DL Life Logo SEPTEMBER 11,2014 - - - - 123,175 AMERICANS ARE CANDIDATES ON THE UNOS TRANSPLANT WAIT LIST DL Life Logo 101,170 waiting for a kidney DL Life Logo 15,714 wait-listed for a liver DL Life Logo 1,181 waiting for a pancreasDL Life Logo 2,052 needing a Kidney-PancreasDL Life Logo 4,035 waiting for a life-saving heartDL Life Logo 1,629 waiting for a lungDL Life Logo 53 waiting for a heart-lungDL Life Logo 259 waiting for small bowelDL Life Logo One organ donor has the opportunity to save up to 8 lives DL Life Logo One tissue donor has the opportunity to save and -or enhance the lives of 50 or more individuals DL Life Logo You have the power to SAVE Lives by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor, so what are you waiting for? To learn how to register click HEREDL Life Logo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A little boy whose death shocked the world. 20th Anniversary of his death.

The Nicholas Effect 

In 1994, Italy had the lowest organ donation rates in Europe. That same year, seven year-old Nicholas Green from California was killed by highway robbers while vacationing in Italy with his family. 


His parents’ unselfish decision to donate his organs and corneas to seven Italians awaiting transplants shocked the Italian public. Widely reported across the globe, the world took the story to heart and the face of organ donation was changed forever. In the months and years following Nicholas’ death, organ donations tripled in Italy. It is not an exaggeration to say that thousands who might have died are alive today because one small boy changed the thinking of millions of people. 

Throughout September, dedications of parks, sculptures and gardens in memory of Nicholas are planned from Pisa to Sicily, adding to the nearly 100 parks, schools, streets, and playgrounds across Italy that already bear his name. From now until the 20th anniversary of Nicholas’s death (and his gifts of life) on October 1st, we invite you to follow us on social media, as we follow his father Reg Green on his tour back through Italy to commemorate #TheNicholasEffect.

Four of a Kind consists of excerpts from four of the foundation's videos, "The Nicholas Effect", "Never Forget, Never Forgotten", "How Do You Say Thank You?", and "A Child's Gift."
______________________________________________________ 
"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
Outside California: 

Mes nacional de la herencia hspana

Donate Life South Carolina
En agosto de 2005, Rubén Salinas y su esposa Marcela recibieron la terrible noticia; que él tenía cáncer en el hígado y vías biliares. Los médicos dijeron que la única opción de sobrevivir sería con un trasplante de hígado. #HHMSalud #DoneVida
______________________________________________________ 
"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
Outside California: 

NHS ORGAN DONATION CAMPAIGN: Did you Know........

NHS Organ Donation Campaign
Did you know: Bone, skin, tendons and heart valves and arteries can be stored for years before being used to save or transform a life.
______________________________________________________ 
"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
Outside California: 

Parents of ailing infant share donated funds to help other families in need

Today Show | Scott Stump 
Kevin Bond and fiance Samantha Stevens know what it's like to feel the isolation and exhausting highs and lows of having a child in need of an organ transplant, so now they want to help other families in need.
Courtesy of Hudson's Heart/Facebook
The parents of 2-month-old Hudson Bond, who is in need of a heart transplant, are paying it forward to help other families after exceeding their fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of others.


After a generous outpouring of support exceeded their fundraising goal to help with expenses related to a heart transplant for their 2-month-old son, Hudson, the couple are now donating any additional money raised to help other families in similar situations. They have estimated they will need $125,000 for Hudson's care, and have raised $138,000 thus far on their donation page on the Children's Organ Transplant Association website.

"I don't want anyone to ever feel like we did and to feel isolated,'' Bond told TODAY.com. "All the goodwill that we've received from around the world, I want to pay that forward."

Seven days after Hudson was born, he began struggling to breathe, and by that night he was attached to a heart-lung machine. There had been no indication when he was in the womb or first born that there was a problem.  Continue reading
______________________________________________________ 
"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
Outside California: 

In death, Chardon shooting victim saves lives

WKYC | Kim Wheeler
CHARDON, Ohio -- Northeast Ohioans will never forget the day of the Chardon High School shootings. For those parents who lost children that day, their lives are forever changed.

One of those parents, the mother of Demetrius Hewlin, wants you to know how her son saved lives that day.

"Demetrius was a phenomenal young man," says his mother, Phyllis Ferguson.

On February 27, 2012, Demetrius was one of three students shot at Chardon High School. All three died.

"I was at mass when they announced shooting at school, I stopped and prayed because I didn't know whose child it was..but it was mine," says Phyllis Ferguson. "You prepare them for life and I guess you prepare them for death too. He was an organ donor, he wanted others to live like he did."

Demetrius and his grandmother had a special bond, and when he was four he realized she needed a kidney. He decided to become an organ donor and kept that promise at 13, when he got a state ID. Continue reading  VIDEO
______________________________________________________ 
"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
Outside California: 

Bensalem teen honored for heroics after trying to save brother

Bucks County Courier Times | By ANTHONY DIMATTIA
Vincent Viola, 16, of Bensalem was honored Tuesday by state lawmakers in Harrisburg after performing CPR on his brother, Ryan, who died after being struck by a vehicle in 2012. Vincent's actions prevented Ryan's vital organs from being deprived of oxygen, which allowed the organs to be donated to five transplant recipients.

A Bensalem teen was honored Tuesday by state lawmakers for heroically trying to save his brother, who had been hit by a vehicle.

Vincent Viola, 16, was recognized in Harrisburg for performing CPR on his brother, Ryan Viola, who died after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Bensalem Boulevard and Portside Drive in 2012. Vincent’s actions prevented Ryan’s vital organs from being deprived of oxygen, which allowed the organs to be donated to five transplant recipients.

“Could you imagine giving CPR to your brother on the side of a road at 6:30 a.m. that kept him alive until the next day,” state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo said during a speech Tuesday in Harrisburg. “As tragic as that day was and as those days to follow were, five individuals were given a second chance at life.”
 Continue reading
______________________________________________________ 
"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
Outside California: 

Juniper's Heart

The Waiting List
For 194 days Juniper Schrantz of Denver, CO was on the waiting list  for a heart transplant. Today on Day 195, she will receive the gift of life. It has been a real privilege sharing her story with you these past few months. As of 12:06PM there are still 123,435 people on the organ transplant waiting list. Please repost and share with your family and friends, and together we will help #endthewaitinglist one story at a time. (Photo by @jonischrantz) 
______________________________________________________ 
"You have the power to SAVE lives." 
To register as a donor TODAY
In California: 
Outside California: 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What does my church say about organ donation?

Yes UTAH
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Organ redistricting proposal could affect Colorado liver patients

7News Denver | Jaclyn Allen


Plan would expand regions for more fair access
AURORA, Colo. - Some doctors are concerned a proposal to change the way donated organs are distributed could punish donor-rich regions such as the South and the Midwest, but doctors in Colorado are not certain what the impact would be here, yet.

The proposal by the United Network for Organ Sharing is an effort to make access to donated livers more fair.

Right now, in certain donor-rich regions of the country, such as Kansas, patients don't have to be as sick to get a liver offer, so people desperately needing an organ may move there to save their lives.

"The goal is to try to bring the livers to the patients rather than than the patients to the livers," said Dr. Scott Biggins, a transplant hepatologist with the University of Colorado Hospital.
Biggins said modeling shows that the change would save lives and save money, but critics argue it won't save lives -- it will simply change which lives are saved. VIDEO, continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Donor families to meet recipients

Yahoo News | Press Association


Press Association - The heart transplants were carried out at The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
Relatives of two organ donors are meeting the men in whose chests their loved ones' hearts beat on for a journey of a lifetime this week.

They are joining other donor families and recipients from around the world on a remarkable train ride through the Canadian Rockies to mark the incredible gift of life.

Freda Carter, whose story about how she met the man who received her late son's heart caught the world's imagination in July, is taking part.

The 66-year-old from Sunderland will be with Scott Rutherford, 19, who lives on thanks to her son John, who died aged 33 in 2008 from a brain tumour.

By chance, Mrs Carter heard Scott speak at a church service for organ donors and knew instantly that he was the recipient who was saved by her son. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Stories of Hope : Bobby's Story

Donate Life Ohio


In 2012, Bobby, a musician with the band Kid Runner, noticed a friend was losing weight. Within a couple of months, after numerous tests, doctors came to the conclusion that his friend had a virus that was attacking his liver, and he was in dire need of a liver transplant. He was admitted to The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University and immediately put on a transplant waiting list, spending the following weeks in and out of the ICU.

“Several times I was notified that a donor had been found, and my friend was being prepared for transplant surgery,” said Bobby. “After several non-viable candidates, they finally found a match, and my friend underwent a successful transplant operation.”

Bobby’s friend, at thirty years old, had less than two weeks to live after being admitted to the ICU, but the liver transplant saved his life. Continue and to read more Stories of Hope
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Brent dies instantly in a car accident before we could see him graduate from high school.

Donate Life Oklahoma


___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

David Matas: ‘Transplant Tourism from the Middle East’

The Epoch Times | David Matas


Human rights lawyer David Matas, coauthor of an investigation report on organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China, holds up a copy of the report during a hearing in Canada''s Parliament on May 29, 2007. (Epoch Times)
Remarks prepared for delivery to the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation, Istanbul, Turkey, 10 September, 2014
There needs to be more of an effort in the Middle East to combat transplant tourism from the Middle East. National professional associations should require compliance with international standards.

My focus is, in particular, transplant tourism from the Middle East into China. Why I have this focus will, in the course of this presentation, become apparent.

International Standards
These professional international standards worth noting:

• The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee Policy Statement ‑ Chinese Transplantation Program November 2006 and Mission Statement (TTS).

• The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism May 2008 (Istanbul)

• World Health Organization Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation, May 2008 (WHO)

• World Medical Association Statement on Organ and Tissue Donation October 2012 (WMA)

These standards provide: Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.r

‘No words are enough. You essentially gave dad his life back’

Irish Examiner | Eoin English


Amid her immense grief, Paula Murphy finds some small consolation knowing that the death of her beloved daughter resulted in the precious gift of life for five strangers.

When it became clear in the hours after the horrific road traffic accident on December 29, 2012, that 26-year-old Amanda O’Flaherty, would not survive her devastating head injuries, doctors at Cork University Hospital approached Paula to ask if she had considered organ donation.

“I didn’t hesitate for a second,” Paula said.

“I’m an organ donor myself and I thought if someone can benefit from Amanda’s organs, then I had to do it.”

Amanda’s lungs were too badly injured to be suitable for transplant, but medics were able to harvest her heart, her liver and her kidneys.

Within minutes, the organs were on their way to transplant centres in Ireland and England, where critically-ill transplant patients were waiting in hope. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Foreigners, desperate and able to pay for transplants, find hope in U.S.

Trib Live News | Luis Fabrigas


Justin Merriman | Trib Total MediaMika Nagao of Imizu, Japan holds her 18-month-old daughter, Sumika, at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sumika was one of the youngest patients to be transported from Japan on a ventricular assist device (VAD), which takes over the pumping action of the heart and offers lifesaving support, most often acting as a bridge to keep patients alive until donor hearts become available for transplantation. After the 16 hour flight from Japan to the United States, Sumika and her parents arrived at the Allegheny County Airport and were transported to Children’s Hospital by ambulance. The family received the news they had been waiting for in late May that Sumika would be getting a new heart. On May 30, Sumika received her heart and is doing exceptionally well.

More than 200 international patients receive organ transplants in the United States every year, paying top dollar for access to the nation's limited supply of organs.

Foreign patients compete for organs from deceased donors that would go to the 123,000 citizens awaiting transplants, roughly 6,300 of whom die each year waiting for suitable matches.

Transplant centers, such as UPMC in Pittsburgh, bill payors as much as $1.2 million apiece for surgeries and follow-up care. Kidney transplants cost the least, averaging $263,000, Seattle-based consulting firm Milliman found. International patients typically pay more to transplant centers than U.S. payors and insurers, experts said.

“Some medical centers see foreigners as a source of income. They don't bring people from abroad out of generosity and love. They make a bundle,” said Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, medical director for the kidney and pancreas transplant program at University of California, Los Angeles, and former chairman of the international relations committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing. http://triblive.com/news/healthnews/6570667-74/transplant-sumika-heart#axzz3DKzvKJYs
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Best friend turns down selfless offer of vital organ: "don't take this the wrong way but I can't take your kidney"

Daily Record


Sandra's best friend Cat agreed to give her one of her kidney's, but she turned it down.
WHEN Sandra Suttie found out she was in desperate need of a transplant, Catriona Brown wasted no time in offering her own kidney to her best friend.
IT WAS literally the offer of a lifetime but Sandra Suttie had to turn it down.

Her best friend Catriona Brown had not hesitated in offering her a kidney after doctors diagnosed renal failure.

Tests proved that Catriona was a match but Sandra, 52, could not bring herself to allow her to donate one of her kidneys.

Now she faces an agonising wait on the country’s organ donor register after deciding she would struggle with the guilt of having her friend donate.

Sandra said: “I weighed it all up in my mind and I couldn’t go through with it. I just thought about the possibility of something happening to Catriona and I would feel so guilty.

“I sat down and said, ‘I hope you don’t take this the wrong way but I have changed my mind.

“I found out about other people who had kidney transplants from siblings and it had failed. I decided the best thing for me was to go on the register.” Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Mom & daughter survive cancer, heart transplant

Corpus Christi Caller Times | Erica Quiroz


HOUSTON - Before Juliana Graves sees the blue tourniquet around her small, chubby right arm tears well in her eyes. Her mother, Riki Graves, hovers above, and rubs Juliana’s chest to soothe what they both know is coming: the sting of a butterfly needle to take blood.

The now 5-month-old still isn’t used to her weekly blood draws that monitor anti-rejection medicine levels in her blood. Riki takes Juliana to her appointments at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston at night where Juliana’s cries echo into the empty waiting room.

As soon as Juliana is back in her mother’s arms, Riki cradles her daughter to her chest. She closes her eyes and exhales.

“I can stand the crying. It’s the tears I can’t take,” said Riki, who is from Corpus Christi. “Everything we do is for her health, but that doesn’t make it any easier.”

Tears and blood draws are not the worst Riki and Juliana have endured.

Riki battled breast cancer while she was pregnant with Juliana and delayed treatment until after she was born April 9. Seventeen days later, Juliana’s chest was cut open, and doctors transplanted a new heart the size of a strawberry. Then in June, Riki’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

How dozens of patients have been barred from liver transplant operations for refusing to give up alcohol

Daily Mail | Jenny Awford


Footballer George Best was not able to stop drinking after a life-saving liver transplant in 2002

Hundreds of alcoholics have been refused liver transplants in the past five years because they have not been able to stop drinking.

More than 160 patients with severe alcohol-induced liver disease have been denied a transplant, including a teenager at King's College Hospital in London and two people in their twenties.

Doctors say liver disease victims are getting younger by the year and that the majority of those refused a liver transplant will soon die.

At University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, eight of the 12 patients who were declined a liver transplant died, including two in their twenties, according to the Sunday Times.

Doctors became concerned about the refusal of liver transplants after the death of Gary Reinbach, 22, from Essex, in 2009.

He died of liver failure after being denied a potentially life-saving transplant because he was not able to give up alcohol.

The NHS Blood and Transplant Service announced in April this year that alcoholics suffering from severe liver disease will be allowed to have transplants on the NHS for the first time. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Seven-Year-Old Advocates for Organ Donation

KGWN | Carlie McGuire


CHEYENNE, WY (KGWN) The only sign that Cayde Brannaman was ever sick is a scar on her chest. Before she turned six, she'd already had heart procedures and 18 months ago, she had a double lung transplant.

Now, at age seven, Cayde can run and play with friends, and ride her bike. Simple pleasures, but things she couldn't do before.

"She had to be on oxygen and she would actually pass out," said her mom Carlee Brannaman.

But life's different now and even though Carlee says Cayde, who's full name is Caydence, can be a "normal kid," she still has to be careful. "She has to take her medication, she can't be around sick kids," said Carlee, "you're always on guard." VIDEO, Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Heart transplant recipient focuses on gift of life

Sanford Herald | Zach Porter


For the two years prior to his heart transplant in 1996, Sanford resident Allen Chilton's diet consisted mainly of grapefruit slices. After a bypass operation in 1983 and another one in 1994, which did not work, a new heart was his only hope.

"I had congestive heart failure," Chilton said. "I had to get my heart replaced. Thank God for Duke. That's all I can say."

Chilton recalls the day he woke up after his transplant at Duke University Hospital as the day he was given a second lease on life. Since then, he has watched two grandchildren graduate from college and has witnessed the birth of three other grandchildren, along with a great-grandchild.

"The day I had the transplant, I woke up in acute care," Chilton said. "I said, 'Man, I feel good.' And that's the way it's been ever since."

Chilton had the opportunity to express his gratitude, along with 188 other heart transplant recipients, in August, when Duke celebrated its 1,000th successful heart transplant surgery with an record-breaking gathering at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Lake Norman nonprofit encourages others to help ‘Save A Life’

Charlotte Observer | Lukas Johnson


- SAVEALIFEGOLFCLASSIC.ORG. The vision for Save A Life Golf Classic comes from Gary Simmons, right, an organ donor beneficiary and advocate of LifeShare Of The Carolinas, a nonprofit that handles organ donations. The Save A Life Group chose NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Bobby Allison, left, to serve as honorary chairman of the inaugural Save A Life Golf Classic Oct. 6 at Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville.

In early 2013, Gary Simmons was near death, but a liver transplant saved his life.

That life-changing event gave him the motivation to establish the Save A Life Group, a newly formed nonprofit that will host its inaugural Save A Life Golf Classic Oct. 6 at Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville.

Simmons’ nonprofit consists of about 20 volunteers, 14 of whom are organ recipients. The group will work with LifeShare of the Carolinas, which was designated by the federal government to facilitate organ transplants in southwestern North Carolina and has been involved with organ and tissue donation for more than four decades, according to its website. LifeShare serves as a bridge between donors and donor families and patients that are in urgent need.

Simmons, a Davidson resident, Vietnam veteran and the founder/chairman for Save A Life, said the goal of the tournament is to increase organ donor registration in the United States. He expects up to 100 golfers to participate and hopes to raise at least $30,000 to help spread awareness about the importance of organ donation. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.
NHS Organ Donation Campaign


___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kidney Walk marks anniversary

By Chris Abbott, Tillsonburg News


TILLSONBURG - The Kidney Foundation of Canada will be marking its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Tillsonburg Memorial District Hospital Kidney Walk.

Walkers will take steps to create a better future for those living with kidney disease. Fifty years ago, a diagnosis of kidney failure was, in essence, a death sentence. Dialysis was restricted to only a few individuals and organ transplants were experimental at best.

As The Kidney Foundation took root, the organization took a leadership role in advocating for more accessibility to dialysis, and became a leading investor in kidney research. Today, The Kidney Foundation is a leading national charity dedicated to kidney health and improved lives for all people living with kidney disease.

One in 10 Canadians has kidney disease, and millions more are risk.

“More than 10,000 people in Ontario are on dialysis today and 1,100 are on the wait list for a transplant,” said Terry Young, Kidney Foundation Ontario Branch President in a media release. “End‐stage kidney failure is a permanent, life‐changing diagnosis. Undergoing dialysis treatments numerous times a week takes its toll... physically, psychologically, and financially, and can dramatically affect the patient as well as his/her family and friends.” Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Hispanic Organ Donors and Transplant Recipients Honored During National Hispanic Heritage Month

Carolina Donor Services


Carolina Donor Services celebrates September 15 - October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. This nationwide observance honors the generosity of Hispanic donors and transplant recipients while inspiring more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. You can register as a donor at DonateLifeNC.org/Register.

The lives of more than 4,000 Hispanics in the United States were saved last year through organ donation and transplantation. Yet, there are more than 19,000 individuals of Hispanic heritage still waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Many thousands more require the healing power of tissue and corneal transplantation.

Ruben knows what it is like to be on the waiting list. “The waiting breaks you,” he said. “You start thinking about how your family will be without you. I questioned if I would see my daughter graduate elementary school, let alone graduate college and get married.” Ruben had cancer in his liver and bile ducts and this only chance for survival was with a liver transplant. Because of someone’s life-affirming decision to register as a donor and to share it with their family, Ruben no longer had to worry. “I just felt like a new person. It’s literally an injection of life,” Ruben said. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Kansas and Missouri Lawmakers Lead 50+ Congressmen & Women In Protesting UNOS Proposal to "Poach Donor Livers"

Virtual Press Office
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kansas and Missouri lawmakers are among 52 Congressmen and women from 14 states who signed a strongly worded letter addressed to Mary Wakefield, administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with multiple concerns about a proposal being discussed to change donor liver allocation. The proposal calls for taking livers from the highest donation areas (Midwest, South & Southeast) and giving to bigger coastal cities where organ donation is much lower. An immediate concern is a public hearing Sept. 16, in Chicago. The full letter is available at: http://bit.ly/HRSALetter

"A review of the agenda for the upcoming meeting indicates there will not be adequate time available for discussion of alternative approaches or viewpoints," lawmakers write. "We urge you to let UNOS know you expect equal time be allotted to viewpoints that differ from the concept paper (proposal)." HRSA is the federal agency that oversees United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Donor heart recipient aims to ‘bring a little good to the world’

Calgary Herald | BY VALERIE FORTNEY, CALGARY HERALD


Kristy Thackeray and her daughter, Shaylynn, 12, are both heart transplant recipients. Thackeray, who in 2001 became the first heart transplant recipient to give multiple births, is an advocate for organ donations. Photograph by: Crystal Schick , Calgary Herald

She’s a self-described ordinary gal, a happily married mom of twin tweens who is working toward a degree in social work.

There are a few things, though, far from ordinary about Kristy Thackeray. “My heart is older than the rest of me,” she says matter-of-factly. “The day I received it would have been my donor’s birthday.”

Thackeray, who first made headlines in 1996 as a 13-year-old girl caught in the throes of red tape as she awaited a donor heart, was in the news again in 2001 for becoming the first heart transplant recipient in North America to give multiple births. When one of those daughters, Shaylynn, received her own donor heart in 2003, Thackeray and her family were back on the front pages of newspapers across the continent.

Despite the constant attention, the down-to-earth 32-year-old is philosophical about her years in the spotlight. Eighteen years after she received her life-saving heart transplant, she’s also mindful — and thankful — every day. “I know I never met her,” she says of 22-year-old Dawn Tremblay, whose death in a motor vehicle collision in 1996 gave her the gift of life. “But you can’t help but feel a connection.” Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Teacher’s organ donation inspires others

Washington Times | GILES BRUCE - Associated Press


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - You wouldn’t guess from looking at the two men that they underwent organ transplant surgery earlier this year. But that’s just what Lawrence middle school teachers Scott Forkenbrock and Mike Wormsley did, when Forkenbrock donated a kidney to his colleague in January.

Nine months later, they’re both back teaching at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Wormsley no longer needs dialysis, and Forkenbrock has returned to his physically active lifestyle, the Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1u9ygrY ) reported.

Forkenbrock’s generous act is even inspiring others. After a friend heard about what he did, she decided to run the New York City Marathon in November by raising money for the PKD Foundation, which spreads awareness about the kidney disorder that had Wormsley on the transplant waiting list before his co-worker came to the rescue. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Burnie Ten suits Masters brothers to a T

The Advocate | Damita Lamont


REATHING EASY: Organ recipient Kerry Masters and brother Ray prepare to walk in the Burnie Ten, where they will wear their Donate life T-shirts. Picture: Grant Wells.

KERRY MASTERS waited five years for a double lung-transplant, and he got it just in time.

Six months later, Mr Masters asked his brothers Ray and Ian to help to raise awareness for organ donation organisation Donate Life, and the trio have been running in the Burnie Ten wearing the organisation logos on their T-shirts ever since.

Ray Masters, of Ulverstone, said the three had enjoyed the opportunity to boost the organisations profile, their fitness levels, and meet new people.

What made you sign up for your first Burnie Ten?

‘‘We did it for the first time after Kerry’s lung transplant. He asked us to do it with him and we have kept it up ever since.’’ Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

2014 "Ending The Wait" Awards Honor Five Premier Colorado Hospitals For Organ And Tissue Donation Achievements

Virtual Press Office | PRNewswire


Donor Alliance and the Colorado Hospital Association recognize the outstanding efforts of healthcare organizations to make the gift of life possible in Colorado
DENVER, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, St. Anthony Hospital, Swedish Medical Center, The Medical Center of Aurora, Medical Center of the Rockies and The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital were recognized with Ending the Wait awards for their outstanding achievements in facilitating the gift of life through organ and tissue donation in Colorado. The awards, now in their sixth year, are presented annually by Donor Alliance, the federally-designated organ procurement organization serving Colorado, and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA).

The organizations created the awards to recognize the commitment of Colorado hospitals, medical centers and healthcare professionals to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. The selections are based on hospital size, trauma center designation, total number of donors and organs transplanted and are awarded annually to hospitals that demonstrate extraordinary efforts in organ and tissue donation.

Last year, St. Anthony Hospital recorded more lifesaving organ donors than any other hospital in Colorado's history with 23 organ donors whose gifts helped save 75 lives through transplanted organs. The hospital also had 61 tissue donors, helping to save and heal the lives of countless others. Swedish Medical Center set a new standard in tissue donation, helping 83 tissue donors fulfill their wishes to help others. This organization also helped save 70 lives through the gifts of 22 organ donors. Continue reading
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Husband donates kidney to wife of 40 years

CTV Winnipeg


Clare Sutton (right) found out he was a match to donate his kidney to his wife Cathy, who was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2001

They were a match more than 40 years ago when Cathy and Clare Sutton became husband and wife. Last year, they became a match again.

In 2001 Cathy, Sutton was diagnosed with kidney disease. The then 53-year-old tired quickly, and would lose her appetite.

"I felt okay, or at least I thought I felt okay, because you forget how feeling really good feels,” Cathy said.

More than a decade later, Cathy was told her kidneys were failing and that soon she would need dialysis. But there was one other option - a transplant.

"Healthy kidneys, from healthy people that are alive, are by far and away the best transplant to have,” said Dr. David Rush, director of the Transplant Manitoba kidney program.
___________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.