Thursday, October 29, 2009

THREE RIVERS - ALEX O'LOUGHLIN FREE FLYER - DOWNLOAD YOURS NOW!

Please help promote "Three Rivers" by downloading your FREE 8.5 X 11 inch flyer, in PDF format that you may print and distribute or mass email to all your family, friends and colleagues. It is important that as many people across the country and around the world to regularly follow this heartfelt TV series about organ donation as it points out on a weekly basis about the critical need for organ, eye & tissue donors through inspiring storylines. The show honors donor families and the tough decisions they often have to make and the fright experienced by those on the wait-list.

There are currently nearly 105,000 Americans on the transplant wait-list, daily 18 people die without receiving their life saving transplant. Will you help by registering to be an organ donor and by promoting "Three Rivers"?


To download your free copy (PDF) please click HERE.
To register to be an organ donor in your state please visit DonateLife.net
To register to be an organ donor in California, please visit Donate Life California

Which show should be saved? The networks are axing shows that are not performing or have not had a chance to perform and are giving full-season orders to those that are meeting expectation. There are several shows that are on the fence - and they could be either canceled or given a chance to find the audience to keep them alive. Which show do you think deserve to stay on?

DONATE LIFE - ONELEGACY PRESENTS IT'S FIRST ANNUAL GIVE THANKS GIVE LIFE GOSPELFEST A NIGHT OF TESTIMONY AND PRAISE - NOV 8TH

New Philadelphia AME host November 8th Gospelfest to launch "Give thanks, Give Life" campaign. Featured performers at the FREE event include Coko Clemons, Brent Jones and the T.P. Mobb, the New Philadelphia AME Choir under the direction of Shari Demby and special recognition to television shows "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC) and "The Young and the Restless" (CBS) for compelling storylines concerning organ & tissue donation. Los Angeles Sentinel Religious Editor Niele Anderson and Aundre Russell f KJLH FM will co-host the concert which will feature songs inspired by the life-saving experiences of organ and tissue donors and recipients.

Please join the Donate Life Community for this inspiring FREE event:
"Give thanks, Give Life"
GOSPELFEST
A Night of Testimony and Praise
6:00 PM
New Philadelphia AME Church
19100 S. Susana Road
Rancho Dominguez, CA

For more information call: 213.229.5672 or 213.250.ALOP

internaTIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - SERBIA - ORGAN DONOR CAMPAIGN STARTS

24 October 2009 | 12:37 | Source: Tanjug
BELGRADE -- Health Minister Tomica Milosavljević received British author Tony Parsons in Belgrade on Friday at the start of Extend Life campaign.

Parsons in Belgrade on Friday (Beta)
Parsons in Belgrade on Friday (Beta)

Milosavljević pointed out that with his last book, Starting Over, which was published in Serbia by Laguna, Parsons had become part of the Serbian Extend Life campaign, which aimed to raise awareness about organ donation.

Parsons said that life was the best present for anyone, stating that he was pleased he had become part of the Serbian Ministry of Health campaign.

He remarked that the aim of the campaign should be to remove prejudice when it came to organ donation, because a heart does not have a race, passport or religion, and we are all the same under the skin, adding that organ donation was the most positive thing one human being could give to another.

Milosavljević said that the Health Ministry, in cooperation with the Radio and Television of Serbia, had started a nationwide campaign, entitled Extend Life, to support the transplantation program, which was backed by Serbian President Boris Tadić and all the religious communities in the country.

There are currently about 30,000 organ donor card holders in Serbia.

THREE RIVERS- REAL LIFE TRANSPLANT SURGEON DR. GONZO GONZALEZ-STAWINSKI WITH ALEX O'LOUGHLIN

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Did you see the real-life Dr. Gonzo Gonzalez-Stawinski portraying himself this past Sunday on "Three Rivers"?

Before "Code Green", episode 4 of "Three Rivers" was broadcast this past Sunday, CBS2 New Central televised this segment with Alex O’Loughlin and Dr. Gonzo Gonzalez-Stawinski. Dr. Gonzo as we all know in the transplant community is a real life transplant surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Gonzo also has a guest appearance in this past Sunday's episode, although he admits that he’d rather be performing in the OR than in front of the camera!

Source: Alexoloughlinrocks.com - thank you DEb!

The other day I was speaking with colleagues and we all expressed our disappointed in individuals in the donation and transplant community who are not supporting "Three Rivers" calling the show a "joke" and "not accurate" while forgetting the underlying message about the "gift of life" and the number of people transplant is able to save. We all agreed that the majority of viewers do not know all the clinical nuances and the show is the best thing the Donate Life community has going in making a positive impression to a diverse audience - in fact over 9 million Americans view the premiere show! So all you naysayers in our donation community, this one is on us - to make "Three Rivers" a success enabling the continued weekly broadcast and the positive message about donation and the critical need for organ donors to the general public. We must not let our cynicism forget the nearly 105,000 Americans on the transplant wait list. Please get behind the show and encourage people to watch "Three Rivers".

While you are at it, please encourage people to register to be a donor!




Wednesday, October 28, 2009

DAVID ST. ROMAIN PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION -DONATES 100% "THATS LOVE" TO NKF AND ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS

"That's Love" Video and message from David below
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Every day 19 people die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Approximately 104,278 people are waiting on a life saving organ and of those 81,908 are waiting on a kidney. That’s why Matchless Music Group artist and former Nashville Star contestant David St. Romain have announced a partnership with the National Kidney Foundation.

The National Kidney Foundation supports organ donation awareness because out of the 104,000 organs needed right now, 78% of those are kidneys. Last year more than 12,031 Americans became organ donors; one organ donor can save the lives of seven people and enhance over 50 plus lives. According to Teresa Davidson, Executive Director for the National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee, “early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. Once a person is in kidney failure they can survive through dialysis or a transplant.” 26 million American adults suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD and millions of others are at risk. High-risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and a family history of kidney disease.

As part of his effort to raise awareness for the National Kidney Foundation, David St. Romain and his record label Matchless Music Group will donate 100% of the profits from his debut single “That’s Love” to the National Kidney Foundation. This is a cause very important to David for many reasons. The idea for the song “That’s Love” came to him after a conversation with a near and dear friend of his who is awaiting a kidney transplant. This friend’s sister was willing to donate one of her kidneys so her sister would not have to wait for another donor, but during the testing it was revealed that she was born with only one kidney. Her sister is still waiting on a kidney.

“When I learned from my friend of the struggles she was going through waiting on a kidney transplant, it was imperative that I somehow help” says David St. Romain. “When I got together with the other writers of this song, I had just watched the movie Pay It Forward and I had just learned of my friend’s situation. The idea for the song became obvious to us; the idea of loving someone so much that you would give up something, anything to help them - unconditional love.”

You can help now by going to Itunes and purchasing “That’s Love” now!

Source: www.thatslove.org

To become an organ donor in your state, please click HERE

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - CANADA, BC-ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS EVENT AT CAFFE DIVANO

Organ Donor Awareness Event

prv0916Nheart02Organ Donor Awareness Event. In support of Klahanie resident, Chris Kirby, who is currently on the waiting list of a heart transplant, we are hosting the BC Transplant Society in an effort to raise awareness about the need for people to sign up as organ donors.

Currently only 17% of British Columbians are registered organ donors which makes the wait for a compatible transplant a long process. Join us that weekend to get more information about organ donation, check to see if you are registered or take the opportunity to get registered.

We’re giving $1 lattes to everyone who signs up!

Visit Caffe Divano for more details.

Here’s the link to the Province article if you want any further details about Chris.


ILLINOIS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN STATE-WIDE ORGAN DONOR REGISTRATION COMPETITION-NATIONAL DONATION CAMPUS CHALLENGE

Students participate in state-wide organ donor registration competition

October 15th, 2009
Katie Olson (left), a masters student in higher education and a member of the Special Populations Student Health Concerns Committee, talks to Sergeant Brad Shock (right) of the University of Illinois Police as he fills out a form to become an organ donor on Wednesday afternoon. Olson and other members of her organization set up a table near the entrance of the Activities and Recreation Center to register organ donors because "Not everyone realizes the importance of registering."
Trevor Greene The Daily Illini

For the first time ever, the Special Populations unit of the McKinley Health Center is sponsoring an organ donor registration drive at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. until Nov. 11. The drive is part of Donate for Life Illinois' 2009 Campus Campaign.

Sixteen Illinois colleges are participating in the 2009 Campus Campaign, which challenges campuses to have as many people register to become organ donors as possible. The two schools that have the largest number of overall registrations and the largest percentage of student body registrations will be announced at the end of the competition, according to the Donate for Life Web site.

Although the Campus Campaign is a competition, no official prizes will be awarded. Every college's primary goal is to get as many people registered as possible, said Katie Olson, graduate assistant of the Special Populations Health Concerns Committee.

To read full story, please click HERE

NURSING STUDENTS ASSOCIATION AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY JOINS 2009 NATIONAL DONATION CAMPUS CHALLENGE!

NSA at SFSU joins the 2009 National Donation Campus Challenge!

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Nursing Students Association at SF State is pleased to announce that we have joined the 2009 National Donation Campus Challenge campaign as a National Partner. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the campaign brings together National Partners, organ and tissue donation organizations, and their “campus partners” – universities, colleges, and other post-secondary campuses – to help educate employees and campus communities on the importance of organ and tissue donation. The goal of the campaign is to register 60,000 new organ donor designations by November 30, 2009.

Why is this campaign so important? Because each day, 78 Americans receive a life-saving organ transplant, and thousands more benefit from cornea and tissue transplants. These extraordinary gifts have been generously donated by ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds who took just a few minutes in a busy day to indicate their decisions to become organ and tissue donors. But broader awareness of the need for organ donation is crucial, as more than 100,000 people are currently awaiting an organ transplant in the United States and each week, more than 100 people on the national transplant waiting list die because no organ is available.

As an element of our commitment to this important campaign, we urge you to learn more about organ and tissue donation, and to register your decision to be an organ and tissue donor.

Facts about organ, tissue and eye donation:

  • Each organ donor can save up to 8 lives, and each tissue donor can enhance the quality of life for up to 50 people.
  • The gift of life is ageless – anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, at any age.
  • Most people are eligible to sign up on the donor registry – the medical criteria at the time of donation will determine eligibility.
  • Cornea transplants have been successful for more than 100 years.
  • Organ transplants have been successful for more than 50 years.

I invite you to join me in registering your generous decision to become an organ and tissue donor! To learn more about organ and tissue donation and to register your decision to be a donor, please visit www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org/SFSU

By taking a few minutes to register your decision to be an organ and tissue donor, you are ensuring that your desire to give this gift is officially recorded. The priceless treasure that you may someday give will be the gifts of life, sight, and mobility to another.

Thank you for your support!

John Minnett
President
Nursing Students Association at SF State

Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donation Blog hopes more university and colleges join the National Donation Campus Challenge. If you do, please let us know so that we may post your announcement and story.

To register to be a donor in your state please visit click HERE

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

iPHONE ALTRUISM FOR POTENTIAL ORGAN DONORS

By FreakonomicsOctober 26, 2009, 2:32 PM

iPhone Altruism for Potential Organ Donors

Organ donation is one of the most altruistic things a person can do. And yet, as Chapter 3 of SuperFreakonomics spells out, relying on altruism for organ donations has proved to be largely unsuccessful. There are a lot of reasons people give for not signing up as organ donors. Often, they just fail to opt in because of laziness or forgetfulness. So Richard Thaler had an idea. Why not build an iPhone app to help people enlist as organ donors? That app, developed gratis, is available now. As to the question of our inherent level of altruism, which app do you predict will get more downloads over all: the one that helps people make a life-saving donation — or the one that helps them pick the right urinal?


Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donation Blog is interested in learning more from anyone with an iPhone about this app. Please submit your comments below.


In the meantime for those of us who are not iPhone owners, please do not forget to register to be an organ donor. To do so click HERE.

Source: The New York Times, Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ORGAN TRANSPLANTS - KIDNEYS FOR SALE - COMEDIAN -ACTOR DREW CAREY INVESTIGATES

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Source: ReasonTV

Reason, the libertarian magazine, has put together a video hosted by comedian and libertarian advocate Drew Carey on the virtues of organ donation.

When we go to the doctor’s office for a checkup, most of us get annoyed if we have to thumb through old waiting-room magazines for a half-hour. Yet many people wait much longer for something much more important.

Sally Satel, a researcher at The American Enterprise Institute, waited for new life in the form of a kidney transplant, until an unexpected someone stepped forward. Since giving Sally her right kidney, Virginia Postrel, former editor ofReason, has thought a lot about how to increase the supply of kidneys for people like Christina Deleon. Like 81,000 other Americans, Christina has no living donor and has no choice but to endure dialysis and wait—she’s been on the list since 2003.

Postrel and UCLA’s Dr. Gabriel Danovitch take on some common misconceptions about kidney donation, but they disagree sharply on the most controversial proposal—paying people to donate kidneys.

Each year more than 3,000 Americans—a figure comparable to the death tolls from the 9/11 attacks—die waiting for kidneys. Is it time to legalize the sale of kidneys?

Drew Carey investigates what could be done to end the wait for people like Christina, and give them the freedom they deserve.

To register to be an organ donor in your state please click HERE

We are sure this is great fodder for a robust discussion on the topic so please comment using the "comment" link below - we look forward to hearing from you. freedom they deserve


DONATE LIFE MISSISSIPPI CAMPAIGN FEATURES LOCAL TV REPORTS


Great idea from our colleagues at Donate Life Mississippi using local personalities encouraging citizens to register to become organ, eye & tissue donors.
Kelly and her team at Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency built a campaign featuring local TV reporter personalities Maggie Wade and Barbie Bassett both in print and billboard advertising.

To register to be an organ donor in the state of Mississippi please visit Donate Life Mississippi.
To register to be an organ donor in your state please click HERE

Monday, October 26, 2009

THREE RIVERS-DR. YABLONSKI'S WIFE? - DR LEE - YO YO MA? - NOVEMBER 1, SHOW PREVIEW

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"Three Rivers" episode 105 "Alone Together" will be televised on Sunday, November 1, 2009 9 pm PT/ 8 pm CT
Interesting tidbits: Dr Lee referred to as Yo Yo Ma? Dr. Yablonski's wife? You will need to tune in this coming Sunday to learn more.

I have been hearing from those professionals in the donation and transplant community that "Three Rivers" is a "joke" and "not accurate". They are nit picking the minute clinical errors in the show while glossing over the important core message of the show that there is a shortage of organs for transplant and over 104,000 Americans are waiting for a life saving organ transplant - 18 people die daily without receiving their life saving transplant.
For those of us in the field, sure, there are inaccuracies in the clinical portrayal. On the donation side Donate Life Hollywood has been working tirelessly to insure that the organ donation and transplant story line is as accurate as possible. But come on folks, for the general public they do not know what all the numbers mean on the monitors! It is more important that the message needs to get out there about donation - so get over yourselves and help promote the show so that more people are exposed to the donation and transplant message. Think about those on the transplant waiting list who are at the brink of death hanging on to every kernel of hope - hoping that a family who has watched "Three Rivers" or have heard about organ donation and the lives that can be saved, make the decision to donate life.

If you are so bothered by the clinical inaccuracies or if you find glaring errors in the portrayal of organ donation, please contact Donate Life Hollywood as they remain very close with the creator and writers of the show.

Please register to become an organ, eye & tissue donor; to learn how please click HERE
In California, register to be a donor by visiting Donate Life California.

DONATE LIFE - FAMILY MAINTAINS WALTER PAYTON'S LEGACY OF GIVING

SOURCE: Football News from a Chick

Walter Payton's daughter, Brittney, has become an advocate for organ donor awareness. Brittney, seen with her mother, Connie, at Walter Payton's funeral, organized a campaign to increased donor awareness among teenagers.


Walter Payton, a nine-time Pro Bowl player and Hall of Famer, played for the Chicago Bears from 1975-1987. On Nov. 1, 1999, at the age of 45, he died after battling a rare liver disease.

It's been a decade since liver disease did something defenders struggled to do and took down Walter Payton. Even so, No. 34 still looms large.

His son Jarrett has daily conversations with him "about what I'm doing and what I should be doing as a man, as a husband. I find myself talking to him every single day."

When he checks the time, it often just happens to be 34 minutes past the hour. His younger sister Brittney will notice a restaurant bill ending in 34 cents and figure it's just her dad's way of letting her know: "Hey, I'm around. I'm involved. I know what's going on."

Diagnosed with a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and then cancer, Walter Payton remains a larger-than-life figure even as the 10th anniversary of his death approaches on Nov. 1.

His legacy is alive and well.

His family is keeping his fight to encourage organ donation going, and the latest initiative has them teaming with the Chicago Bears, cornerback Charles Tillman, Donate Life Illinois, and Astellas Pharma US, Inc. in the "Tackle the Shortage: Donate Life Challenge."

Their immediate goal: register 5,000 donors in Illinois by the end of the year.

Their long-term goal: eliminate the need for a transplant waiting list.

The Paytons and Tillman, whose baby daughter underwent a heart transplant a year ago, will be part of a news conference Monday at Halas Hall to publicize the effort, and the game against Cleveland on Nov. 1 will be dedicated to Walter Payton.

For Full story please visit Football News from a Chick

To register to be a donor in the State of Illinois and to keep Walter Payton's legacy alive, please visit Donate Life Illinois

To become a donor in your state please click HERE

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

THREE RIVERS ALEX O'LOUGHLIN - TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW

Source: Zapit,com Kate O'Hare
alexoloughlin_threerivers_l.jpgYou may know that Alex O'Loughlin, the star of CBS' organ-transplant medical drama "Three Rivers" (and the former star of CBS' "Moonlight") is from Australia, but here are a few more things you may not know about this tall, dark leading man.

1. He plays guitar.

"It's a hobby for me, but I'm never alone if there's a guitar there."

2. He can fish (and more).

"I'm a fisherman. I've always loved fishing. I grew up fishing for trout. I'm not the best fly fisherman, but I can fly-fish, because I crack a whip. I learned to crack a whip as a boy, out on the properties. I have skills, mad skills. Also I've been ocean fishing and river fishing."

3. He could try to fix your toilet.

"I worked for a plumber for three months or something, when I was in the tortured teenage years, as a part-time job. It was s***, pardon the pun. It was the worst job ever, so disgusting."

4. He can now tie surgical knots.

"I can actually do the knots. Gonzo (Dr. Gonzalo 'Gonzo' Gonzalez-Stawinski, the surgeon who inspired O'Loughlin's 'Three Rivers' character, Dr. Andy Jablosnki) showed me. I'm quite proficient with that, because I'm used to working with fishing line."

5. He can save you from a raging inferno.

"I put a bush fire out. I had to fight a bush fire when I was the property. It was one of the most incredible things, terrifying. We get them a lot in Australia."

6. He plays sports.

"Carol (series creator Carol Barbee) called me and said, 'What sport does Andy play?' I said, 'Rugby.' Rugby union is a more sophisticated game and a more civilized game. They call union the 'Lords' Game.' League is rougher. I never played in union. I also play a game called Aussie Rules (Football). It's a great game.

"You don't have to punch each other in the face anymore. It's all changed. It was part of the game. As boys, it's important to get punched and hit. Now you get severe penalties, and they bench you for six weeks. We called it 'getting to know each other.'"

7. He had troubles as a child.

"I had a bit of OCD as a kid, quite a bit, actually. I wouldn't step on a crack. It would take me an hour to get my shoes tied, because I had this weird OCD thing."

8. You want him to make you his special meatballs.

"Lots of fresh garlic, but -- it makes a difference -- the way you cut the garlic and the onion, the kind of onion you use. If it's just for me, I use lean beef. If it's for other people, I'll use Wagyu or Kobe."

9. He had interesting taste in TV as a kid.

"'A-Team,' hell, yeah, man - Murdock, Hannibal. Those were my favorite shows, 'The A-Team' and 'Monkey Magic,' which I bet none of you knows about. It was about these mythical characters: one was a monkey; one was a pig; one was a fish; one was a Buddha. They would travel over the countryside. They're all kung-fu masters. It's the great show."

10. And, yes, he can sing the "Monkey Magic" theme, and there's a dance to go with it. But he's not sure what he'd think of the show as an adult.

"It's probably s***. I haven't watched it in years. Now I'd watch it and go, 'It's terrible.' But I thought it was the greatest thing."

Please watch "Three Rivers" Sundays, CBS, 9 PM / 8 PM Central
Please register to be an organ, eye & tissue donor - as a Donate Life Ambassador, Alex O'Loughlin would want you to.
In California register @ Donate Life California
In other states click HERE

104,000 plus Americans waiting | 18 die every day | 120 added to list daily

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - UK - THE FLOE SINGER SARAH'S GIFT OF LIFE TO HER BOYFRIEND

A NORTH Essex singer who donated a kidney to her boyfriend is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the need for organ donors.

Singer-songwriter Sarah Springett lives with boyfriend, 31-year-old Paul Shepherd, in Kelvedon.

“I already feel like I have gained so much by donating my kidney to him. Releasing this single to support the Transplant Trust’s work and encouraging people to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register feels like the right thing to do.”

Sarah Springett

In 2004, Paul was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, a condition in which the kidneys become damaged by a protein normally used to fight infection. He managed to live a relatively normal life for four years, but in early 2008, his condition deteriorated rapidly and he had to undergo regular dialysis.

Sarah, 28, made the decision to donate one of her kidneys to Paul, and on November 6 his life-saving operation went ahead at the Royal London Hospital. Doctors say the operation has been a complete success and both Sarah and Paul are now able to lead normal lives.

A year on from the operation, Sarah has decided to launch a personal campaign to raise awareness of organ donation and the need for more donors to come forward. Her efforts will be in support of the first UK-wide organ donation campaign, which is being launched by NHS Blood and Transplant in early November.

Her band, the Floe, will follow the launch of the campaign with the release of their debut single, called I Hope You Know, on November 9. Each single will prominently feature a link to an online organ registration form, and profits from the single will be donated to the Transplant Trust.

Sarah said: “Before Paul’s illness, organ donation had no reason to enter my life.

“It had never affected me and I had no reason to think it would. It was always someone else’s problem. It is with such a sense of relief and excitement I am able to throw myself back into my music, knowing that Paul is safe, healthy and back up and running. “I already feel like I have gained so much by donating my kidney to him. “Releasing this single to support the Transplant Trust’s work and encouraging people to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register feels like the right thing to do.”

You can hear Sarah talking about her experiences and her campaign by visiting www.ihopeyouknow.co.uk.

The site has a link to the NHS Organ Donor Register’s signup page and offers the chance to buy the single, and help raise money for the Transplant Trust.

To register as an organ donor visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 1232323.

NATIONAL DONATION CAMPUS CHALLENGE -"HOW TO BE A LIONSAVER 101" SET FOR OCTOBER 27, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

"How to Be a Lionsaver 101" Set for Oct. 27

"How to Be a Lionsaver 101" Set for Oct. 27(Posted: October 7, 2009) (Printable Version)

A group of students at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith would like for fellow students and community members to take action after attending “How to Be a Lionsaver 101,” slated for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

The event, which will be held at the fireplace in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, is designed to bring awareness to organ donation, according to Jonathon Walker of Van Buren, one of the members of the Chancellor’s Leadership Council. He and other CLC students — Caitlyn Sears of Alma and Marchelle Castleberry of Fort Smith — took on the awareness activity as a class project. The project, however, has Walker already making a decision for himself.

“Before we considered this project, I didn’t know the benefits of organ donation,” said Walker. “In a college atmosphere, students are getting out and making their own decisions. We want to give them the chance to make this decision, organ donation, for themselves. I’ve now made that decision myself.”

Walker said Fort Smith Major Ray Baker will kick off the event, which will include free pizza for the first 500. In attendance will be a representative from ARORA (Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency), as well as an individual who works with families of organ donors and a person who has received a transplant.

“He is an organ recipient and has a pretty compelling story,” said Walker. “We hope this will encourage people to sign a pledge card for organ donation. I know I will.”

Individuals who sign pledge cards will receive a free T-shirt, made possible by Cooper Clinic and Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Those stopping by “How to Be a Lionsaver 101” will have the opportunity to visit with the ARORA representatives and with the organ recipient, eat pizza, drink Cokes and pick up some free items from ARORA. The pledge card can be carried by the person who signs it until time for driver’s license renewal. At that time, the donor’s organ donation decision will be added to the driver’s license.

For more information, contact Walker, by e-mail at jwalke03@uafortsmith.edu or by telephone at 479-353-5532, or Susan Devero in the chancellor’s office, sdevero@uafortsmith.edu or 479-788-752

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - CANADA-BIG TREK FOR ORGAN DONATION-7TH STEP BY STEP CAMPAIGN

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George Marcello is embarking on a two-year-old journey across the Americas that will, he hopes, save thousands of lives.

The liver donation advocate, who received a life-saving transplant 14 years ago, is now taking the 7th Step By Step campaign on the road and visiting 277 cities in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean to spread awareness of organ donation.

"We're going through 36 countries," said Marcello, 54. "This will be an issue that most Democrats and Republicans can agree on, that all religions and colours will agree on. We want to bring organ donation to the forefront on two continents."

Beginning Oct. 23 in Alaska, Marcello will be travelling in an ambulance, being converted into a webcasting truck, which will show a live feed at sostheamericas.com of each city visited, with his final stop in Argentina on Oct. 24, 2011.

There are also large fundraising efforts for the trip, which will cost Marcello between $400,000 and $500,000. To get the campaign off the ground, Marcello said he has had to mortgage his west-end home.

"There are a lot of bills to pay," he said. "In order to get this started, I had to mortgage my house. That's how dedicated I am since I received that gift 14 years ago. I want to find ways to save that person on the waiting list."

Each stop will have student ambassadors who'll carry the "torch of life," which represents hope and love for those who require transplants, along a specific route.

The previous Step By Step campaign in 2007 lasted a year. One hundred students across Canada from St. John's to Yellowknife carried the "torch of life," which Pope Jean Paul II blessed in 2001.

"A lot of people were inspired," Marcello said. "When it's coming from a student, it has a more emotional effect on people."

Canada has more than 4,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant; the United States more than 90,000, Marcello said. And at least one Canadian dies each day while waiting for a transplant and almost every hour someone passes away in America.

One person can save several lives by donating two lungs, two kidneys, a heart, liver and pancreas.

Marcello will unveil the truck of life at a press conference at Queen's Park on Monday. For more information or to donate online, go to SOS THE AMERICAS

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - UK - STARS BACKING TRANSPLANT CAMPAIGN FESTIVAL

Source: Skynews, UK

The stars are rallying round a comedy and music festival in aid of transplant awareness after being inspired by the fight of a seriously ill woman.

Natalie Imbruglia and Ed Byrne

Natalie Imbruglia and Ed Byrne will be appearing at Save Jess-tival

Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia, Mock The Week favourite Ed Byrne, Canadian comic Glenn Wool and The Yeah Yous are among the line-up at Save Jess-tival.

The stars have all been inspired to take part by the plight of 20-year-oldJessica Wales.

Her lungs have been ravaged by cystic fibrosis and she has been waiting for a double lung transplant for over four years.

Desperate to save Jess and the 8,000 people like her currently on the transplant waiting list, her friends launched a Twitter campaign to raise awareness of organ donation and the chronic lack of donors in the UK.

The campaign soon evolved into a live gig featuring some of Jess' celebrity supporters.

But because Jess is running out of time, the event has been organised at breakneck speed and is now taking place at the Village Underground, Shoreditch, on October 16.

Natalie Imbruglia, who is headlining the gig, said: "I met Jess in January 2008, at a charity event to raise money for research into cystic fibrosis.

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Jessica Wales

"Jess had already been waiting for a double lung transplant for over two years and I was deeply moved by her story. I told her to let me know if there was ever anything I could do to help.

"She is now so ill and running out of time waiting for her transplant. I was delighted to be asked to take part in this gig in honour of her and to raise awareness of organ donation."

Proceeds from Save Jess-tival will go to organ donation charity Live Life Then Give Life.

Chairman Emily Thackray said: "Jess works tirelessly to raise awareness about organ donation and fights hard to help the 8,000 other people like her who are in need of a transplant.

"It is Jess' incredible strength and heart-wrenching honesty that has inspired these fantastic celebrity guests to appear at Save Jess-tival. We just hope that Jess gets her call soon; the idea of losing her is heartbreaking."

To book tickets or for more information visit www.savejess.org.uk.

You can sign the organ donor register online atwww.organdonation.nhs.uk or by phoning 0300 123 23 23.