, blood tests and hospital visits, Kyle's kidneys started to deteriorate and his need for a donor became more urgent.

Kyle's dad, Shane Morrison, was fighting for his country in Iraq when Kyle was born. But now he's back home, and fighting to give Kyle a longer life. Turns out, Kyle's dad is the perfect match for his son and because he is a live donor, the transplant could increase Kyle's life span by up to 25 years. Watch the video above hear what the four-year-old is most excited about for his post-transplant life. VIDEO, continue reading
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Woman's life saved by kidney donor, her son

Tallahassee Democrat | Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder

Rita Brown struggled with a decision a mother should never have to make — she needed her son's kidney to live.

"If you knew you needed something your child had, would you initially want to take it? Never," Brown said.

Last year on World Kidney Day, their transplant surgery was a success, and the inspiring story made headlines.

The story is so inspiring, in fact, that NY Med, an eight-part ABC series that follows patients at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Newark University Hospital, picked up on it. The product of this two-year in the making project will air Thursday night at 10 p.m. on ABC.

The show follows Brown and her family through her medical procedures at New York Presbyterian Hospital last year, as well as an anniversary checkup this past March. Continue reading
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Both Men Doing Well After Kidney Transplant

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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Bob Evans has a new kidney because of long-time friend Ray Lindsey.

According to Lindsey's wife Deb, both men are recovering after a successful surgery Thursday.

Several people approached Bob about donating a kidney.

"But they either didn't match or they were in bad health," Rays says. "None of us made this decision for glory or praise, I was just fortunate to have been a match and in excellent health. I am not doing this for media attention, other than to draw people's attention to the importance of organ donation."

Being on a donor list is like writing out a death sentence.

"Bob is 66-years-old. A minimum of 800 donors would have to die before he got a kidney. You see, his family can't donate. He wouldn't have made it that long," Ray added. Continue reading
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Toronto will host next Canadian Transplant Games in 2016

Toronto Star | Barbara Turnbull

Up to 500 recipients to take part in athletic event that celebrates life and helps boost donation rates

Toronto has been named host of the next Canadian Transplant Games.

The biennial event, which wrapped in Moncton July 12, is an athletic showcase for transplant recipients across the country. The next games are scheduled for August 2016.

Up to 500 athletes will compete in events that include track and field, tennis, golf, cycling, swimming and bowling.

All transplant recipients are welcome to participate, says Sandra Holdsworth, Ontario director for the Canadian Transplant Association.

“The games are about building relationships and meeting people that have all been through the same experiences, and to celebrate life,” says Holdsworth, 50, who received a liver transplant 17 years ago. Continue reading
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Death-dodging teacher entering snooker event at Transplant Games

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Graham Brushett puts in some practice at the snooker table

A TEACHER who has dodged death will be hoping to be right on cue when the Transplant Games comes to Bolton.

Graham Brushett, who received a heart and kidney transplant in 2006 after both organs failed, is entering the snooker event.

It will be his debut at the games and he is not holding out much hope of walking away with glory.

But the 59-year-old, who is deaf in one ear and unable to walk without a stick following a stroke, is simply grateful to be taking part after his life was saved.

The former politics and business studies teacher at Rivington and Blackrod High School is now urging Boltonians to sign the organ donor register in their droves as the games loom. Continue reading
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Donations pour in for The Colony girl’s rare disorder, transplant

Dallas News | Daniel Houston

Staff photo by DANIEL HOUSTON/neighborsgo. Ava Turman, 1, looks up from a book at her parents’ home in The Colony. Brandon (not pictured) and Sarah Turman (left) launched a fundraising campaign earlier this month to raise money for Children’s Organ Transplant Association, which will help fund a small-bowel transplant for Ava.

When Brandon and Sarah Turman learned last year that their infant daughter Ava would need a life-saving transplant, it came with a sense of relief.

Ava spent the first four months of her life in the hospital as doctors tried to identify why her digestive system wasn’t functioning properly. Early on, doctors cautioned The Colony family that her condition could be terminal, without prospects for long-term treatment.

“You go from complete euphoria of having your first baby … to a complete 180 of now wondering if your new baby is going to survive or not,” Brandon said.
But when doctors diagnosed Ava with Berdon syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, it opened up the possibility of a small bowel transplant, for which Brandon and Sarah are now seeking donations from friends, family and the community at large through their Team Turman fundraising initiative. Continue reading
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Doctors Bow In Reverence To Cancer Victim Who Donated Organs 'To Be A Great Kid'

Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter
An 11-year-old's wish to give the gift of life to others came true on the last day of his life. The photograph below shows doctors bowing to Liang Yaoyi, a gifted student from Shenzhen, China, who died from a brain tumor in June. His mother can be seen crying in the background.


Liang was diagnosed with the tumor at the age of 9, just after he moved to Shenzhen to join his brother and sister, and to attend primary school, Shanghai Daily reports. One day, Liang felt dizzy and the next day had trouble walking, so his sister took him to a hospital where he learned he had a brain tumor.

Before passing away on June 6, Liang told his mother, Li Qun, that he wanted to donate his organs.

"There are many people doing great things in the world," he said according to China Daily. "They are great, and I want to be a great kid too." Continue reading
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National Minority Donor Awareness Week

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A widower is traveling the nation to bring attention to saving lives like those of his beloved Molly

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Corey Eaker, originally from Marble Hill, lost his wife Molly two years ago, after a battle awaiting a quadruple transplant. She needed a kidney, liver, pancreas, and a small bowel.

They met on a college campus in Los Angeles and it was love at first sight. Eaker tells KZIM KSIM they were married during a 2-hundred-88 day hospital stay… praying for a miracle… "Our first two years together were amazing. There were little problems because Molly had always been sick, but it really went downhill when her kidneys started to fail.

The last two years of our life were really a roller coaster up and down, not knowing what was gonna happen. And the last 288 days were spent in the hospital with me in the same room with her. We would wait every day in the hopes that someone would come in that room and say 'we have your organs and you can be transplanted' but unfortunately her time ran out."

Eaker is traveling the country with his best friend Bob Amidon spreading the word of the importance of organ donation. They are doing a 7-thousand mile trek titled “Molly’s Organ Trail 2”. They ask that you sign up to be an organ donor at the DMV or visit donatelife.com to ensure your family honors your wishes in your passing. Another life, like Molly’s, could depend on it. Story source
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1st Canadian patient to receive new liver therapy doing well

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Research is still ongoing into the therapy but doctors say it has helped them get better control of ammonia levels in the body.

The first Canadian patient to receive an experimental transplant of liver cells in Alberta two years ago is now a healthy toddler, her doctors say.

Nazdana Jan, of Winnipeg, received her transplant in November 2012 when she was two months old from a team at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary in an effort to help keep her alive long enough to receive a full liver transplant.

In April, she successfully underwent a liver transplant in Toronto.

Nazdana and the four other infants who received the therapy all have urea cycle disorders, a genetic disease that causes ammonia to build up in the body and can lead to brain damage and death.

Most newborns with the disorder die within the first two weeks of life without treatment. VIDEO, continue reading
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Donor, recipient in lifesaving kidney transplant to run together in Beach to Beacon race

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Shelby Carignan | The Forecaster. Daavid Swift (left) and Patty Blankenship, who share a set of kidneys after Blankenship donated one of hers to Swift last summer, train together on a recent weekend at Cape Elizabeth High School in preparation for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race on Aug. 2.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Last August, when Patty Blankenship ran the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, Daavid Swift watched from the sidelines.

But after a lifesaving kidney transplant brought them together forever, the two will run the race side by side at this year’s race on Aug. 2.

Just a week after running the Beach to Beacon in 2013, Blankenship, a 48-year-old mother and social worker from South Portland, gave Swift one of her kidneys as a volunteer living donor in the kidney transplant program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

After the two crossed paths almost by chance, they became bonded by shared organs and Blankenship’s sacrifice.

Swift, a Freeport resident and 26-year-old adopted son of Blankenship’s former work colleague, started showing signs of illness in late 2012. His parents, who adopted Daavid — pronounced Dah-veed — from Colombia when he was 4 years old, hadn’t a clue about his rare, hereditary kidney disease, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis. By Christmas, he was on dialysis. Continue reading
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Hospital Is Honored For Promoting Organ Donation

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Belmont Community Hospital is one of 37 Ohio hospitals and transplant centers to be honored for its efforts to promote organ donation.

The award to BCH, a division of Wheeling Hospital, came from the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

The Ohio hospitals were among the more than 400 hospitals and 174 transplant centers nationwide earning recognition for organ, eye and tissue donation and registration efforts between June 2013 and May 2014. So far, the campaign has resulted in 327,659 donor designations.

Participating hospitals worked closely with their procurement organizations and Donate Life America affiliates to educate and register new donors. Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
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...and have a conversation with your family.

Lexington Boy Wins Big at Transplant Games

WTDQ TV ABC36 | Melanie Kendall

At just nine-years-old, Riley Speck was the youngest member on Team Kentucky for the Transplant games; he brought home lots of hardware.

Riley won two silver medals and a gold medal.

He adds those to his other five medals from the past two-times he’s competed in the transplant games.

When Riley was a baby, he was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition.

At 18-months-old he had a heart transplant. VIDEO, continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.