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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Young Organ Donors

Keloland | Perry Groten

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Ashley Doohen's decision to donate her son Tyrese Ruffin's kidneys and liver was a life-saving gesture for two patients awaiting transplants. Many parents don't ever consider the option of donating organs because they don't expect to lose their child at such a young age.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 122,000 people are waiting for a new organ. Twenty-two of them will die each day during that wait. Less than 10 percent of organ and tissue donations come from people under the age of 18.

LifeSource, the non-profit agency that manages organ donations, says a parent's decision to donate their child's organs can help with the grieving process. Continue reading


10th annual Aspen Summit For Life is next week

Post Independent

The Aspen Times file photo | A record number of uphillers took off at the start of the ninth annual Summit for Life benefit at Aspen

The Chris Klug Foundation’s 10th Annual Aspen Summit for Life presented by Astellas is Dec. 4-5. This event raises awareness about lifesaving organ and tissue donation, while celebrating second chances and quality of life. Registration has sold out the past three years, so register today and start fundraising for this great cause.

Each participant who raises the $100 minimum will receive a racer bag that includes gift cards, snacks, gifts, and more. Participation and donations will help the 123,000 people currently waiting a lifesaving organ transplant today. Twenty-one people die daily due to the lack of available organs for transplant and just one donor can save the lives of eight people, according to the Chris Klug Foundation.

To donate to the cause or learn more about the 10th Annual Aspen Summit for Life weekend, visit www.SummitForLife.org or contact summitforlife@bluebirdaspen.com. Continue reading


Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Laporte County Life | Community Healthcare System staff

For a fifth year, families gathered with Community Healthcare System staff members, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network representatives and Indiana Lions Eye Bank officials to honor the area’s organ, eye and tissue donors.

The annual Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony was held Nov. 4 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts to formally send-off roses that will make up the Donate Life float in the 2016 Rose Parade. Each of the 33 roses sponsored by Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart now carry tags with messages on their vials of love from the donor families.

“Each of you has a story to tell and this is a safe place to tell it,” said Jana Lacera, rose ceremony coordinator and director of Bioethics, Community Hospital. “Everyone here understands what you are going through after losing a loved one. These dedicated roses and the tributes they carry add special meaning not only for the families of our organ and tissue donors, but serve to inspire others to become organ, eye and tissue donors as well. Supporting the Donate Life float is just one of the ways the hospitals of Community Healthcare System honor and remembers donors and their generous contributions.” Continue reading


Meet the Wrexham woman who needs a new liver, pancreas and small bowel to survive

Daily Post UK | Sam Yarwood

A woman who has suffered multiple organ failure and has “died” four times hopes changes to donation laws will not just save her life but those of others in her situation.

Sally-Ann Hart, from Chirk , needs a triple transplant and has been told by doctors her chances are minimal unless she gets a liver, pancreas, small bowel, and possibly a kidney.

The 60-year-old is now backing a change in legislation which from December 1 will see Wales become the first part of the UK where it will be presumed consent for organ donation has been given unless people opt out.

Sally-Ann, known as Sal said: “To survive, I would need a triple – possibly even a quadruple – organ transplant. I’ve been told that I’m brave, but having been close to dying it is obvious that I still have something else to achieve in life. If it means helping others, then that is what I will do. Continue reading


Game on: Eagles fans target of organ donation competition

Philadelphia Business Journal | John George

This billboard on I-95 near Lincoln Financial Field is part of an organ donation

Organ procurement organizations in Pennsylvania’s two largest cities are targeting football fans in a new campaign to raise awareness for organ donation.

Billboards went up this week near Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, which have each city “accusing” the other of “having no heart.”

The campaign is the work of Donate Life Pennsylvania, a collaborative initiative between Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education in Pittsburgh, and the Pennsylvania departments of health and transportation.

The billboards are part of a month-long campaign to see which city can register more residents to become organ donors. The winning city will be announced on Dec. 21.

Howard Nathan, president and CEO of Gift of Life Donor Program, is confident of a Philadelphia victory. Continue reading


Coach gets a new heart for the holidays

WRTV | Liz Adeola

INDIANAPOLIS -- Doctors say a high school football coach from LaGrange has a long road of recovery ahead of him.

He had a life saving heart transplant last weekend that’s given him a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

"I couldn't tell you what I'd even say to these people. It's really a gift that, thank you will never be good enough for,” David Priestly said.

Surgeons at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital performed the 12 hour surgery.

Nearly 50 heart transplants have been performed in Indiana and officials say about half of those happened at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Continue reading VIDEO


“Heart in a box” gives Daniels new life

The Daily World | Jake Schild
(Jake Schild | The Daily World) Ted Daniels received a new heart using an Organ Care System, a new technology that allows organs to be kept alive while being transported to patients in need of a transplant. 

Ted Daniels wasn’t ready to “check out yet,” he says with an amiable chuckle as he recalls his September heart transplant surgery.

Daniels, 47, received a new heart this fall after struggling with congestive heart failure for the past 10 years. But, Daniels’ transplant wasn’t an ordinary one; the Aberdeen resident received the organ using a new technology called Organ Care System, or, as Daniels calls it, “heart in a box.”

Daniels was first in the nation to receive an “expanded criteria heart” with the machine, which has the ability to keep donated organs alive and functioning while being transported to their recipient. The OCS has been used to transplant more than 250 hearts worldwide.

Daniels was the first patient in the “EXPAND HEART” clinical trial, which is evaluating transplanting expanded criteria donor hearts, including those that may be too distant or may not meet current standard criteria for heart transplantation.

The OCS keeps hearts pumping and blood flowing through the organ while waiting to be placed in a patient. The device is revolutionary in the sense that it can keep hearts and other organs ready for transplant longer, meaning they can travel farther to get to patients in need. Continue reading

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Donate Life Float: 2016 Floragraph Honoree - Marley Sirjane

Donate Life Float

Marley Sirjane had a huge heart and a zest for life that gave all those around her energy. Marley packed a lot of love, life and adventure into her short 18 years. For her, there were no roadblocks, only hurdles. She relished in supporting the 'underdog' in every aspect of her life. On the morning of her death, Marley’s heart was filled with passion, love, and happiness as evidenced by her non-stop captivating smile and big radiant blue eyes. This is how her family will remember her. Her ‘gifts of life’ sustain her family in knowing that she continues to smile, laugh and care through others still walking on this earth.

Learn more about the Donate Life Float
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Donate Life Float: 2016 Float Rider - George Grimm

Donate Life Float

George received the greatest gift when his best friend, Freddie, chose to directly donate his brother Sisto’s heart and kidney to him. George was 60 years old and living with the assistance of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). George has always had a passion for helping and inspiring others, especially youth. For over 35 years, he coached youth and high school sports while also acting as a league administrator. Today, he treasures life like never before and thanks God that his friend had the strength to make such a difficult decision. This new lease on life allows George the opportunity to continue with his passion of helping others by spreading the word of organ donation and taking care of his two grandsons.

Sponsored by Donor Network West.
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Donate Life Float: 2016 Float Walker - Robert Rosser

Donate Life Float

When Robert’s wife, Shannon, decided that she would donate her kidney to her brother, Robert was in full support. Shannon’s brother, Scott, suffered from IgA Nephropathy and was in end-stage renal failure. Neither Shannon nor Robert expected that the preliminary tests for donation would turn up that Shannon had kidney disease. With Shannon unable to go through with the surgery, Robert stepped up to donate his kidney for Scott. Robert went into surgery with a brave outlook saying, “see ya on the other side”, to his brother in law. Recovery for Robert and Scott was easier as they had requested rooms next to each other, took their first steps together, and were released together. Just two years post-transplant, both are as strong and healthy as ever.

Sponsored by National Kidney Foundation of Florida
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Donate Life Float: 2016 Float Rider - Jim Stavis

Donate Life Float

Jim believes that he is a lucky many with a lucky life. Every single day he thanks the people who were the bridge between his donor, Brice Fabing (Floragraph honoree), and his triple-transplant at Cedars-Sinai. Type 1 diabetes came close to taking Jim’s life and left him with the need for a rare triple-transplant. Yet, thanks to Brice, Jim wakes up every day with a sense of hope that binds us all together. Brice’s gifts give Jim the ability to see another lifetime. Brice is his hero!

Sponsored by PARAGON STEEL.
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Join Gift of Life for #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1!

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Show your support for organ and tissue donation on #GivingTuesday by joining us in raising awareness on social media!

December 1, 2015

#GivingTuesday is a social campaign to promote one powerful national day of giving, raising funds, and awareness for important causes everywhere. This day falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 1, 2015. After the chaos of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday promotes selflessness and giving back in a big way!

Help Gift of Life Donor Program to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation and register more new organ donors by joining our #GivingTuesday campaign. We’re asking our followers to look for our #GivingTuesday campaign materials on Tuesday, December 1 and help us to spread the message!

For more information about #GivingTuesday, visit their website here: http://www.givingtuesday.org/

This Thanksgiving was made possible by an organ donor

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8-year-old girl undergoes triple organ transplant


PITTSBURGH — An 8-year-old girl will undergo a triple organ transplant Wednesday.

Kyree Beachem went into surgery early Wednesday morning. The procedure is expected to last about 10 hours.

“I’m waiting for a liver, small bowel and pancreas,” Kyree told WPXI over the summer.

Nan Beachem, Kyree's adoptive mother, said her daughter’s condition was worsening and she was moved up higher on the waiting list.

“Within the past several months, things have greatly changed for Kyree, and it’s become a lot more desperate than it had been,” Beachem said.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kyree had a small intestine transplant in January 2010. Her body rejected the organ less than two weeks later. VIDEO, continue reading


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South Georgia Medical Center Wins GOLD in National Workplace Partner For Life Hospital Campaign

Valdosta Today

AUGUSTA – LifeLink® of Georgia is proud to announce that South Georgia Medical Center received a GOLD award for its organ, eye, and tissue donation and registration efforts through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the campaign brings together national partners, local and regional organ, eye and tissue donation organizations, and hospitals throughout the nation to educate employees and their communities on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. The 736 hospitals who earned gold, silver, and bronze level recognition earned points for awareness and registry activities between August 1, 2014 and April 20, 2015. Continue reading


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Native Americans have decreased access to kidney transplants


Study finds long-term survival outcomes in Native Americans who receive a kidney transplant are worse than white individuals

San Diego, CA (November 24, 2015) -- Native Americans have decreased access to kidney transplants and are more likely to die on the waiting list than whites according to new research presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 held November 3-8 in San Diego, CA. Researchers also found that while short-term outcomes after receiving a kidney transplant were similar, Native Americans had worse long-term survival outcomes compared to whites.

Native Americans are at increased risk for developing kidney disease, with the most-recent data estimating 15% of Native Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 1-4. This population also has high rates of end-stage renal disease and lower rates of kidney transplantation. To examine these disparities, University of New Mexico researchers led by Sarah Stith, PhD, an applied microeconomist specializing in health care, reviewed data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) over a 16-year period.

After analyzing wait-list removal reasons, post-transplant survival rates, and controlling for multiple factors (such as patient, donor, match characteristics), they found Native Americans were less likely to receive a kidney transplant (odds ratio [OR] 0.71 [95% CI 0.64-0.80]) and more likely to die while waiting for one (OR 1.88 [95% 0.89-3.94) than white individuals. Continue reading


Woman who donated brother's face, heart celebrates early Thanksgiving with recipients


Richard Norris after a gun accident and seven months after receiving a full face transplant. (University of Maryland Medical Center)

Rebekah Brown hasn’t been able to spend the holiday season with her brother, Joshua Aversano, since he was struck and killed by a minivan while crossing the street in 2012. But this year, she hasn’t only felt his presence— she also has seen it, as the two men using his heart and face to help sustain their lives recently enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal with her.

Fox 29 reported that that Brown, 30, made a 27-pound turkey for the two men, Richard Norris, who received Joshua’s face transplant, and John Jenkins, who received the then-21-year-old’s heart transplant. Norris’ girlfriend, Melanie, and Jenkins’ wife, Glenda, also attended the feast.

Inside Edition documented the families’ gathering and previously covered Brown meeting Norris, 39, for the first time after he received her brother’s face in a transplant. Norris was 22 when he accidentally shot himself in the face in 1997. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez conducted the face transplant surgery— at the time, the first of its kind— during a 36-hour operation involving 150 doctors and nurses at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Continue reading


Georgetown teen promotes organ donations

Georgetown Wicked | Bryan McGonigle

Samantha Newbury, middle, volunteers advocating for organ donor registration at driver education schools. Her father Stephen Newbury, left, suffered from polycystic kidney disease and her mother, Kelly Newbury,right, donated a kidney to save him. Courtesy Photo

Earlier this year, Georgetown High School student Samantha Newbury was dealing with a family medical crisis. Her father was suffering from polycystic kidney disease for years and, as the illness progressed, he needed a kidney transplant.

What happened in June was pretty much a miracle. Her mother, who was the first to be tested, turned out to be a perfect match for him. The odds of being a match are about 1 in 100,000.

Samantha's parents are both doing well -- something the Newbury family surely has to be thankful for this holiday season. But simply being grateful wasn't enough for Samantha. She decided to take her family's story and turn it into action. She has since become a tireless crusader for organ donations. Continue reading


A son’s heartbeat brings two families healing

WDTN | Katie Ussin

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two Ohio families are now one. They were brought together by a young man who dreamed of serving others, but ended up saving others.

“I’m really nervous,” said Shelby LaPine as she took a deep breath. “But, I’m excited. I’m excited. I’ve waited and prayed for this day since June 13, last year.”

She sits inside Wilmington Church of God; a mother waiting for a reunion of sorts. “This was the place where,” she paused. “The last time I hugged my son.”

Luke LaPine, 19, received his graduation bible here on a Sunday, and suffered a head injury on the job the next morning that would end his life four days later. Luke worked road construction for the county.

“He loved this church,” smiled Shelby through eyes welling with tears. “He really did.” Continue reading



YOLO ... Your Organs Live On

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Rising NASCAR star Joey Gase knows there's so much more to life than racing

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Driver turns loss of mother into a life-changing positive for others

Joey Gase, 22, is this year's winner of the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award. PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES FOR NASCAR

Rising NASCAR star Joey Gase is on a mission.

Actually, he’s on two missions. And the most important mission is not the one that he hopes ultimately lands him a full-time Sprint Cup ride.

Gase, 22, lost his mother, Mary Jo, to a brain aneurysm when he was just 18 years old. His mom was not married at the time of her death, and Joey was faced with the decision of whether or not to donate his mother's organs.

“My mom was always a loving, helpful and very caring person, and we knew if she could no longer continue her life, she would want to do whatever she could do to help others continue theirs,” Gase told Autoweek. “We never really talked about it before. When we rushed to the hospital, her driver’s license was left at home. We weren't able to look at that and know for sure what she wanted, but we said yes to the organ donation. Continue reading


Rose Parade: Salinas organ donor and recipient to be honored

Monterey Herald | Amy McDermott

George Grimm, who received a heart and kidney transplant in 2014, will be on the Donate Life Rose Parade float on New Year’s Day. Courtesy of Donor Network West

SALINAS >> Two Salinas families connected by the gift of organ and tissue donation will celebrate life and the power of community in the 2016 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena.

George Grimm, 62, received a heart and kidney transplant in 2014. This year he will sit atop Donate Life’s Rose Parade float with 24 other tissue and organ recipients on New Year’s Day. The float will feature portraits of over 70 donors from around the country, including 31-year-old Sisto Fuentes, the man who saved Grimm’s life.

The float, “Treasure Life’s Journey,” is sponsored by organ recovery organizations nationally. This year, Donor Network West, based in San Ramon, partnered with Tissue Banks International in Richmond to honor Grimm and Fuentes on the float, said Noel Sanchez, public affairs manager for Donor Network West.

While Grimm didn’t know Fuentes personally, they were connected through his brother, Freddie Fuentes. They met in 2010 through the Alvarez Titan youth football program, where Grimm’s grandson played with Freddie Fuentes’ son. Continue reading


Former Twins legend Rod Carew in need of a heart transplant

Yahoo Sports | Chris Cwik
Former Minnesota Twins legend Rod Carew is hoping to receive a heart transplant. Carew was profiled in an article by Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated, where he talks about his near-death experience following a massive heart attack.
The details surrounding Carew's heart attack are pretty.
He had suffered a massive heart attack—“the kind they call the widow-maker,” says his wife, Rhonda. And though doctors told Carew he was extraordinarily lucky to be alive—his heart had stopped beating on two separate occasions—he doesn’t always feel fortune-kissed. “My wife will tell you I get up in the morning and cry and wonder, Why me?” Carew says, convalescing in a friend’s house in the suburbs of San Diego after seven weeks in five hospitals. “But you can’t say that. I go back to when my youngest daughter was dying. I never asked my friend upstairs, Why me? And He’s the only one who has the answers.” Continue reading

Monday, November 23, 2015

Live organ donors a rarity in Canada


It's easy to talk about the kindness of strangers. But how far would you really go to show kindness to a stranger?

Annemieke Vanneste has gone further than most Canadians would. She donated a kidney to a complete stranger, after seeing how a transplant changed the life of her sister's friend. Vanneste underwent the operation last year on Christmas Eve.

"I said, 'Can you ever get a better Secret Santa gig than to give somebody a kidney?'" she told the CBC's Reg Sherren

Organ donation is an idea most Canadians support. But according to the Canadian Transplant Society, fewer than 20 per cent make actual plans to give an organ after death, much less a live donation similar to what Vanneste did.

Just don't call her special.

"I don't see any of that," she said. "I only know that I changed somebody's life." Continue reading


Young Organ Donor to Be Honored at Rose Bowl Parade



A gathering was held Monday at Driscoll Children's Hospital involving local parents who lost their 10-year old boy to a brain aneurism last year and a 17-year old girl who received his kidney in a transplant operation.

The parents of the 10-year old got work Monday that their little boy will be included in the upcoming Rose Parade on New Years Day.

Karen Barrera and her mom met the parents of 10-year old Nathan Guerrero at the hospital, where they also got to see a floragraph with nathan's picture on it. Continue reading

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Teenage organ donor Lizzie Ford’s amazing legacy – saving five lives

East Angilcan Daily Times | Edmund Crosthwaite

A teenage girl who died after suffering from severe asthma has left an extraordinary legacy - with her donated organs saving the lives of five people, including that of a boy her own age.

Elizabeth Ford, known as Lizzie, was a perfectly healthy teenager until she was 15. But then she developed asthma so severe that she was in and out of hospital, until the condition caused her death aged just 18 in October last year.

The keen baker and blogger, described by her proud father David as an ordinary teenage girl, left behind a grieving family – but also the extraordinary gift of life.

Just a week before her death Lizzie, from Saxmundham, had a conversation with mum Lorna about organ donation.

And while they were still coming to terms with her sudden death Mr and Mrs Ford made the brave decision to honour their daughter’s wishes and allow her organs to be used to save others.

That is exactly what Lizzie’s organs did – her heart, kidneys, spleen and liver went to desperately ill people and gave them a second chance at life, including a heart transplant to a boy. Continue reading


State official goes public in search of kidney

Burlington Free Press | April Burbank

Photo: Glenn Russell

“I’m not just waiting around,” Con Hogan says after announcing transplant need"

PLAINFIELD – Con Hogan has lived decades in Vermont's public eye, but something shifted this month when he opened up his private life for a life-changing request.

Hogan needs a kidney transplant, and he's asking for help.

Hogan, 74, is a familiar face in Vermont government, having served as corrections commissioner in the late 1970s and secretary of human services for eight years under Gov. Howard Dean. He ran for governor as an independent candidate in 2002.

Today he serves on the Green Mountain Care Board, where he oversees Vermont's health care system. He has been experiencing serious symptoms from Type 2 diabetes for nearly his whole tenure on the board.

“If somebody asked me what was going on, I’d tell them,” Hogan said at his home last week as a dialysis machine hummed in the corner of his living room. “But it was more of a private thing with me.”