DL Life Logo - - - - 121,159 AMERICANS ARE CANDIDATES ON THE UNOS TRANSPLANT WAIT LIST DL Life Logo 100,376 waiting for a kidney DL Life Logo 14,753 wait-listed for a liver DL Life Logo 1,029 waiting for a pancreasDL Life Logo 1,924 needing a Kidney-PancreasDL Life Logo 4,156 waiting for a life-saving heartDL Life Logo 1,469 waiting for a lungDL Life Logo 42 waiting for a heart-lungDL Life Logo 269 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 An average of 22 people die everyday while waiting for a transplant. 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, May 4, 2016

Loyola physician believed to be only doctor to be both an organ donor and recipient

Susan Hou, MD, speaks at Loyola University Medical Center's Candle-lighting ceremony. (Posted by jritter2, Community Contributor)
The Chicago Tribune | Community Contributor jritter2

Susan Hou, MD, who altruistically donated a kidney to one of her patients and later received a lung transplant, was among the organ transplant patients who were honored April 21 during Loyola University Medical Center's 25th annual Candle-lighting Ceremony.

Twelve years to the day after her donation, Dr. Hou herself became an organ transplant patient, receiving a donated lung to treat a life-threatening pulmonary disease.

Dr. Hou, who lives in River Forest, Illinois, is believed to be the only transplant physician in history both to donate an organ and receive an organ transplant.

"Dr. Hou was an especially deserving patient," said Loyola lung transplant specialist Daniel Dilling, MD. "Was it luck, fate, or the guidance of a higher power that returned the favor she had given so generously?" 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

ATV death spawns message of safety, life-saving organ donation

WWLTV | Ashley Rodrigue

ANGIE, La. - "He would tell me all the time, 'Momma, I don't know why you worry. I'm a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. Let's have a good time. I just want to enjoy life. It is what it is,'" recalled Melissa Kennedy.

It's a tough memory of Andrew Kennedy that his mother is now left to cling to after the 22-year-old was killed when his ATV flipped and landed on him. Kennedy's girlfriend, on the vehicle with him during the accident, is still recovering in a hospital.

"You have got to be careful on an ATV," said Kennedy, "You think you can't be hurt, but you can. And it happens so fast."

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office says the potential hazards of ATVs are one of their biggest frustrations. Deputies say it's illegal to drive ATVs on all roadways, through shoulders of state and parish highways are permitted in certain circumstances. And regardless of where they're operated, deputies say ATVs should always be traveling slowly. 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Friends, co-workers celebrate life, organ donation

The Marion Star

MARION - “Shocked. Floored. Totally amazed.”

These are the emotions that Kathy Scott, organ donor recipient, recalls feeling when a co-worker and friend, Shelly Crall, offered to donate a kidney to her, who was one doctor’s visit away from dialysis.

Scott knew her condition, polycystic kidney disease, which is an inherited disorder where the kidneys develops cysts that will eventually cause them to shut down. She and four of her five siblings have this diagnosis, so Scott knew the day would come and she would need a transplant. She thought she had a plan for that.

“My husband was a match, so my plan was always to have him donate when the time came. Unfortunately, when he was tested for the procedure, he was not a candidate due to high blood pressure. It was disappointing to say the least,” Scott said.

Different plan

Her son was her backup plan, but unfortunately, when he was tested, the family found that he too had polycystic kidney disease which was a fear they had.

So, although Scott had a well thought out plan, it did not pan out the way she had hoped. She was frustrated, worried and felt defeated. As she expressed these emotions to her co-worker, Crall, she said in jest, “You wouldn’t want to donate a kidney, would you?” 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Donate Life flag raised in Montgomery

The Montgomery Herald 

MONTGOMERY — In recognizing April as National Donate Life Month, Donate Life West Virginia, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, and Montgomery General Hospital representatives gathered last week as a new Donate Life flag was raised at the hospital.

At the same time, representatives discussed the importance of organ, eye and tissue transplants.

"At Donate Life West Virginia, our goal is to go across the state and encourage hospitals to recognize and honor organ, tissue and cornea donors and recognize the gifts and life they give to recipients," said Christy Conley, West Virginia community outreach coordinator for CORE.

According to Donate Life West Virginia, organ, eye and tissue transplants "offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives and return them to their families, friends and communities." 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eva Markvoort to be honoured in Queen’s Park rose garden

New West native championed organ donation and cystic fibrosis awareness worldwide

Brave heart: Eva Markvoort in a publicity photo for 65_RedRoses, a documentary about her life and battle with cystic fibrosis. Eva did the body painting herself.   Photograph By Cyrus McEachern, contributed/THE RECORD
NEW WESTMINSTER RECORD | Theresa McManus

A young woman who championed organ donation and raised awareness around the world about cystic fibrosis has left a permanent mark on her hometown.

New Westminster native Eva Markvoort was featured in the award-winning Canadian documentary 65_RedRoses, which chronicled her wait for a double lung transplant. Markvoort, who blogged about her experience with cystic fibrosis under the name 65redroses, died of the disease on March 27, 2010 when she was just 25.

A month before her death, Markvoort wrote:

a difference

some proof that I had been here

something to say that I mattered

that when my body left this world my soul had made its imprint

The City of New Westminster has been working with the Brine/Markvoort family to finalize details for a commemorative plaque to be installed to honour Markvoort in the Queen’s Park rose garden. Community members are invited to attend the plaque unveiling in the rose garden on Friday, June 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Continue reading

  _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

‘Teen Idol On The Rocks’ bringing his story, music to The Sharon


VILLAGE NEWS | Tony Violente

Bobby Rydell plays The Sharon on May 17-18, and those attending can expect to hear a story about a young lady named Julia — who saved his life.

“Julia is my special angel,” Rydell, one of the Golden Boys of Bandstand said on stage during a recent performance. Rydell — who had such hits as “Wild One,” “Volare” and appeared in the movie “Bye Bye Birdie” — releases his autobiography May 4. It’s called “Teen Idol On The Rocks.”

Julia is a big part of the book and his life. She was pronounced brain dead, after being hit by a car in Reading, Pa in July, 2012. Bobby Rydell, now 74, was also close to death in his Philadelphia-area home due to cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure.
Doctors believed he had only a few weeks to live.

Rydell, who had been waiting months for a transplant, remembers going to bed on July 8, 2012 and talking to his wife about dying. Continue reading
 _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

2017 Donate Life Float Depicts Spectacular Polynesian Catamaran, Celebrates Organ Donors and Recipients as "Teammates in Life"

DONATE LIFE ROSE FLOAT 

Float Inspires Rose Parade Viewers to Register as Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donors and Reminds Us All That Teamwork Is the Key to Success 



LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - May 03, 2016) - On behalf of sponsors and honorees across the United States, last weekend at the Donate Life Run/Walk in Southern California OneLegacy unveiled the design for the Donate Life float that will be entered in the 2017 Tournament of Roses parade. The float is the centerpiece of a national effort of more than 50 organizations to reach a broad audience with the simple, life-giving message that organ, eye, and tissue donation saves and heals lives.

This year's entry, Teammates in Life, reflects the parade's theme "Echoes of Success" by reminding us that no one succeeds alone. We all thrive by working together and pulling in the same direction. Donors save the lives of grateful recipients and help families heal, and it is the large community of registered donors that makes it possible to save thousands of lives across the country each year.

The 2017 float depicts a spectacular Polynesian catamaran, which will be propelled by a team of 24 organ, eye, and tissue transplant recipients rowing in unison with strength gained from their donors. The sails of the vessel will feature 60 floral portraits of donors interwoven with Polynesian designs and patterns. Just as the donors' gifts empower the lives of others, the sails help power the catamaran on its journey. Sixteen living donors will walk alongside the float carrying flowers in celebration of the life they have given to others and the quality of life they continue to enjoy themselves. The ocean waves will showcase 1,000 white Akito roses, individually dedicated in memory of specific donors. Vibrant i'iwi and 'amakihi birds perch amongst a lush landscape of tropical flowers and palm trees while a pair of tikis, representing light and life, abundance and peace, peer out of the jungle. The float will exude life with colorful, exotic blooms grown in Hawaii especially for the occasion. Continue reading
 _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Just instinct' to give liver to young Gianna-Lynn

Mention the word hero and Russell resident, Ken Budel, recoils with horror and utter embarrassment. He's anything but, he says - just an ordinary guy whose daughter's friend was in trouble and he wanted to try and help. In fact, he donated part of his liver ten days ago and that's hopefully saved the life of young Gianna-Lynn Favilla, from Russell, who was in desperate need of a transplant. Just over a week later, her donor is up and about walking his dog - a little winded and tired at times - but "feeling great," he says
OTTAWA CITIZEN | Elizabeth Payne

Ken Budel doesn’t remember making the decision to donate part of his liver to eight-year-old Gianna-Lynn Favilla, the little Russell girl who is a playmate of his own eight-year-old daughter. When her family made a public appeal for a liver donor earlier this year, he just knew he would put up his hand to volunteer.

“It wasn’t really a thought. There wasn’t a decision that needed to be made. It was just instinct.”

The 41-year-old employee of the Ottawa-based Crown corporation Defence Construction Canada is back home in Russell recuperating after about 20 per cent of his liver was removed during surgery at Toronto General Hospital on the morning of April 20. The organ was then rushed across the street to the Hospital for Sick Children, where it was transplanted into Gianna-Lynn. In the recovery room, Brudel remembers saying “there is nothing more I can do.”

Gianna-Lynn suffers from Crohn’s disease and had a condition that caused inflammation of the bile ducts which had badly damaged her liver. Earlier this year, she was put on a donor list, in need of a new liver to save her life. Continue reading.
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Me, My Best Friend And Organ Donation


ODYSSEY BETA | Anna Graziano

Growing up in a family of Undertakers, I received mixed signals and feelings on organ donation all of my life. To be honest, I never thought much about it. I saw the bodies come in and I watched my father put them in the ground. I never questioned what happened between the time they passed and the time they were placed six-feet under, but I was not too concerned either. Death had always been such a large part of my life. It was black and white. Simple. You lived, you passed, and people like my father took care of everything else.

My parents never spoke to me about being an organ donor. I think that, seeing what my father has, death was the last thing he wanted to speak with his children about. Sure, we heard stories about embalming and funeral arrangements and bizarre deaths, but talking about what would happen in the case of any of our own was never something that was brought up in my home.

Today, I only wish that someone had spoken to me about organ donation sooner. Continue reading
  _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Monday, May 2, 2016

1 in 11 Organ Donors Died of Drug Overdose Last Year

A New Orleans style funeral procession follows the hearse carrying the casket of Chris Smith of the rap duo Kris Kross, after his funeral service, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Atlanta. The 34-year-old Kelly... (AP Photo/David Goldman)
NEWSER | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

(NEWSER) – As the number of Americans dying of drug overdoses continues to rise—thanks in large part to an opioid epidemic—so too has the number of organ donors. In fact, the percentage of donors who died of overdoses has nearly tripled since 2006, according to data gathered by the United Network for Organ Sharing

If you look back as far as 2000, it's jumped from just 1.1% to 9.3% of all deceased donors. The increase has been "huge," one expert tells US News & World Report. "It's a silver lining to what is absolutely a tragedy." The network estimates that more than 121,000 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant today, while the Guardian reports that 22 people die every day on the wait list. And it's no wonder; in 2015, organs were only recovered from 9,080 deceased donors, with 848 of those donors having died of an overdose. Continue reading
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Local transplant center aims to raise awareness on organ donation


RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH | KATIE DEMERIA

Every 10 minutes, a new patient begins the wait for a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Right now, more than 120,000 people are on the list.

And every day, 22 patients die waiting.

Katie Mardigian, transplant outreach coordinator for the Virginia Commonwealth University Hume-Lee Transplant Center, spends her days spreading education about organ transplants.

“Without organ donors, there would be no transplants,” she said.

Over half of the U.S. adult population are registered as organ donors, according to Richmond-based Donate Life Virginia. But, even with 65 percent registered to donate, the supply does not meet the demand, Mardigian pointed out.

“It really is determined by how the donor passes, so the number is much smaller than you would realize,” she said. “We really do need everyone to register so the total number of actual donations can go up.” Continue reading
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Make organ donation policy “opt-out” to address need


DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE | Kelly VanDeMar

According to Donate Life America, 124,000 people await transplants. This represents Ralph Wilson Stadium filled to 150 percent capacity. Why are there so many people waiting? A significant reason; many state’s “opt-in” policy for organ donation. Opting-in requires citizens to make their wishes known prior to death. Opt-in policies create barriers to helping those 124,000 people, whereas a policy presuming consent with an “opt-out” process, we remove these barriers.

As of January 1, New York state residents can register to donate via the internet, though most are unaware of this change. This change simplifies the process, with states utilizing this registration process reporting more registered donors. Clearly this is not the only answer to raising donation rates.

Those contemplating organ donation should consider discussing this with loved ones, as the average family does not discuss this regularly. However, when polled, most people state their willingness to donate. The topic of death within the United States remains taboo. By changing norms to accepting donation as just part of the dying process, we decrease fear. However, first we must change current policies and raise awareness. Continue reading
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.



MORA receives donation to honor fallen Jackson Prep student

WJTV



FLOWOOD, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, also known as MORA, got a very special donation from the Jackson Prep Class of 2016.

The school raised $10,000 in honor of classmate Walker Wilbanks, an organ donor in 2014.

The event took place at MORA headquarters in Flowood.

It was part of the Racing for Donation 8K.

Walker Wilbanks passed away two years ago after collapsing at a football game.

His organs were then donated to help save the lives of others.

“We love, we love our recipient families. It means so much to us as donor families to know that our loved ones are still doing something and making a difference in this world,” said David Wilbanks, the father of Walker Wilbanks. Continue reading _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Football team made up of organ transplant recipients play first ever match of its kind


SOUTH WALES ARGUS

FOOTBALL match with a team of players who have all received organ transplants took place in Newport on Sunday - the first of its kind in the UK.

The Match for Life was held at Rodney Parade in which a team made up of players who have all had organ transplants including heart, kidney and pancreas, played against a mixture of Newport County legends including Michael Flynn and Byron Anthony.

Around 150 people cheered on the Transplant Sport team who won with four goals to three. Also among the famous faces involved in the Newport County team were double World Championships and Commonwealth Games medal winner Christian Malcolm and Exiles manager Warren Feeney. Continue reading 
  _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

A real super hero: Mother shares story of son's organ donations

Angela MajorMegs Emanuel of Clinton lost her son Brody Austin in a motorcycle crash a year ago. His donated organs saved several lives

GAZETTE XRTA | Anna Marie

CLINTON—Nineteen-year-old Brody Austin wanted to be Superman ever since he put on a cape at age 2.

“He lived in his cape until he outgrew it at age 10,” his mom, Megs Emanuel, said. “Then he got a new one.”

Whenever he could, cheerful Brody lived out his Superman personality by helping others.

“He was always there for everybody,” Emanuel said.

The 2013 graduate of Clinton High School never stopped giving, even in death.

A year ago on April 26, Brody died in a motorcycle crash in southern Rock County. Continue reading
  _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Guiness World Record was set for most organ transplant recipients gathered in one place!

Donate Life Run/Walk | Phillip Palmer

Guiness World Record was set for most organ transplant recipients gathered in one place. The new record? 314 at the Donate Life Run/Walk in Fullerton, CA.

Phillip Palmer
_________________________________________________________
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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.


Advocates Rally To Raise Awareness For Organ And Tissue Donation

CBS Philly | John McDevitt

Photo: John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A march and rally took place in Center City on Saturday to raise awareness to the importance of organ and tissue donation.
A small group marched from City Hall to Rittenhouse Square advocating organ and tissue donation registration.

“Consider organ donation and if you are an organ donor tell your friends and family just in case,” said a donor advocate.

Once at Rittenhouse square their song ‘A Circle of Life’ was performed and there were personal accounts from people like Joe Pratt of South Jersey, who was diagnosed about 10 years ago with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He received a lung transplant nearly three years ago.

“I got so I really had no quality of life what so ever. Look at me now I’m a picture of health. And this is what organ donation does it gives somebody a second chance at life,” Pratt 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Teacher running in 5K charity race after double lung transplant surgery

Running | Think Stock
WQAD | Sarah Tsinger

BOSTON (AP) — Six months to the day after undergoing a life-saving double lung transplant, a Boston school teacher who for his entire life has lived with a disease that robs him of lung capacity is running a 5K charity road race this weekend.

Eamonn Kelly, a science teacher at St. Columbkille Partnership School in the city’s Brighton neighborhood, plans to run the race Saturday to raise money for student scholarships and financial aid.

“After the operation I thought this would be a good milestone,” said Kelly, 32, who was born with cystic fibrosis. “But this is also a big event for the school, which has been so supportive of me and is such a wonderful community.”

Cystic fibrosis is a deadly disease that affects the digestive system and lungs, making it difficult to breathe. About 30,000 Americans have the condition, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

7-year-old author says ‘My mommy is my hero’

WATE 6



FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Seven-year-old Lexi recently wrote a book about her mom Alicia, who died about eight months ago. The book celebrates her mother’s short life and explains why Lexi considers her a hero.

“My mommy was a donor. That is when somebody gives their organs to someone so they can live,” said Lexi, reading from the book. She gave many organs and helped people live. This makes my mommy a hero because she helped save lives by giving her organs to people who needed them to live longer.”

Lexi’s mom was 24-years-old when she became an organ donor. Just months before her death, Alicia had told her mom that if anything ever happened to her, that’s what she wanted.

“She put it on her driver’s license. It’s something she talked to me about,” Rebecca explained. “She donated her heart, her right lung, both kidneys, her pancreas, her liver, and her intestines. So she saved 5 lives.” 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Comment Young mother, organ donor saves lives

In life, Dr. Stacey West, 27, was kind and giving. And in death she's remembered as the same. At Christmas she was with husband Daniel, and their infant son Logan.
AMARILLO GLOBE NEWS | Hannah Cruz

In life, Dr. Stacey West was kind and giving. And in death, she is being remembered as the same.

A 27-year-old Dumas resident who was a new mother and popular area dentist, West died suddenly on April 11. Her passing marked a tragic ending for her family, but as an organ donor she’s offering a hopeful new beginning to those receiving her organs.

“While we were grieving and mourning, we also knew there were several families that were rejoicing because their loved one had been given another chance,” said Angie West, her mother-in-law. “That was really wonderful to know that something good could come out of it.”

Daniel West, her husband, said Stacey was funny, accomplished, personable, uplifting and a loving mother to their 7-month-old son, Logan. She was in dental practice with her in-laws at the family’s dental practice, Dumas Family Dentistry, as well as Class 1 Dental Associates in Amarillo. She was also engaged in the Dumas community through various organizations. 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Teen says heart donated from NC girl gave him ‘new chance at life’


WNCN

CRAMERTON, N.C. (WBTV) — A teenage boy from Florida was in Gaston County Friday to help honor the life of a local teenager whose death gave him a new chance at life.

Destiny Stafford was 15 years old when she died last summer. She was riding her father’s horse when she was thrown off. As she was standing up to get back on the horse, she was kicked in the head. Her mom, Kelly, donated most of her daughter’s organs.

Brandon Hernandez was 17 years old when he got Destiny’s heart.

“Without receiving her heart, I wouldn’t be here today,” Brandon said.

He was in Cramerton for the inaugural Destiny Lives On Foundation Golf Tournament. The golf tournament is the first big fundraiser for the Destiny Lives On Foundation. The organization was started to help support organ donation.

Brandon called the decision to donate organs “incredibly important.” 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Nesbit family valued ‘gift of life’

Jaime Nesbit proudly poses with a photo of her late father, John Nesbit, to help promote the efforts of Lifeline of Ohio during Donate Life Month.
MOUNT VERNON NEWS | Alan Reed 

MOUNT VERNON — The efforts to get people registered as organ donors is an ongoing process in Ohio and across the nation. Those whose life depends on an organ donation are continuously given a second chance at life thanks to the selfless gestures of donors.

Lifeline of Ohio is a statewide organization whose mission is to empower communities to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Today wraps up Donate Life Month, according to Jessica Petersen, media and public relations coordinator with Lifeline of Ohio.

“This is a month for us to get out to the masses the idea of registering as an organ or tissue donor. We hope that someone is touched enough by a story that they register as an organ donor or encourage their friends if they are already a donor,” said Petersen. 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Liver Recipient, Mother Of 4, Meets Donor Family For First Time

CBS NEW YORK



NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– April is national Donate Life month and two mothers who were bonded by the selfless gift of organ donation are asking others to sign up.

In a small conference room inside New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, the two mothers met for the first time, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported.

One has suffered incredible loss, another was brought back from the brink of death. Both are bonded by a teen who is no longer here.

“I miss him so much,” Lisa Negron, the organ donor’s mother, told CBS2.

Last June, 19-year-old Christian Negron was jumped by four men in an attempted robbery near his home in the Bronx. Nine days later, he was found unconscious in his home.

“And he never regained consciousness,” his mother 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
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Creating A Culture Of Organ And Tissue Donation Saves Lives


HUFFINGTON POST CANADA

Written by Dr. Andrew Healey, Medical Director of Critical Care, William Osler Health System and Chief Medical Officer, Trillium Gift of Life Network

In Ontario alone there are 1,600 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and the need does not discriminate. People of all ages, faiths and cultural backgrounds can find themselves in need of a transplant.

It may come as a surprise to learn that while we all have the potential to be an organ and/or tissue donor, the reality is that the opportunity is quite rare. Only two to three per cent of hospital deaths happen in a way that is conducive to organ donation.

At William Osler Health System (Osler) we have made it a priority to ensure that when donation is a possibility, every family is provided the opportunity and the information to make the choice that is right for them. Osler prides itself on quality end of life care, and that has to include the opportunity for organ and tissue donation. 
"Families can find hope in knowing that there is the potential to save eight lives through organ donation and up to 75 more through tissue donation." 
Continue reading _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Increasing number of sickest liver transplant candidates delisted from wait list, study finds

NEWS-MEDICAL

The sickest liver transplant candidates should be first in line when a donor liver becomes available, but transplant centers are increasingly removing these individuals from the waiting list, considering them "too sick to transplant," an analysis of nationwide transplant data finds. The study appears online as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication.

Between mid-2007 and 2012, more than 4,300 Americans with life-threatening liver diseases were taken off the transplant waiting list, or "delisted," because of deteriorating illness as determined by their transplant center, study authors reported. That number was nearly twice the 2,311 liver transplant candidates delisted between April 2002 and June 2007 because of reported illness severity.

"The central tenet of liver transplant allocation is to prioritize the sickest patients first," said the study's senior investigator Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, FACS, a transplant surgeon at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. "Yet, more and more patients who could potentially benefit from a liver transplant are being denied this lifesaving procedure." Continue reading 
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Hume-Lee director details critical issues in organ donation during Twitter Q&A


VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY | Leha Byrd

VCU Health hosted a Twitter chat about organ donation April 26 to highlight National Donate Life Month. Donate Life America established National Donate Life Month in an effort to spearhead local, regional and national activities that encourage Americans to register as organ donors. According to Donate Life America, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, including 3,200 Virginians.

During the chat, Marlon Levy, M.D., director of the VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center, offered answers to questions about living and deceased organ donation. Below are his replies to some of the questions raised on Twitter.

Stay engaged with future VCU Health Twitter chats by following @VCUHealth on Twitter and searching for the hashtag #VCUHealthChat.

Why would someone need an organ transplant?

Organs can be malformed from birth, damaged by lifestyle choices like drugs and alcohol, or the damage may be hereditary. Transplant is the standard of care for end-stage liver and kidney disease. Continue reading 
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Loyola Liver/Kidney Transplant Patient Celebrates First Post-op Anniversary


LOYOLA MEDICINE

MAYWOOD, IL – Ted Sulkowski thought it was just a routine physical exam required for his insurance provider when he was hit with a diagnosis out of the blue.

“I was absolutely shocked to learn I had fatty liver disease in 1991 and that started a health journey I never thought I or my family would endure,” said the Chicago area business executive.

“Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis, or NASH, is something of an epidemic in America and is called the silent liver disease because there often are no symptoms,” said Jamie Berkes, MD, hepatologist at Loyola Medicine. “Patients are able to live with the disease for a long time.”

In 2014, life took a dramatic turn for Mr. Sulkowski. “[Dr. Berkes] told me that I would need a liver transplant and my wife and I were in disbelief. I felt fine and had been living with this for more than 23 years,” remembered Mr. Sulkowski. “But he nailed it because everything that he told us would happen, happened.” Continue reading 
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Gift of Life Unites 2 Families in Heart and Song

Holly Campbell of Horseheads meets pediatric heart transplant recipient Beckham Scadlock at an event a few years ago. At 2 weeks old, Beckham received the heart of Holly's infant son,11-week-old Jake Campbell.
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER

The death of a child is perhaps the worst nightmare a parent can experience. For Horseheads residents Holly and Andy Campbell, who lost their 11-week-old infant son, Jake, they will never get over their loss. Yet during a time of sudden tragedy, when their baby was rushed to Rochester but couldn’t be saved, they realized that through the gift of organ donation they could help keep another family from losing a child.

As they made their selfless decision that day in 2007, 800 miles away in Iowa, a then 2-week-old baby boy, Beckham, and his parents, Kim and Nathan Scadlock, faced the difficult odds of Beckham receiving a heart transplant. That is, until the courageous decision that took place at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. Continue reading 
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

A Miracle Transplant Saves an Infant from a Deadly Disease

Deanna Anderson, a liver transplant patient, with her mother, Heidi.
FLORIDA TREND | Lorin Willen

UHealth–University of Miami Health System physicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) perform a lifesaving transplant after a pediatric patient endures a misdiagnosis and failed treatments at other hospitals.

Shortly after birth, Deanna Lynn Anderson, or “Baby D” as her family lovingly called her, began to appear jaundiced, with yellowish skin and eyes. As with most otherwise healthy newborns, she was sent home with a biliblanket, a treatment involving light and permeable fabric. Within two weeks, Deanna’s coloring returned to normal, and she no longer required the blanket. The Anderson family was elated, thinking Deanna was in the clear. However, they soon discovered a misdiagnosis of a rare liver disease would almost cost Deanna her life.

Both reality and fear struck when Heidi and Eric Anderson learned that their precious little girl had biliary atresia, a genetic birth defect causing bile flow obstruction. Deanna immediately received a Kasai procedure, in which a surgeon removes any problematic bile ducts outside the liver and attaches the small intestine directly to the liver. Continue reading
_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

Families need to know of dying decision to donate organs

Rocia Mejia, minority outreach coordinator for Intermountain Donor Services, and Lisa Osmond look over the names of more than 5,000 organ donors on the Celebration of Life Donor Monument in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The organs of Osmond's son, Adam, were donated 13 years ago.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
DESERET NEWS | Wendy Leonard

SALT LAKE CITY — Hours before London Layton died in her sleep, she had checked a little box on her learner's permit application to become an organ donor.

After a brief conversation that day in December, the 15-year-old had told her mom, "Of course I'd help," Casey Layton, London's father said Thursday.

"That made it easy for us as parents to know what to do and why we would do it," he said. "It does bring some peace to us to know that she had an opportunity to help someone else."

More than 1.5 million Utahns have declared themselves organ donors, should their own lives be cut short. But Alex McDonald, director of public relations at Intermountain Donor Services, said even more than the check mark, family and friends need to know of the decision because they are often the ones left to make it happen.

"Life sometimes takes a turn and you don't expect it," said Gerri Osman, whose 16-year-old son was hit by a car while walking to East High School 10 years ago and ultimately suffered a fatal head injury. She had been "on the fence" about organ donation, but her son, Sebastian, was certain he wanted to do it after a presentation in his driver education class. Continue reading
 _________________________________________________________
You shave the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.