Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Friends, family remember Ohio school shooting victims

CNN | Moni Basu
In December, Domenick Iammarino drove the 30 miles or so from his home in Solon, Ohio, to deliver Christmas gifts for his grandchildren. For Danny, Iammarino picked out an athletic top and pants.

The teenager loved to ski and lamented to his grandfather the mildness of this winter in Chardon, the unofficial snow capital of Ohio.

If only Iammarino could hear Danny's voice again, see the smile that always slipped from his lips.

Instead Iammarino prepared Tuesday to attend a vigil in Danny's honor.

Daniel Parmertor, 16, was one of three students who died in a shooting at Chardon High School the day before. Russell King Jr., 17, was declared brain dead early Tuesday and Demetrius Hewlin died Tuesday morning, his family said in a statement distributed by MetroHealth hospitals in Cleveland.

One other student remained hospitalized Tuesday while a fifth victim has been released. Their names have not been released.

The students were shot Monday in the school cafeteria. Danny and Russell were waiting for a bus that would have taken them 10 miles down Route 44 to the Auburn Career Center, said Superintendent Maggie Lynch.

Danny was taking a class on the Cisco Computer Network. Russell was enrolled in an alternative energy program. Lynch spoke to CNN before it was known that Demetrius had died.

Deer Park Girl Killed in Crash Honored By Gov. Gregoire

Spokane County News | Ian Cull

Olivia Chaffin of Deer Park, was just 9-years-old when she died after being in a car crash in June 2010. When she died, her organs were donated to save the lives of five other people. Her family says her heart went to a 10-year-old girl in California and her lungs went to a 7-year-old boy in Pittsburgh. It's for those gifts, Olivia was honored Tuesday by Governor Christine Gregoire.

"It is a privilege to recognize and honor people who gave the ultimate gift to others – the precious gift of life,” Gregoire said in a press release. “And I’m very proud of our state. Generous Washingtonians have made us one of the top states in the number of residents registered as organ donors.”

According to the Governor's office, nearly 1,600 people in Washington are at risk of dying if they do not receive an organ donation. Last year, 118 residents became donors, saving the lives of 315 people with transplanted organs.

'The Power of Two' The Movie - March 5, Kansas City, MO

University of Missouri Press
The Power of Two
Isabel Stenzel Byrnes & Anabel Stenzel

This book is now a film featuring the lives of Ana and Isabel, two half-Japanese identical twins that battle the genetic lung disease cystic fibrosis. Despite transplants and other medical difficulties these young girls emerge not only as authors but go on to help the world as global advocates for organ donations.


The inspiring film The Power of Two will be shown from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Truman Forum in the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch.

4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112

Doors open at 5:30 and RSVP request can be made online
Its a free public event so bring the family along!

Read more: http://umissouripress.blogspot.com/2012/02/power-of-two.html

Chardon High School Victim donate organs by choice

Nancy Mcentee Photography
Demetrius died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (Courtesy WKYC Channel 3)

CHARDON, Ohio–Students who knew Demetrius Hewlin have recalled how the teen often worked out in the Chardon High School gym and liked to build up his body.

But others will remember 16-year-old bodybuilder, one of three students fatally wounded in shootings Monday at the high school, for the hope his harvested organs will give to people in need of them.

The families of Demetrius and fellow student, Russell King, made the donations Tuesday through Lifebanc, a Northeast Ohio agency that matches organs, eyes and tissue with patients awaiting transplants.

Demetrius, who had a license, was an organ donor by choice, said Lifebanc spokeswoman Haddie Bartholomew. But because he was under 18, his family had the final say.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

National Donate Life Blue and Green Day - April 20, 2012

Donate Life America

Wear your Blue and Green on National Donate Life Blue and Green Day - April 20, 2012.  This wonderful video produced by Iowa Lions Bank gives you many great ideas on how you may participate.

Take a picture of your blue and green in action and post it to Donate Life America's Facebook page and be entered for an opportunity to win a gift card.



Help us to register 20 million new donors in 2012!


Video produced by Iowa Lions Eye Bank

Psychiatric Trauma of Waiting for Transplant

MyFox Houston | Greg Gordon
HOUSTON - For much of the last three years, Sean Gustaf Immonen has been imprisoned in a “biological” limbo, suspended between the healthy life he once knew and the death that comes eventually to those whose diseased organs fail.

"It honestly feels like torture," says Sean.

A machine that does what his useless kidneys can't has bought time. For nearly 14 hours each week, it sucks every drop of blood out of Sean's exhausted body and puts it back free of impurities.

The cost of dialysis and drugs? More than $50,000 per month.

The process is far from perfect. Sean Immonen has suffered partial loss of sight and hearing. Blood pressure spikes have pushed him perilously close to stroke and heart attack.

Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/120227-psychiatric-trauma-of-waiting-for-transplant#ixzz1ngnf4Rlw

Will we Ever Grow Organs?

Discover Magazine
In June 2011, an Eritrean man entered an operating theatre with a cancer-ridden windpipe, but left with a brand new one. People had received windpipe transplants before, but Andemariam Teklesenbet Beyene’s was different. His was the first organ of its kind to be completely grown in a lab using the patient’s own cells.

Beyene’s windpipe is one of the latest successes in the ongoing quest to grow artificial organs in a lab. The goal is deceptively simple: build bespoke organs for individual patients by sculpting them from living flesh on demand. No-one will have to wait on lengthy transplant lists for donor organs and no-one will have to take powerful and debilitating drugs to prevent their immune systems from rejecting new body parts.

Paso Robles High teens hear story of love, loss and organ donation

The Tribune & San Luis Obispo | Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo widower talks to two classes about the transplant his late wife needed and about the importance of registering as a donor

Johnny May of San Luis Obispo quietly wiped tears from his eyes as he watched a video detailing the heartfelt appreciation of organ donor recipients nationwide.

“I didn’t know this was going to hit me like this,” May told 17 juniors and seniors during a class presentation Monday at Paso Robles High School. He was there to share with two classes the story of how his died wife last summer while waiting for a double lung transplant.
Read more: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/02/27/1966243/paso-teens-story-organ-donation.html


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Kidneys on Ice - 50 minute documentary - trailer

Journeyman Pictures

In a world where everything is for sale, is it wrong to sell your own kidney? And is it wrong to buy an illegal organ if it could save your life? Every year 15000 human organs are trafficked from impoverished Europeans to recipients in more privileged countries. A shocking and exclusive new film on an intractable subject. The traffic often occurs entirely in Western Europe. Anatoli is poor and looking for work in Germany. Hes approached by organ traffickers who persuade him to have German Doctors remove his kidney. He tells the doctors that he will give it to a sick family member. They advised me what to say, how to talk, how to give everything. After the operation he hands over the kidney to the traffickers for 000. Professor Muhlbacher has been tricked into performing such operations, investigations were carried out as usual and they were performing and acting and we just believed them.
Watch the full film here: http://vod.journeyman.tv/s/Kidneys+on+Ice

Bergenfield honors late athlete whose organ donation saved coach

NorthJersey | Rebecca D. O'Brien
BERGENFIELD — Dan Glover, who died last month at age 24 and whose liver was donated to his former wrestling coach, was honored posthumously at Bergenfield High School on Monday.

In a brief and solemn ceremony, the Board of Education presented Glover’s parents, Raymond and Karyn Glover, with a Bergenfield Bear Pride Award.

“We are proud and humbled to honor Danny Glover, who personifies all possible definitions of school spirit, citizenship, character and honor,” Superintendent Michael Kuchar said, before a small assembled audience. “Many of us talk of ‘giving back’ and ‘passing it on,’ and there is no doubt that this star athlete-turned-coach did just that in the natural realm of living.”
Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Bergenfield_honors_late_athlete_whose_organ_donation_saved_coach.html

A Word with Best Film Winner Josephine Lie

FilmLife
After all the excitement of the FilmLife Official Screening and announcements of Best Film, Best Use of Theme, Honourable Mention and finally the People’s Choice Award for DonateLife Week, we wrangled a moment with Best Film winner Josephine Lie, Director of Ask The Hard Questions.

Tell us about yourself
Where to begin? You’ve stumped me on the first question!

I am a 24 year old designer, illustrator and now filmmaker (I suppose) based in Sydney. I am a Christian, have a lovely family, and hold many interests including listening to live music, travelling to foreign lands, and storytelling through creative mediums.

Why FilmLife? How did you find us and why did you decide to submit an entry?

The FilmLife competition was stumbled across on the SBS Documentary blog. It so happened that I was in WA at this time, and that my friend’s father (Roger from the film) happened to be staying the in the same household. I also happened to have my camera on me, and Roger happened to be so gracious in taking part. Coincidence? I think not.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Younger patients more likely to live a decade or longer after heart transplant

Science Codex

Heart transplant patients who receive new organs before the age of 55 and get them at hospitals that perform at least nine heart transplants a year are significantly more likely than other people to survive at least 10 years after their operations, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.

Examining data from the more than 22,000 American adults who got new hearts between 1987 and 1999, researchers found that roughly half were still alive a decade after being transplanted and further analysis identified factors that appear to predict at least 10 years of life after the operations.

"There are 2,000 to 2,500 heart transplants a year in the U.S. and many people die waiting," says Arman Kilic, M.D., a surgical resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and leader of the study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. "We have to be very smart about how to allocate scarce organs, and our research suggests we can predict which patients will live longer with a new heart."
Read more:  http://www.sciencecodex.com/younger_patients_more_likely_to_live_a_decade_or_longer_after_heart_transplant-86813

Heartfelt plea for more organ donors - Australia

In My Community
PEOPLE who receive an organ donation know how lucky they are.
For Nic Pull, a long illness damaged his liver to the point where he needed a transplant to survive.
Mr Pull said a 10-month wait, during which he saw many people die before they could receive a transplant, ended in June 2008 when he received a new liver.
Realising how indebted he was to his donor, Mr Pull decided to volunteer at Fremantle Hospital during DonateLife Week, aimed at reminding people about the importance of organ donation and talking about their wishes with their loved ones.
“I cannot say without bursting into tears how strongly I feel about this,” he said.
Read more:  http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/shopping-and-lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/Heartfelt-plea-for--more-organ-donors/7615106/

Twelve Women of 2012’ Inspire Americans to Be Organ & Tissue Donors

Donate Life America |

Set the Stage for Going Green…and Blue on April 20th
RICHMOND, Va. – Feb. 27, 2012 – Twelve beautiful women whose lives were transformed by organ donation are helping Donate Life America (“DLA”) inspire 20 million people to sign up to be organ and tissue donors this year.

The 12 Inspiring Women of “20 Million in 2012” hail from across the United States and were selected because of their commitment to increasing the number of lives saved through organ and tissue donation.

“A key goal of this campaign is to reach out to young women who didn’t check yes at the DMV when they got their licenses at 16; to ask them to be role models for their friends by signing up today to save lives at DonateLifeAmerica.org,” said Tenaya Wallace, national campaign director of “20 Million in 2012”.
Read more: http://donatelife.net/twelve-women-of-2012%E2%80%99-inspire-americans-to-be-organ-tissue-donors/

Cytonet Recognizes Rare Disease Day with Efforts to Help Ensure UCD Diagnoses Are Not Missed

Market Watch

HEIDELBERG, Germany, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- For parents of babies born with urea cycle disorders (UCD), the joy of giving birth to a perfect baby can quickly turn to devastation as the baby's health rapidly declines, going from symptoms such as being tired and irritable, to not eating, to experiencing seizures and coma. UCDs are congenital and often life-threatening disorders of ammonia metabolism in the liver that cause neurotoxic ammonia to accumulate in the body, potentially leading to massive damage of the nerves and the brain and death.

UCDs are one of more than 7,000 rare diseases. In recognition of Rare Disease Day on February 29, international biotechnology firm Cytonet is taking several actions to help make a difference for people affected by UCD. "Cytonet is deeply committed to improving the lives of people with UCD," says Dr. Wolfgang Rudinger, CEO and CSO of Cytonet Germany. "It is critical that symptoms are recognized and a diagnosis of UCD is made as quickly as possible to give these children the best chance, so we are helping educate healthcare professionals and the public about UCD." Activities include:

Cytonet sponsored the newly released' "Physician's Guide to Urea Cycle Disorders," published by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) to educate healthcare professionals about symptoms, making the diagnosis and treatment.

Cytonet produced a short video for medical professionals about UCD and a clinical trial for liver cell therapy, which is currently enrolling patients.

Parents feel son's heart beat again

Bermuda Times | Awain Johnston-Barnes
More than four years ago Dakarai Tucker's family and friends said their final goodbyes to the popular teenager, who died as a result of a brain aneurysm.

But on Saturday, Dakarai's parents felt their son's heart beating again.

Part reunion and part first meeting, the Tucker family met New Jersey student Ryan Miller, whose life was saved after he received Dakarai's heart in a transplant.

Surrounded by Dakarai's friends and family during a visit to Warwick Academy, where Dakarai was a student, Mr Miller said: “I have never felt better than I have today. I honestly have never felt better.”

A tale of two neighbors - and the Gift of Life

Plainfield Illinois Patch
Darren Conrad would have died had he not received a liver transplant; a story that aired on "World News Now" tells of how his neighbors stepped up for him.

Plainfield resident Nancy Conrad sent us this note and a link to story that aired last week on ABC's World News Now. It's about her husband and not one but two neighbors who offered to give him half of their livers so that he would not die.

Nobody Declared Brain Dead Ever Wakes Up Feeling Pretty Good

The Atlantic | Richard C. Senelick MD
Adrian Niederha / Shutterstock
There's a difference between being in a coma and a vegetative state. The stories confusing the two are hindering organ donor education.

A day rarely goes by that I don't read a few sensational headlines: "Man Declared Dead Feels 'Pretty Good'" or "Husband Celebrates Miracle as 'Brain Dead' Wife Wakes Up in Hospital." I recently read an article that seemed to describe a man on death row in Huntsville, Texas. It attempted to shock its readers with the claim that a college student had been declared brain dead and "just hours before he was slated to be killed and his organs given to another patient," he miraculously recovered. That's right, they said "killed."

As a neurologist who specializes in brain injury, I have cared for many brain-injured patients and there were times when they did better than I anticipated, but sensational articles like these only confuse the public. During the health care legislation debates, the mere mention of insurance coverage for consultation on end-of-life decisions brought forth hysterical cries of "death panels" from people like Sarah Palin who exhorted that "my parents or my baby with Down's Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel'...." But if the headlines are fiction, what is the truth?
Read more "How our brain actually works": http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/nobody-declared-brain-dead-ever-wakes-up-feeling-pretty-good/253315/

Son lives on, thanks to selfless decision on organ donation

Star-Telegram | Marty Sobata
FORT WORTH -- Last March, Ian Heidemann went online and signed up to be an organ and tissue donor.

His parents learned of that selfless act upon the 22-year-old Keller High School graduate's accidental death this month.

"He was always thinking of others," said his mother, Janis Heidemann. "That's just the kind of person he was."

Even so, she realized what a tremendous gift her son had bestowed upon people he'll never meet.

"When you're young, you think you'll live forever," she said. "That makes it even more amazing that he made a conscious decision to be a donor."

Through his gift to Donate Life Texas Registry, doctors at JPS Health Network recovered several of Heidemann's organs, including his heart, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas. They also recovered his corneas.

"He had a big heart, and we're glad he donated it," his mother said. "Now someone else has a big heart for their family."

And, most rare, they recovered his entire right hand.
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/02/26/3764506/organ-donation.html

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Organ donors, families honored at Hershey ceremony

Lebanon Daily News | Chris Sholly
HERSHEY - Todd A. and Christine M. Turner had been married almost 22 years when he lost a battle with a brain tumor on April 11.

"He had the biggest heart you could ever imagine. We talked about being organ donors" before he died, his wife Christine said.

On Sunday, the Palmyra woman was among hundreds of family members who attended a remembrance ceremony for organ donors in Hershey.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Gift of Life Donor Program hosted the second Rose Parade Donor Remembrance Ceremony in the Health and Fitness Center on the hospital campus. Family members received a silk rose, a certificate and a donor medal pin to honor the memories of their loved ones who were organ donors in the past two years.

Record kidney transplant 'chain' had Canadian connection

CTV News | Kieron Lang
A single act of kindness triggered a record-setting chain of transplants that wound up saving 30 lives.

The cascade of transplants, involving 60 donors and recipients in 17 hospitals over the course of four months, began when a California man decided to give the gift of life by donating one of his kidneys to a stranger.

Without a transplant, people suffering from kidney failure are subjected to regular trips to the hospital for dialysis, a blood-cleaning process that filters toxins and maintains the body's liquid balance.

Typical waits for organs from deceased donors can take years, though, in contrast to the potential immediate relief of a living donor. But even those who find a willing donor must ensure their immune systems match.
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20120227/kidney-transplant-chain-reaction-120227/#ixzz1nayjXUe9

Welcome to the OrganDonor.gov Facebook Page

OrganDonor.gov
Welcome to the organdonor.gov Facebook page sponsored by the Division of Transplantation, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible, saving the lives of many. Another 1 million people received cornea and other tissue transplants tha...t helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment, and vision loss.

The gift of life has impacted so many people. We hope that you will join us and share your stories, discover new facts, and learn about the latest news in organ, eye, and tissue donation. Register in your state today to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor.
Please visit and bookmark: http://www.facebook.com/organdonor.gov?sk=friendactivity

I am Hope - Smith McRae

Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency

Organ donation has meant a second chance for our family. Three years ago today, our son, Smith William McRae was diagnosed with a liver disease called biliary atresia. About 300 babies each year are born with this in the US. Our son was not responsive to a treatment to help prevent liver scarring so his only option for survival was a liver transplant. At 6 months old he received his gift of life which was just in the nick of time since most doctors did not think he would make it to his 1st birthday. After spending practically the first 10 months of his life in a hospital, 2 years later, he is a typical preschooler showing no signs of illness or delay. 
Because of organ donation: 
• Our second son is alive and “normal”; 
• We have a busy, active, healthy, silly, 3 year old who makes us smile and gives us joy each and every day; 
• Our oldest son still has a brother/best friend/roommate; 
• We’ve learned the true meaning of compassion and sympathy through our donor family; 
• We’ve strengthened our faith in God; 
• We’ve learned about the power of prayer, modern science, and the human spirit to survive; 
• We’ve grown closer as a family; and 
• We’ve learned to cherish every life experience no matter how small it may seem 
Smith may not realize it yet but he and his angel have impacted many people during his short life. Our friends and family have learned to appreciate life and the importance of organ donation more than ever because of his story. Smith and his angel have also inspired our entire family to become passionate volunteers for Donate Life. We look for every opportunity to share his story and spread awareness about organ donation. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins have all helped in the cause. Smith has made rounds at hospitals talking to medical staff, visited church groups, cut up with high school students, participated in multiple sporting events, and made various media appearances with LOPA. Due to his young age and his robust personality, he makes a meaningful connection to all audiences. It is hard to look at him and not think, “He had a liver transplant??!” 
Organ donation saves lives and families. Please consider becoming an organ donor today.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Transplant breakthrough as livers 'kept alive' outside body giving hope to hundreds

Daily Mail | Jo MacFarlane
Scientists have created a machine which can keep donor livers functioning outside the body.

The breakthrough – a British first – could save the lives of hundreds of people needing liver transplants every year.

Livers taken from organ donors are currently packed in ice for up to 12 hours to prevent them from decay while they are transported, but this technique can affect the blood vessels and cause excess fat on the organ to solidify.

It means many are considered unsuitable for use and are discarded, despite the wishes of patients and families. In other cases the livers fail because of the damage caused to them during the transplant process.

The new machine keeps the liver in a solution at body temperature and feeds it with blood, oxygen and nutrients.

The technique allows doctors to monitor how well the organ functions and means livers can be stored for far longer – up to 24 hours – before being transplanted.

Known as METRA, the machine was originally used on pig livers but a recent trial found that out of 13 human livers discarded by doctors, six would have been good enough to be transplanted.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2106556/Transplant-breakthrough-livers-kept-alive-outside-body-giving-hope-hundreds.html#ixzz1nWhDXAZV

Jonah Lomu still 'stable' in Auckland hospital

Stuff New Zealand
Rugby legend Jonah Lomu remains in Auckland City Hospital this morning where his condition is described as stable.

Lomu, who suffers from the serious kidney disorder nephrotic syndrome, was recently re-admitted to hospital with an infection.

His wife and manager Nadene told TVNZ Lomu was "fighting a great battle" and remains on dialysis.

Hospital spokesman Mark Fenwick said this morning that Lomu's condition was stable.

The former All Black superstar's latest ordeal began during last year's Rugby World Cup when he was admitted to Auckland City Hospital.

Lomu, who had his first organ transplant in 2004, told a women's magazine this month that he needed a new kidney and had lost 30kg since last September.

"We were hoping to see some improvement but nothing has made any difference, so the next step is to try to find a donor," Lomu said of his current plight.

Natrona County coroner urges peer involvement in organ donations

Star-Tribune  | Tom Mast
Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson and her staff members were recently recognized as the state’s top coroner’s office by the Donor Alliance and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank.

In 2011, the Natrona County Coroner’s Office made 21 of the 28 Wyoming referrals that came from coroners’ offices to the Donor Alliance.

“I’m a nurse first, and I’ve always been involved with patients who have been donors,” Jacobson said. “And now I’m coroner, I just continue my work with facilitating donor requests.”

Jacobson hopes the recognition will motivate other coroners in the state to become more involved in the donor process, which can be time consuming.

There are basically three ways to make known the wishes of a donor, she said. A hospital might report a person’s death to a donor agency, the highway patrol might call in a road fatality or the notification might come via a coroner’s office.

Read more: http://trib.com/news/local/casper/natrona-county-coroner-urges-peer-involvement-in-organ-donations/article_ad016677-43fa-5208-a6d7-7dc2d335c1ea.html#ixzz1nWepJPuJ

Austin area residents participated in historic chain of kidney transplants Continue reading on Examiner.com Austin area residents participated in historic chain of kidney transplants

Austin Market Examiner | John Egan
Two Central Texans helped make global health care history.

Kent Bowen, 47, of Austin and Sherry Gluchowski, 59, of Leander were two of the links in a record-setting chain of kidney transplants last year involving 30 donors and 30 recipients. It’s been hailed as the world’s longest chain of living-donor kidney transplants.

None of the kidney donors knew the recipients beforehand; all of the donors were prompted to “pay it forward” because loved ones had received life-saving organs. The 60 operations spanned four months, 17 hospitals and 11 states, according to The New York Times.

The donors and recipients were matched through a computer program created by the nonprofit National Kidney Registry.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Austin area residents participated in historic chain of kidney transplants - Austin Market | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/market-in-austin/austin-area-residents-participated-historic-chain-of-kidney-transplants#ixzz1nWdVs48b

Organ Donation: Jews Can Learn Something From Atheists

The Algemeiner | Eliyahu Federman
Recently while renewing my driver’s license, the DMV attendant looked surprised when I requested organ donor designation. She remarked how she thought being an organ donor is against the Jewish religion. I suppose myyarmulke (head covering) gave away the fact that I was Jewish, but this encounter did not surprise me given conversations I’ve had with many of my religious friends who will not become posthumous organ donors because they believe it would interfere with a religious duty to be buried intact.

Last week the NY Times reported that in response to a growing resistance by Haredi Jewish patients unwilling to consider donating organs but perfectly willing to accept organs from others, Israel has become the first country to implement a priority system:
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/02/26/organ-donation-jews-can-learn-something-from-atheists/

5th Annual kLaVoy5k In Saratoga Springs NY

Saratoga Springs, New York


When: Sat, Apr 28, 2012 | 8:00 AM
Where: Saratoga Springs State Park
Cost: $20.00 runners / $20.00 walkers / 7 and under free (walk only)

Get involved for a great cause! The 5th Annual kLaVoy 5k is an annual run / walk that  helps raise awareness about organ & tissue donation. All proceeds raised go directly to The Center for Donation & Transplant - Donate Life.
The run is  in memory of Kristen LaVoy who battled an auto immune kidney disease for 15 years, beginning when she was just a teenager. Kristen was fortunate enough to have had a kidney transplant, which gave her additional years with those she loved and those who loved her.
There are more than 100,000 people awaiting the life-saving gift of an organ transplantPlease help raise awarness and sponsor, run, walk or volunteer at the kLaVoy5k! And don't forget to register as an organ donor - and donate life!

Race Details:

The kLaVoy5k will start on April 28, 2012 at 8:00am at the warming hut area in the Saratoga Springs State Park. Race packet pick up and onsite registration at 6:30am. On-site registration is $25. Early registration is $20 to walk or run, free for 7 and under to walk. Register now to run or walk >>
Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants!
If you would like more information on this event or would like to interview the Race Director contact Tonya Pellegrini at (518) 928-5808 or kLaVoy5k@hotmail.com

Sagamore Hills man finds that donating a kidney is no simple thing

The Plain Dealer - Angela Townsend
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- At 2:40 a.m. Pacific time on Dec. 13, a man in his 50s received a new kidney following a 3 1/2-hour surgery in California. He had been on the transplant wait list for more than four years.

The kidney came from Curtis Hendrix of Sagamore Hills, who was recovering in a room in the Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Pavilion that night.

Six months earlier, Hendrix, 21, haddecided he wanted to donate a kidney. To a stranger. The idea, he said, came to him in a dream.
Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2012/02/an_altruistic_kidney_donor.html

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Organ Buddies feature greeting cards for transplant recipients to send to their donor

Organ Buddies
Through the support of Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ( formerly Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc.), a set of eight (8) greeting cards has been developed for transplant recipients to send to their donor and/or donor families. The initial set of cards includes Thanksgiving and holiday greeting cards, a second chance transplant anniversary card and generic/non specific occasion cards
Read more and order these FREE cards: http://www.organbuddies.com/GreetingCards.htm

New blood in town... Discovery of Langereis and Junior types is a breakthrough for transfusions, transplants and cancer research

Daily Mail
Everyone has heard of the four main blood types - A, B, AB and O - but scientists have revealed that there are two new kids on the block... and their names are Langereis and Junior.

Researchers at the University of Vermont say that the identification of these two new types of blood will have major medical benefits in the fields of transfusions and organ transplants, as well as foetal development and the fight against cancer.

Biologist Bryan Ballif, who lead the team that solved the riddle of the two new blood types, explained: 'More than 50,000 Japanese are thought to be Junior negative, and may encounter blood transfusion problems or mother-foetus incompatibility.'

In the February issue of Nature Genetics, Professor Ballif and his colleagues report on their discovery of two proteins on red blood cells responsible for these lesser-known blood types.

Professor Ballif identified the two molecules as specialised transport proteins, named ABCB6 and ABCG2.

He said: 'Only 30 proteins have previously been identified as responsible for a basic blood type... but the count now reaches 32.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2105828/New-blood-town--Discovery-Langereis-Junior-types-breakthrough-transfusions-transplants-cancer-research.html#ixzz1nQoyFHb5

‘Breathless Bride,’ who raced against her deadly cystic fibrosis to get married, can breathe a sigh of relief

NY Daily News | Amanda Mikelberg
Her dream of getting married became an urgent operation.

Kirstie Mills Tancock was determined to get married if it was the last thing she did. And it almost was.

"I have spent every moment living like it was my last," Tancock, a cystic fibrosis sufferer from England told ABC News.

Thanks to a life-saving double-lung transplant, Tancock no longer lives in fear.

"I didn't expect to be here at 21," she said during the taping of the TLC documentary "Breathless Bride: Dying to Live," set to air Feb. 29. The program follows her through four months of planning her wedding and waiting for the transplant.

Just two days before her planned nuptials last June 16, and no word of a donor, the British beauty's temperature shot up, her lips turned blue and her face ashen gray. She couldn't breathe. Her lungs had filled with a life-threatening infection and doctors said she was too sick to attend her own wedding.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/breathless-bride-raced-deadly-cystic-fibrosis-married-breathe-a-sigh-relief-article-1.1028377#ixzz1nQoGeFA6

New Promise for Infant Heart Transplants

 By: Alexa Pozniak

The numbers are heartbreaking: Every 90 minutes, one person in the United States dies while waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

Among those on the transplant list are 2,200 children under 18, newborns and infants with heart disorders.

They are often the extremely sick and have the smallest window of opportunity for survival, experts explain. And because of their small size, doctors often face difficulty in finding suitable hearts for them.

"There are just a lot less actual donors available, and the numbers of infants being transplanted as a primary procedure for congenital heart disease, instead of trying other surgical procedures first, has increased," says Dr. Linda J. Addonizio, medical director of the Pediatric Cardiac Transplant Program at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

Scientific Advancements
Read more about scientific advancements: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=116865&page=1#.T0lQr5jA1RE

Mariposa woman awaits liver transplant

Merced Sun-Star | Debbie Croft



I saw her last Saturday at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. It was Day 39 for Amber Thorson, one very sick 25-year-old who is awaiting a liver transplant. She's had three transplants already, all within the first five years of her life.

Amber has a genetic disorder called Alpha 1-antitrypsin Deficiency.

A fourth transplant has never been done before, which means her doctor is looking for the perfect organ to place inside her petite frame. He performed her last transplant, and although the wait is long, he hasn't given up. He doesn't want her to either. Her name's on a national transplant list, at the top for this region.

In the meantime, her kidneys are failing. She endures three hours of dialysis four to five days a week. After the liver transplant, she'll need a kidney transplant.

Anti-rejection drugs have improved in the last 20 years, and new technology provides hope that a fourth transplant will extend Amber's life long enough for her to finish college, marry, have children and lead a normal life. All are things she's looking forward to doing.

Her mom, Rita, stays in Amber's hospital room during the week. She stays at a hotel with her husband, Jeff, Amber's father, on weekends when he drives more than 500 miles, round-trip, from Mariposa. During the week Jeff runs the office supply business he and his wife own.

Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/02/25/2244330/debbie-croft-mariposa-woman-awaits.html#storylink=cpyRead more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/02/25/2244330/debbie-croft-mariposa-woman-awaits.html#storylink=cpy

Senator Runner recovering after double lung transplant

Victorville Daily Press
LOS ANGELES • State Sen. Sharon Runner is recuperating at UCLA Medical Center after undergoing a successful double lung transplant.

“My family and I are thankful to the talented team of doctors, nurses and health care professionals for their care,” Runner said in a statement Friday evening. “My heart and gratitude go out to the family and friends of the anonymous donor. While they have lost a loved one, I hope they find comfort in knowing the power of their generous donation. This gift of life helped save eight lives and enhanced 50 others.”

Runner’s doctors expect her to make a full recovery. Within two to three weeks, she’ll be released from the hospital to resume her public service and will initially work from home. Runner anticipates returning to the office in the spring.

Feb. 25th – Walter Payton : A Salute to African American Heroes

CC Sabathia
You might think that a man called “Sweetness” isn’t that tough. In Walter Payton’s case you’d been wrong. The man, who once held NFL records in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, rushing attempts, yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards, was anything BUT sweet on the football field.

Payton’s motto was “Never Die Easy”. His coach at Jackson State taught ball carriers to refuse to run out of bounds to avoid being hit. Instead, you deliver a little “Sweetness” to would-be tacklers and let them drive you out of bounds, if they can.

As incredible a player as Payton turned out to be, he didn’t even play football until his junior year in high school. It was said that Walter didn’t want to compete with his older brother, Eddie, who was the star of the team. (Eddie also played in the NFL) And even after Eddie left, playing on the team was no guarantee. Payton made the coach promise to let him continue playing drums in the high school band.

The Last Race - DonateLife Week,Australia

ABC Television
About The Program

Coinciding with DonateLife Week, a national week of raising awareness and promotion of organ and tissue donation, this dramatic film tracks a family's heart-wrenching dilemma when their beloved son is declared brain dead after a cycling accident.

At the hospital, they wrestle with the decision to donate his organs, having never asked him his wishes and never having had the conversation among themselves.

Meanwhile, in intensive care, a father is watching his teenage daughter with cystic fibrosis struggle to breathe and deteriorate to critical condition. She needs a new set of lungs to survive. Elsewhere in the hospital, a 45-year-old woman also is on the recipient list, where she has waited for two years.

The cyclist's organs become available, but the doctor must decide whose need is greatest.

Then the race is on.

Fewer than one in five Australians has had memorable discussions with their loved ones about their donation wishes.

Riverside: March today for shooting victim

Press Enterprise | John Ashbury
Family members said that Simmon's organs are being donated.

Eastside residents in Riverside are marching today to take back their streets and remember Lareanz Simmons.

Up to 200 people were expected to march this morning to demand an end to the senseless gang violence, which police believe left the 14-year-old Riverside Poly High School freshman brain-dead in a drive-by shooting Thursday night.

Residents are gathering at Bordwell Park at 10 a.m. off Martin Luther King Boulevard and marching one mile down Kansas Avenue, past Simmons’ Georgia Street home, to Patterson Park.

“We can no longer allow our children to be murdered in the streets,” a message sent by march organizers reads.Read more: http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20120225-riverside-march-today-for-shooting-victim.ece

Victoria teen able to save five lives with organ donations

Victoria Advocate
Family and friends of Matthew Spann participated in a ceremony at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital honoring him for donating his organs to help five others.

"We gathered to raise this flag in honor of Matthew Spann. The Wednesday ceremony came in the midst of great loss and grief," said Katy Kiser, communications specialist at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Matthew, 14, was shot in the head Monday during a hunting incident. The Victoria County Sheriff's Office, which is conducting the investigation, initially said the shooting was an accident, but has not issued a formal ruling.

Donate Life Illinois Featured in "I Am Hope" Campaign

Donate Life Illinois

Next week, Donate Life Illinois will be featured in the national “I Am Hope” campaign. The “I Am Hope” initiative is part of Donate Life America’s “20 Million in 2012” campaign focused on registering 20 million Americans as organ and tissue donors in 2012. Each state (plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico) has been assigned a week of the year to feature seven local inspiring stories, one for each day of the week.



“I Am Hope” Video from Donate Life America

From Sunday February 26 to Saturday March 3, Donate Life America will feature stories from Illinois. We will be sharing stories of donation experiences from Illinois with Donate Life America and its Donate Life partners throughout the country.

Check the Donate Life Illinois Facebook Fan Page to view our “I Am Hope” stories next week!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Western Pennsylvania man gets latest version of artificial heart

Pittsburg Tribune-Review | Luis Fabregas
The newest mechanical heart not only sounds human, it is powered by a pump small enough that a patient could go home while awaiting a transplant.

Made by Arizona-based SynCardia, the next-generation artificial heart uses the same technology as the popular mechanical versions of the 1980s -- minus the 400-pound pump that forced patients to remain in the hospital until a heart became available for transplant. SynCardia's heart has a portable pump weighing 13 pounds that could fit in a backpack

A man who showed up at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville last week complaining of chest pain became the first person in Western Pennsylvania to get the new device.

Doctors attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation for nearly an hour before transferring the man, 63, to Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side, where physicians identified him as a candidate for the SynCardia device while awaiting a donor heart for transplant. The man, who is not being identified, remains in critical condition in the hospital's coronary intensive care unit, said Dr. Stephen Bailey, director of Allegheny General's division of cardiac surgery.

"He is awake and interacting with family," Bailey told reporters during a news briefing on Thursday in the hospital.

Read more: Western Pennsylvania man gets latest version of artificial heart - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_783307.html?_s_icmp=NetworkHeadlines#ixzz1nJj2YUe4

US heart transplant teen to visit Bermuda school where his donor studied

Bermuda News | Owain Johnston-Barnes
Four years after his sudden death, 15-year-old Warwick Academy student Dakarai Tucker is still making a difference.

Ryan Miller, who received Dakarai’s heart in a transplant, will visit Bermuda this weekend as part of an ongoing documentary begun after the lifesaving surgery.

Dakarai was at school in January 2008 when he started suffering serious head pains. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and medevaced to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

It was discovered that a blood vessel in his brain had ruptured, and he fell into a coma.Read more: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120223/NEWS/702239958/0

Global Organ and Tissue Transplantation Market to Reach 114 Thousand Procedures by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Yahoo News | PRWeb

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Organ and Tissue Transplantationmarkets. The global market for Organ and Tissue Transplantation is forecast to reach 114 Thousand Procedures by the year 2017. Key factors driving the need for organ transplantations include increasing graying population, and escalating incidence of organ failure cases due to fatal diseases. In addition, advancements in technology, surgical techniques, and immunosuppressive drugs are also propelling the market for organ transplants.

San Jose, California (PRWEB) February 23, 2012

Buoyed by advancements in technology, surgical techniques and immunosuppressive drugs, organ transplantation has become the preferred treatment for several chronic diseases pertaining to heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, and liver. Advancements in organ and tissue transplantation have phenomenally revolutionized the quality of life and survival rate across terminal conditions. While a tissue transfer enhances the quality of life of a patient, organ transfer saves or enhances the lives of patients suffering from organ failures. Organ transplantation has increasingly become a pivotal intervention for thousands of patients suffering from fatal end-stage diseases. Several policies guide transplantations around the world, and there exists various possibilities to procure as well as allocate organs for transplantation.

Troop honors one of its own

Redlands Daily Facts

Boy Scout Troop 423 of Redlands held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony on Feb. 4 at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands.

The highest and most coveted award in scouting was presented to Spencer A. Saks, the son of Jeff and Cindy Saks and brother to Samantha Saks of Highland.

The ceremony was attended by more than 150 family members and friends.

Participating in the ceremony were 3rd District County Supervisor Neil Derry, Redlands City Mayor Pete Aguilar and Shane Price of the Redlands Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, all of which presented special letters of acknowledgment and congratulations to Spencer.

Spencer started scouting as a Tiger Cub in the 1st grade, continued through Cub Scouts where he earned the Arrow of Light and now the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts.

Once Spencer advanced to Boy Scouts he volunteered his time as the Cub Scout Pack Den Chief.

Spencer achieved the rank of Eagle by conducting an Organ Donor Awareness Campaign.
Read more: http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/ci_20034204

Lanham hospital recognized for organ donation program

Gazette | Virginia Terhune

Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham recently received the Leslie Ebert Synergy for Life Award from Washington Regional Transplant Community, a nonprofit agency based in Annandale, Va., that recovers organs and tissues for transplants and research.

WRTC is the area’s federally designated organ procurement organization. When a patient has died or death is imminent, hospitals are required to notify the organization, which works to recover any organs donated by the patient.

Waiting for a Heart - Episode 7 A video diary of a teenage on the transplant list

InforCardio

Over the weekend (Saturday, August 20, 2011), Mackenzie was experiencing a persistent cough. Her parents thought it would be best to have it checked out. Follow MacKenzie Tannhauser as she captures her daily ups and downs as she awaits a heart transplant.

Mackenzie, who is a patient at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, is creating a video diary to increase awareness for organ donation and to help other teens who may be on the transplant list.

Learn more about our Heart Center at www.childrensmemorial.org/heartcenter

Daughter gives father gift of life

The Expositor - Sparta, TN | Kim Swindell Wood
18-year-old prepares to donate kidney

A White County teen is getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime “event” that will hopefully ensure the longevity of a man who has been an integral part of her life since the day she was born.

Sara Shanks, 18, will enter Vanderbilt University Hospital, on Feb. 28, 2012, along with her father, Jim Shanks. Sara will be donating one of her kidneys to her dad.

This is not Jim’s first time to be the recipient of a kidney. Approximately 20 years ago, he received a kidney from someone who had passed away and unselfishly donated their organs to those who were in need of transplants.

Tom Brady loses coach, others may benefit

The Baltimore Sun | Meredith Cohn

Tom Martinez, longtime personal coach to New England Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady was slated to come to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a life-saving kidney transplant in coming months. But the Associated Press reported today that he died.

The story says he had a heart attack after a dialysis treatment.

But the publicity drummed up by Brady may mean others get the kidney they need.

'Still Waiting:' How organ transplants work

WDIO | Paige Calhoun

"You can't wake up everyday thinking, maybe it will happen today because you'll end up disappointed a lot." But the unknown isn't wearing on her today. Jessica Danielson is celebrating her milestone 30th birthday, and finding humor in her situation. As she opens presents with her family, she jokes that a candy heart is one of the organs she's been waiting for.

Right now, Jessica is one of over 100,000 patients on the national transplant list, waiting. Where she stands on that list depends on her blood type, how long she's been waiting, and how sick she is, "Jessica is very, very sick, and you get categorized at the top of the list. Status 1A," Naveen Pereira, Cardiovascular Disease Consultant said.

'There was someone who needed it...' 60 lives, 30 kidneys, all linked in longest donor chain

The Independent | Jeremy Laurence

Organ donation to stranger starts an amazing series of events across 11 US states

It began with an electrical contractor in Riverside, California called Rick Ruzzamenti who, after chatting to someone in his yoga class, decided to donate a kidney to a stranger.


Four months and 60 operations later, the longest kidney transplant chain in the world – with 30 patients receiving a kidney from 30 living donors – was completed when Don Terry, a diabetic who lives in Chicago, received a new organ at the Loyola University Medical Centre.

The extraordinary feat, which involved military-style planning, saw operations carried out over four months in 17 hospitals across 11 states, with newly-donated kidneys being flown coast to coast to ensure organs were matched to the right recipient.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/there-was-someone-who-needed-it-60-lives-30-kidneys-all-linked-in-longest-donor-chain-7320519.html

Torch of Life sets out on new journey to promote organ donation

Tandem Magazine | Concila Minutola

Step by Step Founder George Marcello announces names of three “captains” of the Register Now Relay

Step by Step’s Torch of Life embarks on another voyage for promoting organ donation. On Family Day, at Columbus Centre in Toronto, founder George Marcello announced the names of the three young “captains” of the Register Now relay: 

Hélène Campbell, a 20-year-old from Ottawa, in need of a lung transplant, refuses to give up. From Toronto, her overwhelming spirit convinced even Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres to re-launch her appeal for organ donation.

Former NFL player's mother touts organ donation

The Advertiser | Eric Narcisse
Every time Carolyn Henry Glaspy prepares to share her story about her deceased son Chris Henry, a former NFL receiver, she finds it difficult to hide her emotions.

Speaking before a couple dozen students and athletes in Sidelines Café at the UL Student Union for Thursday's Celebrate Life event hosted by the UL Ragin' Cajuns and Donate Life Louisiana, Glaspy fought through the tears to deliver a message that touched the hearts of those in attendance.

"When my son died, my family didn't get smaller," Glaspy said, "it became much bigger. It took my son to die for me to gain a larger family."

Celebrate Life is an event designed to inspire, educate and raise awareness about the importance of people becoming organ donors.Read more: http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120224/NEWS01/202240333/Former-NFL-player-s-mother-touts-organ-donation

GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS BILL TO STREAMLINE AND PROMOTE ORGAN DONATION PROCESS IN MASSACHUSETTS

The Melrose News

BOSTON – Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today signed S. 2067, “An Act Relative to a Uniform Anatomical Gift Act,” legislation that will promote organ donation by updating Massachusetts’ Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA). The legislation is an important step to increase organ donations by aligning state statute with requirements currently in effect in neighboring states.

“We know the critically important role that organ donation plays in saving lives,” said Governor Patrick. “I am proud to sign this bill that will promote the idea of organ donation and remove barriers to allow more people to become organ donors.”

Organ donors tell their story - Australia

Health Reporter

The video stories of three young Australians were launched this week to help young people understand the urgent need to ask and know family members’ organ and tissue donation wishes.

“New research commissioned by the Organ and Tissue Authority found that the majority of 18-29 year olds (84%) cite the chance to save a life as the key motivation to decide about becoming an organ and tissue donor,” said Ms Yael Cass, Chief Executive Officer of the Organ and Tissue Authority.
Below is Jess's story.  To read more and see more stories please click HERE.

Jason Lee Bruce - Organ Donor

Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks

Jason loved his daughter, Kentucky basketball and St. Louis Cardinal baseball. He was always loyal to his family, with a big heart for those in need. Jason had discussed organ donation with his family, showing a strong desire for using his ability to help others, in the event something should happen. Jason died during surgery after a terrible automobile accident on Easter Sunday 2007.
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