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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Terminally Ill Driving Organ Transplant Market

Palliative Health


Global Industry Analysts, Inc., a marketing research firm, announced in a report recently that the terminally ill are driving the global organ and tissue transplant market.

By 2020, organ transplant procedures are expected to reach 148,000 globally, according to the company. This market is being driven by a large mass of the global population which is aging, a large number of terminally ill patients, an increase in awareness about organ donation, and higher confidence in transplantation procedures. This confidence is due to a higher rate of positive patient outcomes.

New advancements in medical technology, better rejection prevention through immunosuppressant drugs and better surgical techniques are the reasons for the rosier outcomes. Several chronic diseases affecting the major organs seek transplantation as the preferred treatment. These organs include the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and lungs. The survival rate of terminally ill patients has increased dramatically due to this revolution in tissue and organ transplantation. Continue reading
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Transplant success joy for Adam

Western Telegraph | Ruth Davies


ADAM-AZING:Thumbs up from Adam Hughes,pictured just 24 hours after his kidney transplant.

There are double celebrations for Pembrokeshire sportsman Adam Hughes today (Wednesday) - his 27th birthday and the one-week anniversary of his kidney transplant.

Adam was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure last year following a high blood pressure reading at his local doctors’ surgery.

He has been on ten hours’ dialysis a night while on the kidney transplant list, and expected to have to wait at least three years.

But last Wednesday evening, Adam, of Tenby, received his new kidney after a hectic day which began with a 6am phone call from the University Hospital of Wales to tell him a potentially-suitable organ was on its way.

The transplant operation began at 3.30pm, and six hours later, his parents John and Linda and girlfriend Sabrina Revell were delighted to see Adam back on the ward. Continue reading
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A Private Jet Is Waiting to Take You to Your Kidney Transplant

The Atlantic | Daniella Lamas


Waiting lists for donations can vary dramatically between cities--so OrganJet provides planes to fly patients to their new organs.

There's a certain self-satisfaction to being clever for its own sake," Sridhar Tayur said. Tayur is a professor and software entrepreneur who made his name developing novel algorithms to help businesses like Kellogg decide where, when, and how many Poptarts of different types to produce, store, and distribute. He has now—seemingly on a whim—shifted his focus to organ transplantation.

"It has nothing to do whether you helped somebody or made money or got a prize,” Tayur said. “All of those things matter. But there’s this joy when you're sitting alone in your room and you say, ‘Aha! I thought about something in a new way.’”

This time, that something is a particularly intractable issue in organ transplantation. The supply and demand imbalance between organs and the people who need them means that wait lists in New York or San Francisco might be twice that of, say, Kansas or Tennessee. The problem was brought to public attention in recent years by Steve Jobs, who used his resources to travel across the country for a liver transplant. For decades, doctors and policymakers have debated how to move organs or change allocation maps in an effort to eliminate these disparities. Continue reading
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Monmouth Medical campus recognized

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Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, a Barnabas Health facility, recently received the Bronze Recognition Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of HRSAs Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

The hospital campaign is a special effort of the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL), an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to enlist companies and organizations to be partners in promoting donor registration. Launched in 2011, HRSAs Hospital Organ Donation Campaign encourages hospitals to work with organ, eye and tissue donation organizations to create engaging donation registration drives and raise awareness and registration of donors within the hospital and its local community.

According to the HHS, nearly 124,000 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Approximately 18 people die each day waiting for an organ. Continue reading
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There are 6M Texans registered via Donate Life Texas

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

REDWOOD CITY WOMAN IS LONGEST-LIVING PERSON WITH SAME TRANSPLANTED HEART

ABC News San Francisco | Dan Ashley


PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Wednesday marks a medical milestone for pediatric heart transplants.

The youngest, successful heart transplant recipient has become America's longest-living with the same transplanted heart for 30 years.

32-year-old Lizzy Craze lives in Redwood City. She's married, likes to run and is the only heart transplant recipient in the country, possibly the world, to survive with the same donated heart she received as a toddler. She said she thinks it's a cool milestone.

"Back when I had the transplant um transplant recipients weren't supposed to you know survive five maybe 10 years and I think hitting 30 years on the same heart is a pretty big deal," Craze said.

Lizzy got that heart a few months shy of her third birthday.

Doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital knew her heart was failing and transplantation was her only option. VIDEO, Continue reading
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USM wins 2014 Organ Donor Challenge

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College of Health Ambassadors Ebony Core (left) and Tiffany Howard register organ donors at The University of Southern Mississippi during the 2014 Organ Donor Challenge. (Photo: Submitted photo)

The University of Southern Mississippi has won the 2014 Donor Challenge, an organ and tissue donation awareness campaign, facilitated by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA).

This is the second victory for Southern Miss in three years, with the College of Health Ambassadors led the registration drive and awareness campaign.

"The College of Health Ambassadors are committed to spreading the word about the need for organ and tissue donation," said Rebecca Ehret from the College of Health Ambassadors and member of the MORA Campaign Committee. "Thanks to the MORA campaign, we were able to get the students and faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi the information they needed to make an informed decision in becoming organ and tissue donors." Continue reading
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Girl fights for normal life despite rare disease

The Record-Herald | Megan Herr


MEGAN HERR/THE RECORD HERALD. Arianna Venetta, 11, left, and her little sister Lauren, 8, are shown with their cats Ninja Kitty and Stinker.

Waynesboro, Pa. An 11-year-old girl who has continued to beat the odds with a disease she was diagnosed with before her birth will travel to Tennessee to continue her fight to live a normal life.

On the outside, Arianna Venetta looks like any other happy-go-lucky kid, but on the inside, she is fighting a battle with tuberous sclerosis complex, a disease which causes tumors to grow in her brain, heart, kidneys and lungs.

CiCi’s Pizza in Hagerstown has agreed to help out with a fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 29, to help pay for travel to Tennessee, where Arianna can meet with and receive treatment from doctors who specialize in TSC.

About Arianna
Arianna has been living with TSC since before she was born, being diagnosed with the disease while her mother was 16 weeks along in her pregnancy. Continue reading
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Ephraim McDowell recognized for organ donation outreach

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Hospital one of only 15 in Kentucky receiving gold recognition

DANVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2014) – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching the gold level of outreach for organ donation and registration. EMRMC was one of only 15 hospitals in Kentucky receiving gold recognition.

Ephraim McDowellEMRMC conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity planned between September 2013 and May 2014 and was awarded gold recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Continue reading
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Gia Soriano, 14, Marysville-Pilchuck shooting victim dies

News 10 | Associated Press and KING News

MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three.

Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.

"We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," her family said in a statement, read at a news conference by Dr. Joanne Roberts. "Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her."

Roberts said Gia's family was donating her organs for transplant.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday that Zoe Galasso, 14, was also killed in Friday's shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle. Family members had previously identified her as a victim. Continue reading
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The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland -2014 Donate Life Gospel Fest

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Jaiden the Hero

LifeLine of Ohio | By Nicole Fitzpatrick, donor mom

Looking at Jaiden in the hospital bed that day in November, it didn’t look like anything was wrong with him. The only indication something was amiss was the gauze bandage on the side of his head. A couple hours earlier we were getting ready to leave for school when our lives were changed forever.

The doorbell rang and Jaiden went to answer the door. As soon as he opened the door he was shot at point blank range in his left temple. I saw my little boy’s eyes close, his body go limp and fall to the floor. I rushed to him screaming in despair and gathered him in my arms and held him close. I can remember screaming “my baby, my baby” over and over again. His brother, my oldest son, was on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator and began giving him chest compressions while I kept one hand over the hole where the bullet entered and my other hand on the back of his head still screaming for my little boy. Continue Reading
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University of Michigan's football stadium and the need for life-saving donation

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Every football Saturday, the population of Ann Arbor, Michigan doubles as more than 115,000 people fill the hallowed "Big House" to watch their football heroes. That's about the same number of people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States. Every day, some die waiting. You can be a hero off the football field: sign up as an organ donor, give blood or join the registry for bone marrow donation. Find out more at www.wolverinesforlife.org


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hanged Iranian Woman Leaves Heartbreaking Last Message (wants to donate organs)

The Slate | By Daniel Politi
A picture taken on July 8, 2007, shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari standing handcuffed at police headquarters in Tehran after she was arrested for the murder of a former intelligence official.
Photo by Golara Sajadian/AFP/Getty Images


The 26-year-old Iranian woman who was executed on Saturday for murdering a man she said tried to rape her sent a final message to her mother, asking her to make sure her organs would be donated. Reyhaneh Jabbari is largely calm in the voice message she recorded for her mother in April; in it she seems resigned to her fate after being on death row for five years. Iranian activists distributed a translation of the message, equating it to Jabbari’s will.

Jabbari was convicted of killing a former intelligence officer who had called her claiming he wanted her interior design advice. He then allegedly tried to rape her, and she stabbed him with a pen knife, although she denies murdering him. In her last message, she says her fate would have been death regardless. Continue reading

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Families receive awards on behalf of organ donors

Plymouth Herald | By CHIARA GIORDANO
Richard (son of Barry Watts) and Rebecca Wattswith the High Sheriff of Devon, John Rous

THE families of two organ donors from Plymouth collected awards on their behalf at an awards ceremony.

The Order of St John award for organ donation, which runs in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant, was presented to the families and loved ones of those who saved and improved people's lives through organ donation.

A private ceremony was held at St John Ambulance's building in Exeter on Friday, October 10, during which awards were presented by the High Sheriff of Devon, John Rous.

Among those recognised at the ceremony were Barry Watts, from Plymstock, whose wife Rebecca received the award on his behalf, and Enza Bordone, aged 49, from Stoke, whose mother Iris, 77, received the award on her behalf.

Hundreds of families have been attending regional ceremonies across the UK, which began in September and are taking place until December, to receive the award in memory of their loved ones whose donations saved lives and gave hope. Continue reading
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

79-year-old gifts kidney to son, Mumbai’s oldest donor

India Times


In the past few years, kidney donation by people aged 70 and above is on the rise.

MUMBAI: Nilesh Ruparel, a 36-year-old autorickshaw driver from Dombivli, has been in the news often for playing the Good Samaritan. He ferries physically challenged people for free and had once returned a passenger's bag containing Rs 4.75 lakh worth of valuables and cash.

Last month, he received a special gift from his father Vithaldas —a kidney donation. What makes the father-son story stand out, though, is the father's age; he is 79.

The father is possibly the oldest donor in the city or the country," said nephrologist Dr A V Ingale who treated Nilesh when he was rushed to Fortis Hospital in Mulund in a diabetic stupor in August . The doctor admits that under ordinary circumstances he would have been reluctant to consider a donor who is over 65 years of age.

"But Nilesh's wife and sister couldn't donate because they have different blood groups. Moreover, he couldn't wait for a cadaveric donor because he needed a kidney right away due to complications brought on by high blood pressure and diabetes,'' said the doctor. Continue reading
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Former Cream frontman Jack Bruce dies aged 71

Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Jack Bruce, a founding member of British psychedelic band Cream, has died aged 71 after a long battle against liver disease, his family says.

Although an accomplished songwriter, Bruce was best known as vocalist and bass guitarist alongside Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in the 1960s supergroup.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," said a family statement.

"The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Continue reading
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Brother-in-laws share friendship, family and even an organ

Beloit Daily News | Hilary Gavan


Ryan Obershaw shakes hands with David Taylor for the first time after the kidney transplant surgery. Obershaw said seeing Taylor doing well was the best thank-you he could have received.

David Taylor, 56, and Ryan Obershaw, 42, have always shared a lot.

Friends for more than 30 years, David said his wife Mona is the foster sister of Ryan’s wife Malinda. David is a Godparent to Ryan’s 9-year-old son Zachary, and Ryan is a Godparent to David’s little grandson.

However, today the two men share much more than just family and friendship: Ryan’s kidney is now filtering blood in David’s body.

“He gave me the gift of life,” David said.

And the kidney just keeps on giving.

Friends and family are a little bit closer after the experience. For Ryan, there is no greater gift than to see the health return to David after a transplant surgery on Sept. 11. Continue reading
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Saved from life on dialysis... by the UK's first ever keyhole kidney transplant operation: Former soldier given sister's organ in pioneering procedure

Daily Mail | Martyn Halle


Brian Blanchard, 51, is the first person in the UK to have a kidney transplant by keyhole surgery. His sister, Pam (right), donated one of her kidneys to him
former soldier has become the first person in Britain to undergo a pioneering keyhole kidney transplant.

Brian Blanchard, 51, who had been suffering from kidney failure, was facing a lifetime of dialysis treatment until surgeons carried out operations last month that featured two breakthroughs in keyhole surgery techniques.

In the first, the organ – donated by Brian’s sister Pam Morphett – was removed through her groin rather than her abdomen, leaving her with a far less visible scar.

In the second, the kidney was inserted through an incision in Brian’s abdomen measuring just two and a half inches. Previously, a ten-inch opening would have been needed for the operation.

Surgeons say the new techniques pave the way for safer transplant operations, and to patients recovering more quickly.

Brian, from New Brighton, Merseyside, who now runs an engineering company owner, says he is proud to be the UK’s first patient for this procedure. Continue reading
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Could an organ transplant be the ultimate way to 'share' on Facebook?

Independent | Jo MacFarlane


These women demonstrate that the social network could soon facilitate the first UK organ transplant

The two women embraced as they met in the crowded hotel lobby, smiling and joking with just a touch of awkwardness.

Karen Brown and Gemma Coles could have been mistaken for any old friends seeing each other again after a long time apart.

But they were meeting for the first time. And until two years ago, they were strangers. Then Gemma contacted Karen, out of the blue, on Facebook, to offer her a kidney.

It was an astonishing act of altruism that would not only change both of their lives but would help change the landscape of organ donation in the UK.

Mother-of-two Karen, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, had been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, and, struggling to find a donor because of the unique composition of her blood, had posted about her situation online. Continue reading
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82% of the population definitely want to, or would consider donating an organ, but..

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The TransMedics® Organ Care System (OCS™) Heart Technology Was Used to Perform The World's First Series of Adult Human Heart Transplants From Donors After Circulatory Death (DCD Donors) at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia

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ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TransMedics announces that its OCS™ Heart technology was used to preserve and assess the world's first series of three successful adult heart transplant procedures from hearts donated from donors after circulatory death (DCD) by the St. Vincent's Hospital Heart Transplant team. All patients who received these groundbreaking transplants have recovered very well. This achievement represents a pivotal new milestone in heart transplantation worldwide, and it was carried out following pioneering basic and translational research undertaken by the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and St Vincent's Hospital using the OCS™ Heart technology.

These hearts were retrieved from donors whose hearts had stopped beating. Currently, these DCD donors are not considered for heart transplantation due to the limitations of cold storage preservation technique. These hearts were retrieved, resuscitated to a normal beating state and clinically assessed using the TransMedics OCS™ Heart technology. The OCS™ technology platform is the only medical device capable of maintaining donor organs in near physiologic and functioning state outside of the human body from the time the organ is removed from the donor until it is ready to be transplanted into a suitable recipient. Continue reading
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RTE's Sean O'Rourke pays on-air tribute to colleague who died in tragic accident

Independent


Broadcaster Sean O’Rourke has paid an on-air tribute to an RTE producer who died following an accident.

The family of the late Ed Prendergast, who was from Skerries, North County Dublin, donated his organs following his passing.

O'Rourke paid tribute to the producer, who worked on RTE's The Business Show and Arena, during a segment on organ donation.

“I wouldn’t want to let the moment pass indeed without mentioning the late Ed Prendergast who passed away following an accident last week.

“He was a young man in his late twenties. He was a producer on ‘The Business Programme’.

“I know his organs have gone to help many people and that act will provide some small measure of comfort to his family and may he Rest In Peace,” Sean said. Continue reading
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South Fla. father raises organ donation awareness, calls son 'walking miracle'

News 10 | Kathleen Corso


South Fla. boy takes part in 'Run For Life,' to raise awareness about need for organ donors

Pembroke Park, Fla - Every day, 18 people in the United States die waiting for an organ transplant.A South Florida boy was one of the lucky ones.

"He's a walking miracle," said Joel Nagelbush of his son, Justin.

Eleven years ago Justin was born premature, but his parents and doctors believed he was otherwise healthy.

"At Justin's 3-month check up, the doctor's doing the echo on his liver and said, 'You have to go to Miami,'" said Nagelbush. "We show up at Jackson (Memorial Hospital) and the guy took 10 minutes and said he's going to need a transplant."

For weeks, the family waited anxiously.

"Doctors were coming in and telling us about time tables, how much longer," said Nagelbush. "We got to a point where we just asked them not to. We said, 'Please, it's not helping us.'" Continue reading
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Charity asks donors to save a life and take a #Skulfie

Charity Digital News | Rebecca Horsley 

A new campaign has been launched by the UK’s leading organ donation charity, Live Life Give Life, which aims to raise awareness of donation, remember those who donated, and celebrate those who are only living because of donations.

The campaign ‘The Day of the Living’ takes inspiration from the Mexican festival The Day of the Dead, in which ancestors are remembered with a vibrant and colourful festival.

The charity is encouraging people to take selfies with face painted sugar skulls and share and tag with #Skulfie, along with the text donation SKUL14 £3 to 70070.  Story source
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Incredible Twitter journey of world's youngest liver transplant survivor at just FIVE WEEKS old

Mirror UK | Ian Hughes
Lottie was given just hours to live after being born seven weeks premature, suffering from multi-organ failure - her parents were told she would need a new liver

At barely five weeks old, brave Lottie Bryon-Edmond became the youngest baby in the world to survive a liver transplant.

Now an incredible three-year-old girl, she has been 'tweeting' her entire remarkable journey since November 2011 - just a few weeks after her life-saving operation.

Lottie was born seven weeks premature in July 2011 after an emergency C-section at Torbay Hospital - she was suffering from multi-organ failure.

She was given just hours to live after being born with toxic levels of iron in her liver.

Dad Chris, 50, from Torquay, set up the Twitter account to keep friends and family members updated on her condition.

He said: "She wrote the Twitter. She's a very talented child."

"The idea actually came from my sister when we were in hospital. We have a very large family and lots of friends, and each would call up asking how things were going. Continue reading
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Gift of Hope: Adam’s story

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In this week’s edition of Gift of Hope, we take a look at the story of a young man who decided he wanted to help others in the event of his death, which would prove to be a decision with far-reaching, positive consequences.

Hope Woodside spoke with Adam Osmond’s mother, Lisa, about the impact Adam’s decision to be a donor has made. Lisa said Adam specifically mentioned his desire to be an organ donor a few weeks before his death, and she said the knowledge that he has helped others heal has helped her heal as well. Story Source

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2015 Donate Life Float Riders Announced!

2015 Donate Life Float's Riders

The Donate Life float's Riders represent millions of organ, tissue and cornea transplant recipients who are grateful to donors for their gifts of life.

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Michael Adams
Oceanside, CA



Dr. Phil Berry  
Dallas, TX



Tim Bishop
Stilwell, OK



Bree Ahnne Bowers
Chino, CA



John Brockington
San Diego, CA



Monica Elaine Brown
Springfield, MO



Ted Cochran
Waukee, IA



Jazmyn N. Creason
Sahuarita, AZ



Joe DiSanto
Hillsborough, NJ



Jake Doud
Firestone, CO



Clare Dowling
Danville, CA



Shari Lynn England
Medford, OK



Alma Feliz
Irvine, CA



Kathy Forti 
Youngstown, NY



Gilda Gopal
Daly City, CA



Paulina Guevara
Los Angeles, CA



Amy Johnson 
Englewood, CO



Naomi F. Kurlowich
Columbia, SC



Colin Lepley
Versailles, MO



Jimmy Lynch
Brookhaven, MS



Kelvin Martin
Bowlingbrook, IL



Courtney Nichols
Hendersonville, TN



Gaetano "Gates" Orlando 
Victor, NY



Shirley Pincus
Hampshire, IL



Jackie Pische
Gillett, WI



Gabby Preap
Long Beach, CA



Julia Rejer
New Palestine, IN



Mary Louise Smith
Warminster, PA



Adam J. Teller
Los Angeles, CA



Linda M. Weaver
El Paso, AR
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