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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Plymouth woman says organ donation changed her family's life

WFSB | Irene O'Connor | Rob Polansky



Michael and Nick Ray's organs helped save lives, according to their mother. (WFSB photo)

A woman from Plymouth said organ donation changed her family's life.

Ten years ago, Tina Ray said she had a conversation with her 20-year-old son, Nick Ray, that most people do not want to have.

"He and I had a discussion about organ donation and three days later he got into a car accident," Tina Ray said.

Her son did not survive.

"He had severe head trauma," she said. "When I saw him, you knew there was no recovery. I promised him that I would not make him stay and live a life he did not want to live."

She said she did not imagine she would be following her son's wishes to have his organs donated so soon.
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New Bern toddler has life-saving transplant on Easter

New Bern Sun Times | Cathryn Lindsay


For one New Bern family, Easter weekend was not just a time for religious services and Easter egg hunts; it was a time to celebrate a second chance.

The Goldstein family spent their Easter Weekend at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, where their 2-year-old daughter Delilah underwent a life-saving liver transplant.

“The entire process this past weekend from start to finish was an Easter Miracle,” said Stephanie Goldstein, Delilah’s mother. “Everything just fell into place at the right time.”

In December 2013, after numerous doctors’ visits, Stephanie convinced the pediatrician to perform blood tests and scans on her infant daughter. The testing revealed that Delilah had hepatoblastoma, a rare form of predominately pediatric liver cancer.
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Rep. Bill Posey To Kickoff Kidney Beach Walk May 10

Space Coast Daily


BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) will kickoff the 3rd Annual Cocoa Beach “Foot Prints in the Sand” Kidney Beach Walk presented by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Florida as a tribute to organ donation.

“It’s an honor to again take part in this year’s kidney walk,” said Congressman Bill Posey who is a member of the Congressional Kidney Caucus.

“One of the many challenges that organ transplant recipients face is the high cost of immunosuppressive medications which help the body to adjust to new donor organs. Currently, Medicare covers the cost of kidney transplant surgeries but only temporarily covers the cost of the medications which are needed to prevent rejection. After three years, coverage is cancelled. That just defies common sense, and I’ve cosponsored legislation to fix this problem (H.R. 1428), which will ultimately save lives and Medicare resources.”


The walk will take place on Saturday, May 10, at the Cocoa Beach Pier in Cocoa Beach Florida.
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Country’s five deceased organ donors honoured

The International News Pakistan
Karachi

There is a way to become immortal again. Deceased organ donation adds years to your life even when you are long dead and resting in your grave.

The five deceased organ donors Pakistan has managed to produced in the 17 years since the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT) began campaigning for the cause were remembered by the institution on Wednesday when it screened a documentary about their lives.

Titled ‘Zindagi’, the documentary was based on the real-life events of Naveed Anwar, a 24-year-old student who had met an accidental death in 1998. The only brother of three daughters, Anwar battled with life and death until the doctors declared him brain dead. Though all of his vital organs were functioning, damage to the lower side of his brain had stopped his breathing due to which he was on life support. Switching off the ventilator would have caused his death.

Anwar’s father remembered his son saying that he would like to donate his organs after he died. When the time came a doctor approached the family to ask their permission to use Anwar’s organs. After shedding a few tears they agreed.
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Kidney donors tell their story at hospital exhibit

The Times Tribune | Jeff Noble


The day Paula Newman of Williamsburg had surgery to donate her left kidney, she was part of five pairs of organ donors having surgeries at the same time.

Someone in Wisconsin would get Paula’s kidney. Paula’s brother-in-law received a kidney from a California woman.

And when Melissa Bowling of London recently donated her left kidney, an Indiana woman would receive a gift. She would get Melissa’s kidney.

The two had never met in person until a few days before Melissa’s surgery.
These were matches made for life.

Paula Newman and her brother-in-law Rick McKiddy of Corbin, along with Melissa Bowling and her husband Chad, talked about those experiences Wednesday in the Paul Parker Pavilion of Baptist Health Corbin hospital.

It’s part of an exhibit featuring the Donor Family Quilt — a memorial collection of individual, handmade quilt squares. Each square is made in honor of organ, tissue or corona donors through the area served by the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Organ Transplant Give Chef O A New Life

WyomingKentwood.com


Chef Oliver Hale is a well-known West Michigan resident and an award-winning chef, but what people may not know about him is he is a two-time kidney transplant recipient.

He received his first kidney in 1985 and it lasted 23 years until his body rejected it.

“There are so many people in need of organ donations. Each day they keep getting sicker. I worry every day, that my new kidney will fail,” he said.

His second kidney came 2.5 years ago and he continues to champion the rights of organ donors.

“Educate yourselves, save lives, help others,” he advised. “Some people are on the wait list for over ten years.”
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Four transplants and Jeff Cox is still traveling on

Tullahoma News | Josh Peterson, Manchester Times


By age 51, Jeff Cox, manager of Gateway Tire and Service Center in Manchester, had undergone four kidney transplants. He was diagnosed with Berger’s disease at 16. April is National Organ Donor Month.
– Staff Photo by Photo by Josh Peterson


It all began with a routine physical. That turned into a two-week hospital stay. Then dialysis. Then a kidney transplant. And another. And another … and another.

Jeff Cox has taken life’s most challenging obstacles head on. At 51, Jeff has undergone about a decade worth of taxing kidney dialysis and four kidney transplants. But if you happen to cross his path at Gateway Tire and Service Center in Manchester, where he has served as store manager for the past six years, you would never know his story by his demeanor.

“I was diagnosed [with Berger’s disease, a form of IgA Nephropathy] at age 16,” said Jeff, who inherited the disease genetically. Three of his cousins also have the disease, which eats cells of the kidney from the inside out.

How his disease, which Jeff likened to a “death sentence” when he received the news, was discovered was nothing short of a fluke.
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Hunter bound by love of outdoors, kidney donation

The Kansas City Star | John Milburn, Associated Press


JOHN MILBURN | AP PHOTO
Rob Robinson, left, of Starkville, Miss., chats with Gil Alexander, of Nicodemus, Kan., at a prairie chicken display Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Robinson and Alexander are avid outdoorsmen who have developed a friendship and business partnership after Robinson donated a kidney to Alexander in 2012.


TOPEKA, Kan. — Two hunters brought together by a love of the outdoors formed a friendship leading one to donate a kidney to the other, a friendship that has led to a foundation aimed at sharing the outdoors with others.

Rob Robinson, a 45-year-old firefighter from Starkville, Miss., happened to knock on Gil Alexander's door in 2008 in northwest Kansas seeking permission to hunt pheasant. Robinson returned three years later, this time to hunt turkey on Alexander's property.

"I didn't remember his name, but I knew the voice and Mississippi," Alexander said Tuesday of their second meeting.

That's when Robinson learned that Alexander was ill and needed a kidney transplant to prolong his life. Robinson returned to Mississippi and got tested and found out he was a match, in fact closer than if they were brothers.
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Westfield High Schoolers Honor Classmate with “Purple Day” for Organ Transplant Awareness

The Alternative Press | Jackie Lieberman


In 2012, Elle Haley received a life-saving liver transplant.

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Friday, April 25, Westfield High School will hold “Dress in Purple Day” to raise awareness for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of 15-year-old student Elle Haley, who had a successful liver transplant in August of 2012.

“The first ‘Purple Day’ was held last year at Roosevelt Intermediate School and then St. Paul’s, where I went to preschool, joined in and had a ‘Purple Day,’ too,” said Haley. “Wow, all the teachers and students were so supportive of me. I just feel so grateful to them all.”
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Lutheran Medical Center seeks to educate public on organ donations

Brooklyn Daily Eagle | Paula Katinas


Dr. Anthony Geraci, whose father was a kidney transplant recipient, is spearheading a drive to increase the numbers of people willing to join a donor registry. Photo courtesy of Lutheran Medical Center
Advocates say 10,000 New Yorkers are on transplant waiting list
Dr. Anthony Geraci, vice president of the Department of Neurology-Rehabilitation at Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park, said he knows from personal experience how a donated organ can prolong a patient’s life.

Geraci’s father underwent a kidney transplant in 1974 and lived for another 37 years. At the time of his death in 2011, Mr. Geraci was one of the longest surviving kidney transplant recipients in the country.

"I can't express the importance of organ donation and signing up now," his son said. “I can hardly think of a more selfless and kind expression of humanity other than giving a complete stranger the gift of life."

In addition to his duties as VP one of Lutheran Medical Center’s busiest departments, Anthony Geraci is also chairman of the Lutheran HealthCare’s Organ Donor Council, a group that seeks to educate the public on the importance of organ donations. Lutheran HealthCare is the corporation that oversees the hospital and a string of health clinics across Brooklyn.
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1st pediatric liver transplant performed at Children's Hospital of Michigan

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Detroit-A 15-year-old Troy boy has a second chance at life after being the first liver recipient at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), through a newly expanded collaboration with Henry Ford Hospital.

“Children’s Hospital of Michigan has a long history of providing life-saving transplant services for children in need, beginning with the first kidney transplant performed in 1970,” says Larry M. Gold, CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “Our program is strengthened even further through our collaboration with the Henry Ford Transplant Institute, a national leader in liver transplantation and Michigan’s most comprehensive multi-organ transplant center. As we celebrate Organ Donor Awareness Month in April, we are thrilled to be able to provide patients and their families with access to the only pediatric liver and organ transplant program in metropolitan Detroit.”
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SIUH celebrates Staten Island toddler Jake Schron, a heart transplant survivor, at National Donate Life event

Staten Island Live | Vincent Barone


Staten Island's Jake Schron, 3, dressed to the nines at SIUHâs Heart 4 Jake National Donate Life event on Tuesday, April 22. Jake is a heart transplant survivor. His story went viral across the nation last year thanks to his family's Facebook campaign. (Staten Island Advance/Vincent Barone)
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Staten Island, N.Y. -- At three years of age, Jake Schron has already lived an extraordinary life.

In December 2012, the Port Richmond child was diagnosed with end-stage dilated cardiomyophathy, or an enlarged heart. Jake had trouble breathing and tired easily. He needed a heart transplant. Immediately after the diagnosis, his parents Shannon and Andrew Schron launched the Facebook page "Heart 4 Jake" to rally financial support online. In March of 2013, we wrote on Jake's story.

Within an hour, the page had 2,000 hits. The Schrons' online campaign went viral across the nation. Jake was a household name, but he still needed a heart. After 112 days -- over three months -- of waiting for a donor while living Montefiore's Children's Hospital in the Bronx, Jake underwent surgery that saved his life.
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Olympic Legend Spreads Word About Organ Donation

WWNY TV


Carl Lewis was mid-point in his career - he was at Olympic trials - when his friend, Wendy Marx, received her second liver transplant.

Wendy's brother, Pulitzer-prize winning author Jeffrey Marx, was co-writing a book with Lewis at the time, and the three vowed to raise organ donor awareness.

"It kind a helped give me a purpose because we used my opportunity as an athlete to reach out to other people, so it did enhance my athletic career in a second half in a way that I never could have imagined," said Lewis.

The three worked together until Wendy died awaiting a liver transplant in 2003.

"I look at her as an idol, somone I can look up to that was a leader," said Lewis.
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Waiting for Life: Why Some Kids Are On the Transplant List Longer than Others

Children's Hospital Omaha | smallbeats | Written by: Barb Roessner


Time. When you have a child waiting for a heart transplant, nothing matters more. I’ve seen the anticipation—both motivating and terrifying—in the parents I work with.

Any day you could get the call. Any minute, your life could change.

But mostly, there’s the waiting—potentially months of it.

Many families in the United States live that reality. As of today, there are 49 infants under age 1 waiting for a new heart in the U.S., according to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. An additional 104 children between ages 1 and 5 are also waiting for hearts.

The number of children age 5 and under waiting for a heart transplant in our state of Nebraska and surrounding states:
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Alberta launches online organ and tissue donor registry

Global News | Emily Mertz
EDMONTON – In an attempt to increase organ and tissue donor rates in the province, the Alberta government launched an online registry on Tuesday so that people can easily record their consent to donate.

Over the last decade, organ and tissue donations have dropped nearly 40 per cent in Alberta.

“One of the greatest gifts we can give each other is donating our organs and tissues,” said Minister of Health Fred Horne.

“With more than 500 Albertans waiting for an organ transplant and many more waiting for tissues, registering your consent to donate on the new donor registry can make a profound difference in someone’s life.”

“In just a few minutes, with nothing more than your health number and birth date, you can arrange to donate all or some of your organs and tissues,” explained Premier Dave Hancock.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Knysz family: Organ donation could save 7

WOOD TV | Ken Kolker

IRONS, Mich. (WOOD) — The family of Eric Knysz knows he will always be remembered as the man who killed Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield and they know that donating his organs to save lives won’t change that.

But, they say, it is important to them to help cope after he hanged himself in prison Monday.

“This doesn’t make up for the trooper dying and in no way are these people who are going to receive these organs, are their lives more important than the trooper, not at all,” Knysz’s older sister, Bonnie Knysz, told 24 Hour News 8 on Wednesday. “Eric took the trooper’s life and his own, but in that he’ll be able to save other people’s lives.”

They say doctors could start taking his organs, including his lungs, kidneys, liver and heart as soon as Thursday.

Bonnie Knysz said her family learned from a friend that he had tried to kill himself on Monday in prison, hanging himself with a bed sheet. The friend, she said, had seen it on TV.

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Transplant Expert Dispels Organ Donation Misconceptions

Philly.com | Health Day

MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Misconceptions prevent many people from agreeing to donate their organs and potentially save a life, according to a transplant expert.

More than 120,000 people are on organ transplant waiting lists in the United States. But a shortage of donated organs means that an average of 18 people die each day while waiting for transplants.

For every person who donates their organs after they die, the lives of up to 50 people could be saved or improved, according to a Mayo Clinic news release.

As part of National Donate Life Month in April, Dr. Brooks Edwards outlines and dispels the myths that get in the way of organ donation. He is a transplant cardiologist and director of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration.

Some people mistakenly believe that if they agree to donate their organs, doctors won't work as hard to save their life. The fact is that doctors will do all they can to save your life, Edwards said in a Mayo news release.

Other people believe that organ donation is against their religion. But Edwards said that organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions, including Roman Catholicism, Islam, most Protestant faiths and most branches of Judaism. If you have doubts or concerns, speak with a member of your clergy, he advised.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Change in kidney allocation rules expected to help patients

Pittsburgh Tribune Review | By Luis Fábregas and Andrew Conte


Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
“Dialysis is like torture. I’m so exhausted. It takes so much out of you. I just want to get on with my life,” Ursula Bode, 64, said in the living room of her two-room apartment in St. Therese Plaza in Munhall. Bode is undergoing dialysis treatments and needs a kidney transplant. Doctors at UPMC put on her on a kidney transplant waitlist in July but told her she might have to wait at least 27 months for a kidney.


This story is the second in a two-part series.

At the end of nearly every dialysis treatment, Ursula Bode panics.

Her body shakes, her eyes tear up, her blood pressure shoots up. She desperately wants out of the recliner where, for three hours, she's hooked to a machine that cleans waste from her blood.

“Get me out! Get me out!” she yelled at one recent visit.

Three times a week, dialysis is Bode's agony. It has been this way for nearly two years, and Bode, 64, fears the treatments will never end. Doctors at UPMC put on her on a kidney transplant wait list in July but told her she might wait for at least 27 months for a kidney.

“Dialysis is like torture. I'm so exhausted. It takes so much out of you. I just want to get on with my life,” she said in the living room of her two-room apartment at St. Therese Plaza in Munhall.
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The Importance of Organ Donation: A Mother’s Perspective

65 Red Roses | David Ng
TOMORROW – April 20th – is National Organ Donation Week! In honour of Organ Donation Week, we invited organ donors and recipients to share their story. Thank you to Jennifer and Kayla for sharing this moving story, and thank you to our #4Eva volunteer, Bria, who put together this blog!


I asked Jennifer about National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness month, the 65_RedRoses documentary, what she has learned from having a daughter with CF and how her life has changed since her daughter Kayla received her double lung transplant. She wrote this beautiful response.
My daughter Kayla is 24 years old and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at age 5. As a child she was very stable but when she was 12 she started having very serious gastrointestinal bleeds. Liver disease isn’t as common in people with CF in comparison to lung disease but it is a complication of Cystic Fibrosis. At the time, Kayla was still only being admitted to the hospital for “tune ups” once a year but never had severe lung issues. As her liver started to fail and the GI bleeds became more frequent there was talk about putting Kayla on the liver transplant list. Kayla was listed on the national list for a year. We kept a beeper on us and lived an hour away from the transplant center.
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It's National Donate Life Month; Renton agency seeks donors

Renton Reporter | Tracy Compton


LifeNet Health Northwest wants people to seriously consider registering to become a tissue, organ or cornea donor this April for National Donate Life Month.

The organ donation and tissue banking services agency has a facility in Renton, where they have a recovery suite, process and storage area, to house donations until they are deemed suitable and safe for transplantation. LifeNet Health Northwest was founded as the Northwest Tissue Center in the late 1980s by the Puget Sound Blood Center, the University of Washington and the Northwest Kidney Center.

“The numbers are improving particularly out here in the Northwest,” said Mark VanAllman, general manager for the center. “The states of Montana, Washington, Alaska and Oregon tend to have higher registry rates than other states. For some reason people in the Northwest think more about giving and recycling in that way.”
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Executive Q&A: Jeff Orlowski finds reward in organ transplant industry

NewsOK | Paula Burks


Jeff Orlowski, CEO of LifeShare Donor Transplant Services, which coordinates organ donation for the state, poses for a photo at the company’s office in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman CHRIS LANDSBERGER - CHRIS LANDSBERGER
Executive Q&A: Jeff Orlowski has worked 28 years in the organ donation industry, including in Kansas City, Denver, Houston and, most recently, upstate New York, before joining LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma two years ago.

Before Jeff Orlowski, chief executive of LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, moved his staff into their newly purchased and remodeled offices at 4705 NW Expressway in December, he worked with the designer to add some important finishing touches.

Some 25 excerpts from letters exchanged between families who donated organs of lost loved ones and the families whose loved ones received them adorn the walls throughout the 21,000-square-foot space.

“Everyone was so compassionate. God bless you all,” reads one quote from a donor family. Meanwhile, another, above the copier, reads, “It has brought our family great comfort and joy knowing that our sweet boy could assist your life.”

And from a recipient’s family, over the exit door, “Thank you, thank you, thank you … again and again, and again.”

Orlowski said the quotes remind him and his 77-member crew what they’re working for daily. “The more organs we transplant, the more lives we can save, and the more lives we save, the better we’re doing,” he said.
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One organ donation helps save many lives

Bowling Green Daily News | Alyssa Harvey


George Allen of Bowling Green received a double lung transplant Dec. 9, 2005, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Dec. 9, 2005. (Alex Slitz/Daily News)
George Allen used to describe himself as “a workaholic.” The Bowling Green man worked many hours at a local factory and doing lawn care.

“I used to landscape or mow yards. It was my passion,” he said.

In December 2005, all that changed. One day he was walking up the steps and couldn’t breathe. He called for help. When he got to the hospital, the staff thought he’d had a heart attack, but he hadn’t. A biopsy showed that Allen had pulmonary fibrosis, which is damage and scarring on the lungs. His only chance for survival was a lung transplant.

“I was given three years to live,” he said. “It rocked my world.”

About 122,106 patients – 991 of them in Kentucky – have walked Allen’s path and are waiting for various organs, said Amber McGuire, multicultural outreach coordinator at the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, which is based in Louisville. The number fluctuates daily as people are added and taken off the list.
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Woman with 12-year-old boy's heart spreading the word

The News Courier | Jean Cole


Sonya Davenport of Athens has the heart of a 12-year-old boy. Quite literally.
Thirteen years ago, the family of a boy killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident decided to donate their son's organs.

"It saved my life," said Davenport, now 33, who today celebrates the anniversary of the transplant. Born a blue baby, or a baby born with cyanotic heart defects, Davenport obtained her donor heart when she was only 7 because the arteries from her heart were undeveloped.

Her mission now is to encourage others to consider donating their organs and to dispel myths about organ donation.

"One person who donates his or her organs could save up to eight peoples' lives and affect up to 50 people's lives with their tissue donations."
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Give the gift of life

The Augusta Chronicle


Have you ever received a gift that stands out in your mind more than others?

Last year, 829 people in Georgia received a gift that will always have a great impact on their lives. It was the greatest gift of all – the gift of life. Will you help others receive their greatest gift?

April is Donate Life Month, and I encourage those who have not yet done so to sign up on Georgia’s organ donor registry by visiting www.donatelifegeorgia.org, or when getting or renewing their driver license. Give the gift that keeps on giving – life.

One organ donor can save the lives of eight people, and impact nearly 50 more through tissue donation. There are more than 121,000 people waiting nationally for a life-saving transplant – more than 4,300 of whom are our friends and neighbors in Georgia. Contact LifeLink® of Georgia for more information at (800) 544-6667 or (706) 854-0333.

Tracy G. Ide
Augusta

(The writer is public affairs coordinator for LifeLink of Georgia.)
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Lung transplant recipient says education starts at home

Shelbyville Times-Gazette | Jason Reynolds


Elite Physical Therapy's entire therapeutic staff dressed in blue and green on Friday, April 11, in honor of National Donate Life Month. Pictured in no particular order are: Judah Doak; Everett Boutwell; Lauren Tillman; Kassi Miller; Molly Hillhouse; Rilla Daniels; Rachel Butler; Mandy Tuscan; Kasey Parsons; and therapy patient Donna Orr, an organ donation activist.
(T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)


April is National Donate Life Month, and one Shelbyville family is trying to get the word out about the life-saving benefits of organ.

David and Donna Orr have drawn a lot of attention to organ donation over the last few years. Orr received a double lung transplant in 2006.
But, as much as the couple has spoken out on the issue, David said he recently learned that education starts at home.

David said his 16-year-old nephew recently said he did not want to be an organ donor because he thought the emergency medical technicians would let him die if he were in an automobile accident so they could harvest his organs.
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Organ donations impact more than just the recipients

Journal-News | Jenni Vincent


MARTINSBURG - Chris Amores still has a hard time talking about his 23-year-old nephew's recent death.

But making the decision to donate his organs was one way family members could help honor him, as well as his wishes, since his nephew had wanted to be an organ donor, Amores said.

"We wanted to abide by nephew's wishes, but we also wanted to fight for his life as hard as we could. And there's no doubt in my mind that the physicians and others taking care of him did as much as they could to try and save his life," he said.

Chris Amores, left, whose family recently decided to donate the organ’s of his late nephew, shares a special moment with Linda Roberts of LifeNet Health and transplant recipients Vivian Walker and Chuck Price as they raise a flag in recognition of National Donate Life Month.
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Family Waits in Hope for Donor Heart

WLTX 19 | Liv Osby, The Greenville News


Natalie, 5, usually sports a smile but tires more quickly now
(Photo: CINDY HOSEA)

Five-year-old Natalie Davis, who suffers from a rare heart condition, is in need of a transplant. And every day that passes, her family waits for the call that is the little's girl chance for life.
Five-year-old Natalie Davis sprints from the living room to the kitchen behind her 2-year-old sister, shyly grabbing onto her mother's arm.

A pixie of a girl with bright blue eyes and a sprightly smile, she wants to run and play and laugh.

She used to run around the kitchen island, her father says. Round and round and round until you'd get dizzy just watching.

But even a short romp from one room to another now exhausts the elfin child, and she flops into a pint-sized recliner to catch her breath.

Though it seems impossible that it could happen to such a small child, Natalie's heart is failing.

And only through the gift of a new one will she survive.
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Letter: Become an Organ and Tissue Donor

Phillipstown


The NYS Assembly passed a resolution to proclaim April 2014 as Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month in the State of New York.

It is hard to believe, but New York is ranked 50th nationally in the number of eligible people enrolled in the state organ and tissue donation registry (only 22 percent of New Yorkers are registered as donors). There are over 10,000 New Yorkers who are currently on the donor waiting list. New York has the third highest need for donors and makes up 10 percent of the national waiting list. We must reverse these numbers to help save the lives of many of our friends, relatives and neighbors.

New Yorkers can help prolong another life by enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry (donatelifeny.org), which is a confidential database of individuals who can choose to donate their organs and tissues upon their death. You can join the registry through the New York State Department of Health, by enrolling online or when you apply for, or renew your New York State driver’s license, or non-driver’s license identification card, or on voter registration forms.

The organs and tissues from a single donor can help as many as 50 recipients, and during Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month, New Yorkers are reminded of the life-sustaining results of organ and tissue donation. I encourage you to consider this immensely generous and selfless act that extends another life.

Sandy Galef
Assemblywoman, 95th A.D.
914-941-1111
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dear Donor, With Love

CF Wife


Did you know that April is National Donate Life Month? In honor of this, I am sharing a private letter I wrote to the person, male or female, who will soon become my husbands organ donor.

If you have never registered to become a donor, please, please, consider doing it by visiting organdonor.gov. Think about it, if it was YOUR spouse, or YOUR child, needing an organ to live, it would be a no-brainer! You would wish everyone who could be registered, would be. And just because your loved one doesn’t need an organ today, doesn’t mean they won’t possibly need one someday in the future.

If you are, or would like to be, an organ donor, please share this decision with your loved ones so they know your wishes. I’d also love if you left a comment telling me you signed up. It is my hope that by following Jody’s journey, people will be impacted enough to choose to become donors, and I’m proud to say that I am one myself. That being said, here’s my letter to Jody’s future organ donor…
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