Monday, September 30, 2013

Operation to be live-broadcast across the ocean

Daily Economic


An event of "Sino-US Technology Connection: Live Telecast of Kidney Transplant" is scheduled to be held in Nanjing Medical University at 18:30, local time of Beijing, on Oct 8 in order to publicize more knowledge about kidney protection.

This event is jointly held by the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in the US, Jiangsu Association of Science and Technology (JSAST), and Nanjing Medical University. When the time comes, on-site audience will personally witness the process of living donor renal transplantation (LDRT) conducted by the team led by Dr. Geffner, director of the kidney and pancreas transplantation surgery department of Saint Barnabas Medical Center in the US, via video connection. Audience will witness the full surgical process of how a living organ of kidney is separated from the living donor and stitched into the recipient patient. A lot of information about renal diseases and organ donation will also be provided.
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Lititz man getting liver from Warwick High grad who died in fall at Temple

Lancaster | PJ Reilly


The Nuss family, from left, Kendall, Steve and Tina, pose with a photo of Landon Nuss on Monday. (Chris Knight)

Nineteen-year-old Landon Nuss never knew Mike Shaub.

Nuss's parents, Steve and Tina, didn't know the Lititz man, either.

But they'd heard of him.

They'd seen fliers and posters around town advertising a fundraising event in Shaub's honor to call attention to the importance of organ donation.

Suffering from chronic liver disease, Shaub, 48, was in need of a new liver for years.

On Monday, he got one.

From Nuss, a 2012 Warwick High School graduate and former lacrosse player, who tragically died over the weekend after falling two stories while visiting friends at Temple University.
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Donate Life event planned at ECH

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Elizabethtown Community Hospital

Elizabethtown — The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary is offering a “Donate Life” information session on October 2 from 4-6 pm in the hospital boardroom. The presentation is free and open to the public.

#Representatives from the Center for Organ Donation and Transplant will offer information about organ donation, its benefits and how to become a donor. They will be able to answer audience questions about organ, eye and tissue donation. Presenters will also be able to explain how community members are able to become more involved by presenting this important information to community groups and individuals.
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Durham event focuses on importance of organ donation

Charlotte News 14


DURHAM—An event in Durham on Sunday focused on educating the public about the importance of organ donation.

The 'Heart for Harrell Transplant Awareness Committee' and leaders of Union Baptist Church held the event in honor of Ivan K. Harrell.

Harrell recently received a heart transplant just weeks ago and is recovering well. Committee members say understanding the donation process is a worthy investment.
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Chile legislates ‘opt-out’ organ donor system

Santiago Times


A new law in Chile means the nation’s organ donor list will become an “opt-out” system. Photo by Wikimedia
With just 8.8 donors per million inhabitants in 2012, Chile announces that all citizens will be made organ donors unless they opt-out of the program.
As of Tuesday, all Chilean citizens over the age of 18 will automatically be made organ donors.

The latest modification to the Organ Donation Law will replace the “opt-in” system, which gave people the option of choosing to be an organ donor each time their identity card was renewed.

Health Minister Jaime Mañalich said that, under the previous system, many people unwittingly became non-donors.

“We have seen that nearly half of Chile’s non-donors don’t remember being consulted and didn’t even know that they were given the option to register as a donor,” he told the Chamber of Deputies in May.
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Families bonding after kidney transplant

14 News NBC | Kenny Douglass


Evansville, IN - Two Tri-State men are now forever connected after an organ transplant earlier in September.

They're on the road to recovery and couldn't be happier with their decision.

The kidney transplant happened in Indianapolis but everything started at Deaconess Hospital.

Charlie Bockelman and Meredith Petty work there and when Bockelman found out Meredith's husband needed a kidney, he stepped in to donate.

So far the healing process is going well for both men.
"There's no trouble for far," said Mitch Petty. "It's just a little tough to walk, but I'm really thankful with the way it's gone."
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Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Kidney Transplant Program Celebrates 50 Years

News Channel 5
St. Louis (PRWEB) September 30, 2013

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish kidney transplant program has long been a national leader in transplantation. Now, one of the largest and most experienced kidney transplant programs in the United States is celebrating a major milestone50 years of changing lives.

The programs first successful kidney transplant was performed on Sept. 24, 1963. Since then, surgeons have performed more than 4,050 kidney transplants, including more than 80 kidney-pancreas transplants.

Reaching this significant milestone is a true testament to the tremendous experience and dedication of our whole team, says Daniel Brennan, MD, medical director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish kidney transplant program. Our patients are the most important part of our team and always our main focus.
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Centre County Heart Walk: More than 400 gather to raise funds, disease awareness

Centre Daily | Matt Morgan
ABBY DREY — CDT photo

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP — Michelle Homman proudly walked behind her daughter, Brooke Haney, as she led about 400 people through the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center trails Sunday.

Haney, who has survived multiple open-heart surgeries — including two transplants — also smiled as she walked at the front of the Centre County Heart Walk. She said she felt good leading the pack.

It was a positive moment for both her and Homman, who have participated in more than five walks.

“It’s amazing to be out here and see so many people come out,” she said.

As recently as 2009, Homman didn’t know if that moment would ever come.

Haney was about to undergo her second heart transplant, and Homman was flooded with emotions. She felt joy that a heart was available, guilt that someone else had just died to give up the organ and fear that she might never see her daughter again.

“It’s like your worst nightmare because you just never know what’s going to happen,” she said.
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Spread Your Wings Walk keeps teen's memory alive

TODAY'S TMJ4 | Tom Murray
BAYSIDE - A North Shore mom is passionate about keeping her son's memory alive. The teen from Fox Point died four years ago in a car crash in Winnebago County.

Karen Behl battled through tears to read a poem she wrote for her son.

"None more precious, Michael, then your smile that you always brought to my heart," Karen read.

Family, friends, teachers and buddies from Nicolet High School listened in the crowd just before stepping off on the third annual Spread Your Wings Walk in memory of Michael Janasik.

"You have a choice of two things," Karen told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "You can either be bitter or you can move forward and plug away and do things that are positive. That's what today is for us."

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UKRO Receives $100,000 Contribution from Kidney Doctor Krishna J. Mohan, M.D., to Fund New Kidney Disease Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Newsday | PRWeb
Dr. Mohan's significant gift will help fund the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center, which will conduct basic and applied research programs to identify the causes, improve upon the existing treatments, and—ultimately—seek a cure for all forms of kidney disease.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013

UKRO (University Kidney Research Organization), a Los Angeles–based nonprofit charity supporting kidney disease research, is extremely pleased to announce a generous contribution of $100,000 from Dr. Krishna J. Mohan of Mohan Dialysis Center of Covina, Inc. This contribution is an exciting step forward in the establishment of the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center (KRC) on USC's Health Sciences Campus, which is being jointly funded by the Keck School of Medicine of USC and UKRO.

"An estimated 26 millions people in America suffer from chronic kidney disease. If we are to lift the scourge of this epidemic and the staggering financial burdens it imposes, the answers lie in research. Dr. Mohan’s gift brings hope to kidney patients everywhere and is a terrific, meaningful, and generous contribution to our campaign to fulfill our financial commitment to the new USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center," said UKRO president Kenneth Kleinberg. "As a physician in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Mohan understands the vital necessity of cutting-edge kidney research and the importance of collaboration between scientists working in a variety of fields, including stem cells and organ regeneration—research to which the KRC will be wholly dedicated. We are deeply appreciative of his support."

UKRO made an initial multimillion-dollar pledge to support the establishment of the KRC, which will conduct both basic and applied research programs with the goal of becoming a premier national kidney research center. The Keck School of Medicine of USC will match the amount that UKRO has pledged for the KRC.

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Siddique, Ranjini Haridas to donate organs

Deccan Chronicle 
Director Siddique and TV personality Ranjini Haridas wear the Heart Band expressing their willingness to donate organs on the occasion of the World Heart Day function organised by the Heartcare Foundation at the Gangotri Hall in Kochi on Sunday —SUNOJ NINAN MATHEW

Kochi: TV personality Ranjini Haridas and filmmaker Siddique have pledged to donate their organs during an awareness programme organised in connection with World Heart Day that was observed on Sunday.

At the function jointly organised by the Heart Care Foundation, Lisie Heart Institute and Cardiological Society of India Kerala chapter, more than 500 students from Rajagiri group of educational institutions, St. Teresa’s College and Lisie hospital took oaths to donate their organs.

“I was not aware about the problems of getting organs for a transplant. However, I experienced the hardships in organ donation, when my brother had kidney failure. That is why I volunteered to pledge to donate my organs,” said Siddique.
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My hero: new video promotes life-saving donation during annual U-M, Ohio State challenge

University of Michigan Health System
Wolverines for Life kicks off annual campaign to encourage blood, organ, bone marrow donation



Ann Arbor, Mich. – People given the gift of life – blood, organs, tissue or bone marrow – are grateful every day for the hero who gave them a second chance at life. In an inspirational new video, U-M patients share how their hero impacted them and their families with a life-saving donation.

The video “My Hero” is the cornerstone of this fall’s Wolverines for Life campaign that includes a massive donor drive at Michigan Stadium on Nov. 17.

Wolverines for Life is a collaboration between the U-M Health System and other University of Michigan groups, schools and departments, along with the American Red Cross, Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, Gift of Life Michigan and the Michigan Eye-Bank.
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Tuscaloosa teen injured in car wreck taken off life support

WBRC | FOX News

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -A Tuscaloosa County student injured in a serious car accident has been taken off of life support .

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Mills was taken off of life support over the weekend.

Her dad posted on the Pray for Olivia Mills Facebook about how he and his wife saw a beautiful sunrise as they left the hospital yesterday, reminding them that God is in control.

He also found a note Olivia wrote during a church retreat that mentioned our limited time on earth and Olivia's hope to use her life to bring glory and attention to God.

Her family posted this weekend that Olivia's organs will be donated to help others.

Olivia was a student at Sipsey Valley High School. She was supposed to walk in the homecoming court over the last week but the festivities were postponed after her crash.
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What Spain can teach us about the gift of life

Toronto Star | Barbara Turnbull
CHRIS SO / TORONTO STAR
Dr. Rafael Matesanz, Director of the Spanish National Transplant Organization was at Toronto General Hospital to about the Spanish Model approach to organ and tissue procurement.

Dr. Rafael Matesanz was in Toronto this week learning about Ontario’s transplant system and sharing insights on how to improve it.

A Spanish kidney specialist who turned that country into a world leader in organ and tissue donation believes he can do the same for Ontario’s transplant program.

Dr. Rafael Matesanz was in Toronto last week, learning about Ontario’s organ and tissue transplant system and sharing insights on how to improve it. He will prepare a blueprint report to help boost the provinces low rates of deceased donation and continue to advise as changes are implemented. A time frame has yet to be hammered out.

“I really believe now that we are on the right path and that Ontario will become a beacon of organ donation within a short period of time,” says Dr. Gary Levy, who created the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital. “We should be able to double and triple rates of deceased donation.”
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The Affordable Care Act Marketplace is Open for Business

National Kidney Foundation

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces begins tomorrow October 1 and will run through March 31, 2014 with coverage beginning January 1, 2014. As a result of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), it is expected that tens of thousands of the uninsured will now have access to health insurance and for many people this coverage will be subsidized making it more affordable.

The National Kidney Foundation encourages those who do not have Medicare, Medicaid or other health insurance to explore their new options beginning tomorrow. Getting health insurance is an important step to gaining access to health care providers, medications, and treatments that can help those at risk of kidney disease and those with kidney disease better manage their health and help avoid kidney failure.

You can locate your local health insurance marketplace by visiting www.healthcare.gov or calling 1-800-318-2596. While you can compare health plans, apply for financial assistance and enroll online, in-person assistance will also be available in many communities to help you compare plans, determine your eligibility for financial assistance, and help you enroll. Given that this is a new program, some states may not have all of the information about financial assistance ready on October 1, but you can still explore the marketplace and learn more about your health insurance options.
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Bob Glissmann: Why I decided to donate a kidney to a friend

Omaha.com


The 9-year-old girl slept as a machine pumped her blood out of her body, filtered it and pumped it back in.

I was at the Nebraska Medical Center interviewing her mom, who was saying how brave and tough her daughter was. The girl didn't have the option of skipping her kidney dialysis treatment. The treatments kept her alive as she waited for a donor kidney.

After I wrote the story in April 2012 , I got tested to see if I could donate one of my kidneys to her. I was a longtime blood donor, and I saw a kidney donation as just a more complicated, painful extension of a blood donation - a donation with an abdominal scar and a recovery period.
I filled out the paperwork and went to the med center to have several vials of blood drawn. I was disappointed that I wasn't a match for the girl but, thankfully, she ended up getting a kidney a few months later.

Then in July of this year, a friend posted on Facebook that she needed a kidney.

The friend, Stacie Hamel, noted in the post that she didn't want to be too dramatic. "A living donor is preferred for a better chance of success and because the wait otherwise is 3-5 years," she wrote.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

His efforts to link kidney donors with recipients brought results

Globe and Mail | William Yardley


Dr. Robert McCabe Jr. during a news conference after having a donor kidney flown to Moscow when no domestic recipients were found, in New York, July 19, 1979. McCabe, who improved the organ transplant donor system, died Aug. 29, 2013. (FRED R CONRAD/NYT)
His efforts to link kidney donors with recipients brought results
The clock was ticking. The kidneys of a 14-year-old girl who had died in a Virginia hospital had been removed from her body with her parents’ consent, in the hope that the organs might extend the life of others. But with only a rudimentary computer network available to help them in 1979, officials at the hospital, Norfolk General, could not find a suitable recipient for one of the kidneys, and they knew they had only 72 hours, at most, to do so.

So they reached out to St. Luke’s Hospital Center in New York, where Dr. Robert E. McCabe Jr., an early specialist in kidney transplantation, was head of the renal preservation laboratory. He began scouring the New York area for potential recipients but found none. Nationally, not a single compatible recipient could be found among 6,000 or so people awaiting a transplant. He called colleagues in Italy and Kuwait. No luck.

Then, cutting through the Cold War tensions of the time, he called the Soviet embassy in Washington and told them to relay a message to Valery Shumakov, a prominent transplant surgeon he had met that April: A kidney was on the way – please find it a home.
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Giving the gift of life

Journal Pioneer
Sunday, dozens of Islanders, at events in Summerside and in Charlottetown, laced up their sneakers to help raise not only money for and the profile of the Kidney Foundation, but to encourage people to help give the gift of life.
The annual Give the Gift of Life walk’s aim is not only to raise money for the foundation but also to promote organ donation.

The event has been held the past several years in Summerside, organized by volunteers, many of whom have been touched either themselves or through a loved one with kidney disease.

Many of those loves ones wait anxiously for a donor, someone compatible that can give them a chance at a better quality of life, one that doesn’t involve regular dialysis.

It might not be known to all but a kidney can come from either a living or deceased donor, as can part of the live, lung, small bowel and pancreas.

Anyone who is healthy with no evidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease or hepatitis and as young as aged 16 — depending on the province — can become a living donor.
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Heart transplant procedures undergo amazing changes, extending patients' lives

CTV News Montreal


Shelo Florestal was one of those heart patients who benefitted from advancements in transplant procedures

MONTREAL -- About 40 heart transplant procedures are performed in Quebec every year, leaving many more patients languishing on the waiting list.

Some die waiting for their new heart, but some amazing changes to medical technology in the field of heart transplant procedures over the past decade have given patients more hope for the future.

Sunday marks World Heart Day, a good time to take a peek at advancements in heart transplants – some made right here in Montreal.

Shelo Florestal was one of those patients who benefitted from those advancements.

A personal trainer now opening his own fitness centre in Ile-Bizard, today he's the picture of good health. But five years ago, he was facing a life-threatening condition.
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Lung transplant patients walk with physicians at Principal Park

Des Moines Register | Sharyn Jackson


Meet a lung transplant survivor: Lung transplant patients and their families walked alongside their physicians from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' transplant center Saturday at the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Walk in Des Moines. Meet one patient

As participants arrived Saturday morning at Principal Park for the American Lung Association’s annual Fight for Air 1-mile and 5K walk, many introduced themselves not by name, but by number.

“I’m number 6,” said Pete Wilgenbusch, of St. Charles.

“You look good. I’m 83,” said Don Reed, of Bettendorf, as the men shook hands.

Their numbers were the order in which they underwent lung transplants at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ lung transplant program.

The program is one of the nation’s best and the only one in Iowa, and to date has successfully transplanted lungs in 92 patients from across the Midwest.

Jim Wahe, of Cedar Rapids, pushed his walker for the one-mile trek. The 73-year-old got his transplant five years ago, and on Saturday wore a yellow shirt with a big “9” on it.
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Local woman donates kidney to save friend’s life

Loomis News | Kathy Spoto


Courtesy photo: Kidney recipient Lance Ward, left, clasps hands with his friend and donor Michelle Guardino, of Loomis, before they go into kidney transplant surgery in August.

Michelle Guardino, of Loomis, bridged a gap – created by years, miles and life events – to save her high school friend’s life.

Guardino describes the recipient of her kidney donation, Lance Ward, of Honolulu, as having “a heart of gold.” He is the friend you might lose touch with, but would do anything for – which for Guardino meant donating a kidney on Aug. 2.

Ward is a construction superintendent, who suffered kidney disease after contracting spinal meningitis when he was in junior high school.

Ward said, "I am grateful, but not surprised Michelle came forward. If anyone, it would be Michelle. She's a very loving and giving person."

Guardino said Ward had been undergoing dialysis for seven months and the estimated time he would be on a wait list was eight years, which he couldn’t survive on dialysis.
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Gender issues in solid organ donation and transplantation

PubMed
Ann Transplant. 2013 Sep 25;18:508-14. doi: 10.12659/AOT.88932

Huang T, Ge F, Yuan S, Zhou Y, Gong W.
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Departments of Medicine, Transplant Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract
Gender as a critical, intrinsic, non-immunologic factor plays a pivotal role in the field of transplantation. The gender of donors and recipients is involved in the entire process, including organ donation and transplant surgery. This review article aims to summarize the literature related to the role of gender in solid organ donation and transplantation and to unveil the underlying mechanism by which gender mismatch between donor and recipient impacts transplant rejection. A systematic search was conducted through PubMed by using the following key words: "gender", or "sex", and "transplant", "organ donation" for published articles. The prima facie evidence demonstrated that females are more likely to donate their organs and are less willing than males to accept transplant surgery; however, their donated liver organs will have a higher risk of graft failure compared with males.
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Baptist Beliefs on Organ Donations

Opposing Views | Lara Webster


While a painful decision to make, organ donation enables the loss of one human life to help others who are in need of a transplant. Most religious denominations support organ donation as a benevolent act, including the Baptist faith. In most scenarios, the Baptist Church supports donating organs and tissue when properly facilitated by medical professionals.

Official Stance
The Baptist Church officially supports organ donation by its parishioners. In 1988, the religious sect released an official resolution via the Southern Baptist Convention which outlined the church's stance in support of organ donation. The resolution encourages doctors to ask Baptists for organ donation when they deem it appropriate.
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The Gift Of Life Starts With You

Imperial Valley News | Written by NAPSI


Imperial, California (NAPSI) - Many people believe that organ donation begins and ends by checking the box next to “organ donor” when they sign up for their driver’s license or by signing up online. That’s the most important step and one that more than 100 million people in the U.S. have already taken. But what exactly does it mean once you sign up to be a donor?

First, actually becoming a donor doesn’t happen very often. Most often, it happens when a potential donor is in the hospital after a life-threatening accident or illness and on machines that keep blood flowing through the body. While everything possible is done to save that person’s life, there are times when that life cannot be saved. After a person dies and if he or she had previously registered to be a donor, then donation can be a possibility.

Even if the deceased had not registered, a family can still agree to allow that loved one to become a donor. And through this unselfish gift, the donor can save up to eight lives by donating organs...and improve up to 50 more by donating corneas and tissues.

Time becomes a critical factor after the potential donor has died and authorization for donation has been obtained. First, the hospital contacts its regional organ procurement organization (OPO), which manages the organ recovery process. The OPO searches a national transplant waiting list for people who would be good matches for the donated organs. Matches are based on a number of factors, including blood type, tissue type, body size, how ill the waiting patient is and the distance between the donor’s and patient’s hospitals. Once matches are found, the organs are rushed to the hospitals where the waiting patients receive their lifesaving transplants.
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The Waiting List

Gift of Life Michigan


United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system and waiting list.

UNOS, which is under contract with the federal government, matches donors and recipients using a complex process that involves all organ procurement organizations (including Gift of Life Michigan) and transplant centers (nine in Michigan).

The national waiting list is growing and is close to 120,000 people this year. Michigan’s list also is edging up because there aren’t enough organs to meet the need for transplants.

Michigan residents waiting for organs
In 2012, the generosity of Michigan's 261 organ donors resulted in 779 organs transplanted, saving hundreds of lives. Michigan patients waiting for a transplant as of Sept. 1, 2013:
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Canton library to register organ, tissue donors

Observer and Eccentric | Darrel Clem


In an effort that saves lives, the Canton Public Library and 43 other libraries across Michigan are drawing praise for urging their community residents to sign up for Gift of Life’s organ and tissue donor registry.

“It’s really important that we have this support,” Tim Makinen, Gift of Life’s communications director, said. “We try to do as much as we can, but it really takes organizations like libraries to get the message out to their customers and their communities.”

Canton’s library, 1200 S. Canton Center, has announced a registration to join Michigan’s organ and donor list 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Library employees will be available to answer questions, offer fun give-away items and, most importantly, help area residents become donors.
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Grade 2 student killed by school bus will live on through organ donation

Edmonton Journal | Alexandra Zabjek


Grade 2 student Thomas Wedman on a recent family trip to Tofino, B.C. The St. Albert boy would have turned seven on Oct. 14. He was struck and killed by a school bus while walking to school on Friday, September 27.
‘My little boy was the happiest little boy in the universe,’ St. Albert family says in message
EDMONTON - A six-year-old boy who died when struck by a school bus Friday in St. Albert has helped better the lives of two other children through the donation of his heart valves.

“It is hoped the love and happiness he always had in his heart will follow to the recipients,” the family of Thomas Wedman said Saturday in a statement.

They described the Grade 2 student as “the happiest little boy in the universe. He filled our lives with pure joy every day and (we’re) devastated that his little life has been cut short,” said the statement, signed by Sheri and Jeff Wedman and their two other sons.

Friends and family have been asked to share their memories and photos of Thomas to memories_of_thomas@outlook.com.

Thomas was crossing the street Friday at 8:40 a.m., about 200 metres from his school, École Marie Poburan, a French-immersion Catholic elementary at 100 Sir Winston Churchill Ave.
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Toddler receives kidney transplant from father

GC News Gazette | Brittany Wise


Days before Korbyn Thurner turned 16 months old, he received a remarkable gift from his father - the gift of life.

Thurner was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome shortly after being born six months prematurely last spring. This rare kidney disorder left him with only a ten percent chance of survival, according to his grandmother, Lisa Armstrong.

Thurner spent the first five and a half months of his life at Kosair’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville, fighting to stay alive.”They told us he would never walk, talk, smile, or have controlled muscle movement,” Armstrong said, explaining that the crippling disorder affecting her baby grandson caused him to lose necessary nutrients, which were passing through his kidneys’ filters instead of nourishing him.

Doctors told the family that if the disease was not aggressively treated, he would likely die before the age of five. Thurner’s parents, Matt Thurner and Phyllis Sandlin, agreed to do everything they could to keep their son alive and Armstrong said this meant removing both of his kidneys before he was six months old.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kings exec to give his kidney to his wife for their 11th anniversary

Modesto Bee | Bill Londelof


Phillip Horn, a Kings executive, will donate a kidney to his wife Danea Horn.
COURTESY DANEA AND PHILLIP HORN — Courtesy of Danea and Phillip Horn

Two busy people – a Sacramento Kings executive and his wife, an author with a new book – are about to call a timeout to enter the hospital for kidney transplantation.

Phillip Horn, a vice president with the Kings, will be giving one of his kidneys to his wife, Danea Horn, who has recently been on tour for her new book.

Danea only has 6percent kidney function. The Sacramento resident initially wanted to avoid a transplant procedure, hoping for a cure.

“Now we think how miraculous it is,” she said. “It is amazing that I get to do this with my husband, that he was a match and that science has figured out how to do this. That’s astounding.”
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Chances of getting a donor kidney in Hong Kong as low as 5 per cent

South China Morning News | John Carney


Hong Kong faces a severe continuing shortfall in kidney donors. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong faces a severe continuing shortfall in kidney donors that is leaving many people in need of transplants with little or no chance of receiving one.

Hospital Authority figures showed 1,892 people were waiting for a kidney transplant as of June 30, and that only 99 received one last year. That means only around 5 per cent of those on the waiting list receive one.

Manesh Samtani is one of the lucky few, having finally received a kidney transplant seven months ago after a five-year wait.

His family members have had kidney problems for generations, and he was on daily dialysis in hospital for the duration of his wait. Samtani, 31, says the transplant changed his life.
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Festival of Softball: 100-Inning Game for a Cause

Rochester YNN


Community members came together Saturday at Cobb's Hill to play a 100-inning softball game for a good cause.

The game is dedicated to the memory of Noah Passero.

The 8-year-old died while waiting for a heart transplant in his 100th month with a heart condition.

Organizers hope the event will reinforce the importance of organ donation and how people can help out.

"The funds that are provide here today directly support pediatric cardiology research and we're trying to find a cure for something that right now doesn't have one," said Michael Fahy, Associate Director for Advancement at Golisano Children's Hospital.
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Garrett Brockway lives on through organ donation

WHBF | CBS, Kylen Mills


A little boy taken too soon back in February, 10–year–old Garrett Brockway' of Burlington was killed in an accident.

Saturday the community gathered for a 5K in his honor and to raise money for the Garrett M Brockway foundation.

Garrett's parents decided to donate his organs when he died, and it's the gift of life he's given to so many others that keeps them fighting for a cause; that gives them hope.

"With Garrett's death we've chosen to focus on the positive and we've chose to be better not bitter," said Garrett's Dad Bruce Brockway.

Since Garrett's death, he has saved 5 people and improved the lives of many others through his organs.

"We knew that he was a loving and caring child and he would be the first to give," said Bruce Brockway.
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Three lives are changed by one unselfish act

Buffalo News |Nancy Fischer


Tanya Sieck, 27, donated her kidney to a stranger so that her uncle, Daniel Roberts, would move up on the list to receive a kidney. Juan Aybar, right, received her kidney June 17. Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

WILSON – It could be said that Tanya Sieck saved two lives with one generous act. The Wilson waitress donated a kidney to a stranger, in the hope that it would help her ailing uncle move up on the list of those waiting for a kidney transplant.

It worked.

Today the man she didn’t know, Juan Aybar of Lockport, and her uncle, Daniel Roberts of Wilson, are both doing well.

And some people are calling the 27-year-old waitress a heroine.

“I would definitely do it all again,” Sieck said, looking back on her decision as she sat in her home with her arm protectively around her uncle. She was wearing a T-shirt with the inscription: “God gave me two kidneys so I could share.”
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QCA Family Works to Spread Organ Donation Awareness

KWQC | Danielle McCarthy


Eighteen people die every day waiting for an organ transplant, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. But one QCA family is working to change that.

The Brockway family in Burlington, Ia. Held a 5K walk/run Saturday to raise money for the Garrett M. Brockway foundation. The family started the foundation after their son died earlier this year in an accident – just 18 days after his tenth birthday. After their son Garrett's death, the Brockways donated his organs. And since then, they say their son's organs have saved five lives and helped several others.
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5 lakh patients waiting for kidney transplant

The New Indian Express
Though around five lakh people are waiting for kidney transplantation, only 4,000-5,000 patients were being able to get the transplantations done in India, Dr Vikranth Reddy, head of Nephrology at Care Hospital, has said.

Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, he said that Care Hospital has successfully carried out 250 kidney transplantations since 2004.

Expressing concern over the alarming rise in kidney diseases in the country, he stressed the need to creating awareness among the society, providing better access to treatment and educating people about the importance of organ donation.

Vikranth Reddy said that most of the family members of the patients hesitate to donate kidneys because of apprehensions about the health consequences and social conditions. “We evaluate donor’s health condition before they donate kidneys, only if they are fit for donation we allow them to donate their kidneys, he said adding that people in the age group of 18-60 years are ideal for donation of kidneys.
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AUDIO Emerson Curran's father talks about son's organ donation

CBC News, Canada


Emerson Curran died in Edmonton from injuries sustained in a fight at in Yellowknife. Michael Curran, Emerson’s father, is now speaking out about how the death of his son turned into an inspiring lesson about the importance of organ donations. (Photo submitted by Michael Curran)

The father of a 20-year-old man who died in an Edmonton hospital after sustaining head injuries in Yellowknife is hoping his son’s story will encourage more Canadians to donate their organs.

Emerson Curran was badly beaten in a fight at a house party in Yellowknife in August and died in hospital in Edmonton.

Michael Curran, Emerson’s father, is now speaking out about how the death of his son turned into an inspiring lesson about the importance of organ donations.
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Award-Winning Country Music Group Will Rock the Stage With the Power2Save

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Sibling trio, The Band Perry, Will Headline Upcoming Power2Save Concert—an Event to Raise Money and Awareness About Organ Transplantation
Award-winning sibling trio, The Band Perry is scheduled to rock the stage in Madison, WI during the Power2Save Concert on Friday, November 1st at the Alliant Energy Center.

The event will support the Power2Save initiative, a foundation developed by the American Society of Transplantation (AST) in an effort to help increase awareness about the importance of organ donation, raise funds for medical research and celebrate the miracle of transplantation.

Tickets to the Power2Save Concert are available through Ticketmaster.com. The exclusive Power2Save VIP experience is available only through power2save.org and includes:
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Man gets kidney from son of mom's friend in rare Ohio direct organ donation

The Republic | Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anthony Jackson was an old soul, some would tell you.

He was 22 and single but craved family — a wife and children. At parties even as a boy, he could be found with the older set, soaking up their stories. He'd worked in restaurants since he was 16.

Jackson made weekly dinner dates with his mom and impromptu visits to his grandmother. He was easy to like, the kind of friend and co-worker you knew would listen and care.

Jackson and Ryan Robinson weren't close. With eight years between them, they'd had different interests as kids. But their mothers — Nina Miller and Tikara Robinson — have a friendship that spans more than three decades.

When Jackson, an Ohio State University student, was hospitalized in June with complications related to Type 1 diabetes and the situation was looking bleak, Tikara Robinson's heart was breaking right along with Miller's.
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Statin Treatment Linked to New Onset Diabetes in Liver Transplant Patients

Diabetes in Control
Liver transplant recipients must be careful when diagnosed with NODAT (New Onset Diabetes After Transplantation) and dyslipidemia because of the effect these conditions have on graft and patient survival....
In the general population, when a patient is diagnosed with high cholesterol or dyslipidemia they are usually prescribed a statin but statins have also been associated with increasing the risk of diabetes. In a study led by Cho et al, the association between statin therapy and NODAT in liver transplant patients was analyzed.

New onset diabetes mellitus after transplantation (NODAT) is a serious and common complication following solid organ transplantation. NODAT has been reported to occur in 2% to 53% of all solid organ transplants. Kidney transplant recipients who develop NODAT have variably been reported to be at increased risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events and other adverse outcomes including infection, reduced patient survival, graft rejection, and accelerated graft loss compared with those who do not develop diabetes.
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Heart transplant recipient Kaylon Marshall meets donor's family

NOLA | Adrianne Quinlan |Times Picayune


Hans Nelson, left, center, looks over at his wife, Jenn, far right, as they listen to their deceased son's heart transplanted into the body of Kaylon Marshall, 18, center. Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Young, top, holds the stethoscope over the heart as Hans listens at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson on Friday, September 27, 2013. The Nelson's son, Christian died last May. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

It was the most intimate moment possible, but it occurred before a bay of snapping cameras. Jenn Nelson leaned toward the chest of Kaylon Marshall, 18. In her ears were the buds of a stethoscope that linked to Marshall’s heart.

Nelson listened for a long while, like she was listening to something far off – for the son who had died in May from a fall, the son who was no longer here, or there, or anywhere on earth. She listened to the beating of his heart, or Kaylon’s heart. She said nothing. Photographers snapped photos.


“Sounds more like cameras,” she said.
That beat had drawn together the Nelson family, who lost a son, and the family of the son he saved. While the Nelsons grieved nineteen-year old Christian, a friend had sent them an article about a boy in Louisiana receiving a heart. “The dates were the same,” said Hans Nelson. “It couldn’t have been anyone else’s.”
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Health News 'Lauren's Law' aims to increase organ donor numbers in New York

ABC LOCAL | Dr Jay Adlesrberg


NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York ranks poorly when it comes to people signing up to be organ donors. And many people die as a result. If you've never given much thought about giving the gift of life, maybe now you will, all because of the can-do spirit of a teen who wants to help others.

Thirteen-year-old Lauren Shields is quite a fighter. The Rockland County teen underwent a heart transplant four years ago. But before the transplant, her own heart quickly started to fail.

"Her systems were starting to shut down, and while she was waiting for her heart, they needed to put her on life support," Lauren's mom, Jeanne Shields, said.

"I really don't want anyone to wait like I did, because so many people die each day waiting for a transplant," Lauren said.
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Patient, doctor share organ transplant experiences

Magic Valley Times News


TWIN FALLS • Michael Pollard may possibly be the only person who has survived a five organ transplant.

Doctors calculated his post-surgery lifespan in months, not years. That was 12 years ago.

Pollard and longtime Twin Falls gastroenterologist, Dr. Ted Rea, will discuss the events leading up to the landmark surgery and what has occurred since then during a presentation next week.

They’ll speak at noon Thursday, Oct. 3 in room 151 of the College of Southern Idaho’s Health Sciences & Human Services building.
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Would-be transplant patients turn to social media for organs

WCVB | J.C. Monaghan


David Shakespeare, of Melrose, Mass., needs a kidney.

"I'm currently at 18 percent kidney function and at this point in the disease, the decline is very rapid," said Shakespeare.

His failing kidneys are a casualty of polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, a genetic disease that causes kidney-crowding cysts. PKD killed his mother when she was just 58. David, a husband, environmental activist and uncle, is 54.

"I've devoted my life to trying make the world a better place," said Shakespeare. "I'd like to continue doing that."
Since no one in his family is a match, he's joining a growing crowd of would-be recipients hoping to capture lightning in a bottle via social networking websites.
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Marvin Gaye III, Son of Soul Icon, Campaigns for Kidney Transplant

NewsMax | Michael Mullins


Marvin Gaye III, the son of the late soul icon Marvin Gaye, is in need of a kidney transplant.

Gaye's been receiving dialysis for renal failure for three years, during which time he has been unsuccessful in finding a suitable kidney for transplant.

The 46-year-old, who is also a singer, recently made the public announcement about his condition in order to bring attention to the challenges blacks and Hispanics face in finding healthy organ donors, he said, the Associated Press reported.

In addition to the personal announcement, Gaye also says he plans to donate a percentage of his proceeds from his upcoming album to a kidney research organization.
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Tissue donation offers hope to women treated for breast cancer

West Hartford News 
WINDSOR- A breast cancer diagnosis is something most women begin to fear when they have their first mammogram at around age 40. So when Alicja Lonczak was just 29, she received the shock of her life upon learning she had the disease. The discovery came in the form of a lump in her left breast.

“I had an appointment coming up with my gynecologist shortly after, so I figured I would bring it up with him. I don't think the doctor or I thought there was much to worry about, since statistically the chances of a lump being cancerous in someone my age were so very low, but there's always a possibility,” said Lonczak.

From there she underwent an ultrasound, which led to a biopsy that ultimately confirmed the bad news.

“My first thoughts were about the family my husband and I hoped to start one day. We had been married for less than a year, and I knew that chemo could have adverse effects on my fertility. I dreaded telling my husband and my parents the biopsy results because I knew it would be heartbreaking for them,” she said.
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The Kidney Crisis

Hour Detroit Magazine | By Monica Mercer // Photographs by Josh Scott
Myths about organ donation and transplantation are still contaminating the real issues behind a silent health problem

Dr. Alan Koffron can conjure scene after scene from the medical TV genre where human kidneys have been integral to the plot: residents dropping them on the floor, crooked doctors profiting from organ trafficking, the wrong kidney placed in the wrong body.

Kidney transplantation — the most commonly performed of all transplant procedures in the world — ranks high on the medical dramatics scale, Koffran says, but he’s not sure why. An organ transplantation surgeon with Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Koffron has performed thousands of kidney transplants. He and the other medical professionals involved in the process across the country know how heavily regulated it is in the United States, with checks and balances so strong that rarely does a kidney transplant involve any- thing remotely attention-worthy. Like the predictable logistics of any activity performed over and over, the transplant procedure itself, Koffron says, is also relatively easy and drama-free. He compares hooking up a donated kidney with the act of “plumbing,” where you make sure you get a couple of key attachments right and you’re basically done.

By contrast, there are aspects of kidney donation so much more challenging that they rarely play out in popular culture. “It’s easier to portray the pizzazz of a kidney falling on the floor, the heartstrings being pulled, the ‘science fiction’ of it all,” Koffron says. “That doesn’t help us portray the reality; the need and the safety” involved with organ-donation issues. More importantly, Koffron says, the urban legends are continuing to upstage the deeper conversations we could be having on how to more effectively address a silent health crisis.
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Merlene Davis: Minorities need to reconsider organ donation

Kentucky.com | Merlene Davis
Just over a year ago, Mari Marie Dawn Nelson of Louisville was in the University of Kentucky Hospital undergoing a triple organ transplant.

Both her lungs and her heart had deteriorated so badly, nothing short of replacing them would save her life.

She had been diagnosed with lupus at 18, rheumatoid arthritis at 22, and then developed pulmonary hypertension.

"I had always been a very healthy person," Nelson said. "I never smoked, never drank and never abused drugs. But somehow my body turned against me."

On July 7, the first anniversary of her transplant, Nelson acknowledged the 17-year-old anonymous male donor whose death gave her life. "I know because of him," she wrote, "I wouldn't have had a second chance at life. Thank you, God, and thank you to my donor. I don't know you but I love you."
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Meet the 2014 Donate Life Rose Float Riders

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2014 DONATE LIFE FLOAT RIDERS UNVEILED! We are pleased to announce the 30 Riders – all recipients of donated organs, eyes and tissue – who will "Light Up the World" with their dramatic and heartrending stories as riders aboard the 11th annual Donate Life float in the 2014 Rose Parade.




Julie M. Allred
Concord, NC



Melissa Bensouda
Lee's Summit, MO



Edward A. Bonfiglio
Runnemede, NJ



Kim Burdakin
Muscatine, IA



Faith Carlin
Philadelphia, PA



John Cervantes
Chino, CA



Yang-Chuan Chang
Hualien City,
Taiwan (R.O.C.)



Dan Cuda
Lincoln, NE



Nita French
Norman, OK



Brian Keith Gilliam
Huffman, TX



Craig Hostert
Fullerton, CA



David Jenkins
Grand Junction, CO



Matt Katsarelis
Katy, TX



Katharine Lawrence
Asbury, NJ



Nefeterius Akeli McPherson
Killeen, TX



Debbie Morgan
Riverside, CA



Richard Perez
Rochester, NY



Sue Herrick Pilon
Wyandotte, MI



Sherri Plair
Columbia, SC



Harry Rambo
Alachua, FL



Linda Ramos
Schererville, IN



Connor Randall
Arvada, CO



Arthur Joven Reyes
Fairfield, CA



Sharon Runner
Sacramento, CA



Jerry L. Sexton, Sr.
Kokomo, IN



Madison Shinaberry
Harrisonburg, VA



Amy Nicole Tippins
Norcross, GA



Ana Maria
Villalobos

Whittier, CA



Gregory J. Welsh
Goodyear, AZ



JePahl White
Fresno, CA
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