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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Heart on the line: Detroit police officer in need of transplant

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Not everyone is cut out for the life of fighting crime, but 49-year-old Detroit police officer Sidney Taylor was. Now, a machine in the cardiovascular unit at the University of Michigan Health System hospital is what keeps him alive.

"There is no actual true heart in my chest. It's more of a plastic heart," Sidney says. "Until a donor comes along and [is] able to give me a new heart."

Sidney was hospitalized after a series of heart attacks and, over the years, his heart problems have gotten progressively worse.

"I had a heart attack start at the job. I made it home before it actually hit, and it hit at our front door and my wife was able to get me to Sinai Hospital," Sidney remembers.

That was just one scare. Sidney has had many others.

He was forced to retire from the Detroit Police Department after 15 years of service because of his failing health. Now, he is in the fight of his life, just watching the clock and waiting. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Family speak of organ donation decision

Barnsley Chronicle | Gail Robinson


ONE year ago the family of Lynton Gledhill were told the gut wrenching news that his life support system was to be turned off and that he could not survive without it.

As they sat at his hospital bedside his distraught parents Anne and Malcolm were still trying to come to terms with the brutal news when his sister Karen made a suggestion.

She asked why the family did not offer Lynton's organs for donation, so at least someone else could be helped by their family tragedy.

One year on and the Gledhills say they are so pleased they made the brave decision, and that so many other people's lives have been saved or improved as a result. Continue reading
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Is it ethical to buy organs for transplant outside official system? Ethics and Religion Talk

MLive | Grand Rapids Press | By Rabbi David Krishef


In this recent photo, Dr. Thomas Egan uses a bronchoscope to examine donated lungs in his lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (Allen Breed)

Our question this week follows up on a column earlier this year about the ethics of selling organs for transplant.

One reader wondered, “Is it ethical for a wealthy person to go outside the organ procurement system and essentially buy an organ for transplant?”

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds:
“I don’t think this is unethical. What is unethical is that only a limited number of people have the freedom to do that. Greed has turned justice upside down and the poor always seem to be holding the “short end of the stick.” No wonder why Jesus was so attracted to the poor, the marginalized, and the weak. He spent his life befriending them and helping them and his life truly made a difference. What about our life?”


Fred Wooden, the senior pastor of Fountain Street Church, responds:

“Our instant reply is 'no,' as it reeks of selling and buying lives, something repugnant to almost everyone. On the other hand, we clearly accept drugs and healthcare that are so expensive only a few can buy them. It used to be said that illness and death were the great levelers, but not so today; therefore maybe it is OK if only by default. If we think buying a kidney is wrong, we should be asking why buying other lifesaving options other cannot afford are not? The problem is not that buying organs is wrong, which we clearly see, but that we do not think other healthcare disparities are just as wrong.”
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Why should donating an organ cost so much?

CNN News | Sigrid Fry-Revere


Editor's note: Sigrid Fry-Revere is president of the Center for Ethical Solutions, a founder of Stop Organ Trafficking Now!, and a 2014 TEDMED speaker. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) -- Thirty years ago, the United States enacted a law that has inadvertently condemned hundreds of thousands of Americans to death. As a result of the National Organ Transplant Act, more Americans have lost their lives waiting for an organ than died in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq put together.

The law bans almost any payment to living organ donors. Recipients themselves can reimburse donors' travel, lodging, and lost wages, which helps, when they have the money -- but not when they don't.

Most people who are living donors give to a family member or friend, but the financial hardships are considerable and people are regularly denied permission to donate because they don't have enough financial resources.

I was denied for that reason when I wanted to donate an organ to save a friend's life. With four kids in college, there was not enough ready cash to donate. And it was against the law for my friend or anyone else to help me with the $10,000 or more expenses I had above and beyond travel, lodging, and lost wages. Continue reading
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Award honours lasting legacy of Gorseinon man Paul Sillick who helped save five others by being an organ donor

South Wales Evening Post


The late Paul Sillick from Gorseinon whose organs have saved the lives of five others.

A GORSEINON man was last night remembered for saving the lives of others.

Paul Sillick's proud family were at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for a special awards ceremony.

They took their places along with relatives of other people who have saved lives by donating their organs.

Mr Sillick, who took his own life in June last year at the age of 34, has helped save five others through being an organ donor.

His decision to donate his organs has been a matter of comfort for his family who attended the presentation in Cardiff.

St John Cymru Wales has worked with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) since 2012 to recognise the gift that donors and families make by consenting to donate their organs to save the lives of others. Continue reading
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Communities rally around former NJ wrestling star battling kidney disease

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This undated photo shows Brett Epps, a former wrestling star who is battling a rare kidney disease. (Wrestling My Toughest Opponent Ever)

A former New Jersey wrestling star is staring down his toughest opponent yet as he battles against a rare kidney disorder.

Brett Epps, a 26-year-old who graduated from Rutgers prep as the school’s winningest wrestler, was diagnosed two weeks ago with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a kidney disease that causes scar tissue to form in the part of the organ that filters blood, MyCentralJersey.com reported.

Doctors told Epps, who also wrestled at Elizabethtown College, that his kidneys are functioning at only 13 percent and that he would need to start dialysis to prepare for a transplant.

The news came as a shock for those who know him best because although his wrestling days ended after he graduated from college in 2010, Epps has remained a self-described “physical fitness buff.” Continue reading
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Set in stone, the thanks of those given new life

EDP24 | Rowan Mantell


Kidney dialysis patient Paul Welsh pictured with his wife Mandy in Cromer Hospital renal dialysis unit. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Hundreds of Norfolk people, close to the end of their own lives, choose to give strangers the chance to live.

Now a sculpture has been dedicated to all those who have donated organs so that others might survive, and to the families who gave permission for new life to flow from tragedy.

“For many, many years organ donation has been something hidden, whispered, that people didn’t talk about,” said Tim Leary critical care consultant and organ donation specialist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. “But the world is changing.”

The sculpture, at the front of the hospital, honours and thanks organ donors and their families. “In the past 10 years more than 100 patients have received organs from patients in this intensive care unit,” said Tim. “We want to commemorate and celebrate what they have done.” Continue reading
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Media praise woman for asking doctors to kill her, donating organs

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Dicky Ringeling was recently diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis, leaving her with poor life expectancy.

A 61-year-old Dutch woman who was recently euthanized in The Netherlands at her request is receiving media attention and praise due to her decision to donate her organs in the process.

Dutch news sources called it a generous decision, with one newspaper running the headline, “Woman dies while saving five lives.”

Dicky Ringeling, of Zwijndrecht near Rotterdam, was recently diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis, leaving her with poor life expectancy. She decided she did not want to “suffer unbearably” and soon started to discuss euthanasia with her husband and two daughters.

A hospital worker, Ringeling had signed an organ donor card. But while euthanasia – in the present state of things in Holland – would probably not be refused, organ donation is a different matter altogether and the procedures are contradictory. Continue reading
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Organ Donation – When the Decision is Made (Part One)

Zinc Moon | Sarah


My husband is alive and well today because of the generosity of a donor and their family. If they hadn’t agreed to organ donation, my husband may not have survived long enough for another liver to become available.

And we are eternally grateful every minute of every day for our organ donor, their family’s decision and the marvelous professional teams that make it happen.

Just one organ and tissue donor can save ten or more lives – yet only 1% of all hospital deaths are in circumstances that medically permit organ donation to provide organs. With over 1600 people on transplant waiting lists at any one time, we all need to think about being a donor if the extremely rare opportunity ever arose.

As a result of our experience, I have decided to write a series of posts on the organ and tissue donation and transplant process.

I will be talking with the people who are involved in every step of the way…to find out more about what happens behind the scenes.

As a recipient, you only know about a donor organ being available when you get the call to come into the hospital…but the process actually starts up to 48 hours before that particular call is made.

For the first post in this series, we returned to the Austin Hospital, where my husband had his liver transplant, and met with Donation Specialist Nursing Coordinator Leanne McEvoy and Intensive Care Physician Doctor Cameron Knott.

Comment: This is a wonderful heartfelt blog; Sarah's husband is a liver transplant recipient. Please follow, part 2 is now posted Continue reading
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Kidney Donor Jade Crawford Finishes Great Birmingham Run - Just FIVE MONTHS After Transplant Op

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Ben Fowles and Jade Crawford and (left) the couple at the Great Birmingham Run
Brave mum who donated organ to her childhood sweetheart completed her first half-marathon in two hours and 11 minutes
A mum who donated a kidney to her teenage sweetheart just five months ago was a proud finisher in the Great Birmingham Run.

Jade Crawford, 27, completed her first half-marathon in two hours and 11 minutes.

The former catering assistant began training in January – taking a three-month break to donate a kidney to her boyfriend Ben Fowles.

She aimed to raise £500 for the British Kidney Patient Association after the couple received help from the charity.

Mum-of-two Jade has raised £344 so far, with donations still pouring in.

Ben said: “I am so proud of her.

“She started training in January and then had to miss three months after she donated a kidney to me.

“She was determined to run the whole course and raise the money.”

The Mail told in August how Jade donated an organ to Ben after he was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. Continue reading
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Kentuckians Show Heart: 1.5 Million Kentuckians registered as Organ & Tissue Donors

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Megan – liver recipient and registered donor
Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky are a committed group of public servants who have a profound impact on the lives of those who need an organ transplant. “Over 1000 Kentuckians are waiting for their lifesaving transplant. Their families wait too. Their parents, siblings, cousins and friends are all waiting. Now, these families know that 1.5 million Kentuckians stand behind them and are willing to save their life,” explains Darlene Snyder, Madison Circuit Court Clerk.

The need is great, especially for patients like Kortney. “I’m here in the hospital and listed status 1A. It’s hard for me to read, or really think,” explains 30 year old Kortney Wanner. Kortney has been waiting on her heart transplant for years and is finally at the point where waiting much longer, isn’t an option.

“I know I’ll get my transplant. I am staying hopeful, trying to enjoy the little things with my husband and family,” says Wanner. Continue reading
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NY couple mends each other's heart

CBS NEWS | Steve Hartman


68-year-old Esther FitzRandolph and 68-year-old Danny Pszczolkowski in their Rochester, N.Y. home CBS NEWS

ROCHESTER, New York - At the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, two heart transplant patients are shedding new light on the mechanics of healing.

After they got their new hearts, 68-year-old Esther FitzRandolph and 68-year-old Danny Pszczolkowski both suffered from complications and depression. They'd all but given up.

"I didn't want to do anything," said FitzRandolph. "I would just sit around."

"I kind of refused the exercises and all that, at times," said Pszczolkowski.

But a few months ago, both these patients started improving -- dramatically.

Cardiologist Dr. Leway Chen and the rest of the staff here were pleasantly confounded.

"And we talked and said, 'Yeah, she's doing better now, I wonder why?'" said Chen. "And' yes, he's been more active and involved in his care, I wonder why.'' VIDEO, continue reading
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An organ shortage kills 30 Americans every day. Is it time to pay donors?

The Washington Post | Keith Humphreys


Thirty years ago this week, President Reagan signed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), which established the federal legal framework for the procurement, donation and transplantation of organs needed by desperately ill Americans. The law’s advocates hoped that it would end organ shortages, but today over 120,000 Americans are on waiting lists. With the need for organs – especially kidneys -- projected to outstrip supply even more in coming years, intense debate has broken out over whether NOTA should be amended to allow funding of incentives for donors.

The interests at stake are colossal. About 30 Americans a day either die on the waiting list or are removed from it because they have become too ill to receive a transplant. Taxpayers also bear a significant burden in the case of kidneys because of the special status of renal dialysis within the Medicare program. In 1972, Congress mandated that Medicare cover the costs of care for end stage renal disease regardless of patient age. In 2011, over 500,000 people took advantage of this benefit at a cost of over $34 billion, which is more than 6% of Medicare’s entire budget.

One commonly proposed solution to the organ shortage derives from behavioral economic “nudge” principles. Rather than requiring Americans to complete paperwork in order to opt-in to donation at death, the country could shift to the European model of presuming that donation at death was acceptable. But Tom Mone, chief executive of OneLegacy, the nation’s largest organ and tissue recovery organization, points out that “The recovery rate for deceased donors in the United States is actually better than that of European nations with presumed consent laws. The United States rigorously follows individual donor registrations whereas presumed consent countries actually defer to family objections.”

In any event, because less than 1% of deceased individuals are medically eligible to donate organs, and 75% of this group in the United States in fact does so, there simply isn’t enough “there there” to remedy the shortage with improved recovery from deceased donors. Continue reading
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Berea woman hoping to find kidney donor

Richmond Register | Machaela Ballard


Angela Gail Brown poses Friday after being interviewed about her need for a kidney transplant.

In 2011, Berea native Angela Brown was 28 years old, a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home and the caretaker for her grandmother, when she was diagnosed with renal failure.

Since then, she has undergone 16 surgeries and sat through “countless” dialysis treatments to remove excess water and toxins from her blood because her kidneys no longer function properly. She also has spent more time being sick than she cares to think about, she said.

“I was always the one taking care of other people,” Brown said. “It was my life then, and I enjoyed it.”

Now, Brown sits for three-hour dialysis sessions three times a week. The treatments make her tired, she said, and she no longer has the energy to live a normal life. Her mother has moved into the home she shared with her grandmother and now takes care of both of them. Continue reading
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Just Breathe benefit set for Donald Zulch, Ludlow father of six who received lung transplant

Mass Live | Kathryn Roy, The Republican


Donald Zulch, of Ludlow, front row center, is shown here with his wife, Marissa, left, and their six sons. A community fundraiser to help the Zulch family is planned for Oct. 24 at the Polish-American Citizens Club in Ludlow. Donald Zulch received a lung transplant on Father’s Day. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
LUDLOW - Donald Zulch, a longtime town resident and father of six boys, was a healthy, active parent just seven months ago.

A problem with his lungs later developed into a life-or-death situation. While he’s now the fortunate recipient of a lung transplant, Zulch’s friends and supporters say the financial toll the illness has taken on Zulch’s family has been substantial.

They are planning a fundraiser to support the family on Oct. 24 at the Polish-American Citizens Club, 355 East St.

Marisa Zulch says her husband had the flu and pneumonia in February and was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, or scarring throughout the lungs, in March. He continued to work at his job at UPS until April.

By May, his condition had gone rapidly downhill, progressing to Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a severe, sometimes fatal lung condition which can lead to low oxygen levels in the blood. Continue reading
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Big-hearted man donates kidney to stranger after watching GAA star Joe Brolly’s generous act on TV

Irish Mirror | Sharon McGowan


Johnny Paradise with a nurse in Belfast City Hospital shortly after his recent operation to donate a kidney
Brave Johnny Paradise, 27, took the life-saving decision after watching a film about Brolly donating a kidney to Shane Finnegan

man donated a kidney to a stranger after watching GAA star Joe Brolly’s inspirational act of kindness on TV.

Most people wouldn’t think twice about giving an organ to a loved one but to do the same for someone you don’t know is completely different.

Brave Johnny Paradise, 27, took the life-saving decision after watching a film about Brolly donating a kidney to Shane Finnegan – a fellow coach of a kids’ GAA team in Belfast.

He said: “I watched the documentary and didn’t really know what I was watching and didn’t know Joe Brolly had gone through this whole thing.

“I thought it was a remarkable thing to do, I couldn’t get over it. It blew me away.”

The financial analyst, from Corbally, Co Limerick , had to go through a tough process of almost a year before surgery. Continue reading
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Five People Alive Today Thanks To SDSU Student

KPBS | Dwane Brown


SDSU Freshman, Sara Stelzer was taken off life-support Saturday and five other people were given new life because Sara was a registered organ donor.

Organ transplants help save many lives but finding organs is a challenge. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, new patients in need of an organ get added to the list every ten minutes.

Dr. Barry Browne is a transplant surgeon at Sharp Memorial hospital. Although he wasn't involved with the Stelzer case he did explain why the university was able to report Stelzer died on Friday after the family decided to donate her organs.

"Some people are on life-support, but they're actually dead and those are the people who go on to become organ donors. There are some people who are on life-support and their brain is still working a little bit. Those people are not dead," said Browne. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Teen and child killed in Honiton house fire honoured for saving lives through organ donation

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Mizelley Bennellick, from Exeter, received the award on behalf of her children, Harvey and Rosie who tragically died in a house fire in Honiton last year.

Three people from Exeter who gave the ultimate gift of life through organ donation have been honoured posthumously at an award ceremony in the county.

The Order of St John award for Organ Donation, run in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant, has been presented to the families and loved ones of those who saved and improved people’s lives through organ donation.

The private award ceremony was held at St John Ambulance’s building in Exeter on Friday October 10, with the awards presented by the High Sheriff of Devon, John Rous.

Hundreds of families are attending regional ceremonies across the UK between September and December to receive the award in memory of their loved ones whose deaths saved lives and gave hope.

Mizelley Bennellick, from Exeter, received the award on behalf of her children, Harvey and Rosie who tragically died in a house fire in Honiton last year. Continue reading
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I donated a vital organ to someone I never met. You should, too.

The Washington Post | Thomas Kelly


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Like countless others, this month I was admitted to the UCSF Medical Center for surgery. What makes me unusual is this: I’m healthy. This surgery was completely unnecessary. But at the end of it, I was short a vital organ.

Yup. I donated my kidney to someone I’ve never met.
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Ten thousand people died each year because of the kidney shortage. Without a transplant, the five-year survival rates with kidney failure are about the same as brain cancer. Living donation bought the recipient on average 16 years of life with a working kidney.

I learned all these statistics in college, mostly because I’m a nerd with an interest in health policy (though at the time I wanted to be a soap opera writer). And to “get involved,” I briefly considered starting a group to promote organ donation. I thought a lot about how offering benefits to donors could end the shortage.

But I didn’t; I got into yoga instead. And even though it seems so obvious, I never really considered donating myself.

The day my path to donating really began, I was at a grocery store buying a clementine. It struck me then how lucky I was to be there, how much work others had done to provide me all the bounties of my privileged modern life. Later that day, I talked with a friend who was graduating college and wanted to do something important. Continue reading
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pair who underwent kidney transplant start charity to benefit other organ donors

Lawrence Journal World | Giles Bruce


In this 2012 file photo, Rob Robinson, talks to Gillan Alexander after their kidney transplant at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. The men became friends five years earlier after Robinson, of Starkville, Miss., started hunting turkeys on Alexander's farm near Nicodemus, Kan. Robinson recently started a charity, Hunter Outdoors, that takes organ donors and recipients on free hunting-and-fishing excursions.

Gillan Alexander sat in his northwestern Kansas farmhouse about year ago and he thought about the man from Mississippi sleeping in a tent outside, a verse from the Bible came to his mind.

It was Hebrews 13:2, and in his recollection it goes something like this: "Be careful in your treatment of strangers. You never know when you'll entertain angels unawares."

After his black Labrador, Tug, tore up that man's tent because he smelled some bread inside, Alexander invited him inside his house. He'd met the man, one of several he welcomes to his property to come hunt from time to time, about four years before. His name was Rob Robinson. He was a firefighter from outside of Starkville, Miss. Continue reading
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Tampa hospital dedicates corner in memory of football coach

Bay News 9 | Trevor Petiford


Tampa General dedicated a “Coach’s Corner” at its soon-to-open Transplant House in memory of the late Bill “Wild Bill” Minahan, an iconic Jesuit High School state-championship football coach and athletic director – and kidney transplant recipient.

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A legendary high school football coach in the Bay Area is being memorialized in a special home near Tampa General Hospital.

Coach Bill "Wild Bill" Minahan died last December after surviving nearly 30 years thanks to a kidney donor.

He was a celebrated football coach. Continue reading
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More donors needed to handle kidney transplant demand

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Kidney transplants are one of the most common operations in the U.S. But, doctors say it is becoming harder to find donors, and many people are waiting for the organ.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are 101,260 people currently waiting for a kidney transplant, and that number has nearly doubled in the last 12 years.

James Pittman with St. David’s Hospital and Dr. Koushik Shaw with the Austin Urology Institute joined Erin Cargile on KXAN News Today to explain the importance of finding more donors. Continue reading

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'They may be strangers but to me they're angels'

Daily Record | Heather Greenaway


CHRISANNA MACDONALD put a simple plea for help on the social networking site with no idea that in the next three weeks she would receive five offers of a kidney from complete strangers.
Selfless Facebook donors pledge kidneys to save transplant patient's life

WHEN Chrisanna Macdonald shared her transplant story on Facebook, she had no idea it would result in five strangers offering to give her one of their kidneys.

The mum-of-one’s simple post on the social media website could end up saving her life.

Chrisanna, 40, from North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis, whose previous transplanted organ is failing, shared her story on Facebook last month in a bid to highlight the importance of organ donation.

Her post went instantly viral, with nearly 18,000 likes and more than 1000 shares, and prompted five people she has never met before to selflessly offer up their kidneys.

Chrisanna, who had her pancreas and kidney transplant in 2007, said: “I still can’t quite believe it. Continue reading
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Kidney donor, recipient doing well

Times Herald | Richard Freeman


Chris Hernandez shows a picture, taken during transplant... (MIKE JORY — VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD)
Retired Oakland cop grateful for life
Lewis Williams may have dodged bullets for nearly 30 years as a police officer, but he couldn't dodge the bottom line of having two failing kidneys. At 64 and waiting in line behind thousands of others needing the organ, the inevitable was ringing his doorbell.

It's not the way the Fairfield resident wanted it.

"I didn't come here to stay," said Williams of his existence. "But I wanted to go out in a blaze of gunfire. I didn't want to get sicker and sicker and just check out. I didn't want that."

Thanks to Chris Hernandez, the retired Oakland cop can shelve any end-of-life decisions for now and who knows how many years. Hernandez, 43, donated a kidney to Williams on April 29. As of this week, both donor and recipient are doing emotional and physical cartwheels. Continue reading
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Family Hopes Their Story Inspires Others to Be Living Kidney Donors

University of Chicago Medicine


Scott Sargent and his niece, Lili Sargent, two months before Scott received a donated kidney from his brother, Tim.

Like many people do these days, Scott Sargent began telling his story on Facebook:

"Well, kind of a good news bad news kind of day," he posted on March 8, 2012. "Good news is, I know why I've been so tired these last few weeks. Bad news is that I need a new kidney. Anybody got one to spare?"

What began as a lighthearted message to break some very serious news to his friends ended with a much deeper connection to his family, and a story that Scott and his wife used as a unique opportunity to educate others about organ donation.

For two weeks before writing that Facebook post, Scott had been feeling tired and run down, with a bad head cold. A substitute teacher from Kankakee, Illinois, he had almost passed out while teaching a junior high gym class. He went to the doctor thinking he had the flu, but was quickly sent to a nephrologist, who diagnosed him with advanced kidney failure. He would need a transplant. Continue reading
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Donate Life Float Announces 2015 Float Walkers

Donate Life Float


Donate Life's Float Walkers represent over 130,000 living donors whose gifts have saved the lives of family, friends and even strangers.
Click on each photo to read float walker's inspiring story





JoAnne Burka
Charleston, WVA



Carla Cochran
Albia, Iowa 



Kjersti Cote
Kalispell, MT



Richard Glover
Santa Ana, CA



Frances Griffith
West Fork, ARK



Maureen "Reenie" Harris
Cedar Knolls, NJ



Natasha Kruse
Los Angeles, CA



Cheryl Manley
Tulsa, OK 



Bill Cordova Martinez
Lynwood, CA 



Laurie LoMonaco 
Brockport, NY



Reverend Jin-Tak Park
La Mirada, CA
To learn more about the Donate Life Float, please visit www.donatelifefloat.org
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2015 Donate Life Float "The Never Ending Story" Announces Floragraph honorees.



Donate Life Rose Float



Each year, the Donate Life float's memorial floragraphs honor deceased organ, eye and tissue donors nationwide. Through these artistic portraits – all of which are decorated in whole or in part by the honorees' loved ones – we honor them, their families, and donors everywhere.
Click on each floragraph photo to read their inspiring story.



Edward Ray "Lalo" Alcantar
Porterville, CA



Nicholas "Jordan" Aucoin
Pine Prairie, LA



Michael Robert Belko
Newbury Park, CA



Jackie Lerma Billings
El Cajon, CA



Danielle Lee Bogue
Ft. Knox, KY



Hilary Crawford Bradford
McLean, VA



Jordan Taylor Brown
Baltimore, MD



Casandra Anne Campbell
Orangeville, CA



Abby Lynn Cecena
Waterloo, IL 



Sandra Priscilla Crespo
Lake Mary, FL



Jesus "Jesse" N. Cruz
Covina, CA



Joseph Valentino D'Addio 
Stirling, NJ



Philip Alexander Dhanens
Bakersfield, CA



Mike Erickson
Dorchester, WI



Joshua Steven Florence
Glendale, AZ



Rachel Lucy Givens
Auburn, WA



Paul M. Guyette
Rochester, NY



Gregory Keith Hamill 
Omaha, NE



Jon David Harrison
Palmdale, CA



Justin David Harrison
Lafayette, LA



Andrew John Hendel 
Cologne, MN



Jesse Tyler Hill 
Las Vegas, NV



Caleb Andrew Holman
White Bluff, TN



Allen Janohosky
Chanhassen, MN



Dakota Lane Johnston
Ft. Worth, TX



Lindsay Alyce Jones
Dublin, OH



John Michael Kelly
Holden, MO



Cheryl Ann Kennedy
Lindstrom, MN



Nancy Marleny Keys
Simi Valley, CA 



Riley Kogen 
Livingston, NJ



Jacob Krebs
Fredericksburg, Texas



David William Krebs
Orange, CA



Tyler Dean Lewellen
Riverside, CA 



Sandy Lo
New York, NY 



Andrew Loyd
Corinth, MS



Dolores O. Luckow
Oregon City, OR



Marcy Nash Maciejewski
Charlotte, NC



Katherine "Katie" Belen Marsh
Corpus Christi, TX



T'neil Davon Martin
Lexington, KY 



Samuel Hannes McCrow
Vancouver, WA



John Carlisle McDavid IV
Kingwood, TX



Melissa Bena Mercado
Paterson, NJ



Lisa Michelle Middleton
Charleston, SC



Kelsey Camille Mikel
Wakarusa, IN 



Troy Jonathan James Pappas
Eliot, ME



Brandon Pentz
Riverside, CA 



Amanda Philpott 
Tulsa, OK



Jonathan Pratt
Binghamton, NY



Hannah Daye Ridling
Montgomery, AL



Anthony Rizzo
Staten Island, NY



Yefreyn Roldan 
Signal Hill, CA



Jaidyn Kiara Rothermel 
Bakersfield, CA 



Maria Lourdes "Esperanza" Santana
Glendale, CA



Paul J. Sciullo II
Pittsburgh, PA 



Lareanz Simmons
Riverside, CA



Kevin P. Spiers
Magnolia, NJ



Ana Mariko Stenzel
Redwood City, CA



Laci Michelle Taquino
Youngsville, LA



Anthony Ruben Vega
Central Islip, NY



Pedro Julian Batista Velazquez
Orlando, FL



R. Darin Wainscott
Butler, MO



Caroline C. Walters
St. George, SC



Michael Weadock
Hot Springs, AR



Ethan Troy Williams
Virginia Beach, VA



Christopher Alan Winkel 
Huntington Beach, CA



Christian Mor-Ying Yang
Rochester, MN



Kenyon Youngstrom
Fairfield, CA



Heidi Zimmer
Santa Rosa, CA



Alan J. Zinda
Rosholt, WI
To learn more about the Donate Life Float please visit: www.donatelifefloat.org
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