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Monday, July 27, 2015

Common Celebrates Life Of Organ Recipient

HipHopDx | Cherise Johnson

At a recent concert in Washington, D.C., Common helped a disabled fan celebrate the anniversary of her organ transplant.

Writer and activist Ola Ojewumi writes in VIBE that she attended Common's concert in order to celebrate what she calls her "second birthday," the day she received her transplant.

"During the show, Common saw me sitting in my wheelchair," Ola writes. "He hopped off of the stage to take a selfie with me and then asked me my name. Then, he used my name and did a freestyle for me."

"Ola, girl so beautiful," Common rapped. "I came to face it / She looking so fly and she rockin’ them braces / I’m telling you girl, Ola you gone be the Black man’s wife / Because you are the light."

The act performed by the Golden Globe Award-winning actor was unexpected and Ola expressed her gratitude. "Common’s random act of kindness shows that he’s more than a rapper but an amazing human being," she wrote. Continue reading


Luke makes medical history as he gets life-saving transplant

Independent ie | Eilish O'Regan
A young Irish boy who had a life-saving liver transplant in the UK has made it into the medical record books.
Luke Martindale (11) of Dromahaire, Co Leitrim, needed an urgent liver transplant in King's College Hospital in London - but he became so unwell that doctors, who had a suitable organ to give him, could not operate because he would not survive.
However, medics experimented by hooking him up to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine which supports the heart and lungs when a patient's own organs start to fail.
It proved a miracle for Luke, who was able to buy time and within two hours he was strong enough to have the transplant.
It was the first time that the powerful technology was used in this way and doctors now hope it will also help other patients who might otherwise die on the waiting list before getting a liver. Continue reading

Doug Robinson: Gifts of life bring joy to 2 families

Deseret News | Doug Robinson

Bruce Bracken meets Eric Schreiber for the first time — three days after Bracken had donated one of his kidneys to save Schreiber's life. "I guess we're brothers now," Schreiber told Bracken. Bracken family photo

Recently, the Deseret News published two profiles about Utahns who were hoping to be on the giving and receiving ends of unrelated life-saving organ transplant procedures. One was an infant who, with time running out, was on a long waiting list to receive a liver; the other was a Draper man who had volunteered to donate his kidney to a perfect stranger in Denver who also was running out of time. This is what happened next ….

On June 7, we told you the story of Beckett Stinson, a 10-month-old baby who desperately needed a liver transplant. He had been waiting for months for a donor who was a match — same blood type, same size. Things were looking pretty grim. In what was nearly an 11th-hour save, an organ that met his needs was found. Six days after the story appeared, Beckett received the transplanted liver at Primary Children’s Hospital. The prognosis is good. His beleaguered, weary-worn parents are relieved and grateful.

On June 14, we told you the story of Bruce Bracken, a 65-year-old Draper man who had volunteered to donate one of his kidneys to a man who had been waiting for a transplant since 2009. The dual surgeries were performed on June 23. In a 13-hour procedure, Eric Schreiber received Bracken’s kidney. Both patients are doing well, and Bracken’s kidney is functioning well inside its new owner. It wasn’t until after the surgery that Bracken finally met Schreiber for the first time.

These stories don’t always have such happy endings, of course, often because there is a shortage of donor organs. After the story about baby Beckett appeared in the newspaper, I received emails from several readers about organ donation. One was a heartbreaking note from a California woman named Nikki Rances. Her son Dillon had been diagnosed with biliary atresia at 2 months, same as Beckett. Dillon died eight months ago.

“He was on the very top of the transplant list but he was just too sick,” wrote Rances. “Our little boy was such a fighter, but his body was just too tired. We watched the numbers go down … the heartbeats start to dwindle and his oxygen levels go lower and lower. Grief is a horrible thing.” Continue reading


Marine gives gift of life after death


SAN ANTONIO - Even in death, Apolinar Salazar saved lives.

The former Marine died earlier this month after a motorcycle accident, but his organs, including his heart, were donated to help save others.

"After he got out of the military in 2014 he sent me his ID card, that he had just gone back to renew, and he said, 'Look, veteran and organ donor,'" said Salazar's sister, Perla Obrajero.

Salazar survived five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. On July 18, his motorcycle hit a pickup truck causing severe trauma to his body. A few days later he was pronounced brain dead.

As doctors prepared his kidneys, liver, and pancreas for donation his sister asked about his heart.

"When I found out he couldn't donate his heart, I asked them, 'Are you sure there's nothing they can do? I know he would want this,'" Perla said. "Him being able to donate his heart was the part that meant the most." Continue reading


Why families should never overturn a loved one's decision to donate organs

Daily Mail | Caroline Scott

Tragic loss: Ashley (left) and mum Mandy, whose organs were donated

When her phone rang at midnight on Sunday October 26 last year, Ashley Kemp knew that it could only be her father, Mark, calling with the worst news imaginable.

A few days before, her mother Mandy had been admitted to hospital after suddenly developing what was thought to be meningitis.

It was uncharacteristic for the vibrant 46-year-old chef to take a day off work for a cold, let alone end up in hospital - in fact, she was so healthy her GP teased her because she'd barely visited the surgery in 20 years, says Ashley.

But the 'meningitis' turned out to be a ruptured aneurysm - a burst blood vessel in her brain which had led to bleeding between the brain and the membranes that cover it.

Despite the seriousness of her condition, after surgery Mandy seemed to be doing well. But that Sunday night Ashley had been sick with a stomach bug so wasn't allowed to visit her mum.

Then came the midnight call to say Mandy had suffered vasospasm; the blood vessels supplying her brain had constricted and her brain had been starved of oxygen. Continue reading


Organ Donation and Transplant Trends

United Network for Organ Sharing
Organ donation and transplant trends at a glance - data accessed 7/27/2015
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Nearly 300 bikers rev engines in memory of organ donor ‘Big Mike’

Beacon Journal | Collette M. Jenkins

GREEN: Valerie Henning is brought to tears every time she thinks about the man who saved her life.

“I didn’t know him, but he must have been very kind and loving to make the decision to donate his organs to give life to others,” said Henning, 47, of Medina “I met his family for the first time three years ago and they embraced me and accepted me and pulled me right into the family.”

Henning was among the more than 500 people who gathered Sunday at Boettler Park to remember and pay tribute to the man who donated his liver to her more than seven years ago — Michael Todd Kerr — during Big Mike’s Memorial Bike Ride. The 6-foot 8-inch, 275-pound 26-year-old was killed in a motorcycle accident on July 27, 2008, less than a mile from Legends of Green, where he worked. At the time, he was in his last semester at the Kent State University Salem branch, where he was working to complete a degree in landscape design and management. Continue reading

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Belmont teen dies after being kicked in head by horse

WCTI News Channel 12 

Charlotte - A Gastonia teen has died after she was kicked in the head by a horse after being thrown off the animal Saturday, according to WSOCTV.com.

Destiny Stafford, 15, was riding her father’s horse at her aunt’s house in Gastonia when the accident happened.

The Stuart Cramer High School student was airlifted to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte and was listed in critical condition, according to family friend Ashley Cloninger, but hospital officials told Channel 9 Stafford passed away early Monday morning.

Stafford was initially placed on life support and did not show signs of brain activity. Doctors intended to remove her from life support overnight to see if she could breathe on her own.

On Monday morning, Stafford's mother posted a message on Facebook to share their plan to donate Destiny’s organs to help give life to someone else.

Stafford's mother said it is exactly what her daughter would want.

Stafford was a rising 10th-grader and the captain of the junior varsity cheerleading team. Continue reading

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Fallen officer to be honored at Rose Bowl parade

Times Daily | Anna Brown
Allison Carter/TimesDaily photos. Heather Uhlman Faulkner and her son, Blake, show keepsakes of Cpl. Brian Faulkner’s memory, such as this blanket made from Brian’s T-shirts, at their home in Tuscumbia. Brian, an Alabama Bureau of Investigation agent who died in March 2014, will be honored in the 2016 Rose Parade.

Cpl. Brian Patrick Faulkner’s service to the public through his law enforcement work lives on by the donation of his organs following his untimely death March 18, 2014.

Now, the Alabama Organ Center has selected Faulkner to represent the state of Alabama on the Donate Life America float in the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

“I was shocked when I got the phone call from the organ center,” said Faulkner’s wife of 15 years, Heather Uhlman Faulkner. “This is such an honor. Out of everybody they could have selected, they selected Brian. I was speechless.”

A photo of Brian made from organic materials such as seeds, spices and herbs — called a floragraph — will be displayed on the Donate Life America float in the Rose Parade, Heather said.

Part of the floragraph will be completed by Brian’s friends and family at an event and reception. Heather said friends and family are invited to participate in completing the floragraph at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Highland Park Baptist Church.

Brian, an agent with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, died from injuries sustained in a March 9, 2014, motorcycle wreck in Cherokee.

Heather said Brian’s internal organs, tissues and some bones were donated to the Alabama Organ Center following his death. She said he was a strong supporter of organ donation, and she knows he would be happy someone else is getting a second chance at life because of his donation. Continue reading

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Kenny Douglas fights back after double lung transplant

Edinburgh News | Alistair Grant

Kenny and Sally Douglas, following the surgery in Canada

FOR Kenny Douglas, it was an almost unbearable wait to find out whether he would live or die.

The father-of-two suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a rare and little understood disease that causes scarring of the lungs.

The symptoms had been present for almost two decades, but had started to become more severe in the last five or six years – before reaching a crisis point in the last six months.

As wife Sally recalls, it got to the stage where Kenny – previously a soldier, marathon runner and self-confessed rugby fanatic who played for Heriot’s for more than five years – was unable to walk a dozen yards before doubling up with severe shortness of breath.

But just as things were taking a turn for the worse, the family was given the news it had been waiting for – after two long years, a donor had finally become available.

Elated, the Douglases made the five-hour journey from their home in Ottawa – where they had emigrated to from Scotland more than ten years ago – to the Toronto General Hospital, and last month Kenny received the double lung transplant that promises to change his life forever.


Gift of love: Queensland’s first heart transplant mother

The Australian | Janelle Miles, The Courier Mail

Amanda Hill had a heart transplant when she was 20. Source: News Corp Australia

I’M in heart failure, I may not make it.”

Amanda Hill taps out the words in a text to a friend, but the gravity of her plight is yet to sink in.

The 20-year-old has been admitted to hospital for the first time in her life. She’s rarely been sick, apart from the occasional cold, the odd stomach bug and a bout of chickenpox in childhood, so the doctor’s message, delivered with little attempt to soften its impact, is confronting: “You’re in critical heart failure. Get your family and friends in.”

Hill hears the words and sees the tears of her mother, Bindi Leech, but the armour of youth acts as her protector.

“I didn’t take it seriously at that point,” she says.

“To me, it was still a joke. It didn’t seem real. I was like: ‘I’m 20. They’re going to tell me tomorrow that it’s all a big mistake’.”

It wasn’t. A flu-like virus had attacked her heart, which was inflamed and working at only about 20 per cent capacity.

In medical-speak, she had severe viral myocarditis. For Hill to survive, she might need a heart transplant and that was not available at Mater Private Hospital, in South Brisbane, where she was first assessed. Continue reading


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jimmy Murphy is waiting for a heart donor, not waiting for a life

Times Free Press | Lynda Edward

Jimmy Murphy prunes his roses in his Hixson garden. Murphy will soon be traveling to Texas for a heart transplant. Photo by Angela Lewis Foster /Times Free Press.

Jimmy Murphy waters his garden by moonlight as dawn glows behind his Hixson neighbors' rooftops, the horizon just bright enough for him to detect the crimson of his roses, golden daylilies, purple clematis, magenta mandevilla, pale blue pansies and ivory columbine.

He enjoys the marigolds' astringent scent and the honeysuckle's faint spice. His old garden at his Soddy-Daisy home was bigger, but his doctors warned him that he must move closer to their care, so he built a new blossom-filled landscape in this small yard.

Strapped to his waist is a battery pack that powers a metal device the size of a money belt. He must wear both or he will die. A tube runs from the device through the wall of Murphy's stomach and plugs into a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted in his chest.

"I'm careful to work in the garden when it is cool because, if I perspire, the area where the LVAD tube enters my stomach gets wet and that poses a risk of infection," says Murphy, whose calmness approaches Zen level.

The LVAD is the only thing that keeps Murphy's heart pumping blood. If its batteries go dead, an alarm shrieks and they must be immediately replaced or he can die. Continue reading


How one of the world’s longest-living heart transplant recipients would fix our organ donation system

The Globe and Mail | Andrea Woo

Hundreds of Canadians die every year awaiting organ donation, and many more suffer before they reach the top of the list. Simon Keith wants to change that – and he knows what it will take to turn Canada’s fragmented organ donation system around

At the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1988. Dr. Lawrence Golding doing the testing. They were studying the effects of cardiac transplantation in college athletes.

It is late afternoon on a sweltering day, and a group of doctors at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada has gathered around the body of a teenage boy. His accidental death days earlier cut short a life of potential – but his parents’ decision to donate his organs is giving a second chance at life to others.

In operating room 17, three teams of surgeons get to work. For more than two hours, eight white-gloved hands at a time carefully cut, position and irrigate as others look on. On a table behind them, silver bowls of sterile ice await. A cardiac monitor beeps.

After examining the organs and arteries for abnormalities, the doctors are finally ready to remove the heart. They administer a solution for organ preservation and an anti-coagulant to prevent blood clots. To one side, a team member calls the receiving hospital. "We’ve just heparinized and we’ll cross-clamp within five minutes," she says.

At 7:29 p.m., doctors place a clamp across the aorta and sterile ice into the body cavity. No longer beating, the heart is quickly removed, cleaned up and packed for transport. There is a sense of urgency; the heart must be transplanted within four hours of removal. Continue reading



You, too, can be a hero: Become an organ donor

Lancaster | Mathew Edavettal and Richard Arbour

A parent can give life. A doctor or nurse can help restore life. But only an organ donor can give and restore life after they have left this world. Organ donation is the most profound gift of life.

In 1968 the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act was passed in the United States, establishing a legal means to offer an anatomical gift of one’s organs, tissues and eyes after death.

The need is great.

Currently more than 78,000 people in the United States are active on organ transplant waiting lists. The need dramatically outweighs the number of organ donations. In January, there were just 1,257 organ donations and 2,797 organ transplants. Today, more than 8,600 Pennsylvanians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

In Lancaster County, many of those awaiting liver, kidney and other types of transplants are critically ill and face death without organ transplantation. Gifts of donor organs may not necessarily stay in the region of donation. Matches may be made between family members through living, directed donation or directed donation after death. But if we do not assist in organ donation, opportunities to save lives will be missed, and lives will be lost. Continue reading



Canberra woman promotes organ donation message

Canberra Times

Leigh Nelson is encouraging people to become organ donors. Her partner William Spencer was one when he died at age 26. Photo: Rohan Thomson

William Spencer was young and full of life. He had the whole world in front of him but a "freak accident" at the end of 2014 ripped that all away.

The 26-year-old electrician, better known as Bill, was born and bred in Canberra. He had a great love for horses and the outdoors.

"He had a very real sense of larrikinism about him and he could talk the hind leg off a donkey. He was very charismatic, very good looking," his partner Leigh Nelson said.

Mr Spencer was long boarding with his friend in Narooma along a flat path and was found lying on the ground.

"He wasn't doing stunts or anything. He was just cruising along and he fell and hit his head and that was it really."

"We think he might have had an aneurism causing him to fall." Continue reading


Texas Children's Hospital cuts waitlist times for pediatric heart transplant patients


Long waitlist times often lead to a higher risk of death for children awaiting heart transplantation. However, the team at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, cut wait times by revising their waitlist protocols for donor heart size and patient severity status. Results from this intervention were presented today at the 2015 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) Conference in Chicago.

As of July 2, 2015, more than 320 children nationwide were listed as candidates for heart transplantation, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network,1 the national database of people listed for organ transplant, managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Heart transplants pose a specific problem in terms of supply and demand. Unlike other organs, such as livers or kidneys, hearts can only be received from deceased donors. Children on the waitlist are prioritized by severity and matched by size to the donor. Previous research has found that up to 17 percent of pediatric heart transplant candidates die on the waitlist and the risk of dying increases the longer one has to wait, thus, the imperative to reduce waitlist time. Continue reading


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kuzara: A transplant tale of luck, beauty and heroes

Casper Star Tribune | Mike Kuzara

Mary looked up from the document she was reading. “It says here that from now on, if I work in the garden, I have to wear a hat, long sleeves, gloves and a mask.”

“It’ll never work,” I responded. "You might fool the tomatoes because they don’t strike me as being particularly brilliant, but the cucumbers and pumpkins will recognize you right off.”

I looked at the steady drip in the collection bag hanging from her hospital bed that told me and everyone else who cared to look that it indicated good news: Her new kidney was doing its job.

Mary jokes about me being the “Tim Taylor” of Dutch Creek, but I am quick to defend myself by pointing out that it wasn’t me who roto-tilled my leg or lost a finger clearing a grass clog from the grass blower. And here she sat in room 1776 (Happy birthyear America!) in the Virginia Mason transplant center in Seattle, Washington, with tubes dangling from all sorts of places, grinning at me with a smile that sported a scab on her lip from tripping over one of our irrigation faucets at the edge of the back driveway.

As she explained it, she got up too quickly from tending a small transplanted evergreen tree, staggered backward and tripped over the protruding pipe. As luck would have it, her face hit the rough shale of the driveway instead of the softer lawn grass at its border. Continue reading


Change of Hearts: Defying odds, 8-year-old is thriving after her third transplant

Seattle Times | JoNel Aleccia

Aiyana Lucas, 8, gets a kiss from her “Papa,” George Davis, in her room at Seattle Children’s. Many family members and friends have offered prayers and support throughout Aiyana’s ordeal. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Aiyana Lucas, 8, of Spanaway, is one of only three kids in her age group in the country to receive three heart transplants. Her family is rejoicing, even as her case highlights the hard decisions surrounding scarce organs.

Spanaway girl who waited seven months for a second heart transplant, only to have it fail, has dodged the odds, doctors say — receiving a rare third donor heart within a matter of days.

Eight-year-old Aiyana Lucas surprised even the surgeon who performed the latest transplants, one on July 3, and then a second, hectic, operation on July 6, when the third-grader’s window for survival was closing.

Last Tuesday, she was stringing beads, drawing pictures and giggling with her grandpa during a sun-dappled walk.

It makes you believe in a lot of things,” said Dr. Jonathan Chen, co-director of the Seattle Children’s Heart Center and division chief for pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. “It shows that transplantation is completely unpredictable in a spectacular way.”

Aiyana is the third child in the U.S. 10 and younger in the last decade to receive three hearts or heart-lung combinations — and one of three dozen patients of all ages, according to figures from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Continue reading


Woman donates liver lobe to young cousin

WiscNews | Amanda Lutey

SUBMITTED Erika Griffith, left, poses with her cousin Ellie Homan, who turns three next month. In May, Griffith donated a lobe of her liver to Ellie, who was diagnosed with a genetic liver disease when she was six months old.

Some gifts are priceless.

Erika Griffith gave her young cousin Ellie Homan such a gift by becoming a living organ donor.

In May, Griffith, 22, underwent a transplant surgery, donating a lobe of her liver to Ellie, who will turn 3, Aug. 18.

Ellie, the daughter of Tim and Katie Homan of Pardeeville, has a genetic liver disease - progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis. Her mother said they first learned something was wrong at Ellie’s six-month checkup in February 2013. Ellie was not growing and her liver functions were off. Testing resulted in a diagnosis of PFIC2, one of three forms of the disorder.

Katie Homan said Ellie’s doctors tried other treatments first, but they knew right away a transplant was in Ellie’s future.

“We knew it was not an ‘if’ but a ‘when,’” Homan said. “We were so glad we got two years out of the other treatments.” Continue reading


Terminally-ill 22-year-old meets Ed Sheeran as part of bucket list dream - and he 'smelled amazing'

Mirror UK

A terminally ill woman has ticked off the number one item on her bucket list by meeting Ed Sheeran – who she said "smelled amazing."

Channan Petrides became known earlier this year when she removed herself from the organ transplant wait list in order to be well enough to make the most of her remaining time.

Now she is one step closer to completing her bucket list after meeting the Thinking Out Loud singer backstage before his Wembley Arena show this month.

She said: "He was so lovely and genuine, he had a great sense of humour and was really easy to get on with.

"He signed my programme and we took some selfies together. He smelt amazing.

"A few months ago, I was so unwell I was worried if I'd ever make it to Ed Sheeran's gig, but I did and it was incredible and I also got to meet him backstage.” Continue reading


National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Gift of Life Donor Program

Observed annually, National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 19th year, this special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant. Continue reading


Potential changes in organ transplant policy could be longer wait times in Wisconsin

WDJT, Milwaukee | David Ade

There are more than 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in this country. Some will never make it to operating table. A national group is exploring options of balancing the donor pool to help change that.

For Wisconsin's Lauren Chapman, life is becoming easier after receiving a kidney earlier this year.

“I feel better energy wise. I know with dialysis I was anemic and I was really really tired all the time. I’m still kind of tired, but I feel I have better moments where I have lots of energy and I can be up. And I’m back to work.” Chapman says.

She’s was on the waiting list at Froedtert Hospital in for almost five years. She says, “They can just say oh you’re on the list, they can’t tell you where you are or anything because of confidentiality… which gets frustrating.”

Last September Chapman decided to join a second wait-list, this one at the University of Wisconsin. By late February, Chapman got the life changing call she’d been waiting years for. She said, “They said how soon can you get here? So we got everything together and raced down to the UW hospital and I got the kidney the next morning.” Continue reading

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Organ donation a Jew's 'greatest mitzvah'

Winnipeg Free Press | By: Sharon Chisvin

Since its founding in 1887, the National Council of Jewish Women has spearheaded a variety of social causes and campaigns aimed at improving the lives of Canadians from all backgrounds. These initiatives have included raising awareness about human trafficking, elder abuse and the importance of screening for genetic disease, as well as children's book and holiday food drives.

Most recently, the organization has focused on advocating for organ donation.

The council "is a voluntary organization, which, in the spirit of Judaism, is dedicated to furthering human welfare in the Jewish and general communities," explains Maia Kredentser, a member of the Winnipeg section and chairwoman of its organ-donor program.

The organization uses an integrated program of education, service and social action in order to help meet a variety of unfulfilled needs across Canada.

"Organ donation," Kredentser says, "is certainly an unmet need. There are simply not enough donors for the number of people who require life-saving transplants. " Continue reading



Secretary of State Ruth Johnson: Organ donor registry tops 4 million


DETROIT ‒ Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today celebrated that the Michigan Organ Donor Registry now stands at more than 4 million people willing to be organ, tissue and eye donors, bringing the statewide total of donor registrants to 52 percent of adults.

“This is wonderful news for Michigan because organ, tissue and eye donation saves and improves lives,” Johnson said. “Add your name to the donor registry and become a hero. Every name on the list means hope for the 3,500 people in Michigan waiting for a life-saving or life-enhancing transplant.”

She broke the news to a thousand walkers and runners on Detroit’s Belle Isle at the 18th annual LIFE Walk, sponsored by Gift of Life Michigan’s Minority Organ, Tissue Transplant Education Program. The program is dedicated to reducing the need for organ and tissue transplants among ethnic and minority populations, who make up nearly 50 percent of patients waiting for a transplant.

In 2011 when Johnson first took office, only about 27 percent of the state’s adults were on the donor registry, ranking Michigan near the bottom nationally. Johnson made expanding the organ donor rolls a priority but insisted that it be done at little to no cost to taxpayers. She directed her staff to start asking customers if they wanted to sign up, created a task force of leading experts and began promoting organ donor registration at Secretary of State offices. About 85 percent of people who sign up do so through the Secretary of State’s office. Continue reading


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Dale’s story: Cross-Canada bike ride raises awareness for kidney disease, organ donation

National Post | David Kates

Dale CalibabaKidney patient Dale Calibaba is half-way into a cross-Canada bike tour. Along for the ride are his daughter, his coach, and the portable dialysis machine that keeps him alive.

Dale Calibaba sounds energized over the phone. He’s in Toronto, shuttling between shopping and speaking engagements, roughly a third of the way into a cross-country bicycle journey that began on June 1st in St. John’s, Newfoundland. If all goes according to schedule, he will pedal his way to the finish line, on September 4th in Victoria, B.C.

“It’s been excellent,” he says. “We’ve gotten some great feedback and great successes, and a had lot of impact, which my coach and I were wanting to see.”

It’s rare to hear about someone undertaking a cross-Canada cycling tour. But “rare” is perhaps a fitting description for Calibaba: the 46-year-old native of Kamloops, B.C. was born with Alport Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects just one in 50,000 people. Many who have it will eventually suffer kidney failure, as well as visual and hearing impairments.

“When I was diagnosed as an infant with this disease, we were told that I would eventually have kidney failure in my teen years,” Calibaba recalls. “Which proved to be correct: my kidneys began to fail at around age 17.” Continue reading