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Transplant Games close with a promise to return

M Live | Brian Van Ochten

Team Utah and Idaho won the team cup during the closing ceremonies of the Transplant Games of America at Devos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (© Matthew Busch/

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The Transplant Games of America, which celebrates the second chances for organ transplant recipients throughout the U.S., got a new lease on life when the West Michigan Sports Commission and local organizers teamed up to rescue the the Olympic-style sports festival.

It now appears there'll be an encore performance in 2014.

The closing ceremonies of the 2012 Transplant Games of America on Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall included numerous references to the festival returning in two years after a stunning leadership effort in putting on a five-day event the National Kidney Foundation abandoned after last year.

"I just didn't want it to end," said T.J. Maciak, a kidney transplant recipient from Hudsonville, whose passion…

Kidney on Special Offer

DW Germany | Peter Hummel

Photo: Picture Alliance/ dpa
Organ trafficking is booming around the globe. While the system isn't easy to figure out, one thing is certain: the rich are benefiting at the expense of the poor.

Wiru is 12 years old and lives in a small village in India. There, three hours south of Delhi, there's a good chance of being able to buy a child like him. Wiru cost 2,500 rupees, or about 37 euros ($45). Since then, he has been working in a factory where he glues together fake Gucci bags. He has to make 200 bags a day or else he'll be in trouble with his owner.

"When I'm big, I'm going to be rich," said Wiru. "Then I'm going to sell one of my kidneys and I won't have to work here anymore."

His father, whom he hasn't seen for three years, did the same thing, according to Wiru.

Word has spread throughout the slums of India's big cities that there is a chance to escape poverty. On the black market, a kidney is worth about…

Thomas rides cross-country to raise awareness for organ donation

By Jordan Maxwell, Portage Daily Graphic

Dale Sinclair and Quinn Thomas in Portage la Prairie over the weekend. Thomas is riding across Canada to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

When Dale Sinclair was a baby, he required a heart transplant and 15 years later, he's still going strong, living a quality and athletic lifestyle.

While the local athlete is a definite success story of organ donation, there's still a need for more people to get on board with the idea.

That's why when Quinn Thomas, a second-year medical student student from Laval University, stopped in Portage la Prairie last weekend as a rest stop on his cross-country cycling tour, the Sinclairs wanted to do what they could to support his cause.

"This ride that Quinn is doing amazes us. (Quinn) had the opportunity to meet people who need organ donation. It just seems to mean so much to him and it was a powerful talk that he gave. As soon as I heard it, I thought how I ca…

How Brian Gilliam's New Heart Took Him to the Transplant Games of America

Everyday Health | Jaimie Dalessio, Senior Editor

When doctors told Brian Gilliam he needed a heart transplant in 2008, the then 46-year-old hesitated.

For four years, Gilliam had lived in congestive heart failure brought on by a congenital heart defect (called acquired prolonged QT interval syndrome) that didn't cause him much trouble until he got older. Medication had kept Gilliam's life as normal as possible, but his heart continued to deteriorate — and by 2008 it wasn't strong enough to survive on its own.

Gilliam needed a new heart, but part of him didn't want it.

"I didn't like the idea of taking a heart from a young person who might need it," he says of how he felt back then, before he knew the perfect heart match for him probably couldn't help a younger patient on the transplant list. The idea of sitting at home post-transplant didn't thrill him, either.

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Rabalais Run for Life - October 6

Louisiana Organ Procurement Organization

2nd Annual Bay Area Donate Life Walk 2012

California Transplant Donor Network

Walk to celebrate the gift of life and to honor those who have given. The 2 mile Donate Life Walk 2012 in Fremont, California will raise funds to honor our donor families and to inspire our communities to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. 

Sept. 8th at Lake Elizabeth, Fremont CAEvent Info:Included in Registration:
T-shirt, light breakfast, goodie bag, activities, quilt area and music

Fundraising Prizes:
To be eligible for prizes, all checks/cash must be turned in by Sept.1st 2012 to:

Attn: Beverly Mayer
California Transplant Donor Network
1000 Broadway, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94607
Please include the team and/or the walker’s name you are sponsoring

Please Note: NO EVENT DAY REGISTRATION(Park Rules), please register before September 7th 2012. (With your registration you will be entered into the raffle & must be present to win)

** For registrations after August 30th shirt sizes may be limited
**Please “NO” …

Transplant Games helps give woman who had 2 lung transplants motivation

M Live | Cory Olsen

Photo: From left: Kristie Compagner with her daughter Maria, 15, and friend Tammi Green at the Transplant Games of America at Grand Valley State University Monday. (Cory Olsen |
ALLENDALE, MI -- Standing in line to compete in an event, Tammi Green smiles at all the effort she sees around her at the Transplant Games of America.

With her turn at the long jump just two people away, Green has friends and family to cheer her on.

They've been there all along though, through both of her lung transplants.

"It's just been such a blessing," Green said. "I had my first one when I was 27, and I had a lot of support. I was one of the first around this area (to have a lung transplant)."

"At the time, many people didn't even know you could transplant lungs."

Another unknown was how people close to Green would be affected by organ transplants.

Jenison high school classmate and friend Ronda Passon, who competed in the cycling event…

Colorado's "Save Time, Renew Online" Social Media Campaign Recognized with National PACE Award

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Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, Donor Alliance, honored by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

DENVER, Jul 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Colorado Department of Revenue's Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Donor Alliance and today announced that their joint "Save Time, Renew Online" social media campaign utilizing the fictitious character Guy VROOM has been named the Best Use of Social Media by the annual PACE Awards sponsored by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). The communications campaign successfully lessened foot traffic to DMV offices and increased registered organ, eye and tissue donors. The "Save Time, Renew Online" campaign aims to educate Coloradans about the ability to renew their driver's licenses online. The initiative is led by the character Guy VROOM, a comical, mullet-wearing "dude" stuck in the 1980s. The joke being that Guy VROOM looks a…

Eden woman donates kidney to save husband's life

Go Dan River | Lataya Payne
Photo: Brenda and Rodney Johnson share a pair of kidneys after Brenda donated the organ to her husband following his renal disease diagnosis last year.
One Eden couple discovered they’re more compatible than they thought after a woman donated her left kidney to save her husband’s life.

Rodney and Brenda Johnson were high school sweethearts at Morehead High School, graduating just a year apart in 1978 and 1979, respectively. They’ve been married for more than 30 years and have been through a lot in their time together, including a recent major surgery that left both with one working kidney.

Since he was 31 years old, Rodney has suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes that left him with end-stage renal disease last year. He said he was on dialysis for seven months before kidney failure forced him to find a donor.

“It took about 20 years, but my sickness just killed my kidneys,” he said. “As you get older, it gets worse. This was the end result.”

Once rec…

Jesse White celebrates National Minority Donor Awareness Day at the Kelly Hall YMCA

Copy Line News Magazine

 +Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, will be joined by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett and Stan Lewis, executive director of the Kelly Hall YMCA, when speaking about the importance of increasing awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation within multicultural communities, August 1. 2012, 2 P.M., at the Kelly Hall YMCA, 824 North Hamlin Avenue, in Chicago.

This is the 16th National Minority Donor Awareness Day. The nationwide observance aims to educate people about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities. People of color are disproportionately affected by illnesses, like hypertension and diabetes, which can lead to the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant, increasing the number of patients on the national organ transplant waiting list.

According to Donate Life America, there were 1,995 Black donors and 5,857 Black organ transplant recipients in 2011. The same year, there were 1,891 Hispanic donors and 3,923 Hispa…

Transplant Games Closing Ceremonies Tonight

The Transplant Games of America are wrapping up today in Grand Rapids Michigan. Participants from all across the United States came together in a competition event to take part in sporting events such as swimming, volleyball, track and field and more. It has also been a time to honor and remember those who have given the gift of life, so that many others can have a second chance.

Congratulations to all participants for bringing in the GOLD by showing the world to benefits of organ donation and transplantation. We're proud of your achievements!!

For those of us at home you can visit the link below to watch the live stream of the closing ceremonies for the games scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, July 31st at 7:00pm.

National Minority Donor Awareness Week

August 1st Starts National Minority Donor Awareness Week.

Observed annually, National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 16th year, this special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant.

Waiting List Candidates by Ethnicity*

Donation Data: African Americans
Get data and statistics about organ donation.
Donation Data: Asians
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Donation Data: Hispanics/Latinos
Get data and statistics about organ donation.
Donation Data: Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders
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*Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). Data as of May 25, 2012.
In 2011:
40%of all those receiving transplants were minorities70%of minority transplant recipien…

Parkside man wins two gold medals at Transplant Games

Delaware County Times | Patti Mengers

Howard Pritchard, an organ donor currently competing in the Transplant Games of America at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, will be bringing home the gold this week.

The 60-year-old Parkside resident finished first for living donor in his age group on Saturday for his performance in the transplant games’ 5K and on Monday for executing the 100-meter dash in 16.46 seconds. Pritchard is part of the award-winning Team Philadelphia with at least five other Delaware County organ recipients or donors. The transplant games began Saturday and end today.

Today he is planning to compete in bowling, the event his brother, John “Matt” Pritchard, competed in before his death at age 42 from juvenile diabetes in 2001. In 1991,
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LifeShare Oklahoma - 'I am Hope'

LifeShare Oklahoma
This week, Donate Life Oklahoma will be sharing their stories of hope. 
Brian and Audra Skaggs could not have imagined the struggle that lay ahead when their son Jhett was born. A small clue came when Jhett stopped breathing and he had to be taken to the neonatal intensive care unit. Doctors said there were small holes in his heart and that they would heal.

Audra, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Lexington Elementary School, and Brian, a cattle rancher had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their second child. They already had a beautiful daughter, Merit and they knew she was going to be a wonderful big sister to the new baby. When her baby brother arrived, they were all thrilled. At first, Jhett seemed to be thriving. Then, at around four months, Audra began to notice that Jhett would nurse for a little while and then scream. They tried formula, but the screaming episodes were lasting longer, sometimes 20 minutes at a time.
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Elderly woman killed while jaywalking in Edinburg

Valley Central | Action 4 News
Family speaks out about woman's death and her life

An elderly Edinburg woman is dead after she was hit by a car while crossing the street on Sunday night.

It all happened off Schunior Road and 18th Street around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

Edinburg police told Action 4 News that a 2001 Dodge passenger car hit 69-year-old Maria De Los Angeles Garza while she was crossing the street.

Paramedics rushed Garza to a local hospital with serious injuries but she died a short while later.

According to police, the 20-year-old male driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He will not be cited.
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Caregiver in need of transplant support

Rome News Tribune | Brittany Hannah
Photo: The Rome Area History Museum is hosting a fundraiser for Harriet Powell to help offset the costs of medication associated with a needed kidney transplant. (Contributed photo)

Caring for others has come naturally for 58-year-old Rome native Harriet Powell. After graduating high school, Powell began studying nursing at Coosa Valley Tech and has strived to improve others’ quality of life at several hospitals and care positions since then.

“I just always loved working in the nursing field and helping people,” said Powell. “It was just a thrill and I really enjoyed it.”

Powell is now faced with her own medical hurdle. She is in need of a kidney transplant because of her diabetes and has been on a waiting list for the past year.

“It takes a toll on your life,” said Powell. “It’s a lifestyle change, but I’m still grateful that they do have dialysis to sustain your life until you do get a transplant.”

In order to offset the expensive costs of medicatio…

Jeff Seidel: Walking miracles abound at Transplant Games

Detroit Free Press | Jeff Seidel

ALLENDALE -- Chink. Chink. Chink.

Chris Spieth walked down a sidewalk with three gold medals clanging together at his chest. His singlet dipped down, revealing a pink scar down the middle of his chest.

Spieth, a 16-year-old from Sheboygan, Wis., received a heart transplant on June 8, 2010.

"I feel amazing," Spieth said Monday after winning the 100, 200 and long jump at the 2012 Transplant Games of America at Grand Valley State University.

Anne Spieth, his mom, smiled hard, looking around. "Everywhere you look," she said, "there are walking miracles."

More than 1,000 athletes from 40 states are in the Grand Rapids area for this event, which features donors and recipients competing in a range of sports, including basketball, cycling, bowling, golf, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

If the Olympic Games are about bringing the world together in the spirit of peace and competition, then this was something even more powerful. This was a…

6-month-old still waiting for heart transplant

WISTV, Columbia South Carolina | Meagan Norman
CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) -Are you an organ donor? Have you ever thought about what would happen if someday you were on the transplant list?

A 6-month-old girl is in that position at MUSC. She needs a heart, and right now has an artificial heart keeping her alive.

The device, a Berlin Heart, is a rare device that has to be shipped to the hospital when needed.
Doctors say it often leaves patients in better shape for a transplant, but the waiting and not
knowing when that time will come can be difficult for any family.

Colleen Mullis blogs at the cribside of her 6-month-old daughter, Kathryn Ann. For the last 2 months, she's re-located from Columbia to Charleston's MUSC hospital while her baby waits for a heart.

"When she was born she was a perfectly normal, healthy baby. Nothing had appeared," Mullis said.

With no indication then that anything was wrong, Mullis and her husband took their daughter home to join their 2-year-old son, Va…

Stopping for Sportsmanship

Mid-America Transplant Services

Photo: Deven Shelton, left, and Team Virginia’s Joe Eitzel

If only the entire world would show the level of sportsmanship, friendship, and respect as the track and field competitors did Monday at the 2012 Transplant Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Meet Joe Eitzel. Joe is a member of Team Virginia and a 10-year-old liver recipient who had a rare disease called ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTC). The condition causes ammonia to build up to unsafe levels in the blood because the liver lacks the necessary enzymes.

Many children with OTC have developmental delays and can’t walk. Joe ran the 50 meter dash Monday, but stopped just short of the finish line.

You see, Joe was competing against Deven Shelton from Team St. Louis. Deven is six-years-old and also has OTC. Deven uses a walker in 50 dash.

The two met at the 2010 Games in Madison, Wisconsin and had an instant bond.“Joe immediately took to Deven,” Joe’s father, Rich, said. “I think ther…

Parents of 15 month old boy on transplant waiting list plea for others to talk about organ donation

ITV News | Andy Bonner

Photo: Little Jack Morris remains in hospital in Newcastle Photo: ITV

The family of a 15 month old boy from Liverpool are urging parents to talk about organ donation.

Jack Morris is being kept alive by an artificial heart.

He's one of eight children under two years old waiting for a transplant.

Jack has been in hospital since March after doctors diagnosed why his breathing kept stopping.

He has dilated cardiomyopathy, which prevents oxygenated blood being pumped around the body properly. He's unlikely to survive without a new heart.

You just don't expect it. He was such a healthy baby. There are no words to describe what emotion I felt when I realised how severely sick he was.


Jack is being treated at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle - one of only two in the country to carry out children's heart transplants.

Back home in Anfield, Liverpool, Jack's father is trying to make life as normal as possible for big brother A…

Plumber turned genius painter after receiving a kidney transplant surgery

According to reports, the 44-year-old Gary Leif Dayton, currently living in southeast London with his wife Violetta Rita. A few years ago, unfortunately, suffer from polycystic kidney disease in critical condition. This is a serious hereditary disease, prone to renal dysfunction and the gradual deterioration of the development of polycystic kidney disease uremia. Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s father is 33 years old,air jordan, the disease claimed the life. In the organ transplant waiting lists, waiting for a long time, Gary finally looked forward to matching donated kidneys.

It is reported that in the past, art exhibitions, to “hate the extreme”, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, now began to frequently patronize the famous museum in London. Ghali convinced that his kidney donor is a “great painter”,christian louboutin, the latter drawing genius “genetic” gave him. Order to confirm his suspicions, he also devoted to who donated the family wrote a letter, and now are waiting for a reply. Boutros…

Transplant pioneer from Beverly helped launch the Betty Ford Center

Southtown Star Suntimes | Maureen ODonnell

Photo: Dr. James W. West (center) and fellow doctors Raymond P. Murphy (left) and Richard H. Lawler performed the world’s first human organ transplant in 1950 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

Dr. James W. West made medical history when he helped perform the world’s first human organ transplant in 1950 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park on a woman in desperate need of a kidney.

His subsequent research — and personal experience with alcohol dependence — led him to help launch the famed Betty Ford Center for treating addiction.

“He was beloved by Mrs. Ford,” said John Boop, president of the Betty Ford Center Foundation, who credits Dr. West with a large part of the California center’s success.

In 1975, the longtime Beverly resident helped Monsignor Ignatius McDermott found Chicago’s Haymarket Center, a pioneering facility for the treatment of substance abuse.

“He was the original ‘Most Interesting Man in the Worl…

The woman who lived

BY: Creig P. Sherburne, Atascadero News

Photo: Atascadero News photo Courtesy of Meara Schmidt · Meara Schmidt is on a last-ditch medical device which filters CO2 out of the blood. Here, hooked up to all the equipment during her four-month stay at the UCLA medical center, she goes for a stroll with her gear. • Creig P. Sherburne/Atascadero News · Srting scars from her trachea and ECMO treatments — you can't see the scar from the lung transplant — Meara and Jeffery Schmidt are just a couple of days away from celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. As little as six weeks ago, they didn't think it would happen.

Atascadero residents Meara and Jeffrey Schmidt will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on Saturday July 28. They'll spend it fishing at Santa Margarita Lake.

This year's anniversary will be a very special one for the couple. Not only is Meara lucky to be alive at all, she's lucky that she's out of bed, able to walk on her own.

Meara has a genetic di…

Transplant Games of America - Team Nebraska

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ESCONDIDO: San Diego Charger Eric Weddle to appear at fundraiser for local boy

Escondido | Eric Warth

Auction items are being sought for a dinner to help pay for transplant surgery needed by an Escondido boy with a rare condition.

Eli Olsen, 9, has hereditary pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis and celiac disease. Because of the condition of his pancreas, his diet is extremely limited, he often has severe pain and he receives much of his nutrition through liquids pumped directly into his heart.

Specialists have recommended an islet cell transplant and removal of his pancreas, and his family is trying to raise about $500,000 for the operation.

San Diego Charger Eric Weddle is scheduled to appear at a Sept. 8 dinner and silent auction in Mission Bay to benefit the family. Proceeds will go toward the Children Organ Transplant Association

To purchase tickets, visit: or call Lyndsi Bennett at 800-366-2682, ext. 207.

To donate items to the auction, call Jenny Harkleroad at 760-715-8899.
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Brain dead may be life-givers - India

Asian Age | Vinod Nedumudy 

States like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have made it mandatory for doctors to make queries and encourage relatives of the brain dead to donate organs

Swathi Krishna, the 17-year-old girl, who will soon be out of hospital with a slice of her aunt’s liver, has brought in to focus issues connected with organ donation in a State that still fights shy of the life-saving option.

Organ donation is intricate in Kerala even if one volunteers to donate out of humanitarian concern. If the donor is not a first degree relative, some 50 certificates have to be produced to facilitate organ donation.

A lot needs to be done in the State apart from relaxing laws and creating more awareness among people. It’s easier to use healthy organs of the brain dead patient and save lives, but that’s easier said than done.

“On the average 4,000 road accident deaths occur in Kerala and 10 per cent of them are brain-dead patients. However, at Amrita we’ve been able to get only…

Awareness Day to promote minority organ donors

The Hour

WINDSOR -- LifeChoice Donor Services will celebrate the 16th National Minority Donor Awareness Day on Wednesday.

The nationwide observance aims to educate minorities of the desperate need for organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities nationwide, according to a news release.

The observance encourages people from all racial and ethnic groups to become donors by registering at It also draws special attention to minorities, who make up 56 percent of the more than 115,000 men, women and children on the national organ transplant waiting list.

Minorities are disproportionately affected by illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes, which can lead to end-stage renal disease and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant, contributing to the higher number of minority patients on the national organ transplant waiting list.
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Shane’s Rib Shack Raises over $10,000 for the Georgia Transplant Foundation for Third Consecutive Year


FLOWERY BRANCH, GA (July 26, 2012) – Today, Shane’s Rib Shack presents a check for over $10,000 to the Georgia Transplant Foundation at the Shane’s Rib Shack Flowery Branch location. For the third consecutive year, Shane’s Rib Shack has partnered with The Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF), to help raise money to support transplant recipients and donors throughout the Nation. Participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations raise money by donating $0.10 per drink sold in April and May to The Georgia Transplant Foundation to support their cause.

The Georgia Transplant Foundation, founded in 1992, provides financial, educational, and emotional support to transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and their families throughout the state of Georgia. However, while the majority of their efforts are based in Atlanta, the foundation is able to reach out to those in need outside of Georgia, as long as one party– the recipient or donor - is a Georgia resident.

In three years, Shane…

Donate Life Inspires - Summer Sale

Donate Life Inspires

The creators of the Donate Life Inspires Jewelry have been personally touched by donation and have made it their passion to do all they can to provide hope, love and inspiration to those who have given, received or who are waiting for a life-saving transplant.

As we all know, no one asks to be in the situation of organ donation - either in need of a transplant or having a transplant - but we all share a common connection. It is through this connection that we are honored to create inspiring jewelry to wear each and every day to honor the life given, received, offer hope to those in need and inspire others.

Please join us by wearing a Donate Life Inspires piece to spread the message of hope, love, honor and passion to the community. You have the power to inspire others through your story of donation and honor life each and every day by wearing your piece with pride.
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Transplant Games of America - Team Utah - Idaho

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Day 2 medal count: GOLD = 21; SILVER = 4; BRONZE = 4. Team Utah Idaho is on FIRE
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Transplant Games of America - Team Philly

Gift of Life Donor Program

Team Philly's medal count rises! Starting out Monday with 29 medals: 11 Gold, 15 Silver, 3 Bronze. Here are just a few medals our transplant athletes have won in bowling. Like if you support Team Philly!
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Transplant Games of America - Chris Klug Foundation

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Photos from our colleague Chris Klug @ the Transplant Games of America.
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Elsberry resident gives the gift of life to ailing family member

The Lincoln County Journal
Back Row from left to right is: daughter Stevie Hatcher, Elizabeth Hatcher, husband Shannon Hatcher and daughter Kaylie Hatcher. Front row left to right is: daughter Madison Abraham, son Brandon Abraham, daughter Morgan Abraham and Grandson Kye Garcia-Mauer Jr.
It is not often people get a second chance at life but for Elizabeth Hatcher, of Troy, chance was on her side.

For the last 12-years, Elizabeth has battled with kidney disease, an ailment that approximately 26 million Americans suffer with today, some unknowingly. Two years ago, Elizabeth went into full-blown kidney failure and doctors told her the only options available were to start looking for transplant options or to begin daily dialysis.

“At that point I put the word out there but doctors had me convinced that since I have a rare blood type, O Positive, that it could take the better part of three-years to find a match, if I could find one at all,” Elizabeth said. “I had 12 people step up to the plat…

Beautiful Women: Two heroes give gift of life to Glyndon woman

WDAY, Fargo ND | Kerstin Kealy
GLYNDON, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's the greatest gift you can give: the gift of life. For a Kristi Fabre, organ donation has changed her life…twice over.
GLYNDON, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's the greatest gift you can give: the gift of life.

For a Glyndon woman, organ donation has changed her life…twice over.

Kerstin Kealy introduces us to Forum Communications next Beautiful Woman.

In every fiber of her being, Kristi Fabre represents the beauty of optimism.

Our beautiful woman team had a chance to meet her at her Glyndon home. Kidney failure has plagued her from childhood, but you wouldn't know it. She has managed to stay strong and positive, sharing her story to inspire others.

It's a story that starts on the picturesque prairies of Clay County. A farmer's daughter growing up like any other child.

Kristi Fabre celebrated the first day of kindergarten, birthdays and holidays, and family vacations.

It was summer when everything changed. Kristi was just …

GVSU to Host Organ Donor Recipients Workshops on Monday

Fox 17 | Haley Otman

ALLENDALE, Mich—If you've received an organ donation, a special workshop will take place Monday to give you some expert insight.

The workshops are made for participants of the 2012 Transplant Games.

Four different presentations are scheduled through Spectrum Health, and Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus will host.

The event takes place Monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Loutit Lecture Hall Room 101. The workshops are at 1:35 p.m. and 2:10 p.m.

Attendees can choose two workshops to attend. Their choices are:

- "Managing Stress Related to a Transplant"

- "Burned Out? Navigating Treatment Barriers"

- "Acknowledging Losses Within Transplant Gains"

- "A Shared Conversation about the TGA and Our Own Journeys"

NOTE: This workshop is not open to the media.

Spectrum Health is sponsoring the workshops as part of its sponsorship of the Transplant Games of America.

Editorial: Victory for all athletes in Transplant Games

Delaware County Times
All eyes may seem to be on London as the 2012 summer Olympics get into full-swing, but in Allendale, Mich., another event is under way that celebrates athletes with exclusive qualifications.

They are the more than 1,000 organ transplant recipients and donors from 46 states who are participating in the Transplant Games of America at Grand Valley State University.

Formerly known as the U.S. Transplant Games, the event was sponsored every two years by the National Kidney Foundation from 1990 until 2010.

Now the West Michigan Sports Commission and Spectrum Health are hosting the Olympic-style competition for organ transplant recipients and donors with the help of at least 14 co-sponsors.

Nevertheless, the athletes have had to do fundraising of their own in order to compete. Howard Pritchard raised $1,500 with the help of friends, family members, doctors, business associates and anyone else he could tap, so he could travel to the transplant games.

“I do it for him an…

Sharing the gift of Michelle's love - Australia

Monash Weekly | Daniel Tran
Heartbroken parents: Sherryl and Kumar Siriwardene with a picture of their daughter Michelle, who passed away when she was only 29. Picture: Gary Sissons
IN the last few seconds of her life, Michelle Parker looked her father, mother and husband in the eye and told her she loved them. Then she closed her eyes.

When her life support machine was turned off earlier this year, she didn't wake up again. She was only 29.

A scan would later reveal she had suffered a massive brain haemorrhage.

When Kumar Siriwardene remembers his daughter, it's impossible not to hear the love in his voice.

"She probably crammed 50 years worth of life into her 29 years," he says fondly. "She enjoyed her life thoroughly, up to the last day she lived."

Early last year, Kumar was on the phone to his daughter about 6.30pm. She was unwell and thought she was coming down with a cold.

But about 10pm, the Siriwardenes received a call from their new son-in-law, Ash, sayin…

Opening weekend of Transplant Games in Grand Rapids called 'spectacular'

M Live | Brian Van Ochten
Two competitors embrace after a race Sunday, July 29, 2012 at the 2012 Transplant Games of America at Grand Valley State University. (Sally Finneran | MLive)
ALLENDALE, MI -- Steve VanHeest stood on the deck of the Grand Valley State University pool Sunday afternoon and surveyed the scene while jubilant participants in the swimming competition had medals placed around their necks at the Transplant Games of America.

He just couldn't stop smiling.

VanHeest, who won three medals himself in the pool, felt an overwhelming sense of pride following the first full day of events at the Olympic-style sports festival for organ-transplant recipients from across the nation.

"It's just a blast," said VanHeest, the director of pastoral care at Spectrum Health. "I'm so proud of the West Michigan Sports Commission and Spectrum Health for saving this event and doing a good job of putting it on. We kept the games alive. All of this would not have happene…

Paying it forward: Oklahoma woman's kidney donation continues to help others

News OK | Jaclyn Cosgrove
Liz Gay meets Michalis Helmis at a hospital in Toledo for the first time. Gay, of Woodward, made the decision to donate her kidney to a stranger, and it turned out to be Helmis. The donation sparked the first intercontinental kidney exchange along with a chain of kidney donations. - Courtesy of Liz Gay

It's not easy to explain now, but at 8 years old, Liz Gay knew that she would one day donate a kidney.

Not just knew — felt called by God.

The 31-year-old Oklahoman doesn't pretend that it's easy to explain, but her premonition set off a historical chain of events that saved lives across the globe.

“I think most people have the idea that they want the world to be a better place and that there are things in the world that need to be changed,” Gay, who lives in Woodward, said. “And to think that I got to mildly participate in something that's changing the world, that's changing countries' laws and giving people the opportunity to get these kidn…

Transplant Games of America - Team Maryland

The Living Legacy Foundation The 2012 Transplant Games of America are finally here! From July 27th – August 1st, Team Maryland, comprised of twenty-nine transplant recipients, living donors, and donor family members will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to represent Maryland as they compete in Olympic-style events. Like the Team Maryland Facebook page to stay updated on their progress at the games.
Team Maryland continued to rack up the medals in yesterday’s events:
Swimming – 100 Breast
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipient – Gold Medal

Swimming – 50 Fly
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipient – Silver Medal

Swimming – 100 Free
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipient – Bronze Medal

Swimming – 50 Back
Jose Vargas, heart recipient – Silver Medal
Mike Gahagan, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal

Norm Biondi, living donor – Gold Medal
Christa Gahagan, living donor – Gold Medal
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'I'm just an average person': 20-year-old becomes the youngest ever Good Samaritan organ donor in Britain after giving his kidney to a stranger

The Daily Mail | Anthony Bond

Risking your own life for a complete stranger is a tough decision at any age.
But at the tender age of 20, it is even more remarkable.

But that is exactly what Sam Nagy has just done - to become the youngest ever 'Good Samaritan' organ donor in Britain.

This month the banking administrator had an operation to remove one of his kidneys - which will now go to a complete stranger.

The brave decision by Mr Nagy, from Huddersfield, was taken despite his mother expressing her concerns and admitting that she does not completely understand what motivated him.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, he said the first person he spoke to about his decision thought he was too young and should wait a while.
'By the time I had done all the research... I thought "I am quite mature for my age, what difference is a few years going to make?"

'If there are people on the waiting list who are in quite a bad way... what is the reason for waiting a few years?'

When h…

Ms. T | For lack of simple diabetes care, a double transplant

Kansas City Star | Alan Bavley

Not too many people know that T’s kidneys failed, and the 29-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman wants to keep it that way.

She’s always been independent and self-sufficient and doesn’t want others to view her as disabled because she has been on dialysis.

But self-reliance can go only so far. Some things only money can buy, like the diabetes supplies T needs to survive. When she couldn’t afford them, her health took a dive.

T has had type 1 diabetes since she was 11. That’s the kind of diabetes caused by a childhood autoimmune disorder, rather than by adult obesity. T’s diabetes requires regular shots of insulin and frequent blood tests to make sure her sugar levels don’t spike too high or drop too low.

All her supplies — the blood test strips, the insulin, the syringes — were covered by her mother’s insurance when T was a child. But T turned 18 long before the Affordable Care Act made it possible for adult children to stay on their parents’ health plans.

T ente…

Athletes ready for European Transplant Games

Irish Examiner

A team of 26 athletes who survived organ transplants or are on dialysis will represent Ireland against the best of Europe next month.

Nine women and 17 men aged from 18 to 74 years will take part in the European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Croatia.

All have had a kidney, liver or pancreas transplant or are on dialysis.

Renowned transplant surgeon Dr David Hickey – who won three All-Ireland football titles in the 1970s – paid tribute to the sports men and women.

“The goal of successful organ transplantation is not only to save lives, but also to enable the complete physical, social, mental and spiritual rehabilitation of people with organ failure,” said the Director of Transplantation at Beaumont Hospital.

“The success of this aspiration is gloriously seen in this group of heroic warriors who will represent themselves, their donors and Ireland at the Transplant Games & Dialysis Games this August.

“They are true Corinthians and more.”

The athletes will compete in badmi…

Transplant Games of America - The Power of Four

The Power of Two
Four amazing women, with four double lung and two liver transplants among them? Gold in the 200M medley relay at the 2012 Transplant Games of America! - with Jill Nolen, Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, Anna Modlin and Ana Stenzel.

Drive to expand Medicaid is stalled

But the safety net has some gaping holes, and political uncertainties could make them even bigger...patients end up disabled, on organ transplant lists or suffering chronic pain because the help wasn’t there.

Patients with cancer, unstable heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes — they all show up at Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care looking for help.

Their problems are critical. They need tests, surgery, specialized treatments.

There’s just so much that Sharon Lee, the family practice doctor who runs this Kansas City, Kan., safety-net clinic, can do for them. And sometimes it’s not enough. Her patients end up disabled, on organ transplant lists or suffering chronic pain because the help wasn’t there.

“Everybody believes our society is taking care of people in dire straits, and it’s not,” Lee said.

That’s why she was thrilled that the Affordable Care Act was going to expand Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, i…

Andover family turns transplant story into something positive

New Jersey Herald | Jessica Masulli Reyes
Photo by Daniel Freel/New Jersey Herald - Jackson Heller, 10, right, plays basketball with his brother, Travis, 5, left, outside of their Andover Township home. Jackson has received two life saving liver transplants.
ANDOVER TWP. — Jackson Heller, 10, has received what golfers like to call a mulligan — a second chance, a do-over.

His second chance came from a lifesaving liver transplant, but Jackson and his family have never forgotten that others are still waiting for their chance. The Andover Township family has raised nearly $200,000 over the last eight years through the annual Jackson's Mulligan on Life Golf Outing to help others in need of organ transplants.

Most recently, the Hellers' efforts funded a family activity center for the Gift of Life Family House, a new home away from home in Philadelphia for family members of
transplant patients to stay at while receiving care at local hospitals.

"It feels great (to help)," Jacks…

Games expected to generate $2 million impact


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The 2012 Transplant Games of America are underway in Grand Rapids.

Opening ceremonies at Van Andel Arena Saturday night set the stage for the three day competition, involving 1,100 athletes who are alive today because of transplant surgeries and living donors. The athletes are representing 48 states in 12 sports.

"These people are here to help celebrate Grand Rapids along with organ donation and transplantation, so it's great for the city. Everybody's been raving about what a great city it is, and we're just so excited to have [the games] here," said Bill Ryan, chairman of the Transplant Games of America.

The five day event is expected to inject $2 million into the local economy. The 2012 Transplant Games of America run through Tuesday.