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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thanks to a loving family and selfless donation, Tony Forte has a chance for new life


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THE ISSUE

Eleven-year-old Tony Forte is recovering in Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami after receiving stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas transplants. Forte was born with a rare ailment known as complete intestinal Hirschsprung disease, which debilitates the digestive system. The donated organs came from a 12-year-old boy.

We all go through challenges in life. But many likely pale in comparison to what Tony Forte has endured the last 11 years.

Forte was diagnosed with Hirschsprung disease at just 6 days old. At 2, his colon was removed. He can’t eat solid foods or attend school; he and his two older brothers must be home schooled. His parents have struggled to maintain jobs because of the volatility of Tony’s condition.

Forte has relied on a Broviac catheter running from a backpack to his chest for nutrition, and a gastrostomy tube implanted in his stomach. His clothes conceal an ostomy bag above his waist.

He has been on the waiting list for transplants for more than six years. Making matters worse, his body could only accept organs from a child with an O-negative blood type and who died of head trauma.

Despite this, Forte has displayed extraordinary spirit, strength and fortitude, as has his loving family.

We saw Forte as a preschooler excitedly toss the first pitch at a Lancaster Barnstormers game. We’ve caught glimpses of his personality through his evolving choice of backpacks, with themes ranging from Thomas the Tank Engine to Spider-Man. We’ve watched him chase his friends, carrying his backpack and donning a Halloween costume, at Tony’s annual Harvest Fest in Willow Street. Continue reading
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Getting to know: David Fleming with Donate Life America


RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH

Title: President and CEO of Donate Life America, a Richmond-based nonprofit national organ donation registry

Born: October 1967 in Richmond

Education: College of William & Mary, B.B.A. in accounting, minor in religious studies, 1990

Career: KPMG Peat Marwick, Audit Staff, Richmond, 1990-92; The Village Company Tar Heel Sports Network, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1992-94; James River Capital Corporation, Futures Fund Management, Manakin-Sabot, Va., 1994-96; Coopers & Lybrand, Director of Marketing, Richmond, 1996-98; Donate Life America, President and CEO, 1998-present

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Best business decision: “My best business decision has been to make time to invest deeply in relationships with business partners and advisers. Over the years, it has been these relationships that have been at the core of many personal and organizational successes. When you wonder what you should invest in, invest in people.” Continue reading
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Signing up to be a donor can save 8 lives, help another 100 people

Amaynari Gómez, 22, next to her mom Patricia Gómez, is waiting for a kidney. She hopes to continue going to school and pursuing a career in healthcare. CONTRIBUTED
MY STATESMAN | Anjanette Gautier

While working as a medical assistant, Amayrani Gómez, 22, started to feel weak and exhausted. Doctors told her she was suffering renal failure, and she has had to go for dialysis every day since then while waiting for a suitable kidney donor.

She’s not alone. Thousands of people are on waiting lists for transplants.

While 44 percent of those in need are Hispanic, cultural beliefs and misinformation keep many Hispanics from registering to be organ donors. Organs are not matched according to race or ethnicity, but those waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance at a match if the donation pool is diverse, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s because compatible blood types and tissue markers are most likely among members of the same ethnicity. Continue reading

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N.Y. lags nation in organ donors: Friend's sacrifice should inspire others (editorial)

More than 10,000 New Yorkers are on waiting lists as the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply, according the State Health Department. (Staten Island Advance)

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It was looking grim for George Mattera.

His kidneys began to fail about five years ago and just before the holidays he learned the next step was dialysis.

Family members and friends stepped forward and offered to donate a kidney — but after much testing, none were compatible.

After posting a desperate plea through his Facebook page to see if any of his friends would be interested in becoming a donor, Darren Corona, a friend of George's who had known him through running events on Staten Island, spotted the post and found out he was a match.

The procedure was a success, but after reporting the heartwarming story, we learned that New York state is in serious trouble when it comes to registered organ donors. Continue reading
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Andrew Chapman's picture essay of an organ transplant


THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | Mary Ann-Toy

Last month photographer Andrew Chapman was given special access to document two organ and tissue transplant operations in Melbourne.

The project, to mark DonateLife week, included watching Professor Bob Jones, the head of the Austin Hospital's liver transplant unit, supervise the 13 hours of complex surgery that gave a Melbourne man, Nick, 34, the chance to live.

For Chapman, the project resonated intimately. He received a liver transplant in 2011 when he was days away from dying.

"Bob Jones was my surgeon, so it was very special for me to be photographing the man (who along with his team) saved my life, saving someone else," Chapman says.

About 10 years ago Chapman was diagnosed with haemochromatosis, a genetic disorder in which the body accumulates too much iron. Left untreated, the excess iron attacks the major organs. By the time Chapman was diagnosed his liver was badly damaged. Continue reading
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Rutgers Superfan Has Super Fans of His Own


ON THE BANKS | Jim Hoffman

When James Maguire and his young son Gavin attended Rutgers Football’s Fan Appreciation Day on August 15, tucked under James’ arm was a copy of the Bergen Record. James had a mission: he planned to get the players to autograph his copy of the paper as a gift to his friend and Rutgers supporter Frank Bodino.

Rutgers Superfan Frank Bodino has had a rough go lately. Frank, who lives in Manalapan, has been a long-time superfan of all Rutgers sports, but particularly Scarlet Knight football.

However, Frank was facing a life-altering crisis.

You see, time was running out on Frank. Twenty years ago, Frank had received a heart transplant, getting the heart of a 16-year old girl who was killed in a traffic accident. Her life-saving gift of organ transplant had given back Frank his life. However, the average life-expectancy of a transplant was 12 years, and now 20 years later, Frank’s transplanted organs were failing. Continue reading
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The Art Of Healing Lives


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Art can transcend language and culture; it can also help save lives.

That is the hope of Fresno artist Aileen Imperatrice, whose art pieces “Finding the best match” and “The Gift”, are on display at the Fresno Arts Council’s Gallery of the Gift. The exhibition, which ran for most of August, is a collaboration between the Arts Council and Donor Network West.

Most of the artwork that Aileen has produced over the last few years is inspired by the anxiety and worry that comes with illness, the sense of loss, and the frailty of human organs. But the two pieces that she submitted for this exhibition highlight the act of giving an organ to extend a life. “They represent a more hopeful view on organ donation,” she says.

It is personal for Aileen. Her husband, Tony, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 2002 and his life has since been defined by quarterly doctor check-ups, strict dietary restrictions, and health crises, which included a 10-day hospital stay during which he almost died. This past May, Tony’s kidney function fell to 20 percent and he was placed on the national waitlist to get a transplant. Continue reading
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Footballer, 13, 'saved two lives' donating organs after death


STV NEWS | Kris Gilmartin

The sister of a young footballer who died after collapsing at a training session has revealed he "saved two people's lives" by donating some of his organs.

Kieran McDade suffered a cardiac arrest during a warm-up at Dunbeth Park in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, last Thursday.

His parents have spoken of their grief at the loss of their "lovely son" and have also thanked his friends and teachers for their support.

Thousands of pounds have been raised for his family through a fundraiser organised by his local club, along with messages of sympathy and support from across the country.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths said he would be meeting Celtic fan Kieran's family prior to the team's SPFL match against Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon.

During the match, he paid tribute to Kieran by holding up a strip bearing the 13-year-old's name after scoring a goal. Continue reading
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Hundreds of life-saving donors honored at annual Celebration of Life ceremony


FOX 13 SALT LAKE CITY | Danica Lawrence

SALT LAKE CITY — The annual Celebration of Life Monument Ceremony was held at the downtown Library Square Saturday morning, and 650 names were added to the glass memorial wall honoring those who donated organs, eyes and/or tissue.

Of those 650 people, 619 are deceased. The other 31 are living donors who gave livers or kidneys. Several speakers talked to a crowd of hundreds about the trials and tribulations those in need of an organ donation face.

Madison Richardson, 21, shared her experiences after receiving two cornea transplants, and she also shared the story of one of her donors.

“The donor for my first transplant was an 11-year-old boy named Levi Johnson,” said Richardson to the crowd of recipients and donors’ families. “He was hit and killed by a drunk driver December of 2014, and just three days after that, because of the selfless decision that his mom made, I was able to regain my sight.” Continue reading
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Burned Firefighter Feels Normal Again After Face Transplant


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NEW YORK (AP) — A Mississippi firefighter who received the world’s most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like “a normal guy” for the first time in 15 years.

Patrick Hardison, 42, said he can now eat, see, hear and breathe normally, thanks to last year’s surgery. He has a full head of hair and hits the gym twice a week.

“Before the transplant, every day I had to wake up and get myself motivated to face the world,” Hardison told reporters at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Now I don’t worry about people pointing and staring or kids running away crying. . I’m happy.”

Hardison was a volunteer firefighter in Senatobia, Mississippi, when a building collapsed on him in 2001. He had 71 reconstructive surgeriesbefore the transplant.

While there have been nearly 40 face transplant surgeries since 2005, Hardison’s was the first to include a scalp and functioning eyelids. Doctors have since fixed up some features and removed his breathing and feeding tubes. Continue reading
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Because of organ donors, both of my girls are truly becoming who they were meant to be.

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Son gives part of liver to save his dad

John Barnes with his youngest son Brian, when the latter was just a toddler.
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CNN) — Parents give of themselves so their children can live. Michigan resident John Barnes’ son returned the favor.

Barnes had cirrhosis of the liver, and he needed a transplant to survive. His name went on a list with about 17,000 patients, each one desperately waiting for a donated liver. The grim statistic is that 1,500 people die each year waiting. There are just not enough donors.

He hated the thought that someone would have to die in order for him to get a liver.

“How could anyone wish for that to happen?” he asked.

But there was another way.

Barnes’ doctors told him that a healthy liver segment could regenerate into a full organ. If a living donor shared just part of a liver, both the donor and the recipient could end up whole and healthy. Continue reading
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Sugar Grove church stands behind organ transplant recipient

This photo of Ryan and Valerie Jackman was taken Easter morning 2016 when Ryan Jackman learned he had been matched with a donor for a pancreas transplant.
KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE | Chris Walker

Every day in the world, about 80 people receive organ transplants, according to organdonor.gov.

On the same day, about 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant that never arrives, the website stated.

Yorkville resident Ryan Jackman, 34, is one of the fortunate ones. He received a pancreas transplant earlier this year.

“The average person may think organ donation is a minor thing, but I’m still recovering from the transplant itself,” he said. “I’m taking between 30 to 40 pills a day, but I wouldn’t be here right now if not for my donor. I would give the world to let the donor know how grateful I am today.”

It’s been a longtime battle for Jackman, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 12. Continue reading
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The public is invited to a virtual birthday party for Leonard Bailey



LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH | Nancy Yuen

One of the most popular articles on the Loma Linda University Health website is an article published in 1985. People from around the world are interested in infant named Baby Fae and her surgeon, Leonard Bailey.

From pioneering infant heart transplantation to performing countless lifesaving procedures at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Dr. Bailey has impacted the lives of nearly all who know him.

Dr. Bailey has helped others celebrate many birthdays and now Loma Linda University Health is celebrating his birthday Sunday, Aug. 28. As a part of the Build Hope campaign, a virtual event will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Birthday wishes submitted by the public will be hand delivered to him. For more information on how you can help build hope in honor of Dr. Bailey visit http://bit.ly/drbaileybdaynews. Continue reading
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amazing progress for first child with double hand transplant

CBS NEWS | Mary Brophy Marcus

One year after receiving a double hand transplant, 9-year-old Zion Harvey is -- to steal an old baseball metaphor -- batting a thousand.

Last summer, doctors at Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia transplanted donor hands and forearms onto Harvey in the first operation of its kind ever performed on a child.

Harvey had lost his hands and feet at the age of 2 due to a serious infection that also led to organ failure and a kidney transplant.

This summer, he is throwing baseballs over home plate, writing in his journal, making himself lunch, zipping up his own clothes and serving up birthday cake to family and friends, his medical team reports.

“I feel happy about my new hands and I don’t feel different,” Harvey said Tuesday at a hospital news conference. “Now I can throw a football further than when I didn’t have hands.” He added, “My next goal is to convince my mom to let me play football.” Continue reading
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Tony Forte got the call! The 11-year-old Manheim Township boy flies to Miami for multiple organ transplants


LANCASTER | Tom Knapp

Tony Forte, an 11-year-old Manheim Township boy who has spent most of his life on the waiting list for several organ transplants, got the call on Tuesday for his long-awaited surgery.

“Tony is very excited,” his brother, 16-year-old Vinny Forte, said in an email early Tuesday afternoon, “a little nervous and anxious of course but he is definitely ready for it.”

Monica Walker Forte, Tony’s mother, announced at around 10 a.m. on Facebook that they “just got the call” for the transplant in Miami.

Vinny has since been updating his mother’s Facebook page with information as it becomes available.

“Thank you for all the love being shown our way,” he wrote Tuesday morning.

Angel MedFlight arranged emergency transportation for Tony and his parents, Stephen and Monica Forte, from Lancaster Airport to Miami on Tuesday afternoon, Vinny wrote.

An ambulance was waiting to take Tony from the airfield to the hospital, he said. Continue reading
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Firefighter recovering after double lung transplant surgery



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RALSTON, Neb. (WOWT) -- It's been a long wait for Ralston, Nebraska Firefighter Mike Bramhall, but Monday he received a double lung transplant.

Bramhall's surgeon told family the surgery went well and he's, "happy with the lungs and how they're doing so far." He's now resting in the ICU.

Ralston Firefighter Mike Bramhall was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at four months old. The reality that one day his lungs wouldn't be able to keep up with the disease is something he's always known would happen. The Ralston community has rallied around him.

"To know that that many people are behind you, supporting you is a pretty awesome feeling,” Bramhall said in a June interview.

Bramhall was approved to get the life-saving procedure in June. Continue reading
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Astellas and The Chris Klug Foundation Announce Winners of the 2016 Bounce Back Award

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. and ASPEN, Colo., August 23, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Bounce Back Award, presented by Astellas. The award goes to two transplant recipients who exhibit a great post-transplant quality of life. Winners were chosen by CKF staff and board members from more than 60 incredible nominations from 17 states.

"Each of the winners has an important story to tell. They are an example for others," said Margaret Long, vice president business communications and stakeholder engagement at Astellas. "Astellas' collaboration with the Chris Klug Foundation is a way to recognize patients who fully embrace their post-transplant lives and to highlight the possibilities post-transplant life can bring. I am confident that the winners will both inspire and give hope to other transplant recipients."

The winners and one guest each will win a trip to Aspen, CO, for CKF’s 11th annual Aspen Summit for Life weekend Dec. 2-3, 2016. CKF will host the winners in Aspen and provide flights, lodging and tickets to all Summit for Life weekend events. On Dec. 3, the Bounce Back Award will be presented on top of Aspen Mountain in front of 500 racers and CKF supporters.

The Winners
Andi O’Malley, director of communications at Donate Life Ohio, nominated winner Donerik Black, of Englewood, Ohio. "I met Donerik 20 years ago and could never imagine back then that this is where his life journey would take him. Donerik’s connection to donation began in 2006 when he donated a kidney to his father. Fast forward a few years later- through a successful transplant and recovery for this father- Donerik’s health, specifically his heart, began to fail. In 2015, He was listed and received a heart, that he desperately needed, at the Cleveland Clinic,” said O’Malley. Prior to Donerik’s deteriorating health, he was a competitive BMX rider. He has returned to the sport he loves, competing in 40 local races and three national events. In addition to being active with Donate Life Ohio, speaking at various events, and raising thousands of dollars for research, Donerik is also active with the American Heart Association and was recognized as a Heart Hero in 2013. Continue reading
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Transplant Games Medalist Urges Others To Sign Donor Cards


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A St. John's man will be heading to Spain next year to compete at the International Transplant Games after winning six medals in Toronto this month.

Jonathan Hickman is 47 years old, he was diagnosed with a kidney disease at a young age. Last year he was forced to undergo a kidney transplant which made him realize how difficult it is for people to receive organs. That's when Hickman decided to participate in the games.

He says while he was in Toronto he realized the hardships people go through. He says a man he became friends with went from being a healthy, active person to not knowing whether he would see his family again after he learned he needed a heart transplant. Hickman says the best part was hearing about the lives that were changed because of someone's generosity.

Hickman says it's more about the message than the medals. He says for a lot of people an organ transplant is something they didn't prepare for and it's shocking to them and there families when they realize how few donors are out there. He says one donor can save eight lives and that people should take the time sign up as a donor. Continue reading
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Life of Stittsville teen John Lambert impacted by kidney disease


OTTAWA COMMUNITY NEWS | John Curry

Kidneys are something that people take for granted – until a problem develops or is diagnosed.

And that’s why events such as the annual Kidney Walk in Stittsville which is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 11 is so important. It not only helps raise funds for the work of the Kidney Foundation of Canada but also it raises awareness of kidney disease. Indeed, one in ten Canadians are living with some form of kidney disease. The Kidney Foundation of Canada provides patient support, funds research and works to increase awareness of organ and tissue donation. There are many people on the transplant list, waiting for a life-saving kidney.

The Kidney Walk will be helping support those like teen John Lambert of Stittsville whose life has been impacted by kidney disease.

John Lambert’s journey with kidney disease began in June 2014 when he was 12 years old. It was noticed that he was drinking a lot and that he seemed to want drinks that were highly concentrated. Continue reading
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Putting His Heart Into It, Despite the Challenges



EBONY MAGAZINE | Shantell Jamison

Andrew Jones may have the biggest, most courageous heart you’ve ever heard of. But due to a life-threatening heart condition, he needs a new one.

In the meantime, he’s spreading the message of the importance of organ donation for the 120,000 people like him across the nation.

Jones, 26, a professional fitness model born in Ohio but currently living in Farmington, Connecticut, relies on a ventricular assist device to survive. It takes blood from his lower heart chamber and helps to pump it to the rest of his body. He is constantly connected to two batteries and a small computer that he carries around wherever he goes and it is keeping him alive as he waits for a donor.

“The pump functions electronically. I need a source of power all the time which is why I have the backpack,” Jones states matter-of-factly. “When I go to sleep, I disconnect one of the batteries and plug into a wall outlet. So I’m getting power from the wall and that’s how I sleep.” Continue reading




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Ralston firefighter undergoes lung transplant surgery


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RALSTON, Neb. - A Ralston volunteer firefighter waiting for a lung transplant got some good news Monday morning – he was going to get a new set of lungs.

Michael Bramhall has cystic fibrosis, and has suffered multiple lung collapses. In March, his doctors told him he could no longer work until he got a transplant.

Monday morning, Bramhall tweeted “Got my call for lungs at 953. Just got the call and it’s a go. I get my lungs today!”

Bramhall's sister Jeanne says Michael went into surgery at Duke Medical Center at 7 a.m. Monday.

He came out of surgery around 2 p.m.

Now, Jeanne says the family will get to see him Tuesday morning. Continue reading
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Woman who received Maine boy’s heart makes surprise visit to donor’s family


BANGOR DAILY NEWS MAINE | Stephen Betts

OWLS HEAD, Maine — Rachel Dunn and the family of Nick Stevens say they are joined at the heart.

When she was 7 years old, Dunn received Nick’s heart after the 8-year-old Owls Head boy died as the result of a fall.

“God and Nick could not have picked a more special person to receive his heart,” said the boy’s mother, Melissa Stevens.

Dunn’s affection for the Stevens family is just as strong..

“They are not an extension of my family. They are my family,” Dunn, 24, said Monday from her home in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

Born with a serious heart defect, Dunn had been on a transplant waiting list since age 1. During what was supposed to be a routine checkup at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when she was 7, she was told she would have to stay in the hospital until a heart was found. After a wait of about two months, she received Nick’s. Continue reading
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Family of young organ donor urge others to sign up to the Organ Donor Register


ULSTER STAR
A Lisburn family have given their backing to Organ Donation Week in memory of their beloved son who passed away at just 22 years old.

Despite his young age, Jordan Kennedy had registered as an organ donor, sparing his family from making the difficult decision of whether to donate his organs following his death in October 2014.

And now his father Colin has spoken of the comfort the family has received, knowing that Jordan’s decision to be an organ donor has saved other lives.

Speaking to the Ulster Star, Colin said: “Knowing that Jordan’s donations have helped people was a comfort and continues to be a comfort to this day,”

He added: “Twice a year we receive updates on the people who have received Jordan’s organs; we know that through Jordan’s donations other people have benefited and continue to benefit.”

The Kennedy family are backing National Organ Donation Week, which runs from September 5-11. Continue reading
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Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

How Perth’s Marley Kiernan changed my mind about organ donations

Marley Kiernan with dad Chris Mellowship and mum Kelli-Anne Harding and at Princess Margaret Hospital. Picture: Ross Swanborough
PERTH NOW | REGINA TITELIUS

MARLEY’S QUEST: Boy urges peers to become organ donors
KIDS’ CALL: See the faces of organ donation

I HAVE a confession to make: I have never been an organ donor. And while I felt some guilt about that over the years, I buried it deep and tried not to think about the ramifications my selfishness would have for anyone desperately needing an organ donation.

For some illogical reason I’ve always thought I wouldn’t want my lifeless body messed with, that I’d want it to be buried “intact” and complete.

But what was I thinking? A lifeless body is already incomplete because it’s lacking life — except if you think of the possibility of giving life, and living on — in no small way — through organ donation. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Urban Housecall Docs Debunk Misconceptions About Black Organ Donation



NEWSONE

"Miseducation" and "not enough information about the facts" are at the root of the misconceptions African-Americans have regarding organ donation.

If you are Black in America, chances are you know of someone who needs an organ donation. But how many of us have filled out an organ donation card?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, African-Americans compose the largest group of minorities on the organ donation list at thirty percent, but only make up sixteen percent of donors.

Why is there such a huge gap between those who need an organ and those who actually donate organs? The Urban Housecall Doctors, Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob, recently spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about the donation gap and took the opportunity to dispel some of the misconceptions regarding organ donation.

Dr. Robert Robinson III said many African-Americans do not register to be organ donors as a result of fear. Dr. Rob said, “They feel that if they experience a health emergency that they won’t be treated because they’ll see ‘we got organs.'”

Dr. Rob assured viewers this is not the case and said often times when a patient comes into the emergency room for treatment, doctors “don’t know that someone is an organ donor.” Continue reading

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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Mum-of-three given 14 days to live recovers from double transplant

Samantha Martin with children Caitlyn, 3, Tiarna, 6, and Jacob, 14 weeks. Photo: Richard Gosling
GOLD COAST BULLETIN | Loma Hudson

THREE months ago Samantha Martin would not have been able to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, yet on her 30th birthday last month she did just that, marking a milestone that her mother, Joanne Hall, had feared her daughter would not live to see.

The mother of three was given just 14 days to live after she collapsed eight days after giving birth to a baby boy.

“It all happened so quickly,” she said.

“One minute we were all taking photos together by the pool and the next, I’d lost consciousness.”

Samantha was taken from the Sheraton Mirage, where her mother had been staying, to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

From there she was rushed to the intensive care unit at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

She was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension, a condition which meant her heart pumped blood through her lungs at an excessive pressure.

“Basically, the doctors told me it was a life-or-death situation and that she might not make it,” Ms Hall said. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

NASCAR driver lends helping hand to save lives


WCYB | Maggie Smolka

NASCAR Competitor has become a driving force behind a life-saving program.

At Friday night's Food City 300 race, you'll see Joey Gase sporting a big logo reading "Donate Life."

It's an organization dedicated to getting people signed up to be organ donors, something that hits close to home for the 23-year-old. His mom passed away from a brain aneurysm in 2011, but since she was an organ donor, her death gave life to more than 60 people.

"Not everyone knows what the donate life logo is," Gase said. "If they see the hand-prints they're going to look up donate life and see what it is and why it's important."

As you watch him speed by, you'll see hand-prints all over his car. For the thousands of people watching, it's one of many race cars, but there's a special reason for the added decor.

The decked out vehicle and mission go hand-in-hand for Joey, who was set up at the DMV in Blountville Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Astellas and World Transplant Games Federation Announce Launch of Fit for Life! to Promote Physical Activity in Transplant Recipients Worldwide

ASTELLAS

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, "Astellas") and the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF) today announced the launch of Fit for Life!, a global program to help transplant recipients live full and active lives through ongoing physical activity and participation in organized sports. The announcement was made at the 26th International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Hong Kong. As a longtime supporter of the transplantation community, including world and local country transplant games, Astellas has expanded its collaboration with WTGF through this program to help evolve the WTGF's physical activity focused programming to include providing transplant and organ donation communities resources, research and advice regarding nutrition and physical activity post-transplant.

A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but it's especially important after an organ transplant as poor lifestyle habits can increase the risk of organ rejection.1Additionally, studies have shown that those who are obese may have more health problems after a transplant than someone who weighs less.2 For example, the long term success of a kidney transplant depends on several factors including proper diet, exercise, and weight loss, if needed. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.