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Life Stories: Breaking Ground in Minority Donation


Clive O. Callender, MD
Donation Professional: Washington, DCProfessor of Surgery, Howard University
Founder, National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP)

Founder, National Minority Donor Awareness Day, Aug. 1

Throughout his career as a surgeon and professor, Dr. Callender has been a passionate donation advocate, encouraging and educating minority communities about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, and promoting better health among minorities to help reduce the need for transplantation. His interest began when he received his transplant surgical training in 1969. Four years later, Dr. Callender founded the Howard University Hospital Transplant Centerm, the first minority-operated center in the United States.
In 1991, Dr. Callender helped to found National MOTTEP to increase the number of minority donors. Five years later, he created National Minority Donor Awareness Day, a yearly observance on August 1st, to raise awarenes…

Mark Your Calendar for National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Day

Source: Minority Nursing

TOMORROW, August 1 is National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Day, and the National Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program (National MOTTEP®) would love to see more nurses of color get involved in its mission of educating minority communities about organ/tissue transplantation issues and increasing the number of minority Americans who donate organs and tissue, such as kidneys and bone marrow.

Why is it so important to have more minority organ donors? Consider these statistics from the National MOTTEP and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN):

• More than 83,000 persons are currently on the national transplant waiting list.

• 16 people die each day waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

• A disproportionate number of these people who are on waiting lists and dying--approximately 50%--are racial/ethnic minorities, including 23,558 African Americans, 13,059 Hispanics/Latinos and 5,158 Asians/Pacific Islanders.

• Patients in …

For volunteer, spreading word on organ donation is personal

Written by | WADE MALCOLM  | The News Journal

On Easter Sunday in 1991, a young family in Texas drove home from dinner.

They crossed a bridge with a truck coming toward them from the other direction. The head-on collision moments later snapped the husband's neck. The mother, a nurse, struggled to give first aid to her 2-year-old son, who later died from brain swelling.

Although the accident took two people, it also saved at least one when the mother donated her son's organs.

Less than a week later -- and after a six-and-a-half- hour surgery -- the little boy's liver began a new life in the body of a little girl from Delaware, who had spent four of her first 13 months of life eatingthrough a tube.

That was the first time in Gabe Archangelo's life an organ transplant saved the life of a loved one. It would not be the last.

At the time Archangelo's daughter, Gabrielle, received the liver, organ transplants were still rare, and the idea of listing "organ donor" on…

Radiothon marks donor day

The Daily Reflector

Carolina Donor Services is hosting a three-hour live radiothon on Monday to mark National Minority Donor Awareness Day and promote organ donation.

The event is being held from 4-7 p.m. at WOOW radio station, 405 Evans St.

The Rev. Sidney Locks with Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church and Ralph Love, a Pitt County Board of Education member, will discuss their organ transplants.

Arlette Whitaker will talk about working as a dialysis nurse while waiting for a kidney transplant and Bettie and James Whitfield will share how she gave her husband one of her kidneys.

Carolina Donor Services staff and representatives from Pitt County Memorial Hospital's Transplant Services will answer questions about the donation process.

Carolina Donor Services is the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization for 78 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Va.

More than 1,800 black North Carolinians are waiting for transplants.

Nearly half of the people on national w…

Kidney donation keeps reservist in the fight

ByJill Laster- Staff writer | Navy Times

Timothy Sullivan thought his two-decade career in the Navy was over when his doctor called in late September to say his kidneys were failing.

But one of Sullivan’s neighbors, Barry McCarthy, heard the chief’s story and wanted to help. He went through testing to be a donor and — when he turned out to be a match — volunteered to donate his kidney.

The late May transplant let Sullivan skip the years-long waiting list and save his career. Now, Sullivan and his fellow sailors are giving back.

In the weeks since the transplant, McCarthy has been getting letters from sailors across the U.S. who heard the story. He’ll also become an honorary chief petty officer during an Aug. 5 ceremony at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

“There were a couple of times at home I cried — people calling me a hero and calling it a selfless act,” said McCarthy, 48, of Lowell, Mass. “It hit home in so many ways.”

Sullivan, a chief information systems technician and senior en…

50 miles, 50 states, 50 days

Kidney recipient rides bike to raise awareness about need for organ donorsKen Abramczyk  | OBSERVER STAFF WRITER

Eighteen people die each day in the United States waiting for an organ transplant.

So this summer, David Landsberg rides. And rides. And rides.

On Wednesday, Landsberg, a kidney transplant recipient in 1999, rode his bike in Livonia and on Hines Drive on day No. 24 of his “Donors Rock Ride,” his quest to ride his bike 50 miles in 50 states in 50 days.

Landsberg was joined at the Cycle to Fitness bike shop on Farmington Road in Livonia by six members of the Racing Greyhounds riding club and Jennifer Tislerics, special events and partnerships coordinator of the Gift of Life Michigan. Tislerics said the ride was a “great opportunity to spread his message.”

Landsberg is riding his bike to educate the public and promote the need for registered organ, eye and tissue donors. More than 110,000 Americans are waiting for life-saving transplants.

Landsberg, who is partnering with Donate Lif…

Local teen, other organ donors give critical gift

Nearly half of state's population registered By LINDSAY POWERS, Staff Writer
Though the choice is different for each person, the decision to become an organ donor has the potential to turn a tragic situation into hope for others.

Recently, two Anne Arundel County residents provided that hope.

Terry Elvin Potts of Glen Burnie had his organs removed for donation after he was fatally injured when his car hit a utility pole in Shady Side last week.

And Kara Micciche, a 17-year-old Broadneck High School student who was fatally injured July 12 while crossing Ritchie Highway, played a part in helping seven people when her organs were donated.

Micciche and Potts are two of about 40 deceased donors in the state so far this year, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network website.

They were also two of nearly 2.2 million people in the state - about 48 percent of Maryland's population - registered to be organ donors, said Natalie Benavides, executive director of Donate Life…

Support For Organ Donation High: Canadian Survey

by:News Canada

Family consent key

(NC)-Canadians overwhelmingly support the idea of organ donation. A 2001 survey by the Environics Research Group of more than 1,516 Canadians revealed that 96% of Canadians support the idea of organ and tissue donation. They also have a fairly good knowledge of the official way to express their intention to donate with their provinces and territories.

A total of 46% of Canadians have signed their cards or registered their intentions to be a donor with their province or territory. However, 45% remain uncommitted. Only 9% say they have decided not to donate.

89% of those who have signed up (46%) have also discussed their wishes with their families. The challenge facing Canada is to get the 45% who remain uncommitted to take the decision, sign up and then tell their families. It is a life-saving, life-improving decision and it could be your last.

For more information on organ and tissue donation and how you can donate, visit

Drivers asked organ donor question, UK

Anyone applying online for a driving licence from Monday will be required to answer a question regarding organ donation.

The prompted choice system will make would-be drivers state if they want to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register or defer a decision until a later date.

It is hoped the DVLA scheme will boost the numbers of those willing to give vital body parts to help others live in the case of their own death.

Under the current system, applicants can skip over a question on donation when applying for a driving licence.

But the new regime will require that they opt to either register for donation, state that they have already signed up or state: “I do not wish to answer this question now.”

At present, only 29% of people in the UK are registered donors. But studies have shown that a far larger proportion are in favour of donating body parts.

Getting more people to sign-up could save the lives of some of the 8,000 people in the UK currently waiting for a transplant.

Public healt…

Long Island’s Michael Mazzei Talks About Successful Kidney Transplant Made Possible By Son Jamie

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was an emotional homecoming for 71-year-old Michael Mazzei at his Manhasset hair salon on Friday.

For more than 20 years, Mazzei has worked side by side with his son, Jamie. Now they share more than just a profession after Jamie donated a kidney to his father earlier this month.

Mona Rivera of 1010 WINS was the first to report on the story before the transplant. On Friday, customers and staff were overjoyed to see and hear that the Mazzei’s were on the mend.

“I am like happy, you know, that my son gave his kidney and it was such a perfect match was incredible and we’re so grateful,” Michael Mazzei said.

Both Michael and Jamie were reunited with their medical team at North Shore University Hospital on Friday.

Ten days after the surgery, Dr. Ernesto Molmenti, who performed the transplant, said he believes it was a match made in heaven.

“The transplant was incredibly successful,” Molmenti said. “I can’t recall any…never so good.”

“Michael is very lucky to have had suc…

Gift of Life: Three stories of how donated organs can save, and change, someone’s life

By JEREMY H. DICKMAN  | Sun News Editor
A hero is defined as a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. That definition fits perfectly with organ donors.

Had it not been for organ donors, Kasey Ehlert, like thousand of people in the United Sates, would not be alive today.

Ehlert, 36, of Crystal, received a heart transplant in November 2000. Born with no left ventricle, Ehlert had three open heart surgeries, one heart operation and 60-plus procedures before receiving the heart transplant.

“I was on my deathbed,” Ehlert said. “The doctors had prepared me to go home and say my goodbyes to my family and friends.”

Nearing 11 years since his transplant, Ehlert said he is doing great and has showed no signs of rejection.

“I’m followed by University of Michigan doctors yearly to test for rejections and continue to take medications daily,” Ehlert said. “Doctors have said I am the poster child for organ donation.”

With his transplant completed and si…

Thousand Oaks woman gained miracle kidney, funding restrictions helped take it away

ByTom Kisken | Ventura County Star

An hour before sunrise, Jeannette Castaneda unfurled a bed sheet over a reclining chair to keep pale green vinyl from clinging to her arms. She huddled under a blanket as a technician jabbed her with a needle, leashing her to the machine that does what her kidneys cannot. Because she needs a miracle. Again. Ten years ago, when Castaneda was a junior at Thousand Oaks High School, a kidney given by the family of an unknown donor transplanted her life from fatigue and illness to energy and hope. "I felt brand new," she said of what seems a distant memory. That feeling ended when Medicare stopped paying for anti-rejection medicine because of controversial restrictions that too often push people at least three years removed from transplants into a free fall. When the flow of medicine stopped, Castaneda's new kidney shut down like a broken clock. Castaneda knows nothing about Medicare's regulations or the reasons for them. When her kidney…