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Friday, November 21, 2014

Southern Regional Medical Center donates rose to promote organ donation

Clayton News Daily | Cailin O'Brien


JONESBORO — Southern Regional Medical Center made sure a small part of Clayton County would go into the 2015 Rose Parade.

President and CEO Kim Ryan signed a glass vial Wednesday that will hold a rose used to decorate the Donate Life America organ donation float in the 2015 Rose Parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., according to a press release.

A team of caregivers from SRMC’s ICU and ER joined Ryan. Continue reading
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Comedian Alonzo Bodden in Connecticut tonight for gala

WTNH | Kent Pierce
PROSPECT, Conn. (WTNH) – Alonzo Bodden is in Connecticut to tell jokes about what is usually a very serious topic – organ donation. When you look at him, it seems like he has it all. He’s a successful comedian who also appears in TV shows and movies.

“Mainly standup, but yeah I was in the Girl Next Door and Bringing Down the House movie-wise,” Bodden said. “I’ve done some TV shows, obviously the biggest being Last Comic Standing”.

For the past year and a half, however, there’s been something missing from Alonzo: a kidney. His brother had a degenerative kidney disease.

“My brother needs a kidney. You don’t sit around debating,” remembered Bodden. “They explained that if you’re healthy, if your kidney function is 100%, when they remove on kidney, the other one just takes over.”

In March of last year, they checked into Yale New Haven Hospital and Alonzo donated his left kidney.

“I was only in the hospital for 3 days and I was on stage a week later,” he explained. “It wasn’t that difficult.” Continue reading
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Utah liver disease victim moves to Indy for shot at life

WISH TV | Brooke Martin

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Nearly two months ago, a young couple from Utah picked up everything they had and took a plane to Indianapolis.

They’ve been living here in a hotel with no car.

To anyone who doesn’t know their story, it would seem crazy, but what you wouldn’t know is they’re doing all this for a shot at life – a knock out, drag out brawl they’re determined to win.

“Sometimes I forget how far I’ve gone and how sick I am until I pause and think about what I was doing a year ago or two years ago,” said Forrest Purser.

These days, 28-year-old Forrest Purser sleeps more than he’s awake. Fatigue and pain rack his body. His legs are swollen from Edema. Continue reading
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8 Black Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Organ Transplants

Atlantic Blackstar | Christina Montford


Tracy Morgan
In 1996, comedian Tracy Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes. In 2011, he received a kidney transplant from his ex-girlfriend Tanisha Hall, saving him from having to undergo dialysis. Some sources have claimed that Hall wanted to get back together with Morgan, which, they say, may have been some of the thinking behind her decision. According to his brother and mother, Morgan didn’t tell anyone in his family about the surgery. Continue reading
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At Thanksgiving, Consider Giving the Gift of Life

Lehigh Valley Health News | Ted Williams


More than 120,000 people nationwide are awaiting organ transplants. U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration officials say for every organ donor, the lives of as many as 50 people could be saved or improved. But in reality there aren’t enough organs to fill the national need, and as many as 18 transplant candidates die every day waiting.

With the Thanksgiving season upon us and the year-end holidays in the offing, it’s time to reflect on family, friends and the things that matter most in life. ‘Tis the season for giving back. What better time to register as an organ donor and promise someone the gift of life? Continue reading
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For Auburn organ donor who died tragically, a ‘floragraph’ and a place in the Rose Parade

The News Tribune | Larry LaRue


Autumn McCloud sings a song in the Muckleshoot language in memory of Rachel Givens during a memorial at the Muckleshoot Tribal School on Nov. 19. Givens was an athlete, mentor, daughter, tribal member. She helped five people through organ donation after her death on Nov. 3. LUI KIT WONG — Staff photographer

Rachel Givens was killed by a hit-and-run driver last year while walking across a dark highway in Sumner. Her decision years earlier to be an organ donor helped give life and health to others.

“Our family considers her a hero,” said her mother, Laura Givens.

On New Year’s Day, the world may share that view. The likeness of Rachel’s face will be one of 72 adorning a float honoring organ donors during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

This week, Laura Givens and her family got to see that likeness – called a “floragraph” – when the Donate Life folks brought it to the Muckleshoot Tribal School, where Laura taught and coached. Continue reading
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Member of FOX 13 family shares painful event that gives others the Gift of Hope

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This week our story on organ donation involves one of our own FOX 13 family members.

You’ve seen him covering sports here on FOX 13 for the past eight years, sports director Jeff Rhineer.

He lost his youngest brother almost three years ago.

Jeff sat down with FOX 13 News anchor Hope Woodside to share his story.

He comes from a large family of six brothers and a sister.

They all suffered a great loss when the youngest brother, CJ, was hit by a car at the age of 28.

“It’s the phone call you never want to hear,” Jeff said. “My brother called me in the middle of the morning and said, ‘Hey, CJ’s been in an accident and it doesn’t look good.’”

CJ and his wife Keri had been married a little over a year and living in California when the accident happened. Jeff and his mother flew to CJ’s hospital bedside. VIDEO, continue reading

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Obituary: Gary Foxen raised awareness of organ donation

The Orange County Register | Alma Fausto
Gary Foxen of Orange, works on a floragraph of Andrea Rae Dominguez that will be placed on the Donate Life float at the Phoenix Decorating Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena Saturday. Gary Foxen, is a lung recipient from Orange, and it was his idea and his vision in 2001 for Donate Life to have a float in the Rose Parade. Photo: Michael Goulding

Gary Foxen, the man who brought the Donate Life organ donation float to the Rose Parade, has died.

Foxen, of Orange, died peacefully at his home Nov. 13 after a monthlong battle with gastrointestinal cancer, his wife, Lois, said. He was 79.

After receiving a lung transplant in 1999, Foxen wanted to show his appreciation but didn’t know how.

“I really couldn’t describe how grateful I was to be able to breathe again,” he said in an interview with the Register last year.

In 2001, he wrote a letter to OneLegacy, the federally designated Southern California organ-donation network that’s part of Donate Life, and proposed a float to honor organ and tissue donation.

When Foxen wrote the letter, California didn’t have a registry for organ donation. Donate Life made its debut with a float in the 2004 Rose Parade. Two years later, Donate Life partnered with the Department of Motor Vehicles to include organ donation registration on official driving forms, and registration numbers skyrocketed. Continue reading
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Omaha transplant patient gets surprise from Grey's Anatomy stars

KETV | Brandi Peterson
OMAHA, Neb. —There’s a special bond between the cast and crew of Grey’s Anatomy and a transplant patient at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Doctor appointments are nothing new for Aspen Wiederholt from Alta, Iowa. But the subtle sound, beating loud and clear from the machines at the Nebraska Medical Center is; it’s the sound of Aspen’s new, healthy heart.

“I’ve had 13 surgeries,” explains Aspen, who just turned 20. She was born with a congenital heart defect. Around this time last year, doctors told Aspen they’d exhausted every option they could to help her heart to function on its own.

“Initially, I was in and out of the hospital five or six times from November to December,” Aspen told KETV photojournalist Molly Miles. “They finally did another cath and said, yeah, it’s time to be put on the transplant list.” VIDEO,Continue reading

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can save up to 8 lives!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Olmsted Medical Center receives Gold Award

KIMT  3 | Adam Sallit

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Olmsted Medical Center is receiving the Gold Award, which is the highest level of acheivement in efforts to promote enrollment in organ donation registries.

The center is one of 400 hospitals nationwide receiving the distinction.

OMC’s Donate Life Team is extremely active across southeast Minnesota in educating people on the importance of becoming an organ, tissue and or eye donor.

“We really believe that if people knew more about it and knew the good that could come from it, that more people would say yes to donation,” says Rich Villella, a Hospital Liaison with Life Source.

A donor has the potential to save 60-70 people. For more information about joining a donor registry, you can contact OMC’s social services department at 507-529-6744 or visit http://www.organdonor.gov. Continue reading

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The life-saving gift of organ donation

13 WTHR Indianapolis | Scott Swan
Nelson Alcala

INDIANAPOLIS - It is estimated 120,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ donation.

Go inside a certain hospital room at IU Health University Hospital and you will find a 23-year-old Dallas, Texas man waiting for life-saving surgery. Nelson Alcala needs a stomach, pancreas, intestines and a liver.

"I already got it once and went through a rejection. Now, I'm getting it again," said Alcala.

The people visiting the patient and handing roses to his wife know the importance of organ donation. Mark and Kathy Mikel's 16-year-old daughter Kelsey was killed in a car crash in 2004. Her family honored their daughter's decision to become an organ donor.

"Knowing that Kelsey had signed her driver's license, made it easier for us to honor that decision and follow through with that," said Kelsey's father Mark Mikel. "Her organ donation saved four lives and enhanced numerous others with the tissue donation that she gave."

Lisa and Adrian Babcock's daughter Audrey received Kelsey's kidney in 2004.

"She has had the kidney for ten years now and is healthy and strong and still growing. She's even surpassed the height that they expected for her,” said Lisa Babcock. Audrey, now 12, is developmentally delayed because she went 20 minutes without oxygen at birth. Continue reading
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Woman gives back after life-saving transplant

Santa Cruz Valley Sun News | Regina Ford

Jazmyn Creason is a fighter.

As she battles a rare liver disease that has taken her in and out of hospitals for five years, she copes by thinking positively, volunteering and helping others who are ill – many with life-threatening conditions.

Although she’s dealing with her own medical issues, including a liver transplant in 2011, Jazmyn has thrown herself into volunteerism to let others know there is hope.

Creason was a Sahuarita High school student in 2009 when, after months of tests, she was diagnosed with Caroli’s disease, a rare inherited disorder that affects the liver’s bile ducts. It is also associated with liver failure and polycystic kidney disease, a condition causing fluid-filled cysts to form in the kidneys.

“The doctors said she was born with this, but it actually didn’t show up until she was 16 and started having this excruciating pain in her side which we thought might be her appendix,” her mother, Lysa, said. “For the first three months after this episode, she was in extreme pain, often had fevers over 100 degrees, would sleep 20 hours at a time and the doctors couldn’t tell us why.” Continue reading
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DONATE LIFE’S 2015 ROSE PARADE® FLOAT will honor TWO Acadiana Heroes

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LAFAYETTE, LA – Ryan Viator's Legacy Foundation is proud to announce Justin Harrison and Laci Taquino, Lafayette natives and heroes of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), will be honored on the Donate Life float, “The Never Ending Story”, in the 2015 Rose Parade on New Year's Day. Justin and Laci gave the ultimate gift – the gift of life – through organ donation. Their families will view their floragraphs for the first time at 10:00 am on November 20, 2014 in the Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) lobby. Volunteers from Donate Life California decorated Justin and Laci's floragraphs almost to completion. Their families, along with Justin's heart recipient, will complete the portraits with organic materials. We invite you to join us as we celebrate Justin and Laci's selfless gifts of life with their families.

Justin and Laci, along with 70 other honorees who, in death, gave life to others through donation, will be showcased for 47 million viewers through floragraph portraits. Their portraits, each made entirely of organic floral materials, will be featured on the float “The Never-Ending Story” of hope, giving, and life which is the theme of the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade® float. Atop the float, the floragraphs will grace 72 books that hold their inspirational stories, with an open book seeming to release 60 butterflies representing the number of lives transformed by a single deceased donor. Continue reading
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Organ donor’s family, recipients to celebrate gift of life during Rose Parade

FOX 59 | Tanae Howard

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 19, 2014)– From one family’s tragedy to another’s triumph. The Mikel and Babcock families were joined together by the kidney of a courageous 16-year-old girl who made the decision to donate her organs.

“If we could make any good come out of Kelsey’s death we were gonna do that and organ donation was the beginning of that,” said father, Mark Mikel.

Kelsey Mikel, 16, was in a terrible car wreck 10 years ago in Wakarusa, Indiana. Kelsey was declared brain dead the next day. That heartbreaking moment for her family was the beginning of hope for the Babcocks.

“Three days later we got the call it was a Sunday morning that they had a possible kidney match for Audrey,” said mom Lisa Babcock.

“And we see Audrey and the progress that she’s made as a recipient of Kelsey’s kidney and it just warms our hearts and its very satisfying to know that others lived and they’re lives are enhanced and their family’s lives are much better because of that gift,” said Mikel. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Carson Palmer's lasting connection

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Reconstructing Ligaments Using Donated Tissue
David Fleming talks about the increased use of donated tissue to help repair ligaments and discusses how being a recipient of an allograft has affected Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.


NEARLY EVERY MORNING for the past eight years, Dorothy Hyde has followed the same routine. Wake at 7. Put the coffee on. Grab the paper from in front of her home in suburban Houston. And then, while standing alone in the predawn stillness of her dark kitchen, turn the pages of the paper over, searching for a connection to her daughter Julie in, of all places, the sports section.

It wasn't always this way. The 85-year-old widow -- a quintessential Texas grammy, demure, stylish, fiercely independent and not to be trifled with -- used to start with the obits to check on friends and acquaintances. "It's just what you do at my age," she whispers. Then, for a little relief, she would jump straight to the comics. She never had much use for sports, and even now her level of understanding remains such that she sometimes says "pitch" when she means "pass."

But that was before the early-morning hours of March 17, 2004, before the drunken driver going 117 mph practically incinerated the Volvo driven by her daughter Julie De Rossi, 44, launching it into a nearby concrete barrier. Afterward the police had hoped to find clues in the skid marks left at the scene of the accident. But there weren't any. The guy never even touched his brakes. By the time her family arrived at the ICU, De Rossi was already on 
life support. There was no brain activity. And there never would be. "Never got to say goodbye," Hyde says. Continue reading

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Life of late 5-year-old Livingston girl to be commemorated in floragraph ceremony

NJ.com | Jessica Mazolla


Riley Kogen, who died last year from a congenital condition, will be honored at this January's New Year's Day Rose Parade. (Photo courtesy Ali Kogen)

LIVINGSTON — The friends and family members of a five-year-old township girl who died last year are set to remember her though a medium they say is reflective of her personality – flowers.

Riley Kogen died from a congenital condition on Dec. 19, 2013, two days after her fifth birthday. During her final days, her family members decided that she should be an organ donor.

“We felt that the gift of life was something special we could do to ensure that Riley’s memory lives on,” family members explain on the website of Riley’s Dance, a foundation they started in her name after her passing.

This Thursday, the NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit organ procurement and donation promotion organization, will celebrate her life, and the double kidney donations she made that saved the lives of two women.

At the ceremony, Kogen’s parents will be putting the finishing touches on a “floragraph” of their daughter. Continue reading
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Face transplant case at Cleveland Clinic underscores importance of organ donation

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As part of a 2004 campaign to promote organ donation, Lifebanc commissioned billboards like this one that were paced throughout Northeast Ohio. (C.H. Pete Copeland/The Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – When the Cleveland Clinic placed one of its patients – a car accident victim who needed a near-total face transplant – on the national transplant wait list a few months ago, it reached out to Lifebanc for help.

As it did when seeking a suitable donor for the near-total face transplant of Connie Culp in 2008, the Clinic provided the specific criteria that a potential donor needed to meet.

Lifebanc - Northeast Ohio's nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization - began the search, screening all potential donors to see if they might be appropriate. The donor had to be male. He had to be the same race, and have the same blood type as the middle-aged man who ended up at the Clinic following the accident that left him with severe facial trauma.

Only when a potential donor was found did Lifebanc officials approach the family – who had already consented to donating their relative's organs – for what Heather Mekesa, Lifebanc's chief hospital and clinical services officer, called a "special ask." Continue reading
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Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform second successful face transplant

MedCity News | Nicole Oran
Back when John Travolta and Nicholas Cage starred in the (what then seemed like legitimate fictional) film Face Off, no one would have believed a procedure like that was technically possible. Granted, that premise is still totally ridiculous, surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have actually completely recreated the face of a patient who was severely injured in a car accident.

According to a news release from Cleveland Clinic, a 24.5-hour surgery in late September involving nine surgeons and multiple specialists performed the hospital’s second face transplant on the middle-aged man. The surgery included transplantation of about two-thirds of the scalp, the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, upper cheeks, upper jaw, upper teeth, facial nerves, salivary glands, facial muscles, and skin, effectively replacing about 90 percent of the patient’s face. Continue reading
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Brave student needs second kidney transplant after eating deadl

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Lois Reid needs a second life-saving kidney transplant - after eating a contaminated cheese sandwich as a child.
LOIS Reid spends three days a week hooked up to a dialysis machine in hospital, waiting for the day a donor match is found.
STUDENT who almost died after eating a contaminated cheese sandwich as a toddler has been told she needs a second kidney transplant.

Lois Reid fell desperately ill when she was two years old. But a transplant at the age of six meant she could live a normal life.

This year, however, the 22-year-old suffered kidney failure again.

And now she has to play a waiting game again for another donor organ.

In the meantime, she spends three days a week hooked up to a dialysis machine in hospital.

But despite her illness and the exhaustion it causes, Lois managed to complete her final year of college. Continue reading
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Stanford Team Tests NGS of Circulating cfDNA to Diagnose Organ Transplantation Rejection and Infection

Genome Web | Monica Heger


NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers at Stanford University are exploring next-generation sequencing of circulating cell-free DNA as a means to noninvasively diagnose rejection and infection in organ transplant recipients.

The group has tested the whole-genome technique on heart, lung, and kidney transplant recipients and thinks that such a test could eventually compete with current gold standards for monitoring transplant rejection, which are invasive, expensive, and subjective.

In addition, the team has found that the same sequencing technique can identify the presence of pathogens to detect infection, and they are also studying immune repertoire sequencing to monitor immune system fitness.

Iwijn de Vlaminck, a postdoctoral student in Stephen Quake's laboratory at Stanford University, discussed the work in a presentation at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in San Diego last month and also in a subsequent interview with GenomeWeb. Continue reading
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Father Prevails, Halting the Donation of His Brain-Dead Daughter’s Organs

The New York Times | Stephanie Clifford


Thaiya’s father, Terrell Smith, leaving Family Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Credit Anthony Lanzilote for The New York Times

The fight over the fate of a 2-year-old Brooklyn girl’s organs ended on Tuesday, with the girl’s father prevailing in his wishes to keep her body intact.

Thaiya Spruill-Smith, the victim of an assault to which her stepfather has confessed, was declared brain-dead on Friday but had been kept on life support as her parents argued over whether her organs should be donated.

The argument spilled into Family Court in Brooklyn, and was to center on who had legal custody over Thaiya.

The custody issue, it turned out, was moot.

Because the girl’s father, Terrell Smith, is on Thaiya’s birth certificate and there is no dispute that he is her father, he and the girl’s mother each have an equal right to help determine what happens with her organs. Continue reading
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Meritus Partners With Living Legacy Foundation to Honor Organ Donors

Your 4 State | Carmen Chao


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Meritus Medical Center has shared a partnership with the Living Legacy Foundation for over three decades, honoring those who have been willing to donate an organ.

"In 2014, we've had the experience of four patients that were able to give organ donation which has helped nine people, so we're really proud of the work that we've been able to do in helping them," said Dr. Jesus Cepero, Chief Nursing Officer at Meritus.

Every year, the Donate Life Rose Parade takes place in Pasadena, Calif. The 2015 theme for the parade will be "The Neverending Story." Hospitals from around the nation, including Meritus Medical Center, signed a rose to have it placed on the float. VIDEO, continue reading
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Drug Deaths Providing More Organs For Trans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - More than 1,900 Ohioans died from illegal drugs in 2012.

But out of those deaths, there’s now a glimmer of hope in an unexpected place. The drug deaths are helping others live.

Last year, 263 Franklin County residents died of a drug overdose. Almost half of the deaths were from heroin. Of those deaths, only two became organ donors.

This year the number has increased with 23 donors.

Adam Burkhart is now 32 and the father of two little girls. 10TV met him fourteen years ago at OSU Medical Center when he was a teenager. He spent seven months tethered to medicine to keep his dying heart alive.

"The wait is hands down the hardest part of the entire ordeal," said Adam. Continue reading
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Coulee Region gets spot in Rose Parade in organ donor memorial float

LaCrosse Tribune | Mike Tighe


Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare has compiled a vial for upcoming Rose Bowl Parade when it will be placed on the Donate to Life float. The vial contains a photo organ recipient Betsy Klein, a lab technician at Mayo-Franciscan, and donor Robert Riley.

Theresa Riley remembers her husband, Robert, as a low-key type of guy, but she figures he would get a kick out of representing organ and tissue donors in the Rose Parade.

And so he will, after a fashion, with his picture being contained in a rose-carrying vial on Donate Life America’s float in the parade at 10:30 a.m. Central time Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.

Accompanying the photo of Riley, who died of a respiratory illness at the age of 65 in October 2012 will be a photo of Betsy Kline, a liver transplant recipient and her donor, Stephen Geist of Chippewa Falls; small rocks and granules from Grandad Bluff, and a prayer card to St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of charity.

“He was inconspicuous, but he would have liked this,” Theresa, of La Crescent, said Tuesday during an interview at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, where the items were put into the green, 4-inch vial. “He would be very happy with this.” Continue reading
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