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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.netTo register to be an organ donor in Califo…

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" GOSPELFESTA Night of Testimony and Praise6:00 PMNew Philadelphia AME Church19100 S. Susana RoadRancho 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: TanjugBELGRADE -- 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)

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 n…

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

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"…

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
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 suffe…

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

Organ Donor Awareness EventOrgan 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 competitionChristina BongabongNews staff writerContact meOctober 15th, 2009
Text SizeKatie 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 IlliniFor 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 par…

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

NSA at SFSU joins the 2009 National Donation Campus Challenge!
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 minu…

iPHONE ALTRUISM FOR POTENTIAL ORGAN DONORS

October 26, 2009, 2:32 PMiPhone Altruism for Potential Organ DonorsBy FREAKONOMICSOrgan 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 own…

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

Source: ReasonTVReason, 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 contr…

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

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

"Three Rivers" episode 105 "Alone Together" will be televised on Sunday, November 1, 2009 9 pm PT/ 8 pm CTInteresting 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 …

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

SOURCE: Football News from a ChickWalter 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: &…

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

Source: Zapit,com Kate O'HareYou 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 no…

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 SpringettIn 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 a…

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(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 deci…

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

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 $50…

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

Source: Skynews, UKThe 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 will be appearing at Save Jess-tivalAustralian 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 n…