Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TOMORROW BEGINS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH - WHAT AM I DOING TO PROMOTE ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONATION

Tomorrow begins 30 days of promoting organ, eye and tissue donation. As a heart transplant recipient I am passionate about remembering the over 106,000 American on the transplant wait list and to do everything in my power to educate and encourage people to register as an organ donor. My mission is to eliminate deaths on the wait-list and eventually eliminate the need for a wait-list because everyone is a registered donor.

So what am I doing? I hope this gives you some idea of what you can do to make a difference.

  1. Fly the Donate Life Flag at my residence
  2. Ask my neighbors to fly the Donate Life Flag or Donate Life Garden Banner
  3. Make sure the Donate Life Bumper magnet is on my car and ask my neighbors to put one on their car.
  4. During the work week, I wear the green Donate Life Bracelet and Donate Life pin
  5. During the weekend, I wear the Donate Life California T-shirt every where. You would be surprised how many people come up to me who are recipients, donor family members, on the wait list or know someone on the wait list or are curious about donation.
  6. I will be speaking at several neighborhood churches about organ donation.
  7. April 16th is National Healthcare Decision day were people are encouraged to talked to their family about healthcare decisions including organ donation. I am working with local (Long Beach area) medical groups and dialysis centers to place information about National Healthcare Decision day and National Donate Life Month in their offices. I will be speaking to their patients about donation.
  8. I am working with my local city government. We have already received the City of Long Beach Proclamation declaring April as National Donate Life Month; On April 6th the City of Long Beach will be raising the Donate Life Flag for National Donate Life Month in a ceremony at City Hall.
  9. I am working with the City of Long Beach, city TV channel who will air the Donate Life California Public Service announcement for the entire month of April.
  10. I am working with the Downtown Business Association to place Donate Life information in their members businesses.
  11. During the weekends I have several Donate Life Information and donor drive tables at my local malls.
  12. I will be participating in the Donate Life Run/Walk on May 1, 2010 in Fullerton California.
  13. My Facebook page features daily information and inspiring stories on donation, encouraging my friends and groups to participate and to remind them to sign up as an organ donor by visiting their Donate LIfe organization.
  14. I twitter everyday about what organ donation means to me and what I am doing to make an impact
  15. I do work at OneLegacy, a donate life organization and will have all my assigned hospitals participate with Donate Life Information and donor drive tables throughout the month of April.
  16. Several of my assigned hospitals will be airing the Donate Life California Public Service Announcements on their television system - one has created a special channel that will continuously air the spots.
Donate Life will be my personal life during the month of April; this is a passion, this is important, people lives are at stake as the wait list continues to grow. The month of April and all the activities gives me a great personal satisfaction.

Please join me and participate in National Donate Life month and do what you can. Please let me know if I can help in anyway.

You can help the Donate LIfe Organ & Tissue Donation Blog by documenting your activities by video or pictures and send it to us so we may share with the donation and transplant community. Send by clicking HERE.

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-NEW JERSEY - NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donation Blog readers, if you are living in New Jersey we encourage you to participate in Donate Life Month activities coordinated by NJ Sharing Network and DonateLife New Jersey, please click on the calendar for Donate Life Month events link below.

Donate Life Month

Thank you to Nell Ryan from NJ Sharing Network for sharing your calendar with us.

If other Donate Life Organizations would like to share their National Donate Life Calendars with our readers, please email us HERE.

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION HITS YOUTUBE!

Source: Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC)
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ANNANDALE, VA (March 29, 2010)—Bill Peters, a retired marine from Woodbridge, lost his teenage son Scott when he was shot and killed in 1997. Despite Scott’s tragic death, Bill finds comfort every day knowing that Scott saved two people and gave two others the gift of sight through the donation of his kidneys and corneas as an organ and tissue donor. Hearing this story come directly from Bill, you know Scott’s donation is important to him.

“As a marine, you’re taught to protect your fellow marines,” explains Bill. “It’s ingrained. To literally save someone’s life—it doesn’t even compute in my mind not to do that. Why wouldn’t you do that if you had the capability?”


Bill typically explains his experience at schools, hospitals and at DMV offices. But now Bill will reach a much wider audience: YouTube. His compelling story is one of 30 that will be featured in a project titled “30 Days, 30 Stories,” which allows families of organ and tissue donors and transplant recipients themselves to tell their stories online. Every day in April (National Donate Life Month) a new video featuring individuals who have been affected by organ and tissue donation will be uploaded to Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC)’s YouTube page.


“The purpose of this campaign is to allow people to see the human side of donation,” said John Ogden, Senior Public Affairs Associate for WRTC. “Organ and tissue donation is often thought of as something abstract—something we might think about only once at the DMV when we get our license and check the box. These people live and breathe donation every single day. Hopefully, by allowing these families to tell their stories to a wider audience, people will get the message that not only does donation work, but that it saves lives.”


As of 2009, only 29 percent of DC residents, 36 percent of Maryland residents and 43 percent of Virginia residents were registered as organ and tissue donors. Nationally, that average is 27.5 percent. This campaign seeks to increase that percentage by showing people that donation works. “30 Days, 30 Stories” is one of many projects in the DC area that highlight April as National Donate Life Month. During April, the lives of those who have died and given the gift of life as organ and tissue donors are commemorated, as well as those who are alive today thanks to the courage and generosity of donors and their families.


To view the stories each day beginning April 1st, log on towww.YouTube.com/user/WRTCBeADonor. There, you will see a new story every day highlighting the effects of organ & tissue donation. To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit WRTC’s website,www.beadonor.org/register.

For more information on this project and others during National Donate Life Month, contact John Ogden at (703) 641-0100 or
john@wrtc.org.

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-QUILTS OF LOVE EXHIBIT - A LEGACY OF LOVE

The Quilts of Love are quilts created in memory of those that passed away and whose organs were donated for transplantation. Each panel is in memory of someone’s loved one — a brother, a sister, father or mother. I had the opportunity to see some of the quilt panels two years ago. It was an extremely moving experience and one I will never forget. The Quilts of Love will be on exhibit again this year. Read below for more information:

A Legacy of Love and Life: NJ Sharing Network Quilts Exhibition
Hosted by Jersey Shore University Medical Center

NJ Sharing Network is partnering with Jersey Shore University Medical Center for National Donate Life Month to showcase our “Quilts of Love.” These beautiful quilts were made with love by the families of the true heroes of transplantation, our organ and tissue donors. The quilts put a human face on the subject of donation and have a powerful impact on those who see them.

A selection of quilts will be on display from April 14th through April 30th in the main Atrium at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

On Wednesday April 14th 2010, at 11:30am we will have a presentation in the Atrium of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center to officially open the Quilt Exhibit. We would love for you to attend and pay tribute to all those who have given the gift of life.

Directions can be obtained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s website at:www.jerseyshoreuniversitymedicalcenter.com

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-IDAHO FALLS- ORGAN DONOR GIVES GIFT OF LIFE

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By Emily Florez


Trever Tremayne from Idaho Falls, died almost three years ago. Long before he passed, he chose to be an organ donor. Years later, his parents are saying the lives he saved through giving, is in a way, how he is living on.

"I'm very grateful for Trevor's choice to be a donor. And for his gift that he is given to me," Jolene Hansen said. For years Jolene she has spent nearly 12 hours a week, every week, at the Gem State Dialysis Center.

"You're energy is all drained and you just don't feel good and you're spending all your time hooked up to a machine," Hansen explained.

But almost three years ago, she received a gift from Trever Tremayne, his kidney. This changed her life.

"I feel like basically I have my life back. Now I can go be apart of the activities with my family," Hansen said.

Trever's mother, Trina Sharpe, says it was just his personality to be a donor.

"Trever was a do something for everybody all the time kind of person," she said.

Tuesday, Sharpe was given a portrait of Trever that was displayed on the Donate Life Float in the 2010 Rose Parade. The floragraph signifies the difference Trever's decision made in the lives of others.

Nationwide, more than 106,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant, but there are only about 28,000 who receive organ transplants a year. The Hansen Family says they're very fortunate to have been given the gift that will keep on giving.

If you are interested in learning more about organ and tissue donations visit http://www.yesidaho.org/

Some of the common misconceptions or myths are:
1. Many think that there religion does not allow organ donations.
2. Some think doctors will not try as hard to save their life if they are an organ donor.
3. People think that they are not qualified to be an organ donor.

Dixie Madsen from Intermountain Donor Services said ways to clear up the misconceptions are: talk with your religious leaders. Talk with your doctor about whether you can be a donor. More often than not you can.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-MICHIGAN-ALLEGAN SECRETARY OF STATE PROMOTES ORGAN DONATION ON BUDDY DAY

Soure: Penasee Globe

By Advance Newspapers

March 29, 2010, 3:11PM
In observation of April as Donate Life Month, the Allegan Secretary of State office is among SOS offices statewide hosting a Buddy Day. The “Buddies” are volunteers from Gift of Life Michigan, the Michigan Eye Bank, Lions Club and Hospice of Michigan. The volunteers promote the importance of organ, tissue and eye donations. Some are organ and tissue recipients or members of donor families. Buddy Day gives the public a chance to meet people involved with organ donation and to learn more about becoming a donor.

“We want to motivate as many people as we can to become organ, tissue and eye donors,” said Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. “Signing up is easy. Show us your heart by becoming an organ donor.”

Prior to 2007, prospective donors signed the back of their driver’s licenses, indicating that they wished to be donors. Since 2007, donors have registered by visiting any Secretary of State office or logging onto www.Michigan.gov.sos. Prospective donors are enrolled Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry. Maintained by the Department of State, the registry is a database of citizens who want to be organ and tissue donors. After registering, prospective donors receive a heart sticker to place on their driver’s license or identification card.

According to statistics gathered by Michigan organ and tissue donation program, Gift of Life, out of the state’s 10 million residents, around 1.7 million are registered organ donors. Since 2009, over 200,000 Michigan citizens have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

An average of 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week. The supply of organs does not meet the need of around 3,000 injured or ill patients whose names are on the state’s organ recipient waiting list. 2008 was a record setting year for organ donations, with 327 organ donors providing 900 organs to people on the waiting list.

“One organ donor can bring the gift of life to nearly 50 people,” Land said. “It’s amazing how one simple act can touch so many lives.”

Buddy Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, at participating Secretary of State offices. The Allegan branch is located at 430 Western Avenue. For more information, visit the Web site or call (517) 373-2520.

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-DYER COUNTY-GIVE TO LIVE DAY KICKS OFF NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

Source: State Gazette
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Local leaders gathered in the office of Dyer County Court Clerk Diane Moore on Friday, March 26, for Give to Live Day, the official kickoff of National Donate Life Month. April has been set aside as a month of education for the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc. The foundation's goal is to educate the public on the critical shortage of donated organs and how easy it is for local residents to get their name on the list to help others who are running out of time. From left, Stephanie Cagle, Amanda Taylor, Dyersburg Mayor John Holden, donor recipient William 'Bo' Joplin of Burlison, Diane Moore, Johnna Jelonek, Kim Owen, Rebecca Moore, Darla Estes, Regina Elam and Nita Twilla. Not pictured, Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill.

Each year, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation designates April as National Donate Life Month and kicks off a campaign to educate local residents on the importance of becoming an organ donor. But nothing takes the place of meeting the results face-to-face.

William "Bo" Joplin of Burlison was an honored guest and volunteer at Dyer County Clerk Diane Moore's office on Friday, March 26, as part of MSTF Give to Live Day.

Each month, Joplin volunteers his time to educate residents throughout the Mid-South on the importance of organ donation. Joplin takes time to talk to residents who are considering being organ donors because he knows the pressure of the ticking clock, the burden of waiting for a lifesaving phone call and the tremendous gift that can be offered when the world seems to stop for another family.

"I'm 2 years old," said the gray-haired Joplin with a smile. "I received a liver March 14, 2008. I tell everybody I am most appreciative that my 12-year-old son gets to grow up with his daddy."

Joplin, who received his transplant at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, acknowledged Dr. Easton, the hospital staff, members of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation and, of course, the donor who provided his son with a lifetime of memories.

"If I listed all the people who helped me, you'd have pages and pages of the newspaper taken up with just the names," said Joplin, who joined local leaders and employees of the County Clerk's office for the kickoff.

Statistics provided by MSTF paint a desperate picture for residents across the nation who are still waiting by the phone.

* There are currently more than 106,000 men, women and children on the national list awaiting lifesaving transplants

* As many as 18 people will die each day because the organ they needed did not come in time

* National research shows that although 98 percent of Americans support donation, only 30 percent know the essential steps to become a donor.

So what can area residents do to help?

Choices are as simple as adding a dollar to the total when you renew your license plate or checking a box on the form when you renew your driver's license.

Donate Life Month is dedicated to helping Mid-South residents make an informed decision about offering someone else the "Gift of Life."

"Residents may give a $1 donation when they renew their tags and it goes to this cause," said Dyer County Court Clerk Diane Moore.

"I think it's a good thing," said Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill, who is an organ donor himself and attended the kickoff. "I think it's a good program. I signed up. I believe in it. If they can use anything that this old body has, they can have it."

"I am certainly supportive of people signing up and being organ donors," said Dyersburg Mayor John Holden, who also attended the kickoff. "I think it's a great cause to help others."

In the month of April, MSTF encourages residents to:

* get the facts about organ and tissue donation

* make an informed choice about giving the "Gift of Life"

* register your wishes online

* share your decision with your family

Those interested in more information may contact the Mid-South Transplant Foundation at 1-877-228-5433, (901) 328-4438 or www.midsouthtransplant.org.

The not-for-profit organization is a member of Donate Life America, designated by the federal government to be responsible for servicing the 150-mile radius surrounding the greater Memphis area including parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee.


DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - HOLLYWOOD, CA- GEORGE LOPEZ, KIDENY RECIPIENT INDUCTED TO THE COLLECTION AT MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM


George Lopez To Unveil Wax Figure
The Ann and George Lopez Foundation invite you to come and share in the celebration! The star of "Lopez Tonight" is the first Mexican-American TV Star to be inducted into a collection at Madame Tussauds!

All The Details!

DATE: April 1, 2010
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Madame Tussauds Courtyard
6933 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
Next door to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre

MORE: The event is FREE and open to the public.
The first 100 fans to show up get access to a special VIP area!

What do Barack Obama, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley all have in common? They all have Madame Tussauds wax figures. And now George is about to get one too!
He can't wait!


The Ann & George Lopez Foundation
Warner Bros.4000 Warner Boulevard - Building 8 - Room 9
Burbank, CA 91522
818-954-3320
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO REGISTER AS AN ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONOR BY VISITING DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA OR DONE VIDA CALIFORNIA

DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT - 2011 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES -THEME ANNOUNCEMENT-BUILDING DREAMS, FRIENDSHIP AND MEMORIES

JEFFREY L. THROOP ELECTED PRESIDENT
OF 2011 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®

Throop Announces Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories
as Theme for 2011 Rose Parade®

PASADENA, Calif. (January 22, 2010) – In a ceremony yesterday, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association’s Board of Directors confirmed Jeffrey L. Throop as President for the 2010-2011 Tournament year. Throop will provide leadership for the 122nd Rose Parade and the 97th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Citi on Saturday, January 1, 2011.

President Throop revealed Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories as the theme for the 122nd Rose Parade. “The Tournament of Roses means many things for different people around the world. For some it is a dream to make it to Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Whether it’s as a player in the Rose Bowl Game, as a trumpeter in the Rose Parade or a fan watching from the curbside,” said Throop. “Involvement with this organization leads to building friendships and memories that last a lifetime. The 2011 Tournament of Roses will celebrate the builders who put our parade and game together and the dreams, friendships and memories that ensue from it.”

Throop has been a volunteer member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association since 1974 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2003. Throughout his extensive Tournament career, Throop has served on, and chaired, various committees including Float Entries, Post Parade, Membership, University Entertainment, Press Photo/Trophy, Hall of Fame, Music, and Parade Operations, among others.

In addition to Throop’s many years of service with the Tournament of Roses, he has been and still is involved with numerous community organizations. Throop is currently an active member at St. Rita’s Church in Sierra Madre. In the past, Throop served as president of the Pasadena Jaycees, the Pasadena Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Pasadena Boys Club Council. He has also been a member of the board of directors for the Community Dispute Resolution Center, the YMCA and the California Building Material Dealers Association. In addition, he has also been active in the Pasadena Police Reserve Unit, the American Concrete Institute and the Optimist Service Club and served on the board of the Pasadena Museum of History. Professionally, Throop is an executive at the George L. Throop Company, a building supplies retailer and specialty ready mix concrete producer.

Born and raised in Pasadena, Throop attended Pasadena City College and served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and stockade security. He currently lives in Sierra Madre, Calif. with his wife, Angel. The Throops have five children, Jason, Kelli, Ashley, Heather, and Alissa, and one grandson, Russell. Throop enjoys sports, snow skiing and traveling. He also enjoys old classic cars and riding motorcycles.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, Rose Bowl Game® presented by Citi and various associated events. The 122nd Rose Parade, themed
Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories, will take place Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. Following the Rose Parade, the 97th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi will kick off at 2:10 p.m. and feature an exciting match-up between two of the top collegiate football teams in the nation. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS-SUPERMAN JOSH - A TRANSPLANT STORY

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This heart warming story was submitted to us by Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donation Blog reader Joshua Carlisle who received a heart transplant on July 1, 2004 when he was 23 years old. In sharing his story, Josh hopes to inspire others to become organ, eye and tissue donors and encourages listeners to visit their Donate Life organization websites to sign-up.

WE HOPE OUR READERS WILL FOLLOW JOSH'S EXAMPLE AND SHARE THEIR STORIES TO INSPIRE OTHERS IN MAKING THE DECISION TO GIVE LIFE. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR STORIES BY EMAILING US HERE.

REMEMBER APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH! GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

DONATE LIFE HOLLYWOOD-FIANL WEEK TO VOTE FOR THE BEST ORGAN DONATION FILM OF ALL TIME!

This is the final week to vote for the BEST organ donation film of all time! The four nominees were selected by TRIO Philadelphia’s Transplant Movie Night, which consists of donor family members and transplant recipients. The film with the most votes by April 5th will be honored at the Donate Life Hollywood Inspire Awards on June 12th as part of the Donate Life Film Festival. The writer, director, producer and cast of the winning film will be invited to receive this award.



Monday, March 29, 2010

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-LONG BEACH, CA - CITY OF LONG BEACH CITY PROCLAIMS APRIL AS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

Pictured above Left to Right: Council member Second District Suja Lowenthal, OneLegacy, Glenn Matsuki, Donate Life Ambassadors Jim Krupa, Dave Hollon, Mayor Bob Foster

In a ceremony on March 23rd, the City of Long Beach for the fourth year has demonstrated their support for the over 106,000 Americans on the transplant wait list of whom nearly 8,000 reside in the Los Angeles area by proclaiming April as National Donate Life Month.

On April 6, 2010 at 10:30 am at the City of Long Beach City Hall Plaza both Mayor Bob Foster and Council member Suja Lowenthal will raise the Donate Life flag which will be flown for the entire month of April. We hope many in the Donate Life community will join in on the flag raising ceremony.

For more information please email me HERE

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS-LOS ANGELES - DONATING ORGANS: MYTHS VERSUS FACT

Source: Archivos radio bilingue
By: Linea Abierta

  • Title: DONATING ORGANS: MYTH VERSUS FACT.
  • Guest: Esther Padilla
  • Additional Guests: Germán Amezcua, Nick Razo
  • Host: Chelis López
  • Date: TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
  • Description: DONATING ORGANS: MYTH VERSUS FACT. Organ donation can save lives, but there are still not enough donors to meet the demand. Latino donors are even harder to find.
  • Genre: News
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Program Number: 6050
  • Producer: Samuel Orozco
  • Progam Number: 6050
  • Publisher: Radio Bilingüe
  • Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License
  • Subject: Health
  • Year: 2010
  • Program Name: la_100316.mp3
  • Length: 59:03 minutes (54.07 MB)
  • Format: Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

DONATING ORGANS: MYTH VERSUS FACT. Organ donation can save lives, but there are still not enough donors to meet the demand. Latino donors are even harder to find. Promoters of organ donation say many Latinos are dissuaded from organ donation because they believe the Catholic Church doesn’t support organ donation or they believe organs are harvested from people before they are pronounced brain dead. This program is in collaboration with the series Health Dialogues of KQED, San Francisco's public radio.

Guests: Esther Padilla, Donor After Care Services Coordinator, California Transplant Donor Network, Fresno, CA, www.ctdn.org ; German Amezcua, Father of 9-year-old organ donor Sebastián Amezcua, Fresno, CA; Nick Razo, Liver transplant recipient, Berkeley, CA.

NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH-LOS ANGELES - JOIN HEALTH DIALOGUES FOR A JOURNEY INTO THE COMPLICATED WORLD OF ORGAN DONATION

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Organ Donation

Join Health Dialogues for a journey into the complicated world of organ donation. We explore the phenomenon of "donor rings," as well as how race, income and social status can affect access to transplants and the insurance to cover them.

A Double-Lung Transplant

Gurjeev Sachdeva, a 45-year-old Bay Area woman, received a double-lung transplant at UCSF in 2007. Health Dialogues speaks with Gurjeev, her surgeon, and a heart and lung transplant coordinator about the experience. Guest: Dr. Charles Hoopes, director of cardio-pulmonary transplantation at UCSF. Guest: Gurjeev Sachdeva, double-lung transplant recipient. Guest: Karen Breen, heart and lung transplant coordinator at UCSF.

. Kidney Gives Artist Second Chance at Life: See photo and hear San Francisco artist Victor Zaballa tell how he received a kidney transplant, and what it means to him.

At The California Transplant Donor Network Lab

Host Scott Shafer interviews a surgical coordinator and a nurse educator from the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) about the science and logistics of organ donation. Guest: Sharon Swain, nurse educator at California Transplant Donor Network. Guest: Thomas Wood, surgical coordinator at California Transplant Donor Network.

. Transplant Statistics: Compare how donors and recipients break down by ethnicity, see which organs are in most demand and find out who is most likely to give you their organ.

The Ethics of Organ Donation and Transplantation

Scott Shafer speaks with Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter with ProPublica, a non-profit journalism organization based in New York City. When he was an investigative journalist with the Los Angeles Times, Charles Ornstein did extensive coverage of organ transplantation in California. Guest: Charles Ornstein, senior reporter with ProPublica.

Signing up at the DMV

Just why is it that Californians sign up to be organ donors at the DMV? Reporter: Sarah Varney

Latino Organ Donation

Historically, minorities have been far less likely than whites to register as organ donors. In recent years, however, as a result of education and outreach, the donor registration and consent rates have risen -- especially among Latinos. Reporter: Debra Baer