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DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Celebrity Poker Player: Jennifer Harman's Face for Charities
"It's always a great tournament for a great cause." Jennifer Harman said in her Fourth Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament at The Venetian's Poker Room. Well, its always been an all-star turnout for a poker tournament like this. Yes, players really do love pokerfor fun and money, but specially it earns more worth with this kind of charitable tournaments.

Jennifer Harman was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and started playing poker in 1972 at the age of eight. For her poker experience, she won her firstWorld Series of Poker bracelet in 2000 at the prestigious No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Event. While in 2002, she won again her second WSOP bracelet at the $5k Limit Hold 'em event. Harman's do stand out with her skills, in fact, she is the only woman to hold two bracelets in WSOP open events.

After a year away from poker because of her second kidney transplant in 2004, he again return to the poker t…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - ELIZABETH CITY, NEW JERSEY

He’s a true mama’s boy

Volanda Watts shares a special bond with her son. She now carries one of his kidneys.

From birth, Volanda Watts has been battling with type-1 diabetes. It’s the most serious form of the disease and one that has taken the 46-year-old woman to the brink of death, but thanks to her son Ethan she has had another reprieve.

Ethan Watts, 19, has grown up watching his mother struggle with diabetes and subsequently kidney disease. He’s seen her battle with the loss of kidney function as a result of diabetes, and the difficulties of dialysis. So when she was in need of what would be a second kidney transplant, he was ready to step up to the plate for his mother.

“When she first got on dialysis, before the first transplant, seeing her on the machine was really hard on me,” says Ethan, who was a small boy then.

The memory of that experience informed his decision to donate a kidney to his mother.

The kidney transplant that Volanda Watts had roughly five years ago held up OK all th…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - CINCINNATI, OHIO

Ickey Woods Speaks Out About Son's Death


CINCINNATI -- Former Cincinnati Bengal Ickey Woods has a new mission in life: tackling the condition that claimed his son's life.
Woods and his ex-wife, Chandra, spoke exclusively to News 5 about the day their 16-year-old son Jovante died three weeks ago from an asthma attack.
Ickey Woods remembers the phone call he got that night from his younger son and said he replays it over and over in his head.
"He says 'Jo says he can't breathe,'" Ickey said. "He said 'Dad, he collapsed. He collapsed.' I said 'What do you mean?' He said 'He's collapsed. He's laying on the floor.'"
By the time Woods arrived him, Jovante, who suffered from asthma since he was a baby, was being whisked away in an ambulance.
When they arrived at Children's Hospital, doctors started preparing Ickey and Chandra for the worst.
"They got his heart back to pumping but he went 30 minutes without any oxygen t…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Swedish doctors to climb Mount Rainier for organ donors


Swedish Medical Center is at it again.

Just a few weeks after live streaming a sleep study and a few months after live-tweeting a surgery, the Seattle-based hospital has shifted its attention organ donation.

This time, there's a mountain involved.

A team of doctors from Swedish Medical Center will try to summit Mount Rainier this week. They'll be live streaming the climb, talking about the need for organ donors.

Tuesday, two Swedish doctors, a radiologist and the CEO of LifeCenter Northwest started the climb.

On Wednesday, they'll pause to live stream a chat about why people should register as organ donors, using "backpack" technology powered by solar energy.

Here's what they want you to know, according to a statement from Swedish:

"More than 108,400 people are currently waitlisted to receive an organ transplant in the United States, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. A new name is added to …

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS- VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA

Their bond is sharing the gift of life
By Dennis McCarthy, Columnist LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

It was a perfect night for barbecue, champagne toasts, and new friends getting the chance to match faces with the names that had come to mean so much to them.

Few of the 40 people celebrating in the backyard of Fern and Ross Bloom's Chatsworth home Saturday night had met before, but you would have never known it.

They gave each other warm hugs and handshakes like they were close family. In many ways, they are. Now.

All of them had either donated a kidney to - or received one from - someone there.

A couple of years ago these people were all strangers. Now, thanks to the UCLA Kidney Transplantation Exchange Program, they're all part of Harry Damon's extended family.

Harry's a retired firefighter from Grand Rapids, Michigan who, out of the goodness of his heart, donated one of his kidneys in June of 2009 to start this donor chain.

It went to a woman named Sheila Whitney, who had the same…

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - SPAIN

Spain - 17.5% of organ donations in the European Union in 2009 were made in Spain
Source: ISRIA

Spain remains the world leader with a rate of 34.4 donors per million inhabitants and 4,028 solid organ transplants in total, according to the report from the Transplant Commission of the Council of Europe. The study shows that Latin America, where Spain is carrying out intense work on the training of transplant coordinators, is the continent with the greatest growth in absolute numbers.


The World Transplant Register, which has managed the Spanish National Transplant Organisation (ONT in Spanish) for the last 4 years in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, has recorded 100,528 solid organ transplants around the world, although in many countries in Africa and Asia these figures are considered to be approximations. These figures represent an increase of 1.2% on the previous year. Of these, 69,214 were kidney transplants, 20,280 liver transplants, 5,327 heart transplants, 3,329 lung …

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - GERMANY

Germany rethinks approach to organ donation after Steinmeier gives kidney
Source: DW World - DE

Around 12,000 Germans are waiting for an organ donation. Some politicians think that a model where everyone is presumed to be a donor unless they have said otherwise could give a much-needed boost to organ donation.


When German opposition leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier donated his kidney to his sick wife last week, he put organ donation in the spotlight. But most transplants don't come from living donors like Steinmeier, but rather from people who have died but whose organs are still in good shape.
In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Rolf Koschorrek, who heads the Christian Democrats' parliamentary health committee, said he was ready to fight for a system that presumed consent rather than asked for it.

He told the paper that he sees the "opting out" model as "an opportunity to significantly improve the supply of donor organs."

A common approach in Europ…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - CLEVELAND, OHIO

Child waiting for new heart receives rarely used vascular assist device
By Emmanuel Romero | PLAINS DEALER

Lane Eberhardt has been on the waiting list for a heart transplant since last September.

As an infant, Lane was diagnosed with a severe aortic stenosis, a heart valve defect that prevents complete blood flow from the heart's left ventricle to the rest of the body. In February, his parents took him to the Cleveland Clinic after he experienced trouble breathing and showed other signs of heart failure. By May, he had deteriorated so much that his cardiologists recommended a ventricular assist device.

Now, the 8-year-old New Philadelphia resident is only the third patient in Ohio to receive the EXCOR Pediatric implant.

Manufactured by Berlin Heart GmbH, the device is supporting the function of Lane's diseased heart until a suitable donor can be found.

Traci Reichman, Lane's mother, is now an ambassador for LifeBanc, an organ-donation advocacy group in Northeast Ohio.

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS -QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

THREE MINUTES WITH KATE STUDART


Most people don't like to talk about death and organ donation, but Kate Stodart's job is to do just that. The Reporter has a quick chat to her about her role as communications manager at DonateLife Queensland.Q: What exactly is your role at DonateLife Queensland?A: As the communications manager, my role is to promote the issue of organ and tissue donation and encourage people to have discussions with their family about their wishes.Q: What fostered your passion for organ donation?A: It's an area of health that interested me because I had exposure to it in the 80s when liver transplants were first happening at the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital. At the time it was still very pioneering and it was exciting to watch that and see the possibilities for people who without this medical technology would die. It's nice to know that my work can directly contribute to one person living, but also honours the donor and the donor's family w…

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - JAPAN

Organ donation rate up under new lawThe Yomiuri ShimbunThe organ-transplant rate has increased markedly following the introduction of revisions to the Organ Transplant Law on July 17 that eased the requirements for transplants from brain-dead donors.In the three weeks to Sunday, five cases of organ donation from brain-dead donors were reported.This figure is greater than any monthly total recorded since the Organ Transplant Law was enacted in 1997. The previous high was in January 2009, when four cases were reported.The Japan Organ Transplant Network announced Sunday that a man in his 40s had been declared brain dead in a hospital in the Kanto-Koshinetsu area under the criteria stipulated by the revised law, and that his organs had been donated for transplantation.The man had been hospitalized for encephalopathy, a disorder of the brain. Although it was unknown whether the man had expressed a wish to donate his organs, his family consented for his organs to be donated.Before the law w…

INTERNATIONAL ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - SHANGHAI, CHINA

Plan on organ donations soonEnglish.news.cn   2010-08-31 09:28:31

 BEIJING, Aug 30(Xinhuanet) -- Shanghai is working on a detailed regional plan under a national pilot program to better manage organ donations, prevent illegal organ sales and make sure organs are given to patients most in need of transplants, officials with the Shanghai Red Cross said yesterday.The plan will force all hospitals to report their patients and demands for organs to the local Red Cross, which lists patients based on the urgency of their need for organs.Currently, organ distribution is mainly run by hospitals, which provide organ transplant service and get the organs through their own network.The program, authorized by the Red Cross Society of China, is being carried out in 11 cities and provinces; each tasked with designing a new post-death organ donation system in line with local situation and cultural background. So far trials have started in Tianjin City and the provinces of Guangdong, Liaoning and Zhejia…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - KEARNEY, NEBRASKA

Overton sonographer found her own cancer; she awaits liver transplant
By BETSY FRIEDRICH Hub Staff Writer


OVERTON — Trisha Grote has been doing ultrasounds on humans and animals for 17 years, so when she scanned her own liver, there was no mistaking what she saw.
“Back in May, we were in Connecticut setting up for an equine lab, which we’ve done a hundred times. We had a new piece of equipment, and I wanted to see what the image looked like, so as we were setting up I said, ‘Oh, I’ll just scan my liver quick to get an image,’” Grote said.
“Lo and behold, it was full of tumors. I had had no symptoms. I felt completely normal, so it was quite a shock to me.”
Grote has worked as a sonographer for small animals and horses for the last five years. She also helps veterinarians set up and train with new equipment. She said she chose to scan her liver that day because it’s an easy organ with which to test the machine.
“It’s a big solid organ and gives me a pretty good indication if the machin…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - CONNECTICUT

Family's cross-country trek to promote organ donation lands in Connecticut
Amanda Cuda, Staff Writer


There was a time when Mike Greiner's entire existence hinged on a phone call.

Seven years ago, Greiner, 41, formerly of Lincoln, Ill., was on a waiting list to receive a kidney and pancreas transplant. It was a tense time for Greiner and his family, as they longed for word that a suitable donor had been found. "When you're on that list, you're basically waiting on a phone call that lets you know whether you're going to live or die," Greiner said during a phone interview Monday afternoon.

For Greiner, the phone call came. But, for many others across the country, it never arrives. According to Donate Life America, a nonprofit that aims to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation, there are about 106,000 people nationwide in need of organ transplants. About 18 of these people die every day.

As the recipient of a life-saving organ donation, Greiner w…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - SPARTA, MICHIGAN

Sparta mom awaiting lung transplant dies; her story prompts hundreds sign up to donate organs
Source: MLive.com

TODAY IN HONOR OF KERRY HUTCHINS, DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION BLOG WILL ONLY POST ONE STORY.
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY OF KERRY WHO INSPIRED SO MANY TO BECOME ORGAN DONORS.




Kerry Hutchins wondered from her hospital bed not too long ago what it would take for more people in Michigan to sign up to be organ donors.

The 33-year-old Sparta woman, born with cystic fibrosis, figured telling
her story might help.

“When are we gonna start talking more about it?” Hutchins said earlier this month. “Maybe when you can put a face to it. When you can say, 'Remember that girl we read about with CF? The one who needs lungs?’”

Hutchins died Saturday morning at the University of Michigan Health Systems, where she had been living since April, hoping for a double lung transplant that would save her life.

"She lost the good fight,” her dad, George Roby, said. She was surrounded by fami…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - PENNSYLVANIA

Barbour County man gives hope to others by giving the gift of life
By BEN SIMMONS, Staff Writer | The Intermountain

A 49-year-old man has a new heart. A 61-year-old woman has a new liver. A 38-year-old woman has a new kidney. These people, and many more, all have former Belington Council member Terry Moore to thank for their renewed lease on life.

Moore died on Sept. 17, 2009 of a brain aneurysm and donated his organs to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. His wife, Christine Moore, recently attended a gathering in Pennsylvania to celebrate his life, along with many others, who have donated their organs to those in need.

"He always wanted to help as many people as he could in his life," Christine Moore said. "This was his final testament of what he stood for, to help and take care of others. He wanted to be remembered as a helpful and loving person. He was trying to do his best to show others the love of God and what men could do."

As a public servant, Moore s…

DONATE LIFE ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS - SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

San Diegocouple final link in nation's largest kidney transplant chainBY JANET LAVELLE, UNION-TRIBUNEFRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010 AT 8:39 P.M.JOHN GIBBINSFor Rita and Oscar Ayub, the National Kidney Registry came up with a lifesaving shortcut. It helps find donors for people who need a kidney, but only if they have a partner willing to give an organ to a stranger.Rita Ayub never resigned herself to the idea that her husband, Oscar, would have to wait years for a kidney transplant because her organ wasn’t a good match.Fortunately for the San Diego couple, the National Kidney Registry came up with a lifesaving shortcut. It helps find donors for people who need a kidney, but only if they have a partner willing to give an organ to a stranger.To learn more about kidney diseaseNational Kidney Disease Education Program: http://nkdep.nih.gov/National Kidney Registry: www.kidneyregistry.orgNational Kidney Association: www.kidney.orgThe Ayubs became part of an unprecedented chain of 21 kidney tr…