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Tennessee baby gets life-saving heart transplant

WRCB NBC3 Chattanooga, TN
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A Tennessee baby boy received a life-saving heart transplant Friday. He's been kept alive by machines for a record-breaking 50 days waiting for a donor.

Andrew Hagewood survived several hours of surgery to give him a new heart Friday. He's been one of thousands of children on a waiting list as he fought for his life and waited for a match many never receive.

A Youtube video shows Andrew listening to his little sister singing to him over the phone in Vanderbilt waiting for a new heart. His family posted the video hoping to spread the word that chances are few for infant organ donation.

"Andrew's life depended on it," cousin Jennifer Bryars said.

Bryars says he broke records for staying alive on an ECMO machine waiting for a match.

"Andrew was a specific case because he has "O negative" blood and that's very rare, so that was even harder to find," Bryars said.

But, then they got a call overnight.

Cheney's heart transplant sparks age debate

ABC13 Houston
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- This week, there's been debate over the age of people getting transplants after former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant at 71. But the world's biggest heart transplant center here in Houston says that's not unusual. They say older people sometimes do better.

Charles Liszcz makes weekly visits to heart transplant patients. He got a heart transplant himself seven years ago at age 68.

"I think it was a fair decision I receive the heart," Liszcz said.

Gordon Wyrick had a heart transplant 12 years ago at age 64.

"I asked the Lord, 'Lord just let me live long enough to let my kids grow up,'" Wyrick said.

Now he helps victims of crime. Both men had heart transplants at Texas Heart Institute, which has done 1,253 -- more than any place in the world. A growing number are in their 60's and 70's, and they've done surprisingly well.
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White urges organ donation

Onley Daily Mail | Matt Courtner
Secretary of State Jesse White visited Olney Central College on Thursday to promote the state’s organ and tissue donor program and recognizing the efforts of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.

According to information from the college, April is National Donate Life! Month and White’s visit kicks off OCC’s organ and tissue donor registry drive.

White said the effort to work through community colleges to register people as donors began about a year ago with a trip to Richland Community College.

He said it set a goal to sign up 100 people and exceeded it by 33.

White said that in Illinois, nearly 5,000 people are on the organ transplant waiting list. More than 300 people will die each year before receiving transplants.

A single donor can benefit 25 people, he said.

During the press conference in the OCC Banquet Room, the crowd also heard from those who have been or are being affected by the organ donor program.
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Organ donation champion honoured by Lt.-Gov

CTV Toronto
A young woman who has helped tell Canadians about the importance of organ donation was honoured by Lt.-Gov David Onley on Friday.

Onley presented Helene Campbell, 20, with the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Volunteerism.

Campbell has a degenerative lung disease, which left her lungs at about 20 per cent capacity. She has to be on oxygen in order to breath.

The Ottawa woman is currently living in Toronto, where she is waiting for a donor match to have a double-lung transplant.

While she waits, Campbell is spreading the word about organ donation through an online campaign.

She has some big supporters. Ellen DeGeneres surprised Campbell by putting her live on the show via Skype. Read more:

2012 Donate Life Hospital Registry Challenge

Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland | Lauren
Throughout the month of April, in celebration of National Donate Life Month, several hospitals in the state of Maryland, along with The Living Legacy Foundation, Maryland’s organ procurement organization and Donate Life Maryland will be hosting activities and providing opportunities for hospital employees as well as hospital visitors to designate themselves as organ, eye and tissue donors. The 2012 Donate Life Hospital Registry Challenge campaign brings a greater awareness to the community about the growing national waiting list of over 112,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. In Maryland, nearly 2,000 people are anxiously hoping for a second chance at life.

With more than two million Marylanders already making the decision to designate themselves as organ, eye and tissue donors, either through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration or the Maryland Donor Registry at, this statewide initiative…

Md. Nonprofit Encourages People To Donate Organs & Save Lives

CBS Baltimore | Kai Johnson
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — People around the country, including those in Maryland, are waiting for transplants.

Kai Jackson reports a local group is rallying to help those in need by giving them the gift of life.

Mondawmin Mall is the setting for a new life-saving effort.

The group Donate Life Maryland is trying to encourage more people to become organ donors.

Valarie Murray knows just how important organ donors are to people around the country.

“Just to give a mother a chance to see her baby grow; a father a chance to walk his child down the aisle; a person another day, to take a deep breath with a lung transplant. It’s important as a community,” she said. Read more, view video:

Faces of Hope for Life National Donate Life Month Contest

Faces of Hope for Life

April is National Donate Life Month! “Faces of Hope for Life” is holding a contest to celebrate and YOU can win a “Kindle Fire Tablet”. Our goal is to add 1000 organ, eye, and tissue donors to support Donate Life America’s 20 Million in 2012 campaign! It is as easy as 1-2-3…

1- Register to win a “Kindle Fire Tablet”:
“Like” our Facebook page and/or “Follow” us on Twitter
Let us know at “Faces of Hope for Life” when you’ve registered to become an organ donor at
Complete and submit the entry form below (those who have already “liked” our Facebook page and/or already follow us on Twitter & have become an organ donor as outlined in #2 are also eligible to win, simply let us know when you complete the entry form).

2- For everyone who registers to become an Organ and tissue Donor or has previously registered as a result of a story at “Faces of Hope for Life” that inspired you to become an organ donor, we will add your name to a list t…

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION: National Donate Life Month | The White House

President Barak Obama

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 01, 2010 Presidential Proclamation - National Donate Life Month A PROCLAMATION As Americans, we can demonstrate our commitment to one another in the most difficult of circumstances through organ, tissue, stem cell, and blood donation. During National Donate Life Month, we honor donors who provide others with a second chance for a healthy life and encourage more Americans to share this precious gift. Today, over 100,000 Americans await donation on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network waiting list. Many will receive a lifesaving transplant, but, for some, help will not come fast enough. Whether they are coping with kidney failure or recovering from severe injuries, these individuals' lives depend on the compassion of a loved one or a complete stranger. Across our country, we face a shortage of donors and an urgent need for help. We must respond with the spirit of generosity t…

Lifebanc Ohio - National Donate Life Month

Lifebanc Ohio

Locally Sponsored by:Throughout the year, Lifebanc works to educate Northeast Ohioans through multiple initiatives highlighting the critical shortage of organs and tissue for transplantation. Each April, these efforts are enhanced during National Donate Life Month when Americans are encouraged to become organ and tissue donors.April 2012 marks the 10th annual National Donate Life Month, a time when the transplant community focuses attention on the continually growing need for registered organ, eye and tissue donors, both locally, state-wide and nationally.  Even with these increased efforts, we needyour help.  Following is a list of Donate Life/Green Chair events and ways for you to spread the message and increase registered organ, eye and tissue donors in Ohio. April 2nd - University Hospitals Case Medical Center - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. April 9th - Green Chair Sit In - WKBN Youngstown, OH 6 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Hospitals Across Louisiana Participate in National Donate Life Month

KTBS Louisiana
The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) and Willis-Knighton Health System are having its second annual Donor Flag Raising Ceremony on April 3 at 11 a.m.

The flag raising ceremony will be held at the main entrance of Willis-Knighton Medical Center and a small reception will be held afterwards in the Kerlin Memorial Conference Center in Steen-Hall Eye Institute. Hospitals throughout the state of Louisiana are celebrating National Donate Life Month during April.

On April 1, hospitals will begin a 30-day initiative to raise awareness about the critical need for individuals to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors by participating in flag raising ceremonies, donor drives, and educational outreach. Read more:

T-shirts for those who preregister for McCloud's Donate Life Run/Walk

Mt Shasta News
Soon the weather will change, spring will arrive, and it will be time to put on your walking shoes for the 2nd Annual Donate Life Run/Walk on April 28 in McCloud.

The non-competitive 5k event is organized by McCloud resident Amy Bourke. It is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at Hoo Hoo Park and end there.

The race fee is $25, and those who pre-register before April 8 will receive event t-shirts.
Registration will also be held the morning of the event.

Bourke has been a staunch supporter and advocate in raising awareness of the need for organ and tissue donor's since she suffered from liver failure and had to have a transplant in 2010.

Last year's event drew more than 40 friends and family members and raised more than $800 in registration fees and more than $100 in donations.

“It was pretty incredible,” she said at the time. “It just grew from thinking it would be me and a couple of friends to over 40 supporters.”

McCloud’s Run/Walk is being held the last weekend in Apr…

Double Lung Transplant Recipient Makes Second 70-Story Climb Since Surgery

Brighton, MI Patch | Nicole Krawcke
Dave Cooney, 57, of Brighton, received his transplant in 2009, after being diagnosed with the same lung disease that took his twin brother.

Brighton resident Dave Cooney will tell every one he meets about his miracle.

The 57-year-old is a survivor of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis - a lung disease with no known cause and no cure. Now, just three years after his transplant surgery, Cooney is the picture of health after completing his second 70-story climb to the top of the Renaissance Center in Detroit during the American Lung Association's (ALA) Fight for Air Climb.

In fact, Cooney made the climb in just a little more than 19 minutes, placing 609th out of 815 participants.

"I'll never forget that someone died so I can live," Cooney said. "I will never disrespect that. I'm on anti-rejection medication for life, but I still have to do my part by eating healthy and working out."
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Chandra’s Story: Losing A Son To Asthma

Care2 Causes | Chandra Baldwin-Woods
An asthma attack turned my world upside just less than two years ago, and it has never been the same since. After returning home from football practice on a typical hot, muggy August day, my 16-year-old son Jovante suffered an asthma attack that rendered him unconscious from anoxic brain injury. Jovante’s father and I spent the next four days by his side in the hospital praying for his recovery, which was not to be.

I do not have adequate words to describe the pain of losing a child. It’s something no parent should ever have to experience. Knowing that we will never watch Jovante graduate high school, attend college or experience the joy of starting a family is a pain we must live with every day.
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Aussie-first surgery for 13-year-old boy

The West Australian | Martza O'Keefe
Ann Mohamed felt mixed emotions when she received news that her 13-year-old son was about to become Australia's first pediatric intestinal transplant recipient.

Mohamed El Shazly suffers from Hirschsprung's disease - a blockage of the large intestine where nerves are missing from sections of the bowel preventing the muscles in the bowel from working properly.

But it was her remarkable son - who has battled the life-threatening illness with courage all his life - who set her at ease straight away.

"I woke up twice in the night thinking something exciting and important is going to happen today," he told his mother even before she told him their four-year wait for a transplant donor was over.

"His response was very excited, very happy," she recalled a week after the surgery.
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Yearly, Illinois Eye-Bank helps many to see again

Pantagraph | Paul Sweich
BLOOMINGTON — The gift of sight will pass through an office building on Prospect Road hundreds of times this year.

Illinois Eye-Bank, Watson Gailey, at 301 S. Prospect Road, Suite 2, plays a critical role in transplantation of corneas and sclera and in whole eye research.

From the unassuming suite, eye bank procurement technicians go out to meet with grieving families throughout Central Illinois, retrieve corneas from deceased donors and return tissue to the eye bank. There, tissue is tested and — if it’s OK to use — is stored in a tissue culture solution and refrigerated before it’s shipped off for transplantation throughout the United States and beyond.

“Some people think it (cornea for transplant) is a manmade product,” said Dr. Catharine Crockett, co-medical director of the eye bank with Dr. Greg Halperin and an ophthalmologist with Eye Surgical Associates, Bloomington. “People don’t realize there is a donor.”

The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface at th…

Calvary Comes With Kidney Transplant to Rescue Detroit Writer, Critic

Huffington Post | Jim McFarlin
For far too many patients fighting the valiant fight against chronic kidney disease (CKD), tragically, the call never comes.

The cavalry call.

Almost every year, more than 4,500 Americans die waiting for the news that a matching donor kidney has been located and their lives can be renewed.

I received such a call Nov. 17. 2011, and it changed my life. Honestly, though, I never believed the cavalry would arrive in time to rescue me.

Despite my 2009 diagnosis of Stage IV renal failure, thanks to a two-year regimen on peritoneal dialysis (PD) -- my treatment of choice -- I was doing OK, relatively speaking. My body adapted well to Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis, or CCPD, filtering my blood internally through the aid of a machine, and I experienced no serious complications on what my family lovingly christened "the box."

I never suffered a complete loss of kidney function or stopped urinating, as some CKD patients do. (Although I sometimes wonder…

Little Carl Washington IV dies in hospital waiting for a new heart

NY Daily News | Michael Feeney
Little Carl Washington IV didn’t get the heart he’d been waiting for. He died Tuesday at an uptown children’s hospital.

The Daily News first reported the 7-year-old’s desperate need for a heart in a March 19 article that captured the hearts of readers.

Carl, who suffered for his entire life from complex congenital heart disease, had been waiting for a heart donation at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian in Washington Heights for more than a month.

But it never came. “I was never prepared for this,” said his heartbroken mother, Keisha, 28. “But at the end, he’s still victorious. He’s in heaven.”

She said one of the biggest challenges since Carl’s death was breaking the news to his two brothers, 6 and 4, and his 2-year-old sister.

“He got his heart in heaven,” his mother told them of their brother, whom they affectionately called “Doodie.”
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Organ donor to be commemorated with forest in western Turkey

Hurriyet Daily News | Izmir
Officials have announced plans to create a memorial forest in the memory of organ donor Nil Buket Gülergin, who died in a traffic accident in İzmir in January.

Gülergin, 19, was traveling as a passenger in a car driven by a friend of hers when the fatal accident occurred.

She was treated for two weeks at a hospital before she was officially declared brain dead. Her parents decided to donate her organs, a move that reportedly saved the lives of seven other people.

Friends of Gülergin launched a donation campaign on social media to purchase trees in order to plant a forest. Read more:

Mother joins 'transplant trot' to help cause

Burnaby Now | Jennifer Moreau
Simone Harty was sleeping in the early morning of June 13, 2007, when police came to her North Burnaby home asking questions about her son.

Is this where Elliott Harty lives? Does he own a motorcycle? Where is he?

Simone thought her 17-year-old boy was asleep in bed, when police asked to see his motorcycle.

"I was horrified when I saw the bike wasn't there," she says. "It was complete disbelief, that they must have had the wrong person."

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Berkeley Heights resident alive today because of donated liver | Independent Press

NEW PROVIDENCE – While New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network (NJ Sharing Network) works to educate New Jersey residents year round about the critical need for more organ and tissue donors, the month of April, associated with renewal and spring, is also National Donate Life Month.

“I’m alive today because someone decided to be an organ donor,” says Jim Rhatican, of Berkeley Heights, a liver transplant recipient. “It’s a gift of love. More lives could be saved if more people registered as an organ donor.”

The awareness month honors the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients. As part of this year’s awareness effort, NJ Sharing Network, in collaboration with Donate Life New Jersey and Donate Life America, will host the first annual National Donate Life Blue and Green Day on April 20, 2012.

National Donate Life Blue and Green Day aims to radically increase the number of people registered on state dono…

Wearing Blue and Green Is A Life-Saving Combination

New Providence-Berkley Heights Patch
National Awareness Campaign, in collaboration with NJ Sharing Network based in New Providence, highlight Donate Life Month.

While New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network (NJ Sharing Network) works to educate New Jersey residents year round about the critical need for more organ and tissue donors. The month of April, associated with renewal and spring, is also National Donate Life Month.

The awareness month honors the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families, and commemorates all transplant recipients. As part of this year’s awareness effort, NJ Sharing Network, in collaboration with Donate Life New Jersey and Donate Life America, will host the first annual National Donate Life Blue and Green Day on April 20, 2012.

National Donate Life Blue and Green Day aims to radically increase the number of people registered on state donor registries by drawing attention to this life-saving decision on both a local and national stage.

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Save Time. Renew Online. Introducing Guy VROOM

Donor Alliance | Erin Dolin
National Donate Life Month starts next week, and this year Donor Alliance will do just about anything to draw Coloradans’ attention to the topic of organ, eye and tissue donation…

Including working with Colorado driver’s license spokesman Guy Vroom to encourage Colorado residents to register to be organ, eye and tissue donors when registering for their licenses. Guy Vroom is pretty shameless when it comes to attention, just check out the dance he did through Denver last weekend: Guy Vroom Donate Life Dance in Denver.

Guy Vroom is a wacky character who is stuck in the 80s because he just keeps renewing his driver’s license online – a new feature available to Coloradans. He gets to use the same photo and skip the long lines at the DMV. Coloradans can look forward to seeing a lot of Guy Vroom at events around town, and he can also be found on Facebook and Twitter where he’ll be doing fun giveaways.

Donating Life

Hernando Today | The Tampa Tribune | Heather Francis
In 2009, Michael Durr became ill in Panama he tried to just work through it. Being retired Navy personnel and a busy real estate developer in Panama, his work ethic pushed him onward.

But when he couldn't go on any further and feeling gravely ill, he was taken to a hospital in Panama, where he was told that he had pneumonia for starters. When he flew back home to the U.S., he was immediately placed in the ICU, where he later was diagnosed with kidney failure. He began dialysis, initially at a hospital, then at a dialysis center later on in 2009 in Spring Hill. A year later, he was able to start dialysis at home.

Durr was placed on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant to await a kidney donation from an organ donor who had passed away. Over 80,000 people were listed on the national waiting list at the time. He was told that it could take between three to five years to find a donor match. Read more: http://www2.hernandot…

Should Dick Cheney, 71, have come to top of heart-transplant list?

The Palm Beach Post | Barbara Marshall
It was the tweet that touched off a thousand conversations among cardiologists, heart patients and desperately ill patients on organ donation lists.

After former vice president Dick Cheney's heart transplant last Saturday, Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at Scripps Health in La Jolla, Calif., wrote on Twitter, "The ethical issues are not that he had a transplant, but who didn't?' At issue is the principle of giving a heart to a 71-year-old patient when there is a profound shortage of donor hearts and more than three thousand people, many decades younger than Cheney, waiting for them. Bioethicists call it the "fair innings argument" that, in essence, proposes that sick people who have already lived full lives might step aside in favor of younger patients. "The idea is that if everyone is entitled to a certain amount of time, say seven innings, why should some people get five and others nine? If you've had your fai…

Walker Visits Family, Talks Organ Donation

Booneville Democrat | Glenn M. Parrish
Bobby Walker makes a lot of trips to Booneville to visit family members. He makes trips all over the state to dispel myths about organ donation.

Last Tuesday Walker was able to combine the two into one when he was here to make a presentation to the Kiwanis Club of Booneville.

Walker has worked for the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) for about five and a half years. But before that he was an organ recipient from a donor.

The donor was Richie Hudson of Booneville. Hudson was 39 when he died in an accident during the construction of Mount Magazine State Park Lodge in 2005.

Walker met Hudson’s family about a year after he received one of Hudson’s kidneys.
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Don't Be Fooled by Organ Donation Myths!

Yahoo Finance | PR Newswire
This April Fools' Day, PA's Organ Donor Organizations Implore Pennsylvanians to Disregard Bogus Myths
April is 'National Donate Life Month'; Register to Become a Donor Today

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday is April Fools' Day, and the state's two organ procurement organizations – Gift of Life Donor Program and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) – are imploring Pennsylvanians who are not yet registered organ and tissue donors to disregard the common myths associated with organ and tissue donation. According to a recent survey, one in four Pennsylvanians who are not currently organ and tissue donors believe if they were ever seriously injured, doctors would not try to save their life – and have not become a donor for that reason.

"April Fools' Day is a day when we try to convince our friends or family to believe absurd things," said Susan Stuart, President & CEO of CORE. "…

Photos: Before and After Face Transplant

The Times Union
BALTIMORE (AP) — After 15 years of wearing a mask and living as a recluse, a 37-year-old Virginia man disfigured in a gun accident got a new face, nose, teeth and jaw in what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed.

Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville is recovering well after last week's surgery, beginning to feel his face and already brushing his teeth and shaving, University of Maryland Medical Center officials announced Tuesday. He's also regained his sense of smell, which he had lost after the accident.

Norris, who was selected from among five possible candidates for the surgery, has been living as a recluse, doing his shopping at night. It's hoped the transplant will give him his life back, said Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, the lead surgeon.
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Young donor's heart now beats for someone else

HLN TV | AJ Willingham
When Alisha Girdner was young, she said she wanted to be a pediatrician. She wanted to help people. When she was 10-years-old, she told her family she wanted to donate her organs if she ever needed to. It was a request her family never dreamed they would have to honor.

Now, Alisha’s heart is beating in the chest of a complete stranger. She was just 15-years-old when a car accident claimed her life almost two years ago, and in accordance with her wishes, her family donated one kidney, both lungs, and her heart.

Last week, the Girdner family got to meet a recipient of Alisha’s kindness. Jim Haney has Alisha’s heart. After 14 heart attacks, it was her gift that has kept the 64-year-old alive. Read more:

Cash lure could boost organ donations, inquiry finds - Australia

Herald Sun | Grant McArthur
LIVE organ donors could receive money to reimburse them for the costs of donating their organs under a Victorian Parliamentary recommendation.

However, the Inquiry Into Organ Donation in Victoria has found there is no evidence to introduce an opt-out system, where people were compelled to donate organs unless they objected, as a way of increasing donation rates.

The year-long inquiry into the state's low organ donation rates has found action is needed to raise the profile and awareness of the issue across the state, with 1700 Australians desperately waiting on transplant waiting lists.

But while the committee rejected the idea of overhauling the way organs are donated from deceased people, it has called for a dramatic change to boost the number of Victorians able to become living donors for those needing kidneys and livers.
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Lung transplant recipient shares life-changing experience

KHAS TV NBC5 | Jordan Shefte
Currently in Nebraska, there are 450 people who are anxiously waiting by the phone. Every time it rings they wonder if that's the call telling them their time has come to receive an organ transplant.
In 2011, 261 people took that call and are now alive Wednesday thanks to a donor.

This the time to recognize both recipients and donors. Wednesday, Nebraska Governor Heineman once again declared the month of April Donate Life Month.

And for Grand Island resident Julie Bombeck this month has a very special meaning.

Julie Bombeck suffers from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that damaged her lungs.

"I was destined to eventually need a lung transplant," said Bombeck.
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One Organ Donor Can Save up to Eight Lives April is National Donate Life Month -- An Ideal Opportunity to Consider Being a Donor

Market Watch | Health Net

LOS ANGELES, Mar 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- “When a patient receives a transplant, it literally can make a life-saving difference,” says registered nurse Marie Fernandez, who serves as a specialty case manager with Health Net of California, Inc. On any given day, Fernandez -- along with a team of several other Health Net specialty case managers -- is coordinating the care of dozens of members in need of organ transplants. This volume isn’t surprising, considering that according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there are currently more than 113,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. With April designated as National Donate Life Month by HHS, Health Net, Inc. HNT+2.61% is working to raise awareness regarding the urgent need for organ donations and the benefits of becoming a donor, as well as to clarify misinformation surrounding the subject of organ donation. Startling statistics On its website, , HHS s…

Friday declared Hélène Campbell Day as Torch of Life Relay hits Ottawa

The Ottawa Citizen | Bruce Deachman
Friday will be Hélène Campbell Day in the capital, as Councillor Doug Thompson launches the Ottawa leg of the Torch of Life Relay by honouring the 20-year-old Barrhaven woman whose battle with idiopathic lung fibrosis has inspired thousands of people to volunteer to become organ donors.

The proclamation, signed by Mayor Jim Watson, will be read by Thompson on Friday at a 10:45 a.m. ceremony in the council chambers at City Hall. Campbell, who’s been in Toronto since early January awaiting a double-lung transplant, will appear via Skype. At 11:30, the torch will be lit and carried by area high school students to Parliament Hill, where a 12:15 ceremony will take place.

Since moving to Toronto, Campbell has spearheaded an extremely effective social media campaign to raise awareness of organ donation, first by convincing pop singer Justin Bieber to mention the cause to the 16 million fans who follow him on Twitter, and later by catching the attention of ta…