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Celebrating Organ, Eye and Tissue Donations

WLIX New 10 | Fay Li

On Thursday, hundreds gathered at the State Capitol for the first celebration of organ, eye and tissue donations.

“I was definitely on the road to not making it and a donor’s heart saved my life,” said Kevin Pontz.

Pontz received a heart transplant late last year. He’s not only an organ recipient, but also the family of a donor. Two weeks ago, he lost his wife to a brain aneurysm and subsequently a car crash. She donated her organs and saved the lives of four people.

“It gives us some calm relief to know that she saved other people,” Pontz said.

Thursday’s “Donate Life Capitol Celebration” included hundreds of donor family.
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Politics at play in the gift of life, Australia

The Age - Australia | Kate Hagen

When Michelle Minchew dies, it's all up for grabs. Heart, lungs, liver, kidney, eyes - whatever can help others. She hopes to die in a way that makes it possible to donate her organs, which would mean ending her days on a ventilator in hospital.

Her brain would have shut down, the result of a severe injury such as might occur in a car accident or stroke. Or she would have an illness she could not survive, with her heart sure to stop once life support was removed.

Only 1 or 2 per cent of Australians die in one of these ways, with organs healthy enough to be of use to others, and Minchew would consider it a privilege. ''Talk to the young ones and say, 'Are you an organ donor?' and they say 'yes', there's no issue. The older ones can be a bit more hesitant. I just want people to be informed.''
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First Lady McDonnell to take part in the Virginia Transplant Games

Richmond Virginia Events

by RVANews staff

The first ever Virginia Transplant Games will take place in Richmond this Saturday. The event was created to help increase the number of Virginians in the donor registry run by Donate Life Virginia, an agency overseen by the Virginia Department of Health. The games consists of transplant recipients and living donors competing in Olympics-like events. One of the participants will be Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell.

“I am privileged to be honoring the families of donors; their sacrifice is the ultimate gift… life,” said the First Lady in an interview with RVANews. First Lady McDonnell’s sister, Ellen, is a lung transplant recipient. Ellen first told McDonnell about the games. Shortly after being informed of them, “I received an invitation from Donate Life to ‘open the games,’ says McDonnell. “I was honored to accept.”

The ambition of Donate Life is to increase the education level about organ donation, as well as the number of registered donor…

Growing Body Parts

CBS New York | Dr. Max Gomez

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (CBS 2) – Right now there are more than 112,000 Americans waiting for an organ transplant and many will never receive one.

But what if a doctor could grow replacement organs and body parts in the lab — from your own cells?

As CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez found out, it’s already being done.

Luke Masalla looks like a pretty normal 20-year-old, but he’s part of a very unusual club.

Luke’s bladder was grown in a lab.

“I was in kidney failure and my bladder was sending fluid back up into my kidneys and damaging them,” Masalla said.

Luke’s own bladder didn’t work properly because he was born with spina bifida and his doctors were out of options.

That’s when Luke’s parents took him to see Dr. Anthony Atala who proposed a science fiction-like solution — grow a new bladder.
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Amputee takes on fast walk challenge to raise awareness for organ donation Scotland

STV |  Ronnie McIntosh, from Dundee, had both his legs amputated after suffering from kidney failure due to rare autoimmune condition.

An amputee is completing a series of fast walk challenges to raise awareness of organ donation.

Ronnie McIntosh, from Dundee, suffers from a rare autoimmune condition called Sjogren's Syndrome.

It led to kidney failure and ultimately resulted in the amputation of both of his legs.

Before he became seriously ill in 1993, he was a successful marathon and fell runner.

Now the 61-year-old is taking part in several ‘race walk’ events to call for more organ donors.

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Shooting victim saves grandmother's life

NBC Chicago | Phil Rogers
Antonio Johnson was on the front porch with his family when he was struck in the head by the bullet on Sunday.

As Chicago police search for the killers of a 15-year-old boy on the west side, his family sits at the bedside of his grandmother, who was given a new lease on life because of the shooting.

Antonio Johnson was killed in a flurry of bullets Sunday evening as he sat on the porch of his home in the 700 block of North Springfield. His mother was wounded in the drive-by attack.

Johnson had previously talked about his hope to offer a kidney to his maternal grandmother, who was, herself, a victim of gun violence 20 years ago.

“He said, 'Fine. It’s OK. It’s cool. I’ll give her one of mine,'' recalled the boy's grandfather, R.C. Wardlow.

And he did.

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2011 Virginia Transplant Games - October 1, 2011

CBS 6, Richmond VA

Director of LifeNet Health, Andrew Mullins, and organ donation recipient Gail Farmer join us with details on this weekend's first Transplant Games in Virginia and how you can attend. Glee's piano man Brad Ellis will be at the closing ceremonies
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Oklahoma mom mourns daughter killed in car crash

The Oklahoman | Tiffany Gibson
Family members mourn the loss of Kaylee Hilton, a 23-month-old girl who died Saturday at OU Medical Center from injuries suffered in a car crash last week in Midwest City.

The mother of a 23-month-old girl who died Saturday from injuries suffered in a car crash said her daughter's organs have saved the lives of three people.

Ashley Hilton said her daughter Kaylee Hilton's heart went to a baby in Illinois, her liver went to a baby in Texas and her kidneys were given to an adult in Oklahoma.

“Even though she's gone, she will live on through those people,” Hilton said. “The life she did have was good. She was the best baby ever.”

Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said Kaylee was in a car seat in a 1993 Dodge Shadow that was rear-ended by a pickup about 9 p.m. Sept. 22, in the 11400 block of SE 15 in Midwest City. Ashley Hilton, of Choctaw, was a passenger in the Dodge Shadow, which was being driven by Vincent Marino.

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She lost 135 pounds to save her brother's life

MSNBC | Today Health | Linda Caroll

People try to slim down for a lot of reasons, but Kari Roberts may have one of the best -- losing weight has given her a chance to save her brother’s life.

Her brother, Tony Bolda, needed a new kidney to survive. But Roberts was told she wouldn’t even be considered as a kidney donor because she weighed 320 pounds. And that made her a poor candidate for surgery of any kind, much less one that involved donating a kidney, as her extra weight was straining her kidneys already.

Roberts’s brother was the one who broke the news to her.

“I told him I wanted to be tested and he informed me that they wouldn’t even consider me until I lost some weight,” Roberts told TODAY’s Ann Curry.
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The Ultimate Gift: Sheboygan woman donating kidney to save best friend's life

Sheboygan Press | Janet Ortegon

Carrie Bitters would do anything for her best friend. Anything. Twice.

She wanted to give Rebecca Steinberg a kidney last year, but circumstances got in the way. Next week, she will try again.

"I'm not nervous," said Bitters, 43, of Sheboygan. "I'm excited. I'm weird that way. Is it weird to be excited to have your kidney ripped out? I want her to be well again. I've had a lot of time to think about it."

Steinberg, 48, is in end-stage renal failure, a condition brought on by untreated high blood pressure during pregnancy. Her kids are mostly grown — her youngest is 14 — and she's been on dialysis for about 18 months.

When Steinberg was diagnosed, doctors told her the waiting list for a kidney was six years. That was not what her best friend wanted to hear.

"Carrie was like, 'I don't think so,'" Steinberg said.

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6th Annual Aspen Summit for Life 2011: Benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Aspen Summit for Life 2011 weekend of events, December 9 and 10, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado. Centered around a nighttime race up Aspen Mountain, Summit for Life’s weekend of activities promotes the importance of organ and tissue donation.
Aspen, CO (PRWEB) September 29, 2011

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Aspen Summit for Life 2011 weekend of events, December 9 and 10, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado. Centered around a nighttime race up Aspen Mountain, Summit for Life’s weekend of activities promotes the importance of organ and tissue donation. Every day eighteen people die a preventable death due to the shortage of available organs. Through organ donation, one person can save as many as eight people.* Participants of Aspen Summit for Life help save lives by raising funds for the Chris Klug Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting lifesaving donation and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant candidates an…

Celebration for Organ Donation at The State Capitol

WILX News 10, Michigan | Caroline Vandergriff

Hundreds of people will gather at the state capitol today to celebrate organ, eye, and tissue transplants. Gift of Life Michigan hopes to bring together families of donors with recipients whose lives have been saved.

Organizers also hope it's a reminder to the public about the critical need to increase Michigan's donor registry.

Sarah McPharlin, a 21-year-old, MSU student, caught a virus that attacked her heart when she was 11 years old. The virus left her heart unable to beat on its own.

"I knew that I was sick and if I didn't get the organ I could die," McPharlin said.
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The Driver's License Misconception FAQ - Donate Life Vermont

Donate Life Vermont

Q:  I signed the back of my driver’s license; does that make me an organ and tissue donor registrant? A: While signing the back of your driver’s license is a good first step, the driver’s license is not connected to Vermont’s official organ & tissue donor registry, so a person’s wish to donate their organs and/or tissue at the time of their death may not be granted.  The consent stated on a driver’s license is legal, but there are many reasons why a person’s wishes may not be honored, including:During traumatic events, a person’s driver’s license rarely makes it to the hospital with themA driver’s license is not binding, so a person’s wish can be overridden by familyThe consent on a driver’s license may be rubbed off or non-legible. The best way to make sure that your wish to become an organ donor is recognized is by joining the official online registry at
Q:  Why is the official way to become an organ donor? A. The onli…

Donate Life California Appoints Charlene Zettel as First Chief Executive Officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif.,Sept.28, 2011 –Donate Life California (DLC), which oversees California’s organ and tissue donor registry, announced today the appointment of Charlene Zettel as the organization’s inaugural chief executive officer, effective Oct. 3, 2011. Zettel served in the California State Assembly from 1998 until 2002 and currently serves on theBoard of Regents of the University of California.  
“We are excited to welcome Charlene to Donate Life California as our first CEO,” saidLisa Stocks, president of Donate Life California, the non-profit organization created in 2004 to administer the state-authorized donor registry.“As we enter the next phase in our organization’s evolution, it is critical that we effect the kind of strategic outreach that is achievable with the help of a distinguished professional like Charlene.”
Stocks went on to add, “Charlene’s career encompasses not only an impressive record inexecutive leadership and administration of government, healthcare agencies a…

The Annual Rose Garden Ceremony

Plainview Patch | Cindy Springsteen
An event that honors those who have given life to others
The Annual Rose Garden Ceremony honors donor recipients and their families, those who have given others a new life.

Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs attended the ceremony, which was hosted by The Long Island Chapter of Transplant Recipients International Organization. The event took place at Eisenhower Park Sept. 17.

Healthcare profressionals, members of the NY Organ Donor Network, as well as organ and tissue recipients, and the donor families were the guest speakers at the ceremony.

NHS "delighted" with Hounslow response to organ apeal

Feltham & Hanworth | Jessica Thompson

MORE THAN 100 Hounslow residents signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register at a lifeline event in the town centre.
Staff from the NHS Blood and Transplant Campaign set up camp in the Treaty Centre on Saturday, in a bid to increase the number of black and Asian people on the register.

It was organised to help residents to understand the importance of signing up to the ODR, and allowed people to ask any questions they might have about the commitment.
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Volunteering Opportunities at LifeLink of Georgia

LifeLink of Georgia, the local agency that coordinates organ and tissue donations for the state, seeks volunteers to assist with programs pertaining to organ and tissue donation and transplantation. 
Volunteer activities include public speaking, staffing information tables and more. Potential volunteers include transplant recipients and their families, patients waiting for transplants, donor families or anyone interested in organ, tissue donation. 
Volunteers trained by LifeLink staff. Call Tracy Gay at 800-365-2066 or 341-0000.

Undercover brothers

Detroit Metro Times | Larry Gabriel
"It's very humbling to have someone donate a kidney to you."

Reggie Carter is tall, and his lanky body cuts a commanding figure walking down the street. He was something of a ladies' man back in the day, and the black eye patch he wore back then gave him a swashbuckling air. That patch was no tool of seduction. Carter lost his right eye at 4 years old after a stick propelled from a piece of inner tube rubber destroyed it. Now, at 61 years, he has a prosthetic eye and usually wears sunglasses, though he can still turn the ladies' heads.

When I ran into him on Nine Mile Road in Ferndale a few months ago, he was wearing a white surgical mask. I knew Carter was on kidney dialysis, spending some four hours a day, three days a week, on the time-consuming but life-saving process that cleans patients' blood. When I saw the mask I wondered if he'd had some kind of downturn, although to tell the truth he seemed to have gained wei…

Madeline's Gift

Miami County Republic | Brain McCauley
Tragic loss spurs family to plan event to help youths with special needs
Madeline Herman was a true fun-loving 8-year-old girl in almost every way. She loved to dance, sing, tell jokes, give hugs and play dress up, but most of all, she loved her family.

Madeline’s parents, Sonny and Shera, along with her brother and sister, Dakota and Erin, had gotten used to hearing phrases like “play with me,” “let’s play Barbies,” and “I love it.”

It wasn’t uncommon to see Madeline proudly dancing around the house while modeling a princess or cheerleader outfit, and rarely did she not have a smile on her face.

Now, her family is still coping with grief after Madeline suffered a severe seizure May 30 and later died at the hospital. But despite the tragedy, Madeline’s family is determined to make sure her life will have a positive impact on others.

Tragedy strikes
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New proposal could change who gets donated organs first

Laura McCallister | Dana Wright |  KCTV News 5

When KCTV5's Dana Wright first introduced viewers to a 77-year-old Overland Park man, his kidneys were failing and he was in desperate need of a transplant. Recently, the life-saving call finally came but that hasn't eased the concern of the retiree for other older Americans still on the waiting list. Melvin Bareiss, 77, said he and his wife have a lot of living to do now that he's been given the ultimate gift of a kidney but he's concerned other older Americans might not have the same chance at getting a donor organ in their twilight years. His fear comes from a proposed rule change which would match donor kidneys and recipients, in part, by age. "I feel fantastic," Bareiss said. Bareiss is back home in Overland Park after the recent surgery which gave him a new lease on life. Doctors transplanted a donor kidney below his right hip bone, putting an end to weekly dialysis treatments Bare…

Importance of organ donation hits home for Charlotte family

New 14 Carolina | McKinsey Harris

CHARLOTTE – A Charlotte man is hoping his story will raise awareness about the need for organ donations. David Rosen, 42, has been on the transplant waiting list for a year now, and so far, he hasn't found a match.

Rosen suffers from end stage renal failure and has only one kidney, which operates around 20 percent or less. Along with this, he is also a husband, father of four, and a business man.

"I got a lot going on. I've got to stay here for the kids,” said Rosen.

He says his faith and his family are giving him strength through the long wait.

"I trust that I'm going to have one, that I'm going to get my kidney that I need. I just really want to get the awareness out to the people that they can be living donors," said Rosen.

It's a passion of both his and Tom Aspenwall. Aspenwall who works for LifeShare and is a heart recipient himself. Aspenwall says the numbers of both deceased and living donors have gone up.


Masquerade party to say thanks for life-changing donation

New Castle Star | Australia

ANN Kolatchew does not know the name of the person who saved her life.

But she wrote a letter to express her gratitude to the person's family.

Mrs Kolatchew is the recipient of a donated liver.

She knows it was only with the family's consent that she was given the vital organ.

For most of her life, the Charlestown resident suffered from a debilitating liver condition that put her on the top of the organ donation waiting list.

To this day, it is not known what caused her years of pain and agony, including 11 visits to intensive care and twice being put on life support.

'My whole life revolved around hospitals," Mrs Kolatchew said.

"Toxins were going to my brain and I was always yellow around the eyes and had a swollen stomach.

"I couldn't work or drive because of all the blackouts.

"I was waiting to die."

Only a few weeks away from Christmas last year, she received the phone call that changed her life.

At five o'clock on a N…

Pardee Hospital Foundation hosts annual Women Helping Women Events

Pardee Hospital | Lauren

Pardee Hospital Foundation will host their annual Women Helping Women events Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 14.

A meet the speaker dinner will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Kenmure Country Club where attendees can meet this year’s Women Helping Women featured speaker, Jessica Melore. Melore suffered a massive heart attack at age 16 that led to multiple health complications including a heart transplant. She is now an advocate for organ donation, heart disease, cancer, and disability awareness.

“Now that I’m 29, I can say that the adversity I’ve been through over the past 12 years has enriched my life in so many ways. My message to your community will be ‘don’t let any obstacle stand in your way’,” said Melore.
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New specialty plate to benefit organ donation in North Carolina

McDowell News | Mike Conley

Seven years ago, a young man in Kannapolis was killed in an automobile accident. Even though his young life was tragically cut short, it allowed three other people, including a McDowell man, to have a new chance at life.

And now, a new specialty license plate in North Carolina will encourage others to do the same.

Recently, N.C. Rep. Mitch Gillespie announced the passage of a bill in the General Assembly in June that creates a specialty plate to help educate the public about organ donation. Gillespie, a Republican from McDowell, sponsored House Bill 289/S.L. 2011-392. This bill creates a specialty license plate that promotes organ donation in North Carolina. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue.

The proceeds from the sale of this special plate will be used benefit Donate Life North Carolina, a non-profit, collaborative group of organizations that promote eye, organ and tissue donation. “Working together, the member organizations are directly involve…

Friends for life - Walk for Life - October 1, 2011

LOPA - Rabalais Run for Life - November 5, 2011

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Organ Donor's Family Meets Recipients

KXLY4 Spokane | Aaron Luna
WAVERLY - Wash. -- All it takes is a signature when applying for a driver's license. However, one Waverly family found out just how important being an organ donor can be.

The words imagine and dream frame the quilt that covered 18-year-old Tiffani Lewis for the last minutes of her life, but her family never imagined things would end like this. Mom Maylynn Curtis says, "Watching her lay there with life support and waiting. That was the hardest."

Tiffani and her boyfriend Levi Larrison were in a car crash in September of 2010 on the Palouse Highway in Spokane County. Levi died instantly. Tiffani was in critical condition being kept alive by machines at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
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National Hispanic Heritage Month: Ann Lopez

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrating contributions by the Hispanic Community to organ, eye and tissue donation & transplantation

Living Kidney Donor Ann Lopez

Ann Lopez has worked in a myriad of capacities in the entertainment industry. She spent five years in regional theater before moving to Los Angeles, where she appeared in more than 60 national and regional commercials.

“I loved being in front of the camera but I had been acting since I was 11 years old and wanted a change,” Ann said. She was offered a job in casting at Disney, where she met her future husband, George Lopez, during an audition. Always up for a new challenge, Ann started producing television specials and movies, most recently “Speedy Gonzalez,” a feature film in production with New Line Pictures. She continues to act and recently appeared on “The Black Swan” episode of Curb your Enthusiasm and filmed a pilot for an ensemble talk show with Telepictures.

Ann’s most recognized and respected role may never be …

After woman's death in fatal crash, family chooses to help others through organ donation

The York Daily Record | Teresa Ann Boeckel

In Grete K. Beck's death, there was a blessing, her husband, the Rev. William H. Beck, said Monday evening.

The two had talked in recent years about what they were going to do with their bodies when they died. They decided to help science and other human beings.

The Becks had known a man who was covered with scars from a severe burn, but the technology wasn't available at the time for a skin transplant. They also had a relative who benefited from a heart transplant.

Grete Beck, 71, of Codorus Township died Sunday morning after her vehicle veered into the oncoming lane and struck another vehicle in Jackson Township. She was heading to church at the time.

Doctors harvested Grete's corneas, bones, valves and other body parts so that someone else could benefit from organ donation.

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Becoming friends, remarking life

The Boston Globe | Joseph P. Kahn

Ex-classmates' online connection leads to kidney donation

BRISTOL, R.I. - They hugged on the deck behind the local Elks Club, where their high school class was holding its 25th reunion this month. You look great, said both women, now 43-year-old mothers. They smiled, stood apart, then embraced again. Classmates greeted them with hugs and high fives.

Each woman wore a piece of jewelry symbolizing the bond that has grown between them over the past two years, since Liz Kennedy learned that Ying Su, her former classmate, needed a kidney transplant and Kennedy might be a match. A special bond evolved, one that would come to link organ donor to recipient.
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Trading human organs: "Clear Malaysia's name"

Free Malaysia Today | Teoh El Sen
A group of kidney doctors want police to investigates report that a local hospital in Selangor is involved in an international syndicate trading human organs
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of kidney doctors have lodged a police report, urging the authorities to launch a “detailed and professional” investigation to clear the air over allegations that Malaysia is
involved in an international organ trafficking syndicate.

The joint report was made by Malaysian Society of Transplantation president Dr Harjit Singh, Malaysian Society of Nephrology president Dr Wong Hin Seng, and Consumer Association of Subang and Shah Alam (CASSA) president Jacob George.

The report also received the support of Kuala Lumpur Hospital head of Nephrology Department and senior consultant Dr Ghazali Ahmad and Dr Tan Chwee Choong of Klang Hospital.

“We are asking for a serious investigation into the (alleged) commercial transplants or organ trading involving Bangladeshi citizens as reported by t…

Woman shares story of husband's pioneering in dialysis project

Americus Times-Recorder | Lisa Law
Charlene W. Roy urges others to be organ donors

AMERICUS — As she makes her way through her Magnolia Manor assisted living suite, Charlene White Roby, 86, takes a seat to reminisce her early years of being born and raised in the Andrew Chapel Community located just outside of Sumter County, just over the Schley County line.

“My father, Charlie White died when I was two and a half years old,” she said, adding that she and her mother moved to her grandfather, C.C. Jordan’s farm located in Schley County.

“My mother remarried Gordon Feagin. That is when we moved to Americus. I didn’t want to go live with him. I thought of him as an old man. But, I eventually learned to love him. He was a mighty good stepfather,” she said, adding that she finished school at Americus High and attended Georgia Southwestern for a brief period before beginning her employment with the Bank of Commerce. She worked with the bank until she decided to marry and move north.

“It all beg…

Volleyball Match Encourages Gift of Life donation

WSAW Wisconsin | Bao Vang

The UW-Marathon County women's volleyball team faces off against Northland International University from Marinette County Monday night at home. Ticket holders will not only see a great match, but will hear a special message from a young man who is alive thanks to the gift of life.

Every season, the team dedicates one match to raise awareness about an issue that's affecting residents in Northcentral Wisconsin. Last year, teammates decked out in pink for breast cancer research. Monday night is "Recycle Life" night, an effort to spread the word about organ donation.

The night's special guest is 20-year-old Darin Weiks, a young man who likes to play sports, attends college and lives on his own.

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Kidney walk raises thousands, Canada

The Expositor | Susan Gamble

The annual walk for kidneys is well past the toddling stage.

Seven years ago about 12 people gathered for Brantford's first Give the Gift of Life Walk, but on Sunday, a crowd of 90 surged through the gates of Harmony Square to help raise an estimated $17,000.

"It's found its legs," said organizer Brenda Barham, who is herself a recipient of a life-changing kidney.

"We've had some wonderful sponsors come on board, students from BCI doing the live entertainment and people calling to offer items for the silent auction," added Barham, who admits that her kidney tends to make her eyes leak during this weekend each year.

"This is the most emotional time for me.

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“Awareness is increasing. People can even sign up on FaceBook to be an organ donor. But in many countries they have assumed consent where, if you haven't signed an organ donor card…

Daughter's death prompts life-saving gift

KSAT San  Antonio | Jennifer Dodd

SAN ANTONIO -- Eight years ago, Lalie Gomez's daughter, Yvette, then 20 years old, was in a motorcycle accident.

"We recieved a phone call from her best friend that she was at (Brooke Army Medical Center)," Gomez said.

She and her husband rushed to the hospital, where Yvette was declared brain dead.

Still on life support, they were confronted with a decision no parent wants to make: whether or not they donate their daughter's organs.

"We didn't hesitate," she said. "We just automatically signed the papers."

Yvette's heart was given to a man named Chuck, a father of two who lives in Corpus Christi.

"There hasn't been a Mother's Day or Yvette's birthday or the day he received his transplant that he doesn't call," she said.
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Honey's Helpers, Lifeline of Ohio

Lifeline of Ohio

I am so excited to meet a new group of helpers tonight! I’m hosting a training session for “Honey’s Helpers,” a group of dedicated volunteers who help me create “buzz” about organ and tissue donation.
Since I was born more than two years ago, the central Ohio community has welcomed me with open arms! I have had incredible opportunities to attend events and make new friends. I have my own facebook page, I get to host the Kids and Mascots Dash every year - a really fun event with my mascot friends - and Lifeline of Ohio even started giving away little bee dolls that look just like me! (In fact, I’m giving five away to people who comment on this post!)

Along the way, I’ve taken my message with me, encouraging everyone to “bee” an organ and tissue donor. None of this would be possible without the helpers who escort me to community events and even get to be the bee!

Getting involved as one of my helpers is a fun way to save lives. If you’re interested in helping me r…

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Tissue Donation Gives Amputee the Strength to Reclaim Life

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrating contributions by the Hispanic Community to organ, eye and tissue donation & transplantation

Manuel Salazar Tissue Recipient: Denver, CO

In just one instant, Manuel Salazar’s life was changed forever when a downed power line struck him. He was just 22 years old when 115,000 volts of electricity were sent through his body. Unable to help due to the risk of further electrical shock, his coworkers were forced to watch him suffer life-threatening burns. He was airlifted to Doctors Hospital, a leading burn clinic in Augusta, Georgia. It was a miracle he survived.

Manuel spent three months receiving skin grafts from AlloSource to heal his burns. However, he still lost both arms and legs. The physical and emotional struggle was overwhelming. “I didn’t understand why they had saved my life,” explains Manuel. “I didn’t think I could go on.”

Nonetheless, this courageous young man pressed on. After his stay at in the burn unit, he was taken to The D…

"It's not my face, but I feel thankful that I have one"

The Mail | Amy Oliver

America's first face transplant patient on her recovery after being shot by the husband she still loves
Connie Culp says she will always love brute who shot her at near point blank range in 2004But despite that she still divorced him earlier this yearAlthough transplant has given her new love for life, she faces daily struggleFinds it hard to smile and is almost totally blind, but has range of gadgets to help
Applying a smudge of pink lipstick to her new, shapely mouth is something of a milestone for Connie Culp.

Before her pioneering face transplant in 2008, wearing lipstick - or any makeup - would have been an impossible task after her top lip, nose, roof of her mouth, one eye and both cheeks were destroyed by then husband Tom, who brutally shot her in the face after flying into a rage.

Now, the 48-year-old, from Ohio, who was the first person to receive a face transplant in the U.S., has bravely decided to talk about the domestic abuse and terrible shooting s…