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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lung and kidney recipient to speak

Globe Gazette


MASON CITY | Steve Ferkau, a double-lung and kidney recipient from Chicago, will speak in honor of National Donate Life Month on Thursday, April 24, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

Ferkau, 53, who received organ transplants from two North Iowa women, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Campus Auditorium.

Born with cystic fibrosis, an inherited and chronic disease that affects many organ systems but particularly the lungs, Ferkau had little hope of surviving beyond age 40 without a lung transplant.

In 1997, when he was placed on the United Network of Organ Sharing, his lung capacity was 10 percent and he required oxygen 24 hours a day.
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Santa Clarita Family Honoring Son Who Died In 2012 At Donate Life Run

KHTS AM 1220 | Melissa Lampert


A 17-year-old motocross rider who died after a motocross crash in 2012 is being honored by friends and family at the annual Donate Life Run/Walk on April 26, family members said Monday.

The Santa Clarita family plans to participate in the run for the second time in honor of their son, Cory Tarrant, and will be walking with approximately 50 friends and supporters this year with room for more to participate, Cory’s mother, Kathy, said.

“Our family works hard every day to honor our son and brother, Cory, whom we lost six days after a tragic motocross accident,” Kathy Tarrant said. “We will have a strong team of friends walking with us in honor of Cory... and of course everyone is welcome to participate.”

The Donate Life Run is a non-competitive 5K or 1K run or walk designed to educate and inspire the community about organ and tissue donation.
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Save A Life: Become an Organ Donor Today

Unity Point Health


Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donations. Although there have been many advances in medical technology the past few decades, the demand for organ donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors.

This month, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines celebrates National Donate Life Month. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants. According to Donate Life America, there are currently more than 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. Unfortunately, many may never find a suitable donor organ and have a second chance at life. Learn how you can help today.

What is Organ Donation?
Organ donation is the process of giving an organ, or a part of an organ, for the purpose of transplantation into another person. Anyone, regardless of your age or medical history, can indicate his or her intent to donate (persons under 18 years of age must have a guardian’s consent). Medical suitability for donation is determined at the time of death.
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Woman donates kidney to co-worker's brother

Telegram-Gazette | Elaine Thompson


Nicole L. Berry and Carly Wilson. Ms. Berry donated a kidney to Ms. Wilson's brother, Joel Wilson.(Submitted Photo)

It had been hanging over her head since she learned 25 years ago that she was pregnant with her son.

Kim L. Wilson of Brookfield and many of her relatives have Alport syndrome, a genetic condition that causes end-stage kidney failure, as well as hearing loss and eye abnormalities.

Mrs. Wilson said the condition affects men worse than women, who are mostly carriers. She has had uncles and cousins die from Alport syndrome. Others have had one, two and even three kidney transplants. Two of her children, Joel and Carly, have the condition. But her oldest daughter, Rebecca Cardenales of Palmer, does not.

After Joel's birth, the family planned that if he or Carly eventually needed a transplant, Mrs. Cardenales would donate one of hers. So far, Carly has been fine, but last year, after a lifetime of regular doctor checkups, it was determined that Joel, then 23, was in the end stage of renal failure and needed a kidney transplant.
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Give the gift of life': Testimonies are delivered during Organ Donor Awareness Month reception

Jackson Sun | David Thomas


Sandra Kee, left, donated her late son's organs. Kenneth Bolton, right, received a liver and kidney from a 31-year-old woman. / DAVID THOMAS/The Jackson Sun

TRENTON — Seventeen years later, Shirley Mathews of Fruitland continues to mourn the loss of her son Peter Kwasigroh.

But he left the gift of sight for an individual in need of an eye transplant — the cornea, or the clear front part of the eye.

“I hope they can see the world through Pete’s eyes,” Mathews said. “He was too young, but he was caring. You don’t always think of donations, but he was a blessing ... still is.”

Mathews was one of seven individuals who delivered powerful testimonies when a reception for Organ Donor Awareness Month was held at the Gibson County Courthouse in Trenton on Monday.

Becky Ellis of Trenton spoke on behalf of her father, Kenneth Bolton, who was the recipient of a liver and kidney transplant on May 10, 2010.
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Transplant Games inspire life after organ replacement

KGW | Art Edwards


Portland, OR--Two local women are getting ready to take part in the Transplant Games.

Athletic events for anyone who has received a life saving transplant or is a living organ donor.

Nicole Andergard loves to run.

She looks like any other runner you'd see along the waterfront, but there is something different.

She donated a kidney to her best friend who suffers from lupus.

"We've always thought we were sisters now we share organs." Andergard said.
Both she and her best friend are doing great.

Andergard says becoming a living organ donor was simply the right thing to do.

"It changes everything," Andergard said. "Changes life for some many people."
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Astellas Named National Presenting Sponsor of the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk

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The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today, during National Donate Life Month , that Astellas Pharma US, Inc. was named the first-ever National Presenting Sponsor for the Kidney Walk. Through this partnership, Astellas will support more than 85 Kidney Walk events being held in major cities across the country.

"Our partnership with NKF exemplifies what Astellas and these walks are all about – enabling patients to be their own advocates and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle pre- and post-transplantation," said Jim Robinson, President, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. "We are proud to work with NKF to raise awareness about the transplant journey and provide patients with a supportive community."

The Kidney Walk is the country's largest walk to fight kidney disease. The nationwide series of community events call attention to kidney disease, risk factors and the need for organ donation. More than 100,000 walkers, 6,000 teams and 300,000 donors raise more than $8 million dollars annually to support the NKF's awareness, prevention and treatment programs.
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Real-life Stories of Ultimate Sacrifice Grace Donate Life Month Event

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Colorful and emotional stories of people who have given of themselves so that others might live were told April 14 during an annual Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point observance of National Donate Life Month.

The program took place in the hospital’s Corpus Christi Chapel, starting with a procession of flowers and remarks from hospital and other officials, including hospital president David Ruskowski, Lake County Coroner Merrilee D. Frey and representatives of organ donor agencies, including the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank and Life Line Stem Cell Services. The hospital partners with those agencies to facilitate organ, eye, tissue and stem cell donations.
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Morgan McCalvin: Living to donate life

The Morehead News | Shayla Menville



Morgan McCalvin works the KODA booth where about 80 students and staff at Morehead State University signed up to be organ donors. Tye Gilliland, a senior, signed up on Friday.



Doctors have said she won’t live past 30. She now is 27.

For this reason and others, Morgan McCalvin travels across the state to share the importance of organ donation.

“You don't know that I am sick by looking at me and that is how it is with so many people waiting on an organ they need to live,” said McCalvin.

She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 9 years old and today needs a new pancreas.

McCalvin was put on the candidate list in 2010 after her glucose levels reached a critical point. Her first transplant was in October 2010 but after a year of living healthy, her body rejected the organ.

“Even though my body rejected it, my first donor saved my life. He was 19 and was murdered,” said McCalvin. “You never forget the person who is a hero because they literally save your life or someone else.”
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Collins named to License to Give Trust Fund Commission

The Times News


Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Mary Jo Collins of Alamance County to the License to Give Trust Fund Commission.

Collins is the mother of Duffy Collins and founder of the Duffy Collins Organ Transplant Foundation.

Duffy Collins lived in Burlington and graduated from Walter Williams High School in 1995. He was in nursing school before contracting an autoimmune disease that destroyed his kidneys. He died in 2005.
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'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in Paris

France 24


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Suffering from a rare illness, a five-year-old German girl underwent a seven-organ transplant at a Parisian hospital in 2010. One of the surgeons, Professor Christophe Chardot, spoke to FRANCE 24 about the exceptional medical feat.

Today, Erika is a nine-year-old like any other. But it wasn’t always the case.

Erika [whose last name has been omitted at her family’s request] is considered a medical miracle, having survived a high-risk, last-resort operation in which she underwent seven organ transplants in a Parisian hospital.

Suffering from Hirschsprung’s disease, a severe digestive and gastrointestinal disorder, the young German girl had the surgery in 2010 at the Hopital Necker - Enfants Malades, a pediatric teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Paris Descartes.

Seven of Erika’s organs were removed and replaced over the course of the operation, which took nearly twelve hours: the stomach, pancreas, small intestine, right colon, liver and both kidneys. The patient was five at the time.
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CPMC Liver, Kidney Transplant Programs Earn Recognition from Transplant Registry

Sutter Health


CPMC transplant team's risk-adjusted survival rate is nation's best

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2014—Sutter Health affiliate California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) has been identified as the nation’s only hospital with both kidney and liver transplant programs that have higher-than-expected one- and three-year adult patient survivals that are statistically better-than-expected.
That is according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), which released the data in its 2014 Annual Data Report. The term “higher-than-expected” refers to adjustments for various patient risk factors that help registry experts measure outcomes equally to create the ranking.

“Our standing in the SRTR report is a tribute to the talent and hard work of our transplant team, as well as all the staff and physicians who care for our transplant patients,” said CPMC CEO Warren Browner, MD, MPH. “Since our first kidney transplant in 1969, patients have come to CPMC because they are confident that their care is the finest in the nation.”

CPMC conducts approximately 70 liver and 200 kidney transplants per year. At CPMC, 97.4 percent of liver patients survived one year after transplant, compared to the expected 89.3 percent. CPMC also saw 98.4 percent of kidney patients survive one year after transplant, compared to the expected 96.6 percent.
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A tiny heart: One baby’s death gives life to another

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Kim Whitworth at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Tuesday . Her baby Simon, has had his name added to the hospital's Wall of Life.

FORT WORTH — Simon Alexander Garcia lived only one brief hour. But somewhere a little girl’s heart is beating today because of him.

Kim Whitworth and her husband, Michael Garcia, were devastated to learn at their 20-week ultrasound last year that their first child’s lungs and bladder were developing abnormally. Though they knew he would not survive, the Fort Worth couple chose to continue the pregnancy. Simon was born just before midnight June 28 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, two weeks ahead of his expected due date.

“He had so much hair it was hard to believe,” said Whitworth, 21. “Everyone was amazed at how beautiful he was.”

Not long after Simon took his final breath, his parents were asked whether they would consider donating his heart valves to possibly help other children in need.

“My husband and I said ‘yes.’ We didn’t hesitate,” Whitworth said.
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www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.nettworth and her husband, Michael Garcia, were devastated to learn at their 20-week ultrasound last year that their first child’s lungs and bladder were developing abnormally. Though they knew he would not survive, the Fort Worth couple chose to continue the pregnancy. Simon was born just before midnight June 28 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, two weeks ahead of his expected due date.

“He had so much hair it was hard to believe,” said Whitworth, 21. “Everyone was amazed at how beautiful he was.”

Not long after Simon took his final breath, his parents were asked whether they would consider donating his heart valves to possibly help other children in need.

“My husband and I said ‘yes.’ We didn’t hesitate,” Whitworth said.

It wasn’t until last week that Whitworth and Garcia learned one of Simon’s heart valves went to a little girl at a Dallas hospital in February.

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Organ transplant recipient 'pays it forward'

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The Franz family are all smiles today because someone decided to be an organ donor. From left are Hailey, Shannon, Maddie, Kirk and Kali.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Four years ago, Kirk Franz, Johns Creek's recreation and parks manager, was 36 years old and had it all – a job he loved, a loving wife and three wonderful children.

Then in late 2009, the doctor gave Franz a virtual death sentence. He had cancer of the liver and the bile duct.

"A liver transplant saved my life," Franz said. "I was blessed that someone made that decision to be a donor."

Franz said he also owed a lot to the Emory University Transplant Center. Once he was diagnosed, he was put through a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that enabled him to contain his cancer to just the liver.

"That allowed me to be considered for a transplant, and I was able to get a liver in one week of showing no cancer had spread," Franz said. "Now, I want to pay it forward."
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A Generous Donor Give Bob Maggiore a New Heart-and a New Life

Kaiser Permanente

Golf had always been a favorite pastime for Bob Maggiore. And it was following a casual round on the links with friends when – without any warning – his life changed forever.

“Right after I finished, I was in the locker room cleaning up and suddenly had cold sweats, nausea…I knew something was wrong.”

He had the presence of mind to ask someone to call 911, and then sat down, telling his friends he was going to faint. That was the last thing he remembered for three days.

When Bob woke up in the cardiac unit of Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, he learned that he had survived a massive heart attack.

“A widow-maker,” he called it. “I shouldn’t have lived.”

Bob’s heart attack was the beginning of a five-year battle with failing health that would have taken him from his wife, children, and grandchildren, had it not been for an organ donor, whose heart now beats in Bob’s chest.

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Paint It Forward With ‘Taylor Blue’ And Support Organ Donation

CW 50 Detroit | By Carissa Hutchinson
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Did you know that April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month? You can help raise awareness by painting your nails with Taylor Blue.

The Paint if Forward campaign was created by ‘Taylor’s Gift,’ a non-profit organization that helps make organ donation an easier topic to talk about. It was founded in 2010 by Todd and Tara Storch after they lost their 13-year-old daughter, Taylor, in a skiing accident and realized there needed to be more awareness about this topic.

“Taylor had the most beautiful eyes in a gorgeous blue and always got compliments on them, even as a baby. Only a week before the accident, she said to me, ‘Mom, I love the color of my eyes. That’s the color I want for my bridesmaids dresses someday.’ From that point on, that color was precious to us, and there was no question the color of the nail polish would be ‘Taylor Blue.’”

Together with OPI (Odontorium Products Inc), ‘Taylor Blue’ was introduced last year and it got a lot of attention. Even men were painting their thumbs to show support. This included Jeff Probst, host of the CBS reality show Survivor. When Todd and Tara appeared on The Jeff Probst Show he painted his thumb nail to show his support and registered as an organ donor. More recently, Probst has become a spokesperson for Taylor’s Gift.
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Tennessee Lags in Organ Donor Registration

The Memphis Daily News | Don Wade
Photo: Kim Van Frank

Attitudes about the donation of organs for transplantation are very supportive, a recent national study found, but the percentage of people who have granted permission on their driver’s license lags behind, and this is especially true in Tennessee.

The 2012 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Behavior found that 94.4 percent of U.S. adults supported or strongly supported donation in 2012. And nationally, there was an increase in the percentage of people who had granted permission on their driver’s license – jumping from 51.3 percent in 2005 to 60.1 percent in 2012.

But in Tennessee, the percentage who have granted permission on their driver’s license is still around 33 percent, said Kim Van Frank, executive director of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF).

“Our goal is 50 percent,” she said.

April marks the 11th annual National Donate Life Month, which commemorates those who have given the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. The aforementioned national study of more than 3,200 U.S. adults was conducted for the Health Resources and Services Administration through Gallup Inc.

Currently, there are 112 million registered donors in the United States. Yet more than 122,000 people are awaiting transplants.
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Number of registered organ donors in Minnesota continues rise

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Nearly 25,000 Minnesotans have added the word “donor” to their driver’s license or ID card since a statewide organ donation campaign launched last October, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.


The Department of Public Safety announced Monday that the campaign has pushed the total number of organ donors to 2.62 million Minnesotans. More than 63 percent of Minnesotans are registered organ, eye and tissue donors, compared to 48 percent nationally.

“Minnesotans are generous and are eager to support important work, so it’s no wonder that more than half of our friends and neighbors are organ donors,” Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman said in the press release.
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New Jersey's Willingness to Give Leads to 14 Percent Growth in Number of Donated Organs in 2013

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“National Healthcare Decisions Day is the perfect time to sit with family and begin the conversation,”

Today marks National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative to provide clear information on healthcare decision-making to the public and health care providers.

NJ Sharing Network utilizes the day to help demystify healthcare decision-making. Advance healthcare decision-making involves much more than discussing living wills; the process should also focus on the life-saving importance of organ and tissue donation.

NJ Sharing Network works tirelessly to spread the important message of the need for organ and tissue donors year-round. And it has had an effect in New Jersey, as NJ Sharing Network was able to coordinate the recovery and placement of 433 donated organs last year, up from 378 organs in 2012.

This 14 percent growth marked one of the most active years for organ recovery for NJ Sharing Network, which is consistently doing its part to reduce the numbers on New Jersey’s waiting list. In New Jersey, nearly 5,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ. Compared with the other 57 OPOs in the U.S., NJ Sharing Network nearly quadrupled its number of transplantable organs in 2013, with the average increase nationwide of only 3.5 percent. The increase resulted in 55 more lives saved last year compared to 2012.

“There is a common misconception that there are plenty of organs available for those who may require them,” said Joseph Roth, president & CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “But the fact is only one-tenth of 1 percent of available organs are deemed medically suitable for transplant. And that is why it is so critically important for more New Jerseyans to take that generous step to register as organ and tissue donors.”

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Donate Life’ month raises awareness of organ donation

Tullahoma News | Kelly Lapczynski
The Harton Regional Medical Center staff and Denise Fugatt of Tennessee Donor Services (flag right) prepare to raise the Donate Life Flag Thursday morning in celebration of tissue and organ donor month.
— Staff Photo by Kelly Lapczynski

Harton Regional Medical Center (HRMC) raised the “Donate Life” flag in collaboration with Donate Life Tennessee and Tennessee Donor Services Thursday in honor of National Donate Life Month.

“One in three of us will have a connection to donors by knowing someone who needs or receives a transplant,” said Tennessee Donor Services public relations coordinator Dawn Benjamin.

The Donate Life flags across America program honors the generosity of organ and tissue donors and honors the recipients of those donations.

In 2013, 421 Tennesseans made organ and tissue donations, saving 796 lives; but the need far exceeds the number of donors, according to organizers.
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Threads of Life quilts honor organ donors and recipients; April is National Donate Life Month

The Oregonian
From left, Cheryl Ferris, Alberta Damm, Ann Torgerson and Jan Zyp admire their work on this year’s “Threads of Life” quilt in Torgerson’s Hillsboro home. The quilt is 81 inches by 81 inches and features 64 distinct squares representing the stories of organ, eye and tissue donors and recipients. (Dillon Pilorget/Special to the Hillsboro Argus)

Jan Zyp and Ann Torgerson were at a Portland Trailblazers game when Torgerson first heard the news. Zyp’s husband needed a new kidney.

Initially, Zyp hoped that she would be an eligible donor; but she soon learned that was not the case. Feeling for her friend, Torgerson said quite casually that she would be the donor, never really expecting that it would come to that.

“It was a relief for me because my husband was getting progressively worse. It was overwhelming,” Zyp said with tears in her eyes.

One year later, after a successful donation and transplant, Torgerson and Zyp saw a quilt on display from Donate Life Northwest while at a Legacy Good Samaritan hospitalbarbecue. The Threads of Life quilt was composed of squares giving personal testimony of organ donors, recipients, and their respective family members.

Jan, who had never quilted before, said to Ann, “How hard is this? Can we do it?” Ann, having done some quilting, said it was possible, and the two decided to work with Donate Life Northwest and adopt the quilt project.
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Lt. Gov. Guadagno asked about possible change to rules for organ donation

North Jersey | BY MICHAEL PHILLIS, STATE HOUSE BUREAU
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

At Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s Tuesday tour of the NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit that coordinates organ and tissue donation, she was asked about removing the parental consent requirement for individuals who want to be organ donors but are under the age of 18.

Guadagno did not take a position but emphasized her support for the organization’s work. She said she wanted to raise awareness so more people would place themselves on the donation registry. She appeared at the nonprofit’s headquarters where she toured the facility and thanked employees for the vital work they did. April is national donate life month.

In other states, “they can sign up when they first come to motor vehicles at 16,” said Raymond Martinez, chair and chief administrator of the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission. “They are ready to sign up.”
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Groups spread word of organ donation

Merrillville Times | Vanessa Renderman
Mike Henderson and Alice Jenkins hold up the Donate Life flag Tuesday at the end of a flag-raising ceremony at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville. Several groups at the ceremony are working to promote organ donation.Danny Shelton, The Times

MERRILLVILLE | Javier Nunez was a big man with a big heart.

He was thoughtful and generous, even helping fund his sister's college education without wanting recognition.

A cirrhosis diagnosis at 37 put him on an organ donor waiting list. On his 39th birthday, he lay in a bed in an intensive care unit, where doctors told him a liver was ready.

But, four days later, he died of a brain hemorrhage. His corneas were transplanted. His bone tissue was used in 46 procedures.

Although he could not be saved, his donation helped the quality of life for those strangers. Knowing that has helped his family grieve.

"It still gives us comfort," said his sister, Angie Merryman, of Portage. "We want to spread the word of organ donation."
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Donate Life Northwest is redefining "HERO"

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We're redefining "HERO." Are you a hero? You can be. Register at https://www.donatelifenw.org/register-now
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UI Hospitals and Clinics to celebrate transplant success

Iowa Now | The University of Iowa

Comments from a NASCAR driver and a special meeting between a heart transplant recipient and the family of her donor will highlight the annual Donate Life celebration in the Clasen Board Room at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. The event is free and open to the public.

Joey Gase of Cedar Rapids, an advocate of organ and tissue donation and a competitor on the NASCAR circuit, will speak at the event. Following the unexpected death of his mother when he was in his teens, Gase made the life-changing decision to help others in need by donating her organs and tissue.

In addition, a woman who received a heart transplant will meet the family of her donor for the first time during the event.
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www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org 
Outside California: 
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Palmetto man grateful to heart donor

Bradenton Herald | Mark Young
Dana Grey, left, hugs Andrew Spehr after they helped raise the "Donate Life" flag Friday morning at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton in honor of National Donor Awareness Month. Spehr, a heart transplant recipient, and Grey, the donor's mother, spoke about the importance of becoming an organ donor.PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

BRADENTON -- Early this year, 7-year-old Hannah was able to feel her mother's heart beat for the first time.

Her mother's heart was beating, however, inside 33-year-old Andrew Spehr of Palmetto.

As part of April's National Donor Awareness Month, a Donate Life flag-raising ceremony, the first of its kind in Florida, took place Friday at Blake Medical Center where Spehr and the donor's mother, Dana Grey of Fort Myers, spoke to a crowd of elected officials, citizens and medical professionals on becoming an organ donor.
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In California: 
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org 
Outside California: 
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Local foundation urges organ and tissue donors

10News ABC 10 | Melissa Mecija
SAN DIEGO - Hundreds gathered at Seaport Village on Saturday all for one mission: to urge people to become organ and tissue donors.

It was all a part of "Fan for Life Fest" and The John Brockington Foundation. Part of this year's focus was helping wounded warriors through tissue donation.

Cpl. Darryl Charles knows how important that donation could be. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. It was on that second deployment when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, a moment that changed his life.

"From there, it was recovery and that's the thing that's most important to me the most," he said.

Charles lost his right leg. He received a skin graft as part of his treatment, but knows many of his fellow soldiers have it much worse.
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In California: 
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org 
Outside California: 
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Increase in Minn. Organ Donors, But More Organs Needed

KSTP | Megan Stewart
In the past five months, nearly 25,000 Minnesotans have added the word "donor" to their driver's license or ID cards, state officials said.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the influx of donors is due to a statewide campaign that was launched last October.

The push increased the total number of donors to 2.62 million Minnesotans, said DPS spokesnan Douglas Neville. About two-thirds of state residents are registered, compared to 50 percent of people nationally.

However, there are also more Minnesotans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant than the national average. Neville said more than 3,100 people statewide need vital organs.
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To register as a donor TODAY
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www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org 
Outside California: 
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Locals tell amazing donor stories

Dublin People 
Patrick Grimes (centre) from Clonsilla, Dublin 15 who received a heart transplant last year is pictured with voluntary ambassador for Organ Donor Awareness, Mary Kennedy, and Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly.

SOME amazing stories of Northsiders who donated and received life-saving organs were told during Organ Donor Awareness Week earlier this month.

A record number of 294 organ transplants were carried out in 2013, despite there being the same number of donors last year as there was back in 2003.

There were 86 deceased organ donors in both 2013 and 2003 but thanks to medical advancement in Ireland, 69 more organs were transplanted last year than there were a decade before.

Successful recipients included Patrick Grimes (60) from Clonsilla, Dublin 15 who received a heart transplant in July 2013. He was one of 11 people to undergo heart transplants at the Mater Hospital in 2013.

Diagnosed with a heart murmur in 1965 his health started to deteriorate in 1980 and one of his heart valves was replaced. In 1997 Patrick had a cardiac arrest and was in a coma for five days.
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"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
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In California: 
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org 
Outside California: 
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Partner’s Death Prompts Man’s Crusade For Change In Federal Organ Donation Policy

CBS Pittsburgh | Christine D'Antonio
(Photo Credit: KDKA)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local man is fighting for change after he was told he couldn’t donate his late partner’s tissue, as he wanted.

Dan Burda had been with his partner, Rohn, for eight years. Earlier this month, Rohn collapsed and died in his arms.

Burda asked us to honor Rohn’s family’s request, and not specifically identify him. But Burda does want us to tell the story about how he’s fighting for his late partner’s honor.

Rohn designated himself as an organ donor, but Burda found out Rohn wouldn’t be able to give his gift, in part, because he was gay.

“I feel very targeted and directed with this role,” said Burda. “I feel that my corneas and skin and tissue are no different than any others, and they would test everybody regardless, so why I’m any different or why Rohn was any different is unacceptable.”
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"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org 
Outside California: 
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net