Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Windpipe made from stem cells implanted in 2-year-old girl

CBS News
In this July 13, 2012 photo, Hannah Warren, 2, poses with her parents Lee Young-mi and Darryl Warren at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Hannah received a new windpipe made from her own stem cells in a landmark operation on April 9, 2013, at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, Ill. / AP

CHICAGOA 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.

Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own since she was born in South Korea in 2010. Until the operation at a central Illinois hospital, she had spent her entire life in a hospital in Seoul. Doctors there told her parents there was no hope and they expected her to die.

The stem cells came from Hannah's bone marrow, extracted with a special needle inserted into her hip bone. They were seeded in a lab onto a plastic scaffold, where it took less than a week for them to multiply and create a new windpipe.

About the size of a 3-inch tube of penne pasta, it was implanted April 9 in a nine-hour procedure.
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Organ donors honored at dedication of hospital's Tree of Life

The Austin American Statesman |
Key Gresham Blab, of Wimberley, places a leaf on the “Tree of Life” mural with the name of her son, Christopher Johannes Blab, an organ donor in 2010, that was honored along with other Central Texas donors by the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance’s dedication of Austin’s first “Tree of Life” during a ceremony held at the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (Austin American-Statesman / Rodolfo Gonzalez)
It was a morning of raw and contradictory emotions Tuesday for the families of some two dozen organ donors at University Medical Center Brackenridge: grief and joy, loss and hope improbably commingling.

The occasion was the dedication of Austin’s first — and just Texas’ third — Tree of Life in a hallway near the hospital’s intensive care unit to recognize donors who have saved lives. What now is a three-panel mural of a tree with the names of donors written on leaves will in a matter of weeks be replaced with an etched glass work of art with, so hospital officials and the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance hope, a growing number of leaves bearing names.

“It’s a recognition of gifts that people have given at a time of deep sorrow and grief,” said Pam Porter, whose 9-year old son, Scott, died of an aneurysm in 1998.

“I want to introduce you to my son,” Porter said, holding a photo of a smiling boy. “This is Scott. He didn’t like to take baths, he didn’t like to brush his teeth, he didn’t like to go to bed and he really didn’t like to get up.”

Heart transplant recipient urges people to consider organ donation

Zanesville Times-Recorder | Jennifer Manfrin
Adam and Kali Burkhart hold their daughter, Quinn, Monday at the Lifeline of Ohio Green Chair Campaign at Genesis HealthPlex. / Jennifer L. Manfrin/For the Times Recorder

ZANESVILLE — As Adam Burkhart held his 6-month-old daughter, Quinn, he told an inspirational story.

Quinn is an example of the hope of organ and tissue donation because, without the selflessness of a heart donor, Burkhart wouldn’t be alive today.

“To all of the people who are donors, we thank you with sincere appreciation,” he said. “Without donors, a lot of people die — 18 each day. It doesn’t have to be that way.”

In 2000, just days before his 18th birthday, the Zanesville resident underwent a life-saving transplant to replace his heart that had weakened from familial cardiomyopathy.

On Monday, Burkhart, his wife, Kali, and Quinn visited the Genesis HealthPlex for Lifeline of Ohio’s Donate Life Green Chair Campaign to help spread the word of how organ and tissue donation saves lives.

Checking a Box at the RMV and Saving Lives Through Organ Donation

Braintree Patch | Joseph Markman
The Massachusetts RMV is working with Donate Life New England to increase the amount of people who sign up to donate their organs when they pass away.
Douglas Bingham's sister Donna received a kidney from her mother in 1973. Her medical problems hit suddenly, and so there was no time for dialysis or an organ donor list.

She died eight years later, but not before her transplant provided a wealth of information on medicine levels and other treatment aspects. That experience motivated Bingham to volunteer decades later with Donate Life New England, a non-profit that has partnered with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to promote organ donation.

Recipients pay tribute to organ donors during ‘National Donate Life’ month

WPXI
PITTSBURGH — April is National Donate Life month, and officials at Allegheny General Hospital paid tribute to organ donors and recipients on Monday.

A transplant recipient parade was held at the hospital, where organ recipients visited different units to say thanks to the doctors, nurses and aides who care for them.

A rose bush was also planted in a garden next to the hospital’s chapel. It was dedicated to the people who have donated organs.

Man Celebrates Six-Year Anniversary of Heart Transplant during April’s Donate Life Month

Life in a Medical Center
When I first found out that I needed a heart transplant, I didn’t believe it. I was in denial since I was in such good shape all of my life. I hardly even got a cold. I couldn’t believe that my heart was giving out.

Ten years ago after years of being an avid runner, I was growing more and more tired. I went to my general doctor who did an EKG, and he found something abnormal. It was determined that the right electrical node in my heart was not firing correctly, so I had a pacemaker put in. I continued running for the next two years. Then the same problem occurred on the left side of my heart and another pacemaker was put in.

Speaker Pérez Encourages Everyone to Sign Up for Donate Life Program

Speaker John Perez
(Sacramento) -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Donate Life program at a news conference to encourage everyone to sign up for the life saving organ donation program. 

Speaker Pérez says he's intimately familiar with the need for organ donation because his mother spent many years going through dialysis and, while spending time at the hospital with her, he met many people who benefited from organ donation. 

The Speaker says also realized the importance of organ donation when his father, who was an organ donor, died and he found solace in the fact others would be helped by his father even after his death. Here's more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

Apple Valley organ recipient finishes race

Victorville Daily Press | Rene de la Cruz
Lena Russell, of Apple Valley, participated in Donate for Life's 'Run Walk Family Festival' in Fullerton on Saturday morning. As the Donate for Life ambassador for the Inland Empire, Russel is working to have April proclaimed as National Donor Month for the town of Apple Valley.
PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD BARRIOS


APPLE VALLEY • With one lung and a heart of determination, Lena Russell participated in Donate for Life's "Run Walk Family Festival" in Fullerton on Saturday morning.

“Cedar (Sinai) said my transplant was too young to run the 5K, so I walked it,” said Russell, of Apple Valley, who received her new lung less than two years ago. “I’m not complaining. I’m still alive.”

Russell, 66, said it took about 40 minutes to complete the course with her teenage grandson, Richard Barrios.

As a Donate for Life ambassador for the Inland Empire, Russell has been busy over the past few weeks, working to have April proclaimed as National Donor Month for the town of Apple Valley, and planning a new donor support group for the High Desert.

Less than a week after the Daily Press published her donor story, Russell said she received an avalanche of calls and letters from High Desert residents wanting more information on a local donor group.

“I had people walking up to me in the grocery store and at the gym telling me their donor story. I knew the need was great, but I had no idea I’d meet so many people so quickly,” Russell said. “Then I met Barb Stanton for the first time and it really rocked my world.”

Donate Life Coalition of Michigan "Alive 2013'

Donate Life Michigan

The Love of Todd and Kelli | The Story of Todd Schmaus, Chapter 1

The Waiting List
Todd and Kelli are good friends of The Waiting List. This is their story, it was produced over five years ago. Since then Todd has received his Liver Transplant and is doing fine. They are always greatful to their donor.

Girl brings First Communion to ailing father

USA Today | Sean Dobbin, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle
(Photo: Annette Lein, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. Tim Day, left, a patient at Strong Memorial Hospital waiting a heart transplant, kisses his daughter Erin Day, 8, during her First Communion service held at Strong's Chapel.)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Erin Day is 8 years old, and most of the time, Erin Day acts 8 years old.

She fusses when her mother tries to put on her jewelry.

When she poses for photographs, she presses her glasses to her face, giggles, and says it's her brainy look.

And she recently got a toy stuck in her hair, and responded by chopping some of it off.

But Erin knows what's important to her, and what's important to her father, who is currently awaiting a heart transplant at a local hospital. In March, Tim Day's heart weakened to the point where he needed to be admitted to the hospital's heart ward full time. He can't leave hospital grounds for fear of infection, and an IV cart accompanies him wherever he goes.

So Erin told her family that they'd be driving a little more than an hour from their home in the village of Kenmore to Strong Memorial Hospital so she could celebrate the Roman Catholic sacrament of First Communion in front of her dad.

Gift of Life Michigan gives 'thanks' to their volunteers

Gift of Life Michigan

Tabitha's Wish

April of 2011 my little girl Tabitha at the young age of 12 went to the DMV to get a state ID so she could open a checking acc . at this time she had never been sick a day in her life other than a common cold . as she was getting her ID thay ask her the same questions as if she were getting an drivers liscen and asked her if she would like to be a organ doner she said yes . she over heard the man in the booth next to her say no. on the way home she ask her mon why do you think that man said no to becomeing a doner ?

One week to the day Tabitha went in to a coma from a rare brain bleed . With in days thay told us there was nothing thay could do for Tabitha and she had pass away . thay ask us if we would like to donate her organs . but Tabitha had alrady answered that for us
because Tabitha had never been sick or her body had no trauma she was able to donate all of her organs and go on to save 7 lives and help many others with her gift of life .
this past year has been the tuffest year of my life by far . the one thing that has helped me get up ever day and live my life other my son is knowing it was (TABITHA'S WISH)
One week shy of a year of Tabitha passing i meet the little girl that receved Tabitha lungs i can not put in to words how that has helped with my hurt . other than it was like a ton of bricks off my back
So in closing i would ask that you share Tabithas story with your kids . so it was ever to be ther time thay also could live on . please share that withs your friends and ask them to do the same
THANK YOU Duncan McLindon

Medway High School club hopes to give the gift of life

Milford Daily News | Jessica Trufant
Members of the Students for Organ Donation Club, from left, Raya Hankin, Abigail Kourafas, Maggie Mansfield, Julia Tranfaglia and Erica Staley.

Maggie Mansfield identifies with the more than 118,000 people currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, knowing that each day more than a dozen will die before they find a match.

She understands that hundreds of thousands of lives depend on whether a new driver checks the organ donation box on his or her license, or if the parents of a child killed in an accident chose to bestow another the gift of life.

A sophomore at Medway High School, Maggie is a two-time receiptent of a double lung transplant – once at age 4 due to pulmonary hypertension, and again at age 7 after her body rejected the first transplant.

"I say to people, ‘Would you ever look at me and think I needed a transplant?"' Maggie said. "Well, I did."

In recognition of April being National Donate Life Month, Maggie and the other members of the Students for Organ Donation Club last week helped to raise awareness among their classmates of the need for organ and tissue donors.

Donate Life San Diego Volunteer Kathleen Eiring Stark is starting an incredible adventure

Donate Life San Diego | Sharon Ross

Donate Life San Diego Volunteer Kathleen Eiring Stark is starting an incredible adventure to honor her daughter Brittany Stark and promote Donate Life California, the state-wide Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Organization.

This Poway mother of four has decided to ride a bike from San Francisco to San Diego. Please 'like' her page and watch her progress at https://www.facebook.com/projectmom2013.

Change of Heart, Part 1 & 2

NBC Wasshington
A bridge to hope and heartache when a Maryland woman meets the parents of her deceased organ donor. To register to be a donor, CLICK HERE.


View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

Change of Heart, Part 2
The story of a young woman who came to D.C. for college, started a career here in international development and was killed in a car accident at the age of 26. Talia Agler became an organ donor, and News4 traveled to Florida to capture the very first time that Talia's parents met the Maryland woman who now has her heart. To register to be a donor, CLICK HERE.


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Parents Meet Son's Organ Recipients For First Time

KEOLAND | Brady Mallory
SIOUX FALLS, SD - There was a twinkle in 22-year-old Ryan Cressman's big blue eyes that was unmistakable.

"He could just melt everybody's hearts," Carol Cressman, Ryan's mom, said.

Ryan had a stroke, and died of a brain bleed in January 2012. According to his mom, who was with Ryan's dad, Daniel, and Ryan's sister, Melissa, the young man loved to be outside waterskiing or jetskiing, he played soccer and football, and had a great sense of humor.

Before he died, Ryan decided to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. This decision to donate his organs meant the gift of life for others, and on Monday, his family received a gift of their own: a chance to get a glimpse of Ryan.

For the first time, the Cressmans met Bob Cook, who received Ryan's heart and kidney; and Lori Cassman, who received Ryan's lungs. Cassman and Cook are two of the three people who received Ryan's organs. A few short minutes of tear-filled hugs and thank you's, transformed a tragic death into a powerful life.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Our Son Jai

LifeShare of Oklahoma

Trey - I am Hope

As a basketball coach for 22 seasons at the collegiate level, in the minor league, and even the NBA, Trey Schwab's life was centered on health, wellness, and activity. So when he began to experience bouts of coughing, Trey chalked it up to pneumonia and went to his doctor for routine tests. When the problems persisted, he was directed to the hospital where doctors performed invasive tests and several lung biopsies. Trey was diagnosed with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and was confined to an oxygen machine. His only hope for survival would be a double lung transplant. Trey received the lifesaving double lung transplant he needed, thanks to one young man who designated his decision to be a donor. Now an outreach coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization, Trey works in honor of his donor to spread the word about the power of donation.

To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor visit donatelife.net/register-now.

ORGAN RECIPIENT IN HAWAII MEETS FAMILY OF DONOR

AOL On News
Last summer, a motorcycle crash on the Big Island claimed the life of 41-year old Randall Guadiz. But his giving spirit lives
on. KITV4 shows us the profound impact one of his donated organs has made for two families.


Can't wait for the weekend? Try waiting for a life-saving organ.

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Nicole Miller, 8-Years-Old, Receives Kidney From Teacher Wendy Killian

Huffington Post 
Wendy Killian taught Nicole Miller in kindergarten and called Nicole her "Sunshine Girl." When she heard that Nicole needed a kidney, so didn't hesitate.

CLEVELAND -- An Ohio girl is recovering after getting a critical kidney transplant – with the organ donated by her former kindergarten teacher.

Nicole Miller, an 8-year-old first-grader at Mansfield Christian School, got the kidney last week from Wendy Killian, who was her kindergarten teacher last year.

"See you soon, sweet girl," Killian told Nicole just before they both taken into the pre-operation area last week, The Mansfield News Journal reported.

Nicole suffered from a genetic disorder that caused kidney malformation and other problems. Kidney problems left her frequently tired, and caused her to miss school often.

"For her to be able to feel good and not live in a fog because her body's not able to dispose of waste properly ... seeing what she's going to be like is the exciting part for me as a parent," said Brian Miller, her father.

"The next six months will be the most difficult," he said. "After six months, things can settle in, and hopefully we can really see what her life is going to be like."

You have the power to be an organ, eye and tissue donor!

Donate Life Ohio
You have the power to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. It’s easy: http://donatelifeohio.org/

Hospital for Hope Initiative

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
This April, hospitals across Illinois and northwest Indiana partnered with Gift of Hope to encourage staff and community members to register as lifesaving organ donors through the Hospitals for Hope initiative.

So far, more than 4,000 people have registered or reaffirmed their decision to be donors as part of the Hospitals for Hope campaign. View more images from Hospitals for Hope at http://on.fb.me/11Rbnee and learn more about the initiative at www.Hospitals4Hope.org.

Glen Iris kidney recipient's Gotye parody a winner at annual FilmLife Awards

Herald Sun-Leader | Holy McKay
Photo: N44MP257 A PARODY OF GOTYE'S 2011 HIT SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, BY A MONASH UNIVERSITY STUDENT BROOKE HUUSKES PICTURE: WINDMILLER SUSAN LEADER

The Glen Iris resident received a kidney from her father, a live donor, in February 2010.

Since then, she has gone on to climb Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro, study a PhD in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology and, more recently, won an award for her film about organ donation.

Ms Huuskes parody of Gotye's 2011 hit, Somebody I Used To Know, was a success at the annual FilmLife Awards, a short film festival, which encourages young people to "discover, decide and discuss" organ and tissue donation.

KidneyDoc

Indiegogo
A girl who donated her kidney because of a tweet, now making a documentary to promote live organ donor awareness.

I lost my kidney on Twitter. Yep, you read that correctly. A little over two years ago, I was about to get into the tub on a Friday night. I checked Twitter as the water was running, and saw the tweet that would change my life.

A woman who I had tweeted with for about a year, and who I met over the summer at a dinner party, tweeted that her mom's kidney disease had gotten bad enough that she had finally agreed to being put on the donor list. It would take 2-6 years for her to get a kidney.

She wouldn't live that long.

"I'll do it. I'll donate my kidney. What do I have to do?" Kirti sent me a DM on Twitter, asking if she could call me. We talked later that night. I ran to Google as soon as I got out of the tub, because I honestly knew nothing about donating a kidney. By the time she called, I was ready to begin.

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A community rallies for Riley

The NJ Wire | Robert Linnehan
Cinnaminson sponsored a day for Riley O'Brien, a young boy who had a heart and double lung transplant, to raise money for his family.

It was a cold, windy day in Cinnaminson on Saturday, April 20, but runners and walkers alike came out to support a young boy and his family during “Riley O’Brien Day” at the Cinnaminson Township Memorial Park.

Hundreds of visitors came to the park on the blustery day for a 5K run and one-mile walk to raise money for the O’Brien family. Riley was born on April 4, 2008, with Heterotaxy Syndrome, a rare birth defect that affects the heart and other organs. Its symptoms typically appear a few days after the child is born, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

There were 350 walkers and runners that participated in the event. The group raised more than $14,000 for the O’Brien family’s mounting healthcare bills and relocation costs. The family’s home in Somerdale, N.J., has black mold and Riley cannot live at the house due to his organ transplants.

O’Brien received a heart transplant and a double lung transplant exactly three years, three months, three weeks, and three days after the O’Brien family learned he would need the organ transplants.
For updates on Riley visit the family’s website at www.smile4riley.com.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Kidney Transplant Recipient To Take Part In Donate Life Run-Walk

CBS Local
Craig Hostert is the recipient of both his wife and son's kidneys. Michele Gile reports.


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2nd Annual Jason Ray Brunch Set For Sunday

Chapelboro | Rachel Nash


CHAPEL HILL - The 2nd Annual Ray of Hope Brunch is Sunday at The Carolina Club to honor former UNC mascot Jason Ray. He was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in 2007.

Jason’s mother, Charlotte Ray, says it’s a chance to celebrate her son. Because Jason was an organ donor, the Ray family started the Jason Ray Foundation.

“It was really hard for us to lose Jason. But, we thought and thought of what we could do. We’re hoping that helping other people will show that there is some good that can come of Jason’s death,” said Charlotte.

The brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and lasts till 2 p.m. In addition to brunch, there will be a silent and live auction. Proceeds will benefit the Jason Ray Foundation and the families of transplant patients at UNC Hospitals.
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Former Cleveland woman donated organs

Mankato Free Press | Robb Murray


How she died isn’t important. Where she was going, who she was with, also not important.

What is important is that, when it was clear Jessica Oliver was going to die, a decision she’d made prior to her death was about to make the difference for so many people.

Long before her life was taken away, Oliver decided that, if the situation ever arose, she wanted to donate her organs to others so that they may live.

That situation, unfortunately for her, arose March 7, the day the vehicle she was riding in with her boyfriend was broadsided by an SUV. Oliver suffered catastrophic injuries. And because it took rescue workers a long time to extract her body from the wreckage, she suffered significant brain damage. It was over.
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Defiant trans-Atlantic dash fulfills organ donor’s wish

Times of Israel | Stuart Winer
Former nurse declared brain-dead in New Jersey rushed back to Israel so that she can give others a new lease on life


Sima Avishar is wheeled onto the plane en route to Israel (photo credit: vitalone.org)

In a desperate race against time that included battles with bureaucracy, an airline strike, and mortality itself, a woman who was declared brain-dead in New Jersey was flown back to Israel in order to have her organs donated to others.

Tel Aviv resident Sima Avishar, 64, arrived in America two weeks ago to visit a friend. Last week she collapsed, apparently from a brain seizure brought on by a previously undetected congenital defect in her blood vessels, and staff at the New Jersey hospital notified her family back in Israel. Her children Miya and Sharon flew out that night, but when they arrived, staff at the hospital told them that, since their mother was declared brain-dead, they were going to turn off the ventilator machines.
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New approaches in treating complicated childhood polycystic kidney disease

Science Codex

A collaborative team of physician-scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute has developed a new evidence-based, clinical algorithm to help physicians treat complex patients with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).
Their invited manuscript, written by Grzegorz Telega, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics (gastroenterology and hepatology) at MCW and program director of hepatology at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; David Cronin, II, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and member of the new Transplantation Institute; and Ellis D. Avner, M.D. professor of pediatrics (nephrology) and physiology at MCW, and director of the Multidisciplinary Childhood PKD Program (MCPP) at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, appears in the April 17 edition of Pediatric Transplantationhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/petr.12076/full.
ARPKD is a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive disease of the kidneys and liver. Of the patients with ARPKD who survive the first year of life, more than 85 percent will reach their tenth birthday. However, despite dramatic improvements in overall survival and quality of life, nearly 50 percent of those survivors develop end stage kidney disease during that time.

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More Hispanic Organ Donations Needed, Mayo Clinic Transplant Experts Say

Mayo Clinic
ROCHESTER, Minn. — April is National Donate Life Month, held to encourage organ and tissue donation and to celebrate donors who give a new life to others. Organ donors are always in short supply. In the United States, more than 118,000 people are waiting for organ transplants, and
19 percent are Hispanic. Experts say that there is a need for organ donation in the Hispanic community because a transplant recipient is more likely to find a match among donors with the same ethnicity.

“It is always possible to find matches across ethnicities, but all ethnic groups benefit when we increase the number of donors from the same ethnic background,” says Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant programs at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “For example,
certain blood types are more prevalent in ethnic minority populations. Because matching blood type is important for organ transplants, using minority donor organs is beneficial.”

The information below about organ transplant in the Hispanic community is provided by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network:
• Kidney, liver, heart, pancreas and lung are the organs most in demand by Latinos.
• Last year, nearly 4,000 Hispanics received a transplanted organ.
• Out of 118,074 candidates waiting for an organ transplant in the United States, 23,015 are Hispanics.
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SDLC promotes organ donation, hopes to recruit more donors

The Etownian


April 10 was just one of the many days the Give and Let Live SDLC campaigned for organ donation awareness, a project for which they have been researching and striving to recruit donors. “There are so many benefits to becoming an organ donor,” junior Alysia Overdorf, a member of the SDLC, said.

A few days ago, Overdorf and her roommates could be found in the BSC, working to distribute handouts. In addition, they displayed a poster board with various topics related to organ donation. The board provided three steps to becoming an organ donor: make a decision, share your decision with your family and register online at www.donors1.org/register. The board also included a background piece that provided information on the Give and Let Live SDLC and their goals for the project. The SDLC wishes to spread the word to the Etown community and to become an active part of the Gift of Life movement, offering support to families of donors and recipients.

The display featured quick facts on organ donation in case passers-by did not have time to stop and talk. Each day, 18 Americans die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Organ transplants have been successful for over 50 years. Each day, 77 Americans receive a life-saving organ transplant. One donated tissue can enhance the lives of 50 people. Details such as these helped to put in perspective the sheer number of people who are in need of organ transplants in this country, and how just one donor can make a significant positive impact on many lives.
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DMV and Health Commissioners Urge Vermonters to Say “Yes” to Organ Donation

Health Vermont


SOUTH BURLINGTON – Jim Carter, of Jericho, showed the red heart icon on his Vermont driver’s license that designates him as an organ donor on Tuesday at the Department of Motor Vehicles in South Burlington. Organ donation is a gift his daughter provided for six people after she died in a car crash in 1990. Andrea was 17 years old when she died and her kidneys, liver, heart and the corneas from her eyes were successfully transplanted.

“It was an incredible gift, and organ transplantation has an incredible success rate,” Carter said as he held up his license. “Anyone can donate. Age is not a factor.”

Carter joined Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Robert Ide, Anthony DiCarlo, MD, a transplant surgeon at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, and Sally Hand, who is waiting for a kidney transplant, for an event to promote organ donation during the 10th annual Donate Life Month in Vermont.
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Mother Shares Story Of Organ Donation

KKTV Colorado
A local mother is sharing her story about donating her baby's organs.

She wanted to raise awareness during National Donate Life Month. Jennifer Sheriff's baby was born brain dead.

She and her husband decided to donate their daughter's organs. That donation saved two other babies.

Jennifer says she hopes all of us think about organ donation.

Living proof that life's a gift

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal | Joyce M. Miles
photos by Heather N. Grimmer/contributor A STORY OF LIFE, TOLD IN THE FIRST PERSON: Lea Sobieraski, 21, talks with senior students at Lockport High School on Thursday about the experience of receiving a liver transplant seven weeks ago. Sobieraski and her mom, LHS consulting teacher Wendy Lanfear, at top, presented information about the New York State organ donor registry and appealed to students to consider signing up.

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — You’re never too young, or old, to consider organ donation. Take it from Lea Sobieraski.

The 21-year-old college student from Lockport got a new lease on life seven weeks ago, when she received a liver transplant.

With the onset of a rare genetic disorder called Wilson’s disease, Lea’s liver was destroyed, seemingly in a matter of months. The disease makes the body unable to flush out copper; the metal accumulates in vital organs instead, eventually causing physical symptoms including fatigue, bloating, loss of appetite, easy bruising and achy feet.

When those symptoms started surfacing around Thanksgiving time, Lea brushed them off and kept her commitments to study and the girls’ basketball team at Geneseo State College. When she consistently couldn’t stand to eat more than a few bites of a meal, however, she knew something was seriously wrong.

Olympic Rings and Other Things: Register This

Olympic Rings and Other Things 
When snowboarding entered the Winter Olympic roster in 1998 at Nagano, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat video on "Wide World of Sports" seemed destined to receive new footage to replace the famous ski jumper gone wild.

I remember watching Japan's snowboarding broadcasts -- crazy feats, crashes and all -- but admit none of the athlete names stuck with me (I was too busy chatting online with two of Iceland's female ski team members via the IBM Olympic Village athlete email system).

The same is true for 2002 and 2006 -- no snowboarder names come to mind now (though Phoebe Mills' transition from gymnastics to snowboarding, and Shaun White's name, "stuck" with regards to the snow sport after 2010).

And it was interesting to learn about the earliest days of snowboarding when the guy who started it all sadly died last year.

With snowboarding curiosity on the brain, yesterday I seized the opportunity to speak with Chris Klug, the three-time Olympian who, I learned, was the first Team USA snowboarder announced for Nagano in '98. Klug went on to win bronze on Valentine's Day in 2002 at the Salt Lake Games (though I attended women's snowboarding on the first Sunday of the Games, travels took me to downtown Salt Lake most of the day that Feb. 14, missing Klug's medal-winning competition -- come to think of it, I spent that evening at Iceland's special pavilion in the Olympic city, but not a single female ski team member showed up).

30 Days, 30 Ways- A Young Man’s Legacy Lives On

Gift of Life Donor Program Blog | Patrice
In 2011, Lisa Benkert made a decision during the most difficult time of her life. When she learned that her son Jordan had taken his own life, she made the decision to donate his organs, hoping that other families could be spared the heartache of loosing a loved one. Through the last 16 months, Lisa has experienced the full impact of her decision after meeting Jordan’s recipients, and seeing how her son continues to touch lives through his precious gift of life. Lisa shares her donation experience, and the message of hope as she strives to raise awareness, along with honoring Jordan’s memory.

How did you and your family become involved with organ donation and transplant?

I have always been an organ donor since I started driving, but as easy as it was me to make a decision to be a donor, it was just the opposite when I was confronted with the decision to donate my son’s organ.

Award-winning writer and kidney transplant recipient shares thoughts on organ donation

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Blog | Jim McFarlin
April is National Donate Life Month. Each week, we’re sharing a story about organ transplantation and how the decision by one person to become a donor gives another person the gift of life.

Editor’s note: Jim McFarlin is an award-winning writer, editor, and public speaker. He’s also a member of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center family. Today, he shares his thoughts about organ donation with us.


I am wearing long johns beneath my jeans for the first time in 20 years. I’m pretty sure my nose is running. I’m stomping my feet to try and stay warm, like Sean Connery advised in The Untouchables, and straining to focus on the reason I volunteered to stand out here on such a cold, cold April Friday night.

“Out here” is the concourse of Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The Fighting Illini football team (always wonder what makes them so angry) will play its annual Orange and Blue spring game inside the arena in an hour or so. The preseason event traditionally is held during the day because (say it with me now) it’s cold at night in central Illinois, but the university moved the kickoff time to accommodate the Big Ten Network’s TV schedule. Oh, goody.

GIFT OF LIFE: Organ Donation Helps Two Families Heal

WHOTV | Stephanie Moore
It’s a waiting game that affects hundreds of Iowans every year, those waiting for an organ donation.

But it’s also an emotional roll-a-coaster for families who have to make the decision whether or not to donate.

From the beginning Tanner Ruberg was a miracle.

“Our daughter is nine years older than Tanner and we were told I couldn`t have any more kids so we have resigned ourselves to the fact we were just going to have one,” says Deb Ruberg of Hardy.

After years of trying Deb and Ronnie had a son, a son who from a young age had a passion for sports.

“He was a very, very athletic child, four sports, he did basketball, football, baseball, track,” says Ruberg.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Late organ donor advocate Vikki Tulcus remembered

WREX | Lauren Reimer


A long time organ donor advocate, Vikki Tulcus, passed away in January while waiting for her own kidney transplant. She is remembered with a service at the Rockford Ethnic Heritage Museum.

"While she was sick, was still trying to help people find donors and I think that the loss of her speaks to the fact that we have the medical treatment available for patients, but oftentimes what is lacking is a suitable donor," says Margaret Shannon, who worked with Vikki at the Illinois Secretary of State Organ and Tissue Donor Program.

Secretary of State Jesse White helped dedicate Vikki's her new memorial tree this afternoon. "Vikki happens to be one of my heroes, where she gave two individuals the ability to see," says White. B donating her corneas, Vikki keeps spreading the organ donor message, even though she's gone.

She may have run out of time as she waited for her match, but a Rockford man knows the system works. Brian Troy is alive because of efforts of people like Vikki.
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Living While Waiting On Organ Transplant

Concho Valley | KLST
With over 100 thousand Americans in need of organ transplant surgeries waiting to receive an organ can be lengthy.

We caught up with one San Angelo man who is in need of such a surgery and he shared his daily efforts as he waits for a life saving procedure.

Meet Albert Duarte. He is one of over 90,000 americans that are in need of a life saving kidney transplant surgery. Albert has been receiving dialysis treatment three times a week, four hours a day for the last 11 years while he waits for a kidney to become available.

Albert said over a decade of treatments and waiting have taken a toll on him physically and mentally.

"After 11 years you go and go and go and go, you're going to get burned out bad. Sometimes it seems like there is no more strength left for me. I say when is the day coming, that's all you can do. "

Although dialysis treatments are keeping Albert alive, the process is straining his body. Dr. Anthony De Mory explains the long-term effects dialysis can have.
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Would you stop a relative donating organs? Doctors call for stricter measures

Daily Express | Charlotte Meredith


MORE than 1,200 people in the UK donated organs over the last 12 months – helping to transform 3,100 lives – but more needs to be done to protect donors' transplant wishes, doctors have said today.
Doctors have said more needs to be done to increase organ donations, as many families refuse to consider the possibility of the procedure when a loved one has died.

Relatives should not be able have the last word on ruling what happens to their loved-ones' organs, the head of a Government taskforce has said.

125 families over-ruled the wishes of their relatives last year and refused to allow donation, despite their names appearing on the NHS Organ Donor register.

Now, Elizabeth Buggins, chair of the UK Organ Donation Taskforce has said that it should be mandatory on doctors to refer a potential donor to the NHS Transplant service if their name appeared on the NHS Organ Donor register – the list of individuals who have volunteered to donate their organs after death.
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Helping Hands: Dare to be an organ donor

Summit Daily | Jessica Smith


Brad Dickerson, left, Morgan Wilkinson and Karen Wilkinson. After learning about kidney transplants from Morgan, who received one at age 6, Dickerson was inspired to become a donor himself. Summit Daily/Jessica Smith

Morgan Wilkinson is your typical 12-year-old. He loves camping, skiing, four-wheeling and playing with the family dogs. He's a Rockies fan. He spent spring break in Florida, boogie boarding in the surf with his older brother Robert. His plan when he grows up is to become a professional golfer.

Unlike many of his peers, however, Morgan has a heightened sense of gratitude. At age 6, he contracted a rare disease called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, associated with acute kidney failure, among other symptoms.

“He was pretty sick,” said Karen Wilkinson, Morgan's mother.

It was Labor Day weekend and Morgan wasn't feeling well. He looked tired, Wilkinson said, and she planned to take him in for a checkup during the week. Then, while roughhousing with his brother, he fell on his side.
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A Gift for A Gift: Women Make Quilts for the Families of Organ Donors

KCRG | Heather


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- All month long we’ve bringing you stories on organ donation as part of National Donate Life Month. Last year 60 people died here in Iowa, and gave the gift of life through organ donation. Each donor is given a quilt, which is then passed on to their family. The quilts are handmade by a group of women right here in Eastern Iowa.

Block by block, stitch by stitch these these women spend countless hours creating one of a kind works of art.

"Each of us has different talents and we try to use those talents to create what we hope is a nice product for people," said Carol Depaepe, quilt maker.
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Certain Bacteria May Build Organ Tolerance in Lung Transplant Patients

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New Research Evaluates How Microbes Interact With and Respond to Transplanted Lungs
MONTREAL, QC, Apr 25, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- New research will be revealed today at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Montreal, Canada to determine if there is a link between microbiota (microscopic living organisms of a region) and the development of transplant complications, especially chronic rejection. Results indicate the nasopharynx (rear of the nasal cavity) serves as a reservoir for bacteria that can infect the newly transplanted lung.

The initial study explored the relationship between the bacteria in the lungs and bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) in a group consisting mainly of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) lung transplant patients. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation about 750 to 1,000 individuals with CF have received lung transplants in the past five years. BOS represents rejection of the transplanted lungs which is the main cause of death after the first year post-transplant.

The results indicated that in CF patients, a high level of Pseudomonas, the most common CF pathogen, was not associated with BOS. Contrary to traditional belief, a re-establishment of Pseudomonas in lungs post-transplant had a protective effect. This phenomenon occurred to a lesser extent in non-CF patients and with other types of bacteria suggesting that transplant patients can exhibit tolerance to bacteria present in the lungs even if they are known respiratory pathogens.
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Organ and tissue donor lives on in others

Pierce County Herald | Meg Heaton


HUDSON -- Jim and Peggy Shoemaker of Hudson have lived the nightmare all parents fear -- the sudden and traumatic death of one of their children. They lost their 20-year-old daughter, Anna, in January 2011 as the result of a car accident in northern Wisconsin.

But it is what Anna did before her death that has helped the family deal with their terrible loss.

Anna Shoemaker was an organ donor. Her parents weren’t aware that she was until they arrived at the hospital in Duluth where Anna was airlifted after the accident. They were approached by representatives of Life Source, an organization that manages organ and tissue donation, shortly after learning that Anna would not survive her injuries.

Jim Shoemaker said they confirmed that Anna wanted to be a donor when they found her driver’s license in her purse.
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Katelyn Newell, 8, gets long-awaited heart transplant after fundraising effort

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INDIANAPOLIS - A Terre Haute girl hospitalized since January with complications from a congenital heart defect has received a new heart in a transplant operation in Indianapolis.

The Tribune-Star reported that Katelyn Newell, 8, underwent the surgery Wednesday night at Riley Hospital for Children after doctors learned that a suitable donor heart had been found.

Robin Newell said her daughter was excited to learn she'd be getting a new heart and shared the news with her classmates at Deming Elementary in Terre Haute through Facetime conversations on an iPad.

Principal Susan Mardis said many people at the school "broke down" when they heard the transplant news and prayed for Katelyn and for the donor's family.
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Artwork celebrates organ donation

Isle of Wight County Press


Isle of Wight designer Brian Marriott unveils the new artwork at St Mary's Hospital. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

A LARGE artwork celebrating organ donation has been unveiled at St Mary's Hospital.

Designed by Brian Marriott and created by Isle of Wight company AJ Wells, Out of Darkness Comes Light has been given pride of place outside the hospital's Full Circle cafe.

It was unveiled on Wednesday (24) by the Island's lord lieutenant, Maj Gen Martin White.

Guests who attended the unveiling included NHS staff and Islanders who had benefited from organ donation.

Between April 2007 and March 2013 there have been ten organ donors who have died at St Mary’s Hospital whose organs have been used to help others.
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Saying 'yes' to organ donation at the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission can help save a life

New Jersey | Kelly Roncace


DMV employee Maria Nunn-Ling shares a scrapbook with Ray Martinez, chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission during his recent visit to the Salem office. (Staff photo by Kelly Roncace)

It’s a warm spring day and you’ve just finished drinking your favorite beverage out of a frosty can. After that last, refreshing sip, you crumple the can and toss it into the trash — the regular trash.

From there, that aluminum can will rust, fill with dirt, eventually rot away and be of no use to anyone ever again.

However, if you recycle that can, it will live on and be of good use to someone else someday.

The same goes for our bodies.

“We recycle newspaper, cans, bottles. Why not our organs?” said John Browne, a liver recipient from Haddonfield.
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30 Days, 30 Ways-Donation Champion Learning Session

Gift of Life Donor Program


Gift of Life Donor Program works closely with the region’s hospitals to make sure that donation and transplant occur in a way that saves lives, respects families wishes and celebrate donor’s heroic gift of life. Through outreach programs, Gift of Life Donor Program and regional hospitals join forces to keep medical employees informed about the donation process. Several times throughout the year, Gift of Life Donor Program hosts Donation Champion learning sessions.This is a one day, highly interactive program that focuses on the role of critical care staff in utilizing and sharing best-demonstrated practices for referring potential organ donors to the organ procurement organization, providing support for families of potential organ donors, and maximizing clinical donor management. Please note, not all sessions are held in Philadelphia.
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New transplant technology keeps organs ‘alive’ outside body

WTKR | CNN | Jacque Wilson


(CNN) — In every medical drama the scene is the same: The surgeon carefully places the delicate organ in a cooler filled with ice and snaps the lid shut. The transplant team then sprints toward the door, hoping to reach its patient in time.

That speed isn’t just for dramatic effect. Transplant teams rush because they have less than eight hours to transport the organ to the operating room, prepare it for surgery and implant it into the recipient’s body.

“Beyond that time, there is significant injury to the (organ), which makes it unusable,” said Dr. Abbas Ardehali, director of UCLA’s heart and lung transplant program.

Placing healthy organs in the same container we use to keep soda cold at a picnic seems archaic. But until recently, it was the only option hospitals had.
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Giving the gift of life

Orleans Star | Canada | Catherine Kitts


Orléans resident uses National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week to appeal to local community for an organ donation

Photo: Cyril Stencill, pictured here with his son, Quinn Nadon-Stencill, is appealing to the Orléans community to give him the gift of life – a new liver. (Photo: Provided)
At 49-years-old, Cyril Stencill, has already received one organ donation – a kidney, from his sister in law – now, he is in need of another.
"When I went in to go on the waiting list for a transplant, they said it's two weeks, to two years," said Stencill. "I'm not young, I understand that. But there are things I still want to do. Things I want to do with my wife and my kids. I'd still love to be playing hockey."

A father of two, Stencill had been living with Polycystic Kidney Disease for most of his life. He was diagnosed with this disease in his early 20’s, and while there is no cure for this disease, his doctors were quite confident that he would not need treatment until he reached his mid-fifties or early sixties. Unfortunately, the disease progressed faster then anticipated and in early 2011, he received a kidney transplant from his sister-in-law.
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Newborn girl's life saved after undergoing full liver transplant

Fox News | Loren Grush
Throughout Kelly Smith’s pregnancy with her daughter Matilda, everything went exactly as planned.

“I had this instinct that because she was conceived so easily and the pregnancy went really well, I kept joking she would be an easy baby – cause everything else was so easy,” Smith, 28, from Canton, N.Y., told FoxNews.com. “But of course, the beginning was rough.”

Just four or five days after being born, Matilda started to become very lethargic, and Smith found she had trouble waking her up to breastfeed. Even when she would get Matilda to latch on, her daughter would fall asleep right away – prompting Smith to worry about her nutrition.

Then just a few days later, Matilda began projectile vomiting after she would nurse.


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Mother Meets Boy Kept Alive by Daughter’s Heart

Katie Couric 

The Death That Saved My Life

Zocalo Public Square | C. BRIAN BRONK
I was 28, a professional living in Palo Alto, six months into my marriage, when I suffered a stroke in my sleep.

It was a surprise. I’d been a college athlete and marathoner.

The diagnosis was idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. To translate to English: heart failure. The doctors didn’t know why, but my heart’s ability to pump blood was so diminished that I needed a new heart. The doctors weren’t sure when I would need the transplant; it could be eight years or eight months.

I was admitted to Stanford University Medical Center, and my condition continued a rapid decline. In a matter of weeks, I lost nearly half my body weight, my lips turned blue, and my skin took on a yellowish hue. I was dying.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Informed organ donors increase saved lives

The Reflector | Amber Alexander
The month of April marks Organ Donation Month, looking to bring awareness to the effects of becoming an organ donor. Each day over 4,000 people are added to the national waiting list. At this moment, 105,000 people are in need of organs.

Sarah Beth James, Miss Mississippi 2011, made her charity platform for Miss America organ donation.

James said a close family friend’s need of an organ donation made her more passionate about bringing awareness to donating.

“A few years ago a dear friend of mine, Ralph McDonald, received a liver transplant, which added several years to his life. The process of transplantation and the incredible effect it can have on recipients, donors and loved ones is miraculous. Along the way I have met numerous people who have been given a second chance at tomorrow, because a stranger chose to give the gift of life,” James said.

James said at first she just wanted to learn everything she could so that she could go out and speak to her generation, a generation who could save so many lives.
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Parents of brave Luca Giovannini so pleased to see donor surge

Messenger Newspaper | Chris Griffin


A SURGE IN organ donation has been welcomed by a couple who displayed amazing compassion to help others after their young son died suddenly.

Five-year-old Luca Giovannini gave the gift of life to four others after his death 17 months ago, when his parents, Vickie and Renzo, agreed to donate the organs of their beloved son.

Luca, a pupil at St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School in Timperley, died within two days of an infection causing swelling to his brain.

The lives of two tots and two adults were transformed or saved by them receiving his organs.

Luca’s death received national coverage and the courage and compassion of his parents earned widespread admiration.

The couple have repeatedly appealed for more people to join the Organ Donor Register.

Latest figures reveal that the number of people donating organs after death has risen by 50 per cent nationally - and 27 per cent in the north west - since 2008, meeting a target set by the Organ Donation Taskforce five years ago.
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Organ Donation: Bobbi's Heart

NBC4i | Denise Yost



The number of people waiting for an organ transplant could fill up Ohio Stadium. More than 117,000 people are on a waiting list, many hoping for a kidney, liver or heart.

A Central Ohio woman knows what it's like to wait and hope for that life-giving phone call.

Trains are big with 5-year-old Gavin Shaffer. But his life – and his mom's life – was on the line.

"It's not just about yourself. When you are a mom, it's about your kids," said Bobbi Shaffer.

When Bobbi was 24 years old, she was told she had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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Father shares story of how loss of son helped save others

Pantagraph | By Paul Swiech


Steve Smedley. Kay Rogers of Washington, spoke with Advocate BroMenn Medical Center president Colleen Kannaday after speaking about his son, Nicholas Rogers, who passed away at the age of 11 on Father's Day 2010. Rogers spoke during an organ and tissue donation awareness event held at BroMenn on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. His sons organ donations saved the lives of four people in four states. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)

NORMAL — An 11-year-old Washington boy who brought life into every room that he entered has given life to four people in four states.

On Tuesday, the story of Nicholas Rogers — who died on Father’s Day 2010 — was shared by his father, Kay Rogers, to encourage people to sign up to be organ and tissue donors.

“I want people to register,” Rogers said after an organ and tissue donation awareness event at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, which included the dedication of a memorial bench.

Joining Rogers at the event were Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who maintains the state’s organ and tissue donor registry; organ recipients Mikahla Thornton, 15, Bloomington (heart transplant) and Annika Tiede, 12, Normal (liver transplant); and representatives of the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, Life Goes On and BroMenn.
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