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Memorial honors those who donated to aid others

FOX 13 Now | Mark Green

Hundreds of names were etched into the glass of the memorial for Saturday's event.

SALT LAKE CITY – The Celebration of Life Monument honors the names of those who have been organ, eye and tissue donors, and on Saturday hundreds of new names were memorialized.

The monument, located in the Salt Lake City Library Square, gained 443 new names Saturday.

Relatives of those honored gathered around the monument during the ceremony, and they were able to find the their loved one’s name as they listened to bagpipe music, which was played by a bone marrow donor.
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Guest speaker educates Rotary about LifeDonor USA

The Sierra Vista Herald
On Aug. 14, the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista had guest speaker Mrs. Cathy McCall, who founded LifeDonor USA Foundation along with her husband Jay McCall, and daughters Bridget and Meredith, to honor their son and brother.

Their story begins with the tragic death of three young high school classmates of Meredith. This brought the McCall family together to discuss life and death with their three children, to include organ donation.

In 1998, the ultimate heartbreak struck the McCall family, when Jim McCall was killed at the age of 19 in a motorcycle accident. His family knew that Jim would have wanted his organs donated. Because of Jim, two young people can see, another has a liver, his heart valves helped a 5-month-old baby and a 37-year-old man, the long veins in Jim’s leg helped another, and much more. Jim has touched and saved many lives, and this knowledge has helped with the healing and the grieving process.
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Local kidney transplant recipient in his 38th year

Cumberland Times News | Greg Larry

CUMBERLAND — Still going strong 38 years after a life-saving kidney transplant, George Franklin III of Cumberland is thought of as the second longest living African-American transplant recipient in the Unites States.

“I feel great,” said Franklin, 59, who received his kidney transplant in 1975.
A retired computer operator, Franklin has become closely involved with the transplant community and has become a source for many seeking information on transplants and donation.

“I just have to remember that parts of me are 72,” Franklin said.

When he received his transplant, Franklin was 21. The female donor, who died in an auto accident, was 34.
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Years after teen’s death, parents and organ recipients finally meet By Amy Renee Leiker

Kansas | Amy Renee Leiker, The Wichita Eagle

Travis Heying/ The Wichita Eagle. Kay Owens, left, wipes away tears as she listens to Kay Pope (not pictured) and Trish Pooley, right, talk about receiving organs from Owens’ son Bryan. (Aug. 31, 2013)

Three women sat, gathered around a table, alternating smiles and laughter with comforting embraces and tears.

Each said she is a part of the others. But their connection isn’t through blood.

A teenage boy killed on Labor Day 14 years ago is the source of their bond.

“Part of my son is still alive in them,” Kay Owens said, dabbing at her eyes.

“Literally,” Trish Pooley chimed in. “Very few of us have the chance to be given life again through an anonymous gift.”
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Kidney disease a tough journey for Cambridge man

The Record | Johanna Weidner

Chris Brown snuggles with his dog Casey, during a recent hospital visit. Chris got a second kidney transplant a couple of weeks ago after lifelong trouble with kidney disease.

CAMBRIDGE — Kidney disease overshadows all of Chris Brown's life.

"It's been a long, long haul with this," said Brown, 29.

The Cambridge man first became sick when he was two months old, and since then has endured numerous hospital stays, surgeries and, just weeks ago, his second kidney transplant.

His never-ending health concerns and years on dialysis basically put regular pursuits such as university, a career and getting a place of his own on hold indefinitely.

"Every day I wish I could get up and go to work and see what it's like to be normal and not always worry about health issues," Brown said from his hospital bed in London. "I've had more surgeries than birthdays."
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Man gets heart, kidney at same time

The Province | Ian Austin

Rob Nutter, centre, listens Thursday at St. Paul's Hospital as Dr. Jamil Bashir, left, and Dr. Michael Eng talk about his double transplant operation.
Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG , The Province

Rob Nutter can credit one family's selfless act for his new lease on life.

The 55-year-old Castlegar millwright had long-standing health issues, and needed both a heart transplant and a kidney transplant.

Luckily, he was able to get both organs from the same donor for a very rare double transplant, increasing his odds of making a full recovery.

"This incredible story is possible because one family, during a time of unimaginable tragedy, made the decision for their loved one to be an organ donor," said Dr. Greg Grant, B.C. Transplant's provincial executive director. "I'm certain the family would take comfort in seeing that their gift of life has made such a remarkable difference."
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Fast facts for tissue, organ donation

The Walker Pilot Independent

1. Your Life is Always First. If you are taken to a hospital after an accident or injury, it is the hospital’s No. 1 priority to save YOUR life. Your status as a donor is not even considered until every effort has been made to try to save your life and death has been declared.

2. Everyone Has the Potential to be an Organ and Tissue Donor. Your age or health should not prevent you from registering to be an organ or tissue donor. Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor – the oldest organ donor was 92 years-old!

3. All Faiths Agree. All major religions in the nation support organ and tissue donation and consider it a generous act of caring.

4. There is No Cost to Your Family. If you decide to be an organ and tissue donor, your family will NOT have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.

5. One Life Can Save Up to 60. One person can save and heal up to 60 lives through organ and tissue donation!
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Next » Zoom Out After death of son, Washington family donates his organs to four people

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LESLIE RENKEN/JOURNAL STAR. Nicholas Roger's step-mom Pam, father Kay, and sister, Chloe, 10, pose for a photo recently beside the tree they planted in his memory. Nicholas was 11 years old when he died of an asthma attack in 2010. His organs helped save 4 people in four different states.

WASHINGTON - Eleven-year-old Nicholas Rogers loved watermelon, sports and girls, and he was in constant motion until the day asthma stopped his heart.

"Nick was a turd," his father Kay Rogers said affectionately. "He was ornery, he was mouthy. He was a boy. He wanted to have fun every day."

He was also deeply compassionate, a fact that guided his family to make the tragedy of his untimely death three years ago into a lifesaving event for four people in four states.

"We knew if Nick had a chance to do it, he would do it," said Nicholas' step-mother Pam Rogers about organ donation. Nick's large, blended family was in complete agreement when th…

Link found between wealth and living kidney donation rates

News 1130 | Brock Hunter

Researchers have found evidence household income a stronger influence than cultural beliefs when deciding whether to be a living donor.
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It seems money is a stronger influence than culture when deciding whether to be a living kidney donor.

While cultural differences have often been cited as a barrier to living kidney donation in certain racial and ethnic groups, Dr. Jagbir Gill and his colleagues have found a strong correlation between median household income and living kidney donation, with significantly lower rates of living donation in lower income populations, irrespective of race. Dr. Gill is a transplant nephrologist at St. Paul’s Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at UBC.

“It could simply be that if you have less money it’s logistically more difficult to actually donate an organ,” he says. “If you’re a living kidney donor you have to go through a whole medical workup, after that workup you have to undergoe surgery, and afte…

Because he could: Wesleyan employee donates kidney to co-worker's wife

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MEGAN FARMER/Lincoln Journal Star. Brian Benes, a maintenance worker for Nebraska Wesleyan University, poses for a portrait on campus on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. He recently donated one of his kidneys to his co-worker's wife, Lori Moore.

Lori Moore jumped up from her seat and shouted her joy for all her co-workers to hear.

No more being stuck inside in the evenings, wishing she could be out taking long walks with her husband or talking with neighbors.

No more having to watch the sun go down from inside her home because evenings were the best time for the three hours she spent hooked to a home dialysis machine that filtered the toxins from her blood because her dysfunctional kidneys could not.

On the other end of the phone, a hospital employee told Moore a man she barely knew had passed the medical screening and could give her one of his kidneys.
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Loss, life and friendship: a story of organ donation

720 ABC Perth | Bridget Egan

On Drive this week we heard a touching story of loss, generosity and friendship. When Tom Overstone died at just 17, his family made the brave decision to donate his organs. This selfless act gave Tatiana Neuser-Bostel a second chance at life and was the start of a remarkable friendship.

They shared their story with Russell Woolf.

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The body parts which can be regrown in a laboratory

The Telegraph | Richard Gray

Photo: An "organoid" showing different brain regions, all cells are in blue, neural stem cells in red, and neurons in green Photo: Madeline A. Lancaster/PA Wire
Mini human brains have become the latest body part to be grown from stem cells in the laboratory. Does this mean the age of regenerative medicine has arrived?
The concept of growing spare body parts in test tubes has long featured in science fiction, but research using stem cells is now allowing real organs and tissues to be created in laboratories.

This is part of a fast moving field known as regenerative medicine, which promises to provide patients with a catalogue of spare parts to repair and replace damaged or diseased bits of the body. Already a number of tissues have been successfully created, but most have yet to be tested in the clinic.

So could growing human organs in the laboratory lead to the ability to renew parts of our bodies, or does their value lie elsewhere?
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Former Central High student honored at football game for organ donation

WATE | Mona Nair

Photo: Mandy Harrell died in an accident on Labor Day in 2006. Her family donated her organs, saving the lives of six people.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A ceremony paying tribute to a Central High School former student and cheerleader was held Thursday night at a football game.

Mandy Harrell died in an accident on Labor Day, 2006. Her family donated her organs, which were used to save or improve the lives of six people.

Every year since, the school honors Harrell at a football game close to the anniversary of her death. Her family uses that day to raise awareness about organ donation.

Many at Thursday night's game wore purple and green on the field and in the stadium. Those were Mandy's favorite colors.
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'They threw away my life'

Daily Mail

Sister reveals family's despair after hospital chucked out healthy kidney sibling had donated to save her from fatal disease
A 24-year-old woman who is suing a hospital after they threw away her brother's healthy kidney during a botched organ transplant has talked of the emotional trauma her family suffered.

'Somebody wasted part of my brother,' Sarah Fudacz told Good Morning America today, adding that she realized something had gone wrong with the transplant as soon as she was wheeled out of theater.

The 24-year-old, who was suffering from end-stage renal failure had been due to receive a kidney from her brother Paul at University of Toledo Medical Center.

She said when her brother first offered to donate one of his kidneys it was 'the most amazing moment of my life'.

'This was going to be the end of it, I was finally going to start feeling better,' she said.
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Friendship grows with organ transplant

Press Enterprise | Janet Zimmerman

Joshua Bauer is only 7 months old, but already he has angel — one who saved his life.

Joshua, who lives with his mother, Michelle, in Riverside, was diagnosed in April with a rare condition that damaged his liver and kept his body from ridding itself of toxins. Without an organ transplant, doctors said, he would die.

But finding a suitable donor would be hard. That person would need to have O positive blood like Joshua’s and be small-boned enough that the new organ would fit in his tiny frame.

His family put out the call for donors, turning to social media for help. About 30 people responded, but none was a match. In early August, their hopes for a liver from a baby who had died were dashed when doctors decided at the last minute that the match wasn’t close enough.
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Acts of Kindness: Kim Merrell

8NewsNow | By Kirsten Joyce, Morning Anchor
By Kyle Zuelke, Photojournalist
By Jonathan Carrera, Photojournalist

LAS VEGAS - It took rigorous testing, a huge change in diet and six months of exercise for Kim Merrell to drop 40 pounds.

"I had to cut out bread and cheese, which are my favorites," she said.

The steps were part of a process she had to fulfill to become a kidney donor. "Why not? You can live with one," she said.

She's very open about the process, because she says she always knew she would donate something. She just didn't know what it would be.

"I read a lot of information about organ donation, watched every video I could, read all the bad stories I could," she said. "I wanted to be prepared for anything that could happen."
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A golfer with a 3rd heart and plenty of grit

Herald online | By DOUG FERGUSON — AP Golf Writer

In this Aug. 25, 2013 photo, Erik Compton walks on the on the first hole during the final round of The Barclays golf tournament in Jersey City, N.J. More than any other PGA Tour player, Compton can do without the additional stress. But there he was again last week, two shots over the cut line with two holes to play at The Barclays.

NORTON, MASS. — More than any other PGA Tour player, Erik Compton can do without the additional stress.

But there he was again last Friday, two shots over the cut line with two holes to play at The Barclays, needing to make the cut to at least have an outside chance of moving on to the next tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He already had played 31 holes that day because of a rain delays, and his tank was empty.

But his heart? No one questions that.

This is the scrappy Florida kid who took up golf after a heart transplant when he was 12. The same guy who suffered a heart attack in 2007 and…

2013 Donate Life Family Fun Run

Living Legacy Foundation | Lisa McAllister

On October 5, 2013, The Living Legacy Foundation is holding its fifth annual Donate Life Family Fun Run. This non-competitive 5K run and 1K family fun walk celebrates Maryland’s organ and tissue donors and their families while raising awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation. In 2012, we had more than 2,000 participants and this year we are expecting nearly 3,000! We hope you will please join us in celebrating the gift of life! Register today!

We already have 585 participants on 75 teams signed up and have raised more than $15,000 in donations! Proceeds will benefit The Living Legacy Foundation’s public education and outreach efforts and donor family support programs, allowing us to continue our life-saving mission.

Since its inception in 1983, The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, in collaboration with our Maryland hospital partners, has facilitated more than 7,000 organ transplants and life-enhancing tissue transplants. Without the p…

Quelling the myths of organ donation….

Patriot Ledger | Joan Wright
The first time I registered to be an organ donor, my mother was frightened that if I had an accident, the hospital wouldn’t save me if they saw the sticker on my license. I laughed that off . . . until I learned that many people don’t register for similar reasons. The not so funny twist is that myths sometimes prevent people from making some very safe and sound decisions. Like the myth that people over 50 are too old to donate organs, or that you can only donate upon death.

My own family illustrated that the only upon death myth was false. When a cousin reached out to our extensive family to tell us she needed a kidney transplant, several underwent tests to see if they were a match. Fortunately, a cousin in another state was and stepped forward to donate. The cousin who received the new kidney lived another eight years thanks to that donation.
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UCLA Scientists Receive $2 Million Grant from the Keck Foundation to Improve the Quality of Donor Livers Available for Transplant


Newswise — A team of scientists from the UCLA Departments of Surgery and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have been awarded a three-year, $2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund research aimed at increasing the quality of donor livers.

Dr. Jerzy W. Kupiec-Weglinski, principal investigator for the project and director of the Dumont-UCLA Transplantation Research Center, said he hopes his research will address the decreasing quality of donor organs and a widening disparity between the increasing numbers of potential transplant recipients and inadequate donor organ supply.

The major factor contributing to the decrease in organ quality is the aging donor population, and conditions associated with aging that make the liver less desirable. These “suboptimal” organs are more susceptible to the harmful effects of ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI), innate immune-mediated tissue damage that occurs during organ harvesting from cadaver sources and during periods of extended c…

Organ donor process works well and fairly

Philly Burbs | Warren Levy
Rep. Fitzpatrick's June 20 letter, "A GOP alternative to Obamacare," opens with an ignorant and ethically dangerous use of the Sarah Murnaghan transplant case to frame his vague attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Decisions about the allocation of too-scarce donor organs are made through an independent, painstaking, medicine-driven process involving specific and transparent rules. Because donor organs are so scarce, the process anguishes everyone involved.

All evidence and perception point to a complex system working well and fairly, and one that the U.S. District Court judge should not have flouted, and Rep. Fitzpatrick should learn about. His cynical, silly repetition of faux-conservative memes, such as "freedom from government intervention," to incite rebellion against the effective, sensitive and delicate process of transplant decision-making has the potential to do real harm.
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Family Stresses Importance of Organ Donation


WESLACO - Emilio "Jimmy" Coronado died in a motorcycle accident two months ago. His death gave life to others.

Coronado was an organ donor. A Weslaco man received one of his kidneys. The donation happened through a connection between Coronado's brother-in-law and the man who needed the kidney.

Coronado's wife recently met the man who benefited from her husband's ultimate act of kindness.

"I'm sorry for what happened to Jimmy, but I'm glad that you thought of me," Jorge Velasquez said.

Coronado was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Sioux Road near Expressway 83 on June 25 when another vehicle turned left in front of him.
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Party promotes organ donation

The IndyStar | Tim Wilemon

Seven-year-old Gracie Greenhoff of Union, Mo., concentrates on reaching a tree after traversing a row of swings on a confidence-building ropes course at Camp Okwehna, a camp in Lyles, Tenn., for chidren with kidney disease. / Steven S. Harman / The Tennessean / File

The drinks are half price at this party, but please go easy on the alcohol. Somebody may need your liver.

A special event Thursday night with food, drinks, musical entertainment and a silent auction is being held to encourage people to to become organ donors. The Giving Life Event takes place from 6-11 p.m. at SOUTH, 1524 Demonbreun St.

Entertainers include Amy Wilcox, The Flashtastiks, Stephanie Quayle, Brother Moultrie, Anthony Billups and Emerald Blue.
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Police chief receives life-saving organ transplant

FOX 19 | Kelly Taylor

The police chief of a village just east of Dayton received a life-saving organ transplant.

Cedarville Chief of Police Chris Gillaugh has been waiting for a new liver for the last three years. It began in 2010 when Gillaugh went to the hospital for chest pain and doctors told him he was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, and he needed a transplant.

Last Sunday, Gillaugh got the phone call that changed his life. Doctors had found an organ match.
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Young athlete coming on leaps and bounds after transplant

Worchester News | James Connell

WINNER: Andrew Evans-Fisher, centre, with Birmingham Children’s Hospital relay team.

A TEENAGER showed he was leaps and bounds ahead of the opposition when he won gold in the long jump at the British Transplant Games.

Andrew Evans-Fisher, aged 15, of Tenbury Wells, got a hat-trick of medals at the games in Sheffield, winning gold in the long jump, silver in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the ball throw.

The athlete, who was competing for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital team and is a member of Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletics Club, had a kidney transplant in 2006 because of a blocked valve. He was just eight years old at the time of the transplant but the following year he decided to compete in the games and has done so successfully ever since, winning many medals.
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Donatelifers in touch with organ transplants

Coffs Coast Advocate

Mid North Coast Local Health District Donation specialist Anne Judd with some of the Donatelifers: (back row from left) Trent Newlan, Guy Newton, Mana Tewhatu and (kneeling) Daniel Nash and Neihana Milne.

GUY Newton is a familiar face around Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

As the Grounds and Garden Maintenance Officer he established and maintains the Organ and Tissue Donation Remembrance Rose Garden.

Guy was recently involved with the planting of a Transplant Australia "Thank You Rose" donated to the hospital by a grateful family.

A passionate supporter of the Donatelife program, Guy has decided to help raise awareness of organ and tissue donation by taking the life-saving message onto the touch football field.
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OrganJet helps identify where wait times for kidney transplants are shortest, offers concierge service

Med City News | Stephanie Baum

By entrepreneur and Carnegie-Mellon University professor Sridhar Tayur’s reckoning, as many as 2,500 kidneys are wasted each year. The reasons vary but it’s usually because the people who need these lifesaving transplants are either not registered in more than a handful of transplant centers or they can’t afford to get there. And in the U.S., the availability of organs across the country varies tremendously.

If that figure is accurate, it’s pretty astounding when you consider that as of mid-June, the National Kidney Foundation reported that more than 96,600 of the 118,000 people in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant were waiting for kidneys. Only 16,812 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. last year. The 18-49 year old age set faced the longest wait for a kidney. As of 2004, the average wait time was five years.
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Post-Transplant Immune Response May Hurt Blacks

Med Page Today | Chris Kaiser

Multiple factors account for why African Americans have poorer survival after heart transplant -- and immunological differences may play a role, a large study suggested.

Compared with white, Hispanic, and Asian transplant recipients, blacks had higher peak panel reactive antibody (PRA) values, giving them a greater likelihood of rejection, according to Alanna A. Morris, MD, of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and colleagues.

Nearly one-third of blacks (31%) experienced graft failure compared with 27% of Hispanics, 26% of whites, and 21% of Asians (P<0.001), they reported in the study published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

It was commonly held that poorer outcomes among ethnic minorities was primarily due to socioeconomic reasons. But that theory is being challenged by emerging evidence, Morris told MedPage Today.
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Organ donors save lives - many of them

Daily Record
Being a lung transplant recipient (Aug. 27, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH), I read your recent articles on organ transplants with great interest. I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis several years ago and eventually, by the time of my transplant the disease was end-stage and I was literally only a few weeks away from death. To say that my lung transplant gave me my life back might seem trite, but nothing could be closer to the truth. I will be eternally grateful for this gift of life.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage people to mark their driver’s license to be an organ and tissue donor. Most people are aware of the idea behind organ donation, but tissue donation can also enhance lives in many ways. One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the health of 50 more.
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Stewart County Clerk recognized for county's contribution

The Leaf Chronicle
DOVER, TENN. — The Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation has reached the $4 million mark in donations since its inception in 1996.

Stewart County Clerk Jimmy Fitzhugh and his staff received a commemorative plaque in recognition of this milestone.

“We are pleased to be a part of saving lives through this program. I want to thank the citizens of Stewart County for their continued generosity and support of organ and tissue donation,” Fitzhugh said. “Many of us have a connection to organ donation. We know either an organ recipient or someone currently waiting on a life-saving transplant. We also knew a donor who passed on the gift of life.”
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Meet a Man with ‘Three Big Hearts’

The Moderate Voice | Dorian De Wind

Two-time heart recipient New Jersey man helps others have their second chance
Heart transplants are, in my nonprofessional opinion, miracles: Precious, God-given, man-facilitated second chances at life.

The Mayo Clinic defines a heart transplant somewhat more clinically as “an operation in which a failing, diseased heart is replaced with a healthier, donor heart…a treatment usually reserved for people who have tried medications or other surgeries, but their conditions haven’t improved sufficiently.”

Sounds simple enough! However, while the transplant procedure may be “simple” — actually a medical and scientific wonder and a testament to the skills and dedication of the surgeons and to the medicine and technology behind it — the heart transplant “process” and post-surgery rehabilitation can be very trying on the patient.

First, the heart transplant candidate has to meet stringent medical, physical and emotional requirements.

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Good Luck Getting a Kidney if You're Unemployed or Work Part Time

HealthLine News | David Heitz

Does less money mean less compliance with treatment after a transplant operation?
New research points to something that doesn't surprise most transplant surgeons: You're far less likely to receive a kidney if you're unemployed, even if you're near death.

They say this is not a form of discrimination, but rather an issue of “non-compliance.” It's economic reality, they argue.

Robert Woodward, a professor in the departments of health management and policy as well as economics at the University of New Hampshire conducted the study, along with doctors from three transplant hospitals in the Northeastern U.S. It appears this month in the journal Clinical Transplantation.

The researchers culled data from the U.S. Renal Data System (USRDS), including data provided directly to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a private, non-profit organization that manages the U.S. organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. They…

Zoom Out Donate Life Garden a living symbol for organ donations

Utica Observer Dispatch | Mark DiOrio

John Weakley who received a heart transplant 21 years ago, speaks at the Allen-Calder entrance of St. Luke's Campus of Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare, during a Dedication of Donate Life Garden ceremony August 26, 2013, in New Hartford, N.Y

Monday’s afternoon drizzle held off long enough for visitors near the Allen-Calder Wing of the St. Luke’s Campus of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare to dedicate the Donate Life Garden.

The garden honors organ and tissue donors with plaques bearing their names, each next to a plant.

John Weakley, who received a heart transplant 21 years ago, was the master of ceremonies, and got the idea for the garden upon seeing one during a visit to the Albany Medical Center two years ago.

“When my donor family lost their son in an accident, they still had the heart to save someone’s life,” said Weakley, who hopes the garden will bring about greater public awareness about the need of organ donors. “If this garden will make a diff…

Final goodbye, Reyna lives on through organ donation


A community mourns as a Labelle boy who fought a brain-eating amoeba was taken off a ventilator Monday night. His family says he is now on a new journey of saving lives.

His family made the heart wrenching decision overnight to remove him from life support -- but Reyna lives on through organ donation.
Monday night, this message was posted to Zac's Pray4Number4 Facebook page:
Tonight at 10:13PM, Zachary Cole Reyna began his journey to save lives. Zac donated all his organs to others that were waiting on a miracle. Through donating his organs, Zac is living on. His heart will be pumping for someone, his lungs will be taking breaths for someone and all his other organs will change the lives of many.

Zac is our miracle. His strong spirit will always be among us. He changed all of our lives, brought us closer to God, strengthened our family and his story has touched people around the world.
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'Give to Live Day' is Thursday at County Clerk office

The Star Gazette

"Give to Live Day" will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Dyer County Clerk office (located at 115 W. Market St., Dyersburg, Tenn.) to promote organ and tissue donor awareness.

County clerks will ask to collect an additional $1 from Dyer County residents when they purchase their auto tags throughout the year. These dollars are also collected by county clerks throughout the state of Tennessee. All collected funds are then distributed by the Tennessee County Clerk Organ Donor Awareness Foundation (TCCODAF) to the Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF), the Organ Procurement Organization based in Memphis, and the other OPO in the state, for the purpose of organ-donor awareness education.

"Tennesseans have given generously when renewing vehicle tags and have helped educate more people than ever on the importance of organ donation," said Zola Burgess, Community Outreach Coordinator, MSTF. "It's all about saving lives."
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Organ donation table draws a crowd at benefit for officer who needs heart transplant

The Buffalo News | Anne Neville

Josh Haffen and his girlfriend, Emily Day, examine a patriotic basket to be raffled off at the benefit for Tonawanda Police Officer Tim Day at the Ellwood Fire Hall in Tonawanda on Sunday. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

TOWN OF TONAWANDA – In many ways, the benefit for Tim Day, a Town of Tonawanda police officer who needs a heart transplant, looked like just another lawn fete or festival.

People were perched at picnic tables, digging into Ted’s Hot Dogs. They also danced to music from Strictly Hip, laughed in the beer tent and placed tickets in bags to win more than 300 gift baskets.

But at a table near the entrance to the grounds of the Ellwood Fire Hall, Michele Mehaffy of Upstate New York Transplant Services handed out the forms that allowed people to possibly save a life by adding their names to the New York State organ and tissue donor registry. Mehaffy said she handed out at least 50 of the postage-paid forms to people who wanted to mail them in; another…

Magruder Hospital recognized for action to increase organ donations

Port Clinton News Herald

L-R Rachel Fall, Magruder's Commuity Outreach and Wellness Manager accepts the organ donation award for Magruder from Erica Reid, Hospital Liaison with Life Connection of Ohio

PORT CLINTON — Magruder Hospital was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund, for taking action to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registration. Magruder Hospital and 56 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2013 OHA Annual Meeting in Columbus.

“Currently, more than 118,000 people nationwide — more than 3,400 of them from Ohio — await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health.

“By registering new donors and sharing this life-saving message through the Hospital Champions program, Magruder Hospital is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life.”
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MORENO VALLEY: Son donates kidney to father

Press Enterprise | Stephen Wall

STEPHEN WALL/FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER. Nurse aide Hermie Dalistan, right, prepares Steve Le Fevre, 54, for a kidney transplant at Riverside Community Hospital Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Steve's 19-year-old son, Stephen, is donating a kidney to save his dad's life. Steve has been on dialysis eight years awaiting a transplant. The transplant is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 28.

An artificial lung saved Stephen Le Fevre’s life when he was born.
Nineteen years later, he is donating a kidney to save his dad’s life.

Steve Le Fevre has been on dialysis eight years while he waits for a transplant. It could have been another two or three years if his son hadn’t stepped to the plate.

“There’s nothing he can buy me that would be equal or better than what he’s doing,” Steve Le Fevre said.

The 54-year-old Moreno Valley resident shared his story Friday, Aug. 23, the day he was admitted to Riverside Community Hospital. His wife and son joined him in his room as medical staff…

Black Communities Waiting Longer For Kidney Transplants

The Voice | Elizabeth Pears

Photo: WAITING: A kidney patient in need of a transplant

KIDNEY PATIENTS of African and Caribbean heritage are waiting more than a year longer than their white counterparts to find a matching donor, a new NHS report has said.

The findings from the Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report, published by NHS Blood and Transplant on August15, are a wake-up call to black communities who either find themselves in need of, or are in a position to donate, an organ.


Three out of every ten on the UK’s active kidney waiting list are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities but less than a quarter received transplants between April 2012 and March 13.
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From life support to living the dream: Tucsonan dominates at Transplant Games

Arizona Daily Star | Zack Rosenblatt

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star. During her 45-day stay in ICU, Tucsonan Dianne Miller heard about the World Transplant Games. “I said ‘boy, if I live through this, I’m gonna go to these games.” She recently broke three world records in swimming at the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa.

When Dianne Miller was a kid, she had her eye on the Olympics.

“I just liked that American flag flying up behind the top of the podium,” she said. “The national anthem playing, the thrill of victory. It’s really nice to be a winner.”

Recently, Miller broke three world records in swimming, and won two gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes.

It wasn’t quite the Olympics, but for the 65-year-old Miller it might as well have been. That’s because in 2004, she couldn’t fathom ever getting back in the pool.

Miller wasn’t even sure she was going to live.

On May 8 of that year, Miller lay in a coma at a Phoenix hospital. Three weeks earlier, she was afflicted w…

Women far more willing to donate organs, numbers show

Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Of the 620,000 people on Taiwan's organ donation list, 65 percent are women, which one expert says proves woman have bigger hearts than men.

Wu Ying-lai, secretary general of the Republic of China Organ Procurement Association, made the remarks as her association released a report on trends in local organ donation to mark its 20th anniversary on Sunday.

The trend is more pronounced in the largest demographic of organ donors, those aged 21-50, which features 2.2 times more women than men, Wu said, based on an analysis of the 223,250 people who have signed up for the national organ donation program in the past 10 years.
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Outside California: | www.donatelife.

Teen survives double-lung transplant, but is upset about missing One Direction concert

Brampton Guardian

Music triumphs: Amanda Kakoz, 13, underwent a double-lung transplant recently, but missed her favourite band, One Direction, who stopped by Toronto last month for a concert. Now, her only hope is to connect with them.

BRAMPTON— Every breath Amanda Kakoz, 13, takes, she sort of owes it to an organ donor.

Last month, the Brampton teen, underwent a double-lung transplant after battling pneumonia.

Amanda has pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure affecting the arteries in the lungs and the right side of her heart. When Amanda was a baby, her parents were warned that if medication failed, lung transplantation was the only cure.

Amanda enjoyed playing basketball up until recently when she couldn’t shake-off a flu which soon escalated into pneumonia. Distraught parents rushed her to Brampton Civic Hospital (BCH) and from there to Toronto’s Hospital For Sick Children (Sick Kids). When her health took a turn for worse, the Brampton teen, found herself on the Trilliu…

Our view: Time to reflect on organ donation

Midland Daily News

Tragedy struck recently with the death of a local man. Casey Moe died after an accident at a local business.

This loss is something no family should have to face. We only hope his family feels some peace from the lives that Casey will impact even though he is now gone.

Casey was an organ donor, inspired by a friend who was able to live a better life after a major organ donation.

Millions are signed up as organ donors and it’s estimated that one donor can save the lives of eight people. However, the need for more donors remains great.

According to government statistics, 119,341 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Every ten minutes a new name is added to the list. Eighteen people will die each day waiting for an organ. Needed organs include the heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Other things that can be donated include the eyes, skin, bones, heart valves and tendons.
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OSU lung transplant program resumes

The Columbus Dispatch | Misti Crane

BROOKE L AVALLEY | DISPATCH. Becky Cason was the first recipient of a lung transplant at Wexner Medical Center since 2009. OSU hopes to perform at least 10 transplants a year, the threshold for Medicare coverage.

Four years after shutting down its faltering lung-transplant program, Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center once again is offering transplants to those with life-threatening lung disease.

The first transplant took place on Aug. 9, when surgeons replaced Becky Cason’s right lung with a donor’s.

The Springfield resident, who has severe emphysema, said last week that she was grateful for the level of care she received in Columbus and for the hospital’s proximity to her home.

Before Ohio State’s program resumed, she likely would have been looking at an operation and weeks of recovery in Cleveland. Cleveland Clinic surgeons are the only others in the state who perform lung transplants.
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Golden guy Bill feels on top of the world

Manchester Evening News,UK| Andrew Stuart

Bill Noble, 66, won five gold medals and set three new world records at this summer's World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa.

A former policeman whose life was saved by a heart transplant has triumphed once again at an international sports event.

Bill Noble, 66, won five gold medals and set three new world records at this summer's World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa.

The event is held every two years at a different country and brings together competitors from around the world who have been given a second chance by organ donors.

Bill, of Littleborough, is a star swimmer and won his medals this year in the 50m pool.

Two years ago, in Sweden, he took five gold medals and set five world records in the shorter 25m swimming competition.
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Ceremony recognizes families of organ donors, recipients of transplant

Herald - Dispatch, Huntington, WV | Bill Rosenberger

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington resident David Lockwood has a heart that beats to a different tune. That's because he has had someone else's heart inside his chest for the past 13 years.

Lockwood served as one of the speakers Saturday at the Eastern Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Recognition Ceremony, held at St. Mary's Center for Education.

The annual event serves to honor the families of organ donors, highlight a person who has received an organ donation and also remind folks that there are those still waiting for a donation.

Lockwood received a phone call at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2001, that he needed to get to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. In the rush along Interstate 64, his car was pulled over for speeding, although he said the officer not only granted mercy but provided an escort into Lexington.
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Should adult organs be used in pediatric patients?

Sound Medicine

Air date: August 25, 2013
Host: Barbara Lewis

Interview: Sam Davis, director, Professional Services/Public Affairs, Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

Sarah Murnaghan, an 11-year-old with end-stage cystic fibrosis who was at the top of the pediatric organ donor list, took her medical battle to the courtroom to be placed at the top of the adult list so she could receive organs more quickly. After a judge ruled in her favor, she twice underwent a double lung transplant in June; she is now fighting pneumonia in her right lung.

“Sound Medicine” host Anne Ryder speaks with Sam Davis, the director of professional services and public affairs at the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, about adult organ transplants in pediatric patients. According to Davis, adult organs often must be cut to fit a pediatric patient and do not promise an optimal outcome. If the recipient dies, those organs cannot be used again.

Overall, Davis says transplant committees should continue to use … Social Media Initiative May Help Increase Organ Donations


Social media initiatives are helping to boost organ donor registration rates, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

Bexley (I-Newswire) August 24, 2013 - Social media initiatives are helping to boost organ donor registration rates, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. The findings suggest that social media could be an effective tool for tackling a variety of problems related to public health in which communication and education are essential.

VideoDonor is on the verge of launching a new iOS app to help boost organ donor registration rates.

VideoDonor is a video sharing website for organ donors launched by Dean Jones a former student of St Martins College of Art and Design. The site enables users to share their stories and upload their videos behind their decision to become organ donors. This site also gives the users a chance to share the stories of those living organ recipients who have receiv…

How organ donation brought two families together

Today's Parent | Lisa Gregorie

How two families — one Canadian and one American — were united by tragedy, and the innovative heart transplant that saved this little girl’s life.
Robin Borrowman, 38, Phoenix, 4, and Sylvia Tuma, 31. The Barrowmans had planned to name Phoenix “Lyla,” but changed it to Phoenix (for the mythical bird that rises from the ashes) on a whim, not knowing she would nearly die of a heart condition. Photo: Tony Fouhse.

Robin Borrowman reached into her purse and pulled out a stethoscope. Sylvia Tuma didn’t notice, because her back was turned as she got up to leave the breakfast table. But Sylvia’s mother, Gladys, saw it.

She grabbed Sylvia’s arm and turned her around. This visit was the first time the two families had met in person after the transplant. They’d lingered at a Disney World restaurant for hours, not wanting to say goodbye. The Borrowmans were scheduled to fly back home to Perth, Ont., later that day, and the servers were setting up for lunch now. It…

READER SUBMITTED: Teen Heart Transplant Recipient Highlights Need For Hispanic Donors

The Hartford Courant | Alisa Gaudiosi, Alliances by Alisa Media Relations

Photo: Jeff Montalvo of Meriden is able to celebrate another birthday with his family after he received a life saving heart transplant. LifeChoice Donor Services highlights the need for Hispanics to register as organ donors during Hispanic Heritage Month.

More than 14 percent of people who live in Connecticut are of Hispanic heritage. Each year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, a commemoration is held to celebrate the contributions made by Latin Americans across the country. One contribution that LifeChoice Organ Donor Services is encouraging more Hispanics to make is the gift of organ and tissue donation.

"While almost 4,000 Hispanics received organ transplants in 2012, myths regarding donation continue to be major barriers preventing many Hispanics from becoming registered donors," said Caitlyn Bernabucci, public education specialist for LifeChoice Donor Services. "During Hispanic Heritage Month, Life…

Musician, teacher “Eddie Z” needs help, but wants focus on others

Fort Mill Times | Jenny Overman

Eddie “Eddie Z” Zimmerman is usually helping other people through his work with the band Charity Case. It isn’t often that he needs help himself.

It’s even less often that he asks for help.

Even now, 14 months after discovering he is suffering from stage five renal failure, Zimmerman, 46, still isn’t asking. However, he wants to share his story in the hopes that it might help others and maybe increase someone’s chances of getting a kidney transplant.

“Goal one is to raise awareness and goal two is to add to the donor pool,” Zimmerman said. “No one knows about [kidney disease.] No one hears about this. No advocates talk about how horrendous this dialysis stuff is.”

Zimmerman is the owner of The Playroom Academy of Music in Baxter Village and The Playroom, a recording and rehearsal studio in Charlotte. He is also a founding member of the band Charity Case, which raises money for Grin Kids, a nonprofit organization that takes terminally ill and chronically hand…

Easton's gift

Beatrice Daily Sun

Photo by Chris Dunker/Daily Sun staff. Danielle Lottman holds a memory box with her son Easton's picture on it. Easton died in April, but his heart helped save the life of Ethan Osterman in Texas.

Somewhere in the heart of Texas, a 2-year-old boy was entering the last days of his life.

His heart failing and his slim chances of receiving a transplant growing even slimmer, all Ethan Osterman’s family could do was hope.

Despair had set in until doctors told the Ostermans less than six hours later after Ethan was placed on a donor list for the second time in his short life their prayers had been answered.

At the same time in southeast Nebraska, Danielle Lottman’s worst fears were being realized.

Easton, Lottman’s 21-month-old son with light blonde curls and a smile and giggles capable of wiping away any cares, was found unresponsive on a bed in his home in early April following a ritualistic Sunday afternoon nap.
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Family announces end of battle for Zachary Reyna

LABELLE, FL - On Saturday family members took to Facebook announcing the end of Zachary Reyna's battle.

The announcement on the Pray4Number4 - Zachary Reyna Facebook page posted by Reyna's father stated:

"At 1:54 today there was a crack of a bat heard. Zac took it deep. My boy hit his homerun. One that I'll never forget. I'm so proud of him. He left it all on the field and I can't ask for more. He did so well that he'll be the starting 2nd baseman for The Lords team. I sit back and ask myself, what would make me prouder; my son playing pro ball, being a successful business man or being known for changing and saving thousands of lives for The Lord. It's a no brainer. I love The Lord for giving me such a beautiful son who He chose to change myself, my family and the world for better. Thank you Jesus. It hurts, but you have given my family love and peace. We couldn't be so strong today without you. I hope that Zac continues to touch people and hi…