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Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hartford Man Dedicates His Life to Helping Others After Organ Transplant

New Milford Hamlet Hub | by Alisa Gaudiosi


Gary Kureczka of Hartford is a man others in need often look to for support. Specifically, he helps people battling alcohol and drug addiction. It’s a career path he ventured down later in life.

“I got to go back to college in my 50's and become a drug and alcohol recovery counselor,” said Kureczka, now 65. “I did a clinical practicum in a sub-acute psychiatric hospital and got hired as a counselor. I found my niche and people grew to respect and love me. I am truly blessed and have had an amazing life.”

However, Kureczka had a difficult journey that led him to this work. He had his own demons to battle first. He served his country in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam for two years and returned home a chemically dependent person. He suffered combat PTSD along with an addictive family history. Those risk factors, combined with the culture of the late 60's all led to his battle with addiction.

He got sober in December 1984 but the damage had been done. Thirteen years later, a hospitalization for severe pain and fatigue lead to his diagnosis of Hepatitis C and Stage 4, End Stage Liver Disease. Continue reading
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Musicians sing with joy after liver transplant

Press Republican | Danielle Erb


Lowell Wurster (from left), Christopher Rigsbee, George Wurster and Catie H. Wurster all gather in the warmth of the Wursters' home in Plattsburgh on a bitterly cold evening nearly three weeks after George underwent a liver transplant, receiving 60 percent of Rigsbee's liver. A Facebook plea had brought many potential donors; Rigsbee, a close friend already, proved a perfect match.

PLATTSBURGH — George Wurster became very ill around two years ago, starting with a massive and rare blood infection.

A local musician with the Blind Pigs Blues Band and former paralegal, he suffered a series of health problems, which led to his liver becoming cirrhotic.

Within months, it was clear that he would need a liver transplant to survive. Waiting for a liver from someone who has died can take years; by living donors are another option.

On Nov. 14, 2014, George’s son, Lowell Wurster — a member of the band Lucid — turned to Facebook for help.

The response was overwhelming. In just days, more than 30 people came forward as willing donors. Continue reading
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BC Children’s Organ Transplant Society urges donations in wake of Ontario case

CKNW AM 980 | Ria Ranouf


As an Ontario couple waits to hear which of their adopted twin daughters will receive their father’s liver in a much-needed transplant, the President of BC’s Children’s Organ Transplant Society, Debbie Bielech, says it’s a medically complicated choice.

“Medically when they’re choosing which child, it may not be the child that’s necessarily the sickest – it may be the child that – the way his liver is designed, will match most successfully.”

Michael and Johanne Wagner of Ontario adopted three year old twins Binh and Phuoc from Vietnam.

The two girls have Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting their liver and delaying their development.

The father is leaving the choice of the liver recipient to doctors.

That transplant is expected to take place in the next few weeks.

Bielech urges more people to consider organ donation – you can find out more about registering here. Story source
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Pitt researcher to test organ-cooling device to protect human livers for transplant

Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Adam Smeltz


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An organ-cooling device that preserves livers from pigs might protect human livers for transplantation, a discovery that could help save untold lives, a University of Pittsburgh researcher said.

Dr. Paulo Fontes said UPMC Presbyterian and Montefiore in Oakland could run the first human trial of the method this year and enlist 10 liver transplant patients to start, pending approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers expect the approach developed at Pitt's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine could sustain some human livers that doctors might not transplant otherwise. Up to 40 percent of donated livers can't be used for transplantation because oxygen deprivation in storage and transit leads to too much tissue damage, said Fontes, a deputy director at the institute.

“That bothers me a lot,” he said, adding that organs from donors with medical problems are often not suitable for transplants. “We're not increasing our output.” Continue reading
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Miss. eye bank honors Jackson ophthalmologist

The Clarion Ledger | Leslie R. Myers


Connie McCaa (Photo: Skipper, Debbie)

In many states, eye banks must pay their medical directors large fees to screen corneas before transplants. Not so in Mississippi. For a dozen years, Dr. Connie S. McCaa donated her time to help Mississippians receive corneas.

As thanks for the Jackson ophthalmologist's service as medical director of the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank, the supporting Lions Clubs of Mississippi will honor her at its annual district meeting Feb. 7 in Madison.

McCaa will receive the Samuel B. Johnson Legacy Fellowship Award, said R. David Barham, chief operating officer of the eye bank, which has its office and lab in Flowood. Continue reading
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Compton is consistent - and inspiring

The Press Enterprise | Jim Alexander


Erik Compton hits out of the tall grass on the first hole at the Nicklaus Private course Saturday. CHRIS CARLSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LA QUINTA — Erik Compton’s official PGA Tour biography notes that winning a tour event is “something on his bucket list.”
Given the meaning of that expression, and given Compton’s background as a two-time heart transplant patient, applying that expression to his golf career seems the utmost in irony, maybe even kind of cruel.
And yet Compton could check that ambition off of his, uh, list of things to do Sunday.
Displaying week-long consistency, and eschewing the normal roller-coaster routine that requires at least one obscenely low round here, Compton’s 67 Saturday gave him a share of the lead at 17-under, tied with Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam, going into the final round of the Humana Challenge at the Palmer Private course at PGA West. Continue reading
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Rare domino liver transplant saves two lives

The Baltimore Sun | Andrea K. McDaniels


Michelle Martin (left) received a liver from Betty Dzielski (right), who was a recipient of another liver. Dr. John LaMattina (center) was one of the transplant doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

Betty Dzielski's liver was slowly destroying her heart.

If the Pasadena resident didn't get a liver transplant, she would die eventually, doctors told her.

The 52-year-old suffered from a rare genetic disease, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, that caused her liver to produce a protein that travels to other organs and sickens them. She had a stroke after the protein had begun to deposit in her heart, and she also had trouble walking.

Dzielski underwent a lifesaving liver transplant in October. And although her old liver threatened her life, in the end it saved someone else's.

During a nearly five-hour procedure at the University of Maryland Medical Center called a domino liver transplant, Dzielski received a liver from a deceased organ donor and then gave her liver to an Owings Mills woman. Continue reading
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A match made at Publix: Donor finds perfect-match recipient at checkout

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Michelle Davis and Lorene Hansen are happy and recovering just one week after a kidney transplant.

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -Michelle Davis and Lorene Hansen are happy and recovering just one week after a kidney transplant.

The two met while Davis was working at the Lee County Publix grocery store.

"Lorene just came through my line one day," recalled Davis. "And she said, 'what's your blood type?' And I was like, 'God this lady is weird,' ya know? And I was like, O-positive. And she gives me a high-five, and she's like, 'mine too!' And I was like, 'okay.' I didn't really know what she was leading up to."

Hansen is a nurse at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center and is a frequent customer at Davis' store.

After noticing that Davis had a dialysis catheter, she decided to help.

"She goes, do you need a kidney transplant? I was like, yes ma'am," said Davis. "And she goes, here's my name and number. Call me and let me know what I need to do to give you a kidney."

"She gave me the number, I called Piedmont. They did a cross match of our blood and, if you can believe it, we're not even relatives, we're a perfect cross-match," Hansen said. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Ava bounces back to normal life after kidney transplant

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The Bancroft family, with Ava after her transplant at left, celebrates James’s Masters graduation

SPLASHING around in the water at Brooms Head over Christmas, you'd never guess Ava Bancroft was the same sick little girl who featured on our front page two years ago.

The Daily Examiner first met Ava when she was five-years-old and suffering from a mysterious and extremely rare kidney condition known as Dense Deposit disease.

As doctors searched for a solution, her health continued to deteriorate and daily dialysis treatments became a way of life.

Her parents, James Bancroft - who grew up in the Clarence Valley - and Tegan, were told even a kidney transplant may not be a viable fix, but after close two years on dialysis she was finally put on the donor waiting list.

Just five weeks later, last Father's Day, the call they were waiting for came.

Mr Bancroft was at the Gold Coast when he received word from Westmead Hospital that a perfect donor match had been found, and rushed to Sydney to be with his family for the operation. Continue reading
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A perfect match: Kearney woman receives a kidney from her boyfriend

Kearney Hub | Amanda Brandt


Amy Glenn smiles from a hospital bed at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. The Kearney insurance agent has Polycystic Kidney Disease, which causes kidneys to swell and stop functioning.

KEARNEY — Amy Glenn needed a kidney.

Her own were deteriorating, the result of a genetic disease attacking her organs.

“What are the chances of that happening? Pretty slim. Somebody was looking out for us.”


Rowland Trampe, Glenn’s boyfriend, had an extra kidney. His were healthy and a near-perfect match.

The story is half medical drama, half “the craziest thing I’ve ever done for love” tale.

It’s the story of Amy Glenn’s new kidney.

Swelled to the size of footballs

Healthy kidneys are the size of a fist. The pair of organs filter the blood, removing waste and regulating levels of certain chemicals. Polycystic Kidney Disease is exactly what it sounds like: kidneys are covered with fluid-filled cysts, which can cause them to swell and decrease functioning capability. According to a National Institutes of Health website, 600,000 people in the U.S. have the disease, and it’s the fourth leading cause of kidney failure. Continue reading
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Seidel: Kaden Cook, 14, has rare disorder; organ donor gave him childhood

Detroit Free Press | Jeff Siedel


With his mom Trishann Cruickshank nearby 14-year-old Kaden Cook from Sault Ste. Marie lays in a hospital bed at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor on Saturday, January 10, 2015 watching TV. Cook who was featured in a series that the Detroit Free Press did in 2002 about the then 2-year-old getting a heart transplant, is back in the hospital fighting off a new challenge Desmin Myopathy, a disease that weakens the lower limbs and eventually moves into the upper body limbs and chest area causing respiratory problems. Cook is also suffering from a collapsed lung, gets winded easily and can barely gain weight, he currently weighs 64 pounds. Sadly there is no cure for this disease. His mother Trishann Cruickshank has been making the long drive from the Soo with Kaden off and on since the summer to the hospital in Ann Arbor for checks ups and what treatment the doctors can give him.
(Photo: Eric Seals DFP)


What is a heart? Is it just a biological pump that can be replaced like a piece of plumbing? Or is it something more? A gateway to the soul?

And what about childhood? What should it be?

After receiving a heart transplant as a toddler, Kaden Cook was given an amazing childhood in Sault Ste. Marie, more than 10 years filled with swimming and hockey and skating and four-wheelers and golf carts and TV and computer games. Lots of computer games.

But that miracle has slipped into a tragedy.

Kaden is 14 now, and he no longer can run or go out to play. He barely can walk and his body is withering away. His new heart is still strong — that's the crazy part — but doctors have discovered that a disease is attacking the rest of his body. VIDEO, continue reading
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Fairfield teen's plight highlights organ donation

CT Post | Amanda Cuda


Mitchell Yeoh, 18, with his mom Lezah Yeoh in their home in Fairfield, Conn. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Mitchell, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, is on leave from his freshman year at Harvard as he waits for both liver and kidney transplants. Photo: Brian A. Pounds

Mitchell Yeoh isn't a complainer.

He's not one to grouse about the four days of kidney dialysis he has to endure every week, due to the rare, potentially fatal illness he has had since birth.

He doesn't say much about the feeding tube attached to his face, which he needs because his condition severely limits the kind of food he can eat.

He doesn't fuss about the fact that his illness required him to leave school at Harvard University, where he is a freshman, or that it keeps him from performing his violin in public.

But just because Yeoh, 18, of Fairfield, doesn't complain doesn't mean he's oblivious to how much his illness has cost him already. And, if he doesn't get a much-needed liver transplant, it could cost him his life, too. Continue reading
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CF Trust Supports New ‘Opt-Out’ Organ Donation Law in Wales

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The Welsh Government is set to launch a year-long campaign, called “Time to Talk” that aims to ensure their employees are well-informed of the soon-to-be implemented shift to a soft opt-out system of organ donation, and what choices are available to them. Those who do not register will be considered opted in; participants must opt out if they do not want to be an organ donor. The government is calling on Wales-based private, public and voluntary employers to help promote the campaign beginning December 2015

Through the opt-out system, interested organ donors in Wales can register their consent (opt in), or their decision not to be an organ donor (opt out). The government’s next steps to fulfill the campaign’s main objectives are to provide information leaflets at employees’ desks, and put up informational posters in work environments. Continue reading
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Large turnout for Organ Donation Seminar in Reykjavik

Sahlgrenska I.C.


Sahlgrenska I.C. and a team from the Transplant Institute at Sahlgrenska University Hospital arranged an Organ Donation seminar in Reykjavik on 13-15 January. The program covered stages in the organ donation and transplantation surgery process. As many as 150 medical professionals from various departments attended the three sessions at Landspitali University Hospital sites Fossvogur and Hringbraut.

Five years ago Sahlgrenska I.C. entered an agreement on organ donation and transplant operations for patients insured by the Icelandic Health Insurance. An important part of the collaboration is to keep all parties involved up to date with research and development in the field.

Kristjan Karason, Director of Transplant Cardiology, began with explaining the latest progress within heart and lung transplantation, treatments that have become a routine in end stage heart and lung disease. Research show that Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion, a new method developed at Sahlgrenska University hospital, has the potential to increase the number of patients treated with lung transplantation. Thanks to the mechanical devices earlier rejected lungs can now be used. Continue reading
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Website aims to increase organ donation awareness

Ka Leo | The Voice | Shiwani Johnson


iDecide Hawai‘i is a result of a Health Resources and Services Administration grant awarded to Cheryl Albright in September 2014.
iDecide wants to build student involvement and education at UH, other universities

With more than 400 people in Hawai‘i on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant, iDecide Hawai‘i, an organization dedicated to informing college students about organ donation, is promoting its cause at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus through social media and a new website, with the opportunity to win money and prizes.

Cheryl Albright, the principal investigator of iDecide Hawai‘i, as well as a professor and researcher at the UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, is working with her team on campus to involve and eduacte students.

“We are basically trying to increase awareness of organ donation after death. This is a federally funded study designed to educate via social avenues,” she said.

iDecide is funded and supported by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, with the purpose of increasing undergraduate awareness about transplants and organ donation. Continue reading
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

In search of a miracle: Father of three in need of liver transplant

The Times News | By Natalie Allison Janicello


Craig and Bethany Edwards said their world was turned upside down by the doctor's diagnosis. Scott Muthersbaugh / Times-news

At 35, with a wife of 13 years and three children, Craig Edwards had nearly a picture-perfect life.

Portraits of his family line the walls of their Burlington home, where Edwards, the primary breadwinner by day and youth baseball coach by night, has established a life with wife, Bethany, whom he met in college at UNC-Greensboro, and their kids, Audra, 12; Sam, 10; and Mary, 6.

But in the past year, a major medical diagnosis has gradually affected their lives, with the symptoms of severe liver cirrhosis showing up even more significantly in recent weeks. Now, Edwards needs a miracle in the form of a liver transplant.

“That’s the biggest hope,” said Edwards, who is on a transplant list but is attempting to spread the word about directed organ donation — a little-known process that allows the family members of someone deceased to specify an organ recipient, though the exchange must take place in a matter of hours after death. Continue reading
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East Mountain resident Jennifer Dolphin awaits liver transplant to resolve two diseases

The Times-Tribune | Patrice Wilding


TOM BONOMO/ EYEDESIGNSTUDIOS / SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-TRIBUNE Jennifer Dolphin receives daily support from her family including daughter, Mackenzie, 3, and husband, Billy, as she struggles with liver disease.

Jennifer Dolphin gives thanks every day for the many blessings in her life.

There’s her husband, Billy, to whom she’s been married for seven years. She calls him her heart and soul. There’s also her 3-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, who is “the picture of health.” Also on that list are her parents, Georgette and Jim Mecca, whom she considers her best friends and the rocks that anchor her life.

Numerous friends and neighbors who dote on her and always help out lengthen the list.

More than anything, Mrs. Dolphin is grateful each morning for another day to be in the world, fighting for love and happiness in spite of the liver disease ravaging her body.

The 34-year-old East Mountain resident and former staffer at Traditional Home Health and Hospice has been steadily climbing to the top of the organ donation transplant list for a new liver that could save her life as she’s gotten sicker over the last few years.

It started when she gave birth to Mackenzie prematurely and woke up in the ICU on a ventilator after nearly dying because of complications from a previously unseen blood disorder (polycythemia vera). Her family doctor, Dana Montgomery, discovered it first and saved her life, Mrs. Dolphin said. Continue reading
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Twins need liver transplants, dad's a match but can only save one child 17

Toronto Sun | Elliot Ferguson


Johanne and Michael Wagner hold their adopted twin daughters Binh, left, and Phuoc, in their Kingston, Ont., home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014. The twins suffer from a rare genetic disease that will be fatal unless they require liver transplants. The family is trying to raise awareness about live liver donations. (ELLIOT FERGUSON/QMI AGENCY)

KINGSTON, Ont. — The Kingston, Ont., father of adopted twin girls in urgent need of liver transplants can only donate part of his to one of them, leaving the second child to wait for the life-saving surgery.

Doctors at Toronto General Hospital, where the transplant will take place within two weeks, must decide which twin is the best medical match to accept their father’s donation.

A donor for the second twin remains to be found.

Vietnamese twins Binh and Phuoc Wagner, 3, suffer from Alagille syndrome, a genetic disease that affects the liver, heart, kidney and other systems of the body.

The condition has attacked their livers and caused abnormalities in the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine. The result is a buildup of bile in the liver that prevents it from working properly to remove waste materials from the bloodstream. Continue reading
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HILLSBOROUGH: Township woman donates kidney to her brother, in roundabout way

Hillsborough | Central Jersey | Gene Robbins, Managing Editor


When Hillsborough resident Monica Butler’s brother needed a kidney transplant, she knew she was a likely candidate to give one of hers.

But she never imagined the donation would go down the way it did.

In November, brother Christopher got his needed replacement, but it wasn’t a simple matter. He didn’t receive it from his sister, with whom he was no longer a match, but at the end of a seamless chain of 10 procedures in nine different hospitals across the country in one day.

Monica’s kidney went to the Ohio State Medical Center. Another kidney went from Ohio to San Francisco, and one from the San Francisco area was flown back across the country to Maryland.

Christopher’s healthy kidney eventually came from someone in Maryland. Continue reading
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Chirk woman may need quadruple organ transplant to survive

Daily Post | Steve Bagnall


Sally-Ann Hart who has mulitple organ failure
Sally-Ann Hart says she is taking each day as it comes as Wales looks to move to a "soft op out" organ donation system
BATTLING woman may need a quadruple organ transplant to save her life.

Sally-Ann Hart is making the most of her time after being told her chances of getting the surgery are minimal.

She is suffering from multiple organ failure linked to diabetes and needs a liver, pancreas, small bowel and a potential kidney.

On December 1 2015, Wales will become the first UK nation to introduce opt-out legislation on organ donation.

And Sally-Ann – known as Sal – knows only too well the importance of raising awareness about organ donation and its potential to save lives.

Her problems started when she began to fall asleep at her desk, where she worked as a headteacher’s personal assistant. Continue reading
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San Diego’s First Pediatric Heart Transplant Performed At Rady Children’s Hospital

KPBS | Kenny Goldberg


CREDIT: RADY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Eric Montaño is shown sitting in a hospital bed while his mother and doctor stand beside him in this undated photo.


The first pediatric heart transplant ever performed in San Diego took place at Rady Children’s Hospital. The recipient was an 11-year-old boy.

Eric Montaño went on the heart transplant waiting list last August. He suffered from restrictive cardiomyopathy, a disorder that prevented his heart from filling with blood properly.

Eric's mom, Alma Mundo, said she got the call from the hospital last week. A donor heart had been found, and she needed to get Eric to the hospital immediately.

“My emotions were just all going crazy because I didn’t know if I was crying because I was happy, or because I was scared. I was excited, but it was really, really tough,” Mundo said. Continue reading
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Late Chinese Star Yao Sets Fine Example with Cornea Donation

Women of China  | Kiki Liu

The decision by the late Chinese pop singer Yao Beina — who recently passed away on January 16 in Shenzhen, located in south China's Guangdong Province — to donate her corneas and save the eyesight of two people has refueled national discussion and concern over the current organ transplant and donation system in China.

Before her death from breast cancer on January 16, 2015, Yao Beina, 33, a popular female singer in China, decided to donate her corneas to help others regain their vision. On the afternoon of that Yao committed to being a donor, two cornea recipients from Chengdu — in southwest China's Sichuan Province — and Shenzhen had been identified.

Yao's benevolent act not only earned her the gratitude of cornea recipients and the respect of her fans but also brought back to the forefront the concerns over China's organ transplant and donation situation, whose overall state of affairs leaves little room for optimism. Continue reading

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Kingwood family recounts 2015 Rose Parade experience

The Humble Observer | Jennifer Summer
Kingwood resident John Carlisle McDavid IV’s floragraph was among the 72 organ donors featured on this year’s float, showcasing each of their “never-ending stories” on Jan. 1, 2015.

The flowers and natural adornments on each of the floragraphs fluttered slightly in the cold January air as the 2015 Donate Life Parade Float made its way along the parade route in the annual Rose Parade.

Kingwood resident John Carlisle McDavid IV’s floragraph was among the 72 organ donors featured on this year’s float, showcasing each of their “never-ending stories.”

The chance to attend the 2015 Rose Parade was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the McDavid family though it was even more special since they had the chance to further honor John IV’s life and his gift of life as an organ donor.

“It was a wonderful experience,” John III McDavid said.

“I was, in a way, almost dreading it because I knew it would make me sad but it was such an honor - I was more excited than sad as it turned out,” Sandra McDavid, John IV’s mom, said. “For all of the years we watched the Rose Parade on television, I never imagined that we would be there and to top that off, our son would be recognized on one of the floats. Continue reading
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Ontario County Woman Helping Give the Gift of Life

Rochester Home Page | Ashley Zilka

Bloomfield, NY (WROC) - Before she dies, an Ontario County woman is helping dozens of others live.

Elisha White's Godmother, Dodie Huber, confirmed that the 21-year-old is brain dead after a car crash in East Bloomfield on Friday. Her family hoped and prayed that she would survive the horrific crash.

But Buber says she will not recover from the traumatic brain injury. The 21-year-old graduated from the Bloomfield Central School District back in 2012 with her twin. Elisha also has an older sister and a younger brother who is a high school senior.

"She was a beautiful spirit and very involved in the volleyball team," recalls Bloomfield Middle High's Secondary School Principal, Nancy Gerstner. She said White was "very much liked by her peers, and very respected by the teachers; she was a delight."

Huber says her Goddaughter will always remain young and beautiful in the hearts and minds of everyone she loved. The young woman will give the gift of life. Continue reading

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Father takes comfort in knowing the organs of his deceased baby boy have made it possible for four other children live

Christian Today | Angie Chui
(Photo: Facebook/The Bodie Hodges Foundation)
Bodie Hodges's organs were donated to other children in need after his death.

Nick and Donna Hodges had their heart broken when their 10-month old baby boy Bodie died from a choking accident in 2012 but they have found comfort in the knowledge that their little boy was able to help other children survive.

After days of uncertainty, doctors informed them that their son would not be able to pull through. Despite receiving the shocking blow, the couple decided that Bodie's death would not be in vain and they signed him up for organ donation as soon as he was cleared.


In donating Bodie's liver, bowels and two heart valves, four children now have a chance to live healthy lives. Continue reading
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