Thursday, October 31, 2013

Keith was such a private person....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Portage boy honored after battle with heart, lung disease

The Portage Community


Photo : Michael Kasper
PORTAGE | About 100 Portage High School students turned out to honor one of their own this week.

Students, on Tuesday evening, held a candlelight vigil outside the school to remember Michael Kasper, a PHS junior who died Monday — his 17th birthday — after a lifelong battle with heart and lung disease.

"There was a great group of kids out there. They really stood up and spoke and told good stories," said Michael's aunt, Valerie VanSenus of Crown Point.

Michael, the son of Joe Kasper and Rose Garneski, both of Portage, battled pulmonary arterial hypertension, said VanSenus.
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Daisy James, Donor Sabbath and Pikuach Nefesh

Jewish Press | Joey Hoffman


Photo: Daisy James
On Feb. 8, 2003, I gave birth to my grandmother. Daisy, my daughter, is a clone of Mama Paula, my stoic, dazzling, cancer-thriving love who, sadly, did not meet her great granddaughter. Yet the two are inextricably linked by one particular characteristic: Their phoenix-like ability to rise under critical circumstances.

In 2006, we up-rooted from New York and moved to Omaha where, on July 20, Daisy endured an 8-hour transplant surgery in which she received a life-saving small bowel, a liver and a pancreas at The Nebraska Medical Center. She was 3-1/2. Now 10, she says, “I really would have liked to move to Paris because I could speak French, eat baguettes, ride on one of those motorcycle thingies and meet cute French boys.”

Baguettes and boys, thank God, are Daisy’s biggest concerns these days (and dancing and Rainbow Loom and Instagram and…), but it wasn’t always so. We chose the Nebraska Medical Center over a Paris transplant center because, after extensive research, it proved to be the best in the country, perhaps the world, for her needs. Daisy received her organs merely six weeks after being listed for transplant. 18 people die every day waiting for an organ.
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New award honors people whose organs give life to others

The Northern Echo


DONOR AWARD: Phil and Marion Drewery from Northallerton

NORTH-EAST organ donors are among the first in the country to receive a posthumous award for giving life to others.

The Order of St John - the charity behind the ambulance service - is recognising the 1,200 people across the country whose death last year benefitted others.

One of the first local award ceremonies was held in Durham Castle, Durham City, when County Durham Deputy Lord Leiutenant Andrew Martell handed certificates and medals to seven families.

Marion and Phil Drewery, of Northallerton, lost their 15-year-old son Bobby Dennis to a brain haemorrhage.
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Saint Mary's honored for leading Michigan hospitals in adding names to organ donor registry

MLive | Sue Thomas


Oliver Hale, an organ donor recipient from Grand Rapids, on left, shakes hands with Bill Manns, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary's, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Saint Mary's added 960 names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in the last year. (Emily Zoladz | Mlive.com)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Mercy Health Saint Mary’s transplant program is celebrating two milestones: a state award for signing up organ donors and the completion of its 2,000th kidney transplant.

The hospital received the Gift of Life Michigan’s Champion Award on Wednesday, Oct. 30, for adding 960 names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2012

“That’s more than any other hospital in the state of Michigan,” said Rick Hillbom, chief operating officer of Gift of Life Michigan.
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His heart is with the Bears and his liver comes from the Packers

Chicago Tribune | By Jeff Vorva


His heart is with the Bears and his liver comes from the Packers

Peter Cashman's heart is with the Bears.

But his liver is with the Packers.

The 58-year-old Cashman was living in Chicago in 2010 and made national news when word broke out that this longtime Bears season ticket holder's life was saved by a Packer fan from Wisconsin when her family donated her liver to him. His meeting with the woman's family was shown on NBC Sports during the Bears-Packers Christmas game in 2011.

Cashman, who now lives in Orland Park, ticked off some significant events that happened to him the past three years since he proclaimed to Sporting News magazine and other media outlets that he thought he was going to die.
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University of Louisville researchers license stem-cell technology to prevent organ rejection

The Lane Report


Dr. Suzanne Ildstad was the University of Louisville’s first hire via the state Bucks for Brains program.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 30,2013) – The University of Louisville today announced that researcher Dr. Suzanne Ildstad, representing Regenerex LLC, has entered into a license and research collaboration agreement with Novartis to provide access to stem cell technology that has the potential to help transplant patients avoid taking anti-rejection medicine for life and could serve as a platform for treatment of other diseases.

“The ‘holy grail’ of transplantation is immune tolerance: that is, making the body recognize a transplanted organ as ‘self’ and not reject it as foreign tissue, but without the need for immunosuppressive drugs with their numerous serious side effects,” said Dr. David L. Dunn, executive vice president for health affairs at UofL. “Dr. Ildstad and her team may well have solved this puzzle.

The University of Louisville and Regenerex LLC announced the research collaboration agreement, which will significantly enhance the ability of UofL’s Institute for Cellular Therapeutics to carry out cutting edge research related to the facilitating cell, a novel cell discovered by Ildstad, a professor of surgery and director of the institute at UofL as well as CEO of Regenerex. Underpinning this collaboration is an exclusive global licensing and research collaboration agreement between Regenerex and Novartis.
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NC kidney transplant recipient meets donor for the first time

Triangle News 14| Elise Roberts


CHARLOTTE -- Two North Carolina men are celebrating a new relationship after one saved the other's life. There are more than 3,400 people in the state waiting for an organ transplant and thanks to the help of one donor, that list got a little smaller.

After five years of waiting for a new kidney, 36-year-old Tripp Gault finally got a chance to personally thank the man who he says gave him a new outlook on life.

"We'd gone through this process four different times and it didn't work out, and then it finally went through and answered prayers," said Gault.

Gault says waiting on the transplant list was agony for his family. He went to dialysis three days a week for four hours a day.
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Korbin will save lives through organ donation

The Morning Bulletin


Korbin Sprott’s family has given a precious gift to other families by donating his organs. Contributed

KORBIN James Sprott will change the lives of three families through organ donation.

The three-year-old Mackay toddler died in Townsville hospital after being attacked by a pet German Shepherd on Saturday in Grant St.

His family made the difficult but courageous decision to donate his organs.

DonateLife donation specialist nurse Donna Contor said it was one of the "hardest and most special" decisions a family could make.

"For a family at the most tragic and highly emotive time ... that they can make a decision to donate their relative's organs is just the most precious gift that anyone can give."
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Jumping the organ queue questions some core principles

The Conversation | Greg Moorlock, Research Fellow
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT Greg Moorlock receives funding from University Hospital Birmingham Charities.


We love the NHS but maybe we love life more. PA/Dave Thompson

Giving priority for transplants to people who have joined the organ donor register (ODR) isn’t a new idea and is already happening in countries such as Israel and Singapore.

In Israel, where a points-based system was implemented in 2009, there has been an increase in the number of organ donors. Only one in ten adults in Israel carried a donor card (compared to one in four in the UK) four years ago. This is now closer to one in eight.

Despite this success, some people have been reluctant to see this happen in the UK. Given the shortage of donated organs in the UK, it’s easy to think that anything that can increase donation rates is a good thing.

But when it comes to organ donation, any new approach must be ethically acceptable; for example, taking organs without consent would increase the number of organs available, but most people would still regard this as unacceptable.
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Matthew Ouimet meets his organ donor's mom

San Jose Mercury News | Gary Peterson, Contra Costa Times


Kristi Ouimet, right, hugs Maggie, who preferred not to give her last name, at the Ouimet's home in Antioch, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Maggie's son Brandon, 22, died in a car accident and was the donor for Kristi and Kelly Ouimet's son Matthew, 2, when he received a liver and kidney ...

ANTIOCH -- Kristi Ouimet was cooking dinner, her phone within arm's reach. With every buzzing text notification, she would peek at the incoming message. One caused her to do a double take.

It was from a woman named Maggie, asking Kristi to check her Facebook inbox. Kristi did. The message she found there caused tears to roll down her cheeks. Dinner quickly became an afterthought.

"What are you saying, Maggie?" Kristi wrote back. "Did my son receive your son's organs?"

"Yes."

A few feet away sat Matthew Ouimet, Kristi's 2-year-old son who in June received a life-sustaining liver and kidney transplant from a deceased donor.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Donor Alliance Earns Colorado Healthcare Communicators' Most Prestigious Award for Outstanding Communications Surrounding Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Sacramento Bee | PR Newswire


Organ procurement organization honored with the Grand Gold Leaf, along with five category awards By Donor Alliance
DENVER, Oct. 29, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Donor Alliance, the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming today announced its receipt of six Gold Leaf Awards from the Colorado Healthcare Communicators (CHC). The annual awards program recognizes excellence in public relations, marketing and communications of local healthcare organizations and professionals.

One of three special Judges' Choice Awards, Donor Alliance won the most prestigious award of the evening, the Grand Gold Leaf, for its multi-pronged observance campaign, entitled "Donor Alliance observes National Donate Life Month." The integrated community, media and grassroots campaign generated more than 21 million paid impressions and over 159 million unpaid impressions encouraging residents to register as organ, eye and tissue donors throughout the month of April.

Donor Alliance also received the following honors from the 2013 CHC Gold Leaf Awards:
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Dr. Jeff Hersh: When is a kidney transplant necessary?

MetroWest Daily News |Dr Jeff Hersh


Dr. Jeff Hersh Photo: Allan Jung/For Daily News and Wicked Local

What's Up Doc?

Q: My niece’s son is going to have a kidney transplant. Why is this needed?

A: Kidney function (also called renal function) is necessary for life. An adult’s kidneys filter over 200 quarts of blood per day in order to:
- remove toxins and waste
- remove drugs and medications
- keep the body in correct fluid balance
- regulate the concentrations of the body’s electrolytes (including sodium, chloride, calcium, potassium and others)
- regulate the acid/base balance of the blood

In addition, the kidneys:
- release hormones to help regulate blood pressure
- produce vitamin D to help keep the bones strong
- help control the production of red blood cells

Even if the kidneys only function at 30 to 50 percent of normal, they can usually keep up with the body’s needs. In fact one well-functioning kidney is typically sufficient to keep someone healthy; people born with only one functioning kidney usually do very well. However, if renal function drops below 25 percent of normal the patient will usually develop symptoms, and if it drops below 10 percent of normal the patient will typically need replacement therapy (either dialysis or a kidney transplant).
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Motorcyclist who died in crash saved four lives with organ donation

ITV Scotland


A motorcyclist who died after a crash during a race has saved the lives of four people after his organs were donated.

Matt Polanski, 30, was killed following an accident at the Knockhill race circuit in Fife just over two months ago.

On Tuesday, his wife Jill told how deciding to donate his organs was one of the toughest decisions she had made, but it had meant some positive came out of her husband's death.

Mr Polanski's heart saved the life of a woman, his liver went to a man, his kidney and pancreas went to another woman and a teenage boy received a kidney.

His wife said: "It was one of the hardest things we've ever had to do but I'm so grateful that something positive has come out of Matt's death."
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Organ donation increases 13 percent

Mille Lacs Messenger


“You & $2” program nets $108,000, new curriculum unveiled
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Donor. That word is now on more Minnesota driver’s licenses than ever thanks to a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Minnesota’s three donation agencies.

The number of registered donors in Minnesota has increased 13 percent in three years to 2.6 million. Nearly 63 percent of Minnesotans are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors, compared to 45 percent nationally.

The success is due in large part to the ongoing support and commitment of LifeSource, Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and American Donor Services.

The effort is getting a boost from the “You & $2” program, which has raised more than $108,000 since 2012.
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Spanish Transplant Chief Recommends Punishing Transplant Tourists

Epoch Times | Matthew Robertson


Dr. Rafael Matesanz, director of the National Transplant Organization in Spain (Nathalie Paco/Epoch Times)

A top transplant official in Spain has said that countries around the world should strengthen measures to deter their citizens from traveling abroad to receive illicit organ transplants, especially from countries like China, which harvest the organs from executed prisoners and, according to researchers, prisoners of conscience.

Dr. Rafael Matesanz, the director of the National Transplant Organization in Spain, explained in an interview with New Tang Dynasty Television, partner media to Epoch Times, that Spanish law is unique in punishing people who go outside the country to buy an organ under questionable circumstances.

“Any person who goes abroad and receives a transplant which we consider illegal, this action is also illegal when he comes back to Spain,” Dr. Matesanz said. “We don’t want to punish the patient, but we really want to prevent the possibility that this patient will go abroad, pay for a liver, and come back to Spain.”
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Record number of hospitals in Ontario championing organ and tissue donation

Digital Journal | Canada News Wire
Nearly 30% more hospitals formally supporting organ and tissue donation than a year ago
TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Fifty hospitals are working with Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) to promote and create a positive culture of organ and tissue donation in Ontario. That is an increase of nearly 30 per cent from a year ago. By the end of 2013 there will be 55 hospitals and by next year, all 60 hospitals in Ontario with capacity to facilitate organ donation, will notify TGLN when a patient has died or is at high risk for imminent death to ensure that all potential opportunities for donation are identified.

Hospitals are also helping to promote organ and tissue donor registration in their communities and actively encouraging their staff to register consent for organ and tissue donation through registration drives. Since April 2012, 24 hospitals have run registration drives with the most successful to date being the tri-hospital drive done by University Health Network, Hospital for Sick Children and St. Michael's Hospital, which achieved almost 3,600 visits to Ontario's online donor registry.
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Family backs organ donation drive

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A motorcyclist who died after a crash during a race saved the lives of four people after his organs were donated.
Matt Polanski, 30, was killed following an accident at the Knockhill race circuit in Fife just over two months ago.

Today, his wife Jill told how deciding to donate his organs was one of the toughest decisions she had made, but it had meant some positive came out of her husband’s death.

Mr Polanski’s heart saved the life of a woman, his liver went to a man, his kidney and pancreas went to another woman and a teenage boy received a kidney.

His wife said: “It was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do b ut I’m so grateful that something positive has come out of Matt’s death.”

She and her 13-year-old daughter Bethany are now urging other families to talk about organ donation and their wishes.
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Organ donation camp organised by Rotary

The New Indian Express
More than 25 people registered their names to donate organs and cadavers during an awareness programme conducted in the residential area of Kovaipudur.

The camp, organised by the Rotary Club of Kovaipudur, saw residents flooding the venue.

As many as 400 people attended the camp to get first hand information on cadaver and organ donation.

The camp was attended by Rotarian Prathap Gokul Das, past district governor, and Kamalesh Raheja, district governor nominee.
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Kidney from slain McKinley High statistician aids friend

The Advocate | Jim Mustian


On top of the shock and grief of her son’s shooting death, Dorothy Chissell faced a difficult decision last week when it became clear Shelby Holmes would not survive his injuries.

Chissell had gone back and forth about whether to donate Holmes’ organs. Her mind was made up when she discovered, while going through his belongings, that her son had been giving to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“He was a giver, and I knew it would be fine with him,” Chissell said. “My son has passed away, but look how he’s still doing good.”

For Doug Cossman, a long-time friend of Holmes, it was a life-changing decision.

Cossman, 57, received Holmes’ right kidney Saturday in a transplant that promises to end his days of dialysis.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Hawks Encourage Fans to Join 1.5 Million Iowa Organ Donors

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Waterloo, Iowa-Hundreds of Iowans are awaiting a life-changing organ or tissue transplant, and the list includes more than one devoted Waterloo Black Hawks fan.

In an effort to call attention to the difference one person can make by registering as an organ donor, the Black Hawks and 105.7, KOKZ are sponsoring Organ Donor Awareness Night Saturday when Waterloo hosts the Dubuque Fighting Saints. All fans who show a donor ID card, endorsed drivers license, or who register during the game will have the opportunity to win a game-used, autographed hockey stick and two tickets to a future Black Hawks game.
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Device offers hope to those on transplant waiting list

KVUE | by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL


AUSTIN -- The wait for transplant patients can be agonizingly long and sometimes even fatal. The problem? Not every donor is a perfect match to the patient.

New technology is hoping to change that and finally solve this difficult medical dilemma. If it works any organ could be suited for any body.

Pat Buchta is a creative services producer at KVUE. He's 43 and healthy, but that certainly wasn't the case a year and a half ago.

"I was just hours away from death," he said.

In 1995 doctors diagnosed Buchta with a rare liver disease.

"Ultimately you just accept your fate. Whatever it's going to be," said Buchta.
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Rocky River woman continues to thrive with Clinic’s oldest transplanted kidney

Cleveland.com | Beth Mlady


Patricia Kunkle considers every day a blessing after receiving a kidney from her mother in 1968. The kidney is now 91 years old and still going strong.

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Patricia Kunkle soon will celebrate her 66th birthday, but every moment is cause for celebration since receiving her mother’s kidney during a transplant in 1968.

Kunkle’s mother, Jane Malloy, was 89 when she passed away two years ago. That means the healthy organ inside her daughter is 91, an almost unbelievable transplant achievement. According to David Goldfarb, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic Renal Transplant Program, kidneys from living donors usually last between 12 and 15 years. If transplanted from a deceased donor, a kidney usually remains viable about 10 years.

A Rocky River resident, Kunkle recently shared the details of her 45-year transplant journey.

“I have lived a medical life,” Kunkle said Oct. 16. “During my senior year of high school in 1966, I started feeling kind of punk. I ended up in the hospital, where they diagnosed me with lupus. My kidneys were shutting down because of it. I was OK for a while, but then in 1967 things started flaring up again. They put me on dialysis.”
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Today marks the ten year anniversary of Wendy Marx death and is being remembered by many.

Donate Life Texas | Pam Rapkin Silvesri
Jeff Marx remembers his sister, Wendy as today, Monday marks 10 years since Wendy's death. Carl Lewis and Jeff Marx have made a touching video to honor Wendy, that encourages folks to register at donatelife.net.  

He asked if I would post the video on Donate Life Texas and Southwest Transplant Alliance pages, and I thought that others may want to do the same on Monday, as a national tribute to Wendy's memory.



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Donate Life Maryland: Sunday Supper for Life

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This November, Donate Life Maryland has partnered with Maryland area Safeway stores to offer #SundaySupperForLife. Share your support for organ, eye and tissue donation as you gather around your Sunday Supper table! Visit www.SundaySupperForLife.com.
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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System dedicates a rose on the Donate Life Rose Float

ARORA | Donate Life Arkansas 

Dr. Margie Scott, Chief of Staff for Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) dedicates a rose vial that will hold a rose on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade on January 1st. 

Her dedication read, "To honor the veteran donors who give others a second chance". Terri Vogelgesang, Quality Management Coordinator, looks on. A dedicated rose from the CAVHS will be on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade, "Light Up the World." — with Dr. Margie Scott, Becky Gertsch and Terri Vogelgesang.
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New weapon in successful heart transplants: opera

SmartPlanet | Laura Shin

If you ever need a heart transplant, you may want to request some opera for your recuperation.


A study found that mice with heart transplants who listened to classical music afterwards survived twice as long as those who listened to pop music.

The study was published in the March 23 issue of the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The study
The researchers, led by Masateru Uchiyama at Juntendo University Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, used mice who had been given transplants from unrelated donors, which meant the mice bodies would reject their transplants. They then listened continuously to either Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart concertos, music by Enya or a range of monotones.
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Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” is Over

Celebrity Diagnosis | Michele Berman

Legendary rock musician Lou Reed has died.

The songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground in the 60s, followed by decades as a solo artist, had an influence which shaped rock and roll. Reed died over the weekend from complications of a liver transplant at the age of 71 years old. He had received the transplant in May 2013. At that time, his wife performance artist Laurie Anderson, told the Times of London that:

"It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don’t get it for fun."
The reason for the liver transplant, and the exact complication that caused his death have not been revealed.

A flood of celebrity Twitter messages followed the news of his passing:

“The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way — losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill … broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories – we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.” — Former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale.

“New York lost one of our greatest gifts today.” —Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons.

“RIP Lou Reed. Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life. You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today.” — Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.

“R.I.P Lou Reed – VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed.” — Weezer’s official Twitter page.

“I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away and it was worth it. Dirty Blvd. Love to Lou.” — Filmmaker Judd Apatow. 

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A Bond Like No Other: Indiana Man Marries His Kidney Donor

Parade | ASHLEIGH SCHMITZ

When Kyle Froelich and Chelsea Clair met in 2009, they had no idea how much they would change each others’ lives. Now, almost four years later, the organ donor and her recipient are married.


At age 12, Froelich was diagnosed with a fatal kidney disorder. By the time he was a senior in high school, his need for an organ transplant became a life-and-death situation. Many of his family and friends had tried and failed to be a genetic match and doctors estimated that he only had one year to live.

That was before he met Clair at a car show in 2009. The two quickly hit it off and spent the day driving around in Clair’s Camaro. When he told her about his condition, she immediately volunteered her own kidney, should it be a match.

In the U.S., the wait list for a new kidney is 110,000 people long, and in Indiana, it can take three to five years to find a suitable donor, Dr. William C. Goggins, kidney transplant surgical director at IU Health, told the Indianapolis Star. Having dealt with a significant amount of rejection, Froelich was used to hearing “no.” But as fate would have it, Clair’s kidney tested to be a near-perfect match.

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Bench Reveal in Honor of Cahill Stephens

KAIT Arkansas | Courtney Brown

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Just one year ago a tragic car accident took the life of thirteen-year-old Cahill Stephens. On Sunday family and friends gathered at Craighead Forest Park, as his boy scout troop helped reveal a memorial bench at the very place he enjoyed the most.


"Cahill actually loved the park and boy scouts came here quite a bit," said his Aunt Nicole Rounds.

The event was more than just remembering who Cahill was, it was about what he did that has made him a hero to people he never even met.

"He directly saved four lives that we know of," said Rounds. "His heart went to a young lady at Arkansas Children's Hospital."
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Kangaroo crash girl's organs donated

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The parents of a six-year-old girl who died after a kangaroo crashed into their family car have donated the girl's organs so that other parents might be spared similar grief.

Mia Quinnell was critically injured after a freak accident in Kingsthorpe, in southeast Queensland, at the weekend.

She was travelling in the back seat of the family car in the early hours of Sunday morning when a kangaroo bound onto the road, crashed through the car's windscreen on an angle and hit Mia where she slept.

Shel was rushed to hospital and put on life support but Mia never regained consciousness.

She stayed in hospital until yesterday morning when her parents and nine-year-old sister got the chance to say their final goodbyes.
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Brain Deaths Down, Ditto Organ Donations?

Med Page Today | John Gever
Neurologic death became progressively less likely among individuals suffering brain injuries in western Canada from 2002 to 2012, with potentially worrisome implications for organ transplantation, researchers said.

The percentage of patients at four referral centers in Alberta and British Columbia with severe brain injuries resulting from trauma, strokes, and other causes fell by half during the 11-year period -- from 8.1% in 2002 to 4.2% in 2012 (P=0.01), according to Andreas H. Kramer, MD, MSc, of the University of Calgary, and colleagues.

Most of the decrease was concentrated in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), the researchers indicated online in CMAJ, the Canadian Medical Association journal. In this group, which accounted for more than half of the 2,788 cases in the entire study, the average rate of brain death fell from 6.1% during the first third of the study period compared with 2.8% during the final third (P=0.02).
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

13-year-old recovery nicely after kidney transplant

Guelph Mercury | Joanne Shuttleworth


Relieved family
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Phil and Sandi Thompson sit with their 13-year-old son Tyrel in their Guelph home on Sunday. Tyrel got a kidney transplant in August and his parents say he is recovering nicely since the surgery.

GUELPH — Tyrel Thomson is one grateful, slightly tired, bored boy and that's a good sign, his parents say. A step up from the terribly sick boy who learned last December he was in end-stage renal failure and needed a kidney transplant.

Tyrel, 13, got his transplant on Aug. 20 and, while it's been an emotional rollercoaster ride for his parents, so far he seems to be doing fine.

"Medically, he's where he should be at this point," said Phil Thomson, Tyrel's father, in a sit-down interview in the family's Guelph home Sunday. "He's more stable now and every day seems to be improving."

"It makes me nervous to talk of his recovery this way," said Tyrel's mother Sandi Thomson. "He's had every setback you can imagine. I don't want any more."
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Organ recipient and donor parents offer lifesaving message

The Community Advocate | By Ed Karvoski Jr.


Gathered prior to the recent Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival parade are (l to r) Ray and Sue Cote of Shrewsbury with Penny Brown of Northborough. They participated in the parade with other volunteers of Donate Life New England. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Northborough/Shrewsbury – The marching units of the recent Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival parade included over 40 volunteers of Donate Life New England. The group consisted of transplant recipients, donor families and others touched by donation. While their reasons for marching varied, they shared an understanding of the powerful message emblazoned on their T-shirts: “Donate Life.”

The effort to raise awareness was organized by Northborough resident Penny Brown, a kidney transplant recipient.

“We all have the same message,” Brown said. “There was someone out there who was generous enough to be a donor and save my life, so I’m getting the word out to register to help save others.”
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UK Drive To Get British Sikhs On Organ Donor List

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LONDON – A new drive hasbeen launched to overcome theextreme shortage of BritishSikhs on theorgan donationlist of theUK.

Members ofthe Asiancommunityare more likelyto need atransplant butwait longerthan the general population inBritain for a match.According to official figures,only around two per cent oforgan donors each year areAsian but the community makesup nearly a fifth of those needinga transplant.

The National Health Service(NHS) has kicked off a targeted
campaign across the country,starting with the Sikh community,to urge them to join itsOrgan Donor Register.
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Interesting Facts about Organ Donation

Zimbio |Sally


Find out 45 interesting facts that are related to most adorable work – donating organs and tissues and list of donatable organs and tissues.

Human body is the most fascinating creation of God that makes scientist excited and curious with its different behavior. Though each and every human being is distinct, scientists have found the solution with advanced medical technology for those people whose organs are failed and they can live on organs of others if someone donates them. Some people consider organ donation as bad practice. Don’t you think that it is really good work, if you can save someone’s life even after you are no longer part of this world? Yes, it is awesome to become an organ donor and save life of people by donating your organs. Here we present you some of the most interesting facts related to organ donation that might change your mind and you become an organ donor!
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'I am going to die because not enough people are donors'

Daily Mail | Jennifer Smith


Kathryn, 22, believes she would have longer to life if doctors had been able to find her more suitable liver and bone marrow transplants
Tragedy of girl, 22, whose life hangs in the balance after 'unsuitable' liver and bone marrow transplants
A 22-year-old who has been battling leukaemia for six years has said her ill health could have been prevented if more people were registered as donors.

Kathryn Cartwright of Sutton Coldfield believes she would have longer to live if doctors had been able to find her a suitable bone marrow match when she was 16.

Kathryn, who was forced to undergo a second transplant and liver replacement in later years, is now unsure if she will see her 23rd birthday in January.
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Drug advances make kidney transplants between spouses more feasible

Philadelphia Inquirer | Paul Jablow


TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
Henri Gutner, his kidneys failing at age 43, received a transplant from his wife, Jeri, in 1993.

It was fall 1993, and Henri Gutner's kidneys were continuing to fail. He was always tired, his complexion was green, and he was sleeping as much as 20 hours a day.

"I had him maybe six hours a day when he was capable of doing anything," recalls his wife, Jeri.

With his kidney function down to 8 percent, Gutner, then 43, was told he was facing dialysis and the inevitable disruption it would bring to his - and his wife's - life.

"I said, 'There's no way I'm sending my young husband to dialysis,' " said Jeri Gutner, who is five years younger. "There has to be some way." There was. She donated a kidney to him. The operation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) was just the 21st kidney transplant performed there between persons not related by blood. "He came out looking like my husband," she said. The couple now travel, lead a normal life, and head the Keller Williams real estate office in Doylestown.
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Many choose to donate organs, but few are eligible

CDA Press | GEORGE KINGSON


Here's a feel-good statistic for you: Idaho is currently in a national tie for sixth place for percentage of us who are registered organ donors.

Here's an even better statistic: In Kootenai County, 62.92 percent of people asked by the DMV in third quarter of 2013 if they wanted to be organ donors responded with a resounding "yes," putting Kootenai County at close to the top of our state for sign-ups.

Good job, Kootenai. But what's stopping us from zooming to the head of the pack?

Typically it's fear: fear of disrespectful treatment, fear of exploitation, fear of being ushered out of life ahead of time because someone wants your organs and, of course, fear of the unknown.

Here are some basics.

According to Jennifer James, senior chaplain at Kootenai Health, "When a person is declared brain dead, they will remain on a ventilator. Their death certificate, however, will state their official time of death as the time of brain death.
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Become a donor, save a life

WNCN | Jonathan Rodriguez


Nearly 3,500 people in North Carolina are on a waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant, and the list grows everyday. Nationally, there are more than 119,000 on the list.

On Saturday, Carolina Donor Services hosted an appreciation dinner in Durham to try and spread awareness about live organ donation.

At the dinner, William Knight, a basketball coach from Greenville, NC, shared his emotional story of survival thanks to a kidney donation. With the help of the team, Olivia Dunn created the website kidneyforcoach.com to try and find her coach a kidney. Knight received his kidney, and is now using his story to inspire others.
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Instead of waiting for donor organs, patients could have new ones grown in the lab

Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes


Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star. Anthony Lewis, a Ph.D. student in physiology, checks on a ventilator machine that is providing air to a pair of lungs in the foreground, part of efforts to recondition organs and open the potential supply of donor organs.

Under a clear dome inside a bustling Tucson laboratory, whitish-gray human lungs attached to a ventilator rhythmically expand and contract.

The lungs are part of a bold project at the University of Arizona that aims to forever change the landscape of transplant medicine. It would both solve an acute organ shortage and give transplant recipients the gift of a life free of powerful and damaging anti-rejection medication.

The goal is to “grow” patients’ own stem cells on a skeleton of a discarded donor organ that’s been cleaned of the donor’s living cells, and then to transplant it into the patient.

Heading up the local effort is Dr. Zain Khalpey, an Africa-born surgeon educated in England and the U.S., who is one of a handful of researchers in the world leading teams that are doing such work.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

San Antonio mother killed saving her children saves lives after death

KENS 5 San Antonio | Andrew Deldago


SAN ANTONIO -- A local mother made headlines in mid October after she died trying to save her children's lives by pushing them out of a car's path. Now, the woman continues to save people from beyond the grave.

Sharon Ledesma Rojas, 28, was on life support at a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle turning onto Culebra Road. Rojas had her two children with her; Mallory and Dominic, ages 8 and 11, respectively, survived the hit.

Police said the family was crossing the road without a crosswalk to try and get to a bus stop.

Rojas passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. On that day, Rojas helped save a few more lives.
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Boy's family grateful for cornea donation from young woman

Danbury News Times | Robert Storace


Barbie Mable holds her son, Gregory, 7, in their New Fairfield, Conn., home Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Gregory received a corneal transplant from an organ donor. With them is Sky, a rescue dog with one eye, who bonded with Gregory during his recovery. Photo: Michael Duffy

As family and friends began to eat cake on Gregory Mable's 7th birthday in August, his mother opened a letter that would change her life forever.

For three months since Gregory's cornea transplant on his right eye, Barbie Mable had been on a mission to find out more about the donor and the donor's family. She had corresponded back and forth with the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank, which was acting as the conduit between both families. When the letter arrived with a Pennsylvania return address, Mable thought it was from the eye bank, authorizing the families to correspond without the bank's involvement.

"To my surprise, the obituary, letters and photo of the (cornea donor) woman who passed away came out of the letter," Mable said. "I was very emotional. It was also ironic in that it was on Gregory's birthday."
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Antioch family has emotional meeting with organ donor's mother

KTVU


On Friday, KTVU was allowed to witness the most intimate of encounters between strangers as an Antioch family met the mother of the man whose donated organs saved their toddler's life.

On the sunny fall day, a new chapter began in the Ouimet family's journey.

Earlier this year, three-year-old Matthew Ouimet received a kidney and liver transplant. He will take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life.

"I usually give him medicine every half hour to hour for the majority of the day," said Matthew’s mom Kristi Ouimet.

His young life continues because of a tragedy.
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Ramon Siragusa needs a kidney transplant

UT San Diego | Stephanie Loh


Russell Sanchez at his barber shop in Chula Vista takes a brief break in between clients to get caught up with Ramon Siragusa. — Nelvin C. Cepeda

The first time Ramon Siragusa’s kidney’s failed, he got lucky.

He waited less than a year before he was matched with a compatible kidney from a man who had died in a motorcycle accident.

But that kidney failed after eight years and Siragusa is now back where he started: On a transplant list waiting for a suitable kidney.

He’s had family members try to donate, but the ones who have come forward were unable to get past the donor evaluation process due to their medical conditions – people with diabetes or high blood pressure, for instance, cannot donate a kidney.

It doesn’t help that Siragusa has had a prior transplant.

When a person is exposed to another human being’s genetic markers via an organ transplant, the body realizes that those antibodies are not its own, and eventually builds up a resistance to them.
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Heartland Lions Eye Bank works to increase organ donation

KTVO TV


SCOTLAND COUNTY, MO. -- There are 120,000 Americans, including more than 2,000 Missourians, awaiting life-saving organ transplants.

Approximately 46,000 Americans will receive cornea transplants this year to save their sight.

Troy Reddick, a Partner Relations Coordinator from Heartland Lions Eye Banks, visited Scotland County Hospital in Memphis on Thursday to collaborate with hospital staff on strategies to increase donation at the hospital and raise local awareness about the growing need for eye, organ and tissue donation.

Last year, Heartland Lions Eye Banks provided tissue for 2,578 cornea transplant surgeries, which translates to a rate of seven people receiving the gift of sight every day.

Since 2011, four people from Scotland County Hospital have chosen to donate their corneas, and their generous decisions resulted in four sight-saving transplants.
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Double organ transplant saves life of Easton 8-year-old

Maine Sun Journal | Jen Lynds


EASTON — Pete and Kristina Lento were thrilled on Oct. 5, when they were able to bring their 8-year-old daughter, Paige, home after more than a month long stay at Boston Children’s Hospital to attend a benefit supper held in her honor.

Paige was born with Jeune syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the way a child’s cartilage and bones develop. Earlier this year, the illness progressed to the point that she needed a new liver and kidneys, and she was put on the transplant list.

The doctors said Paige could be waiting “two weeks or two years” for the organs, Pete said Friday.

“We all had a great time at the supper,” he said. “And the next night, my wife and I decided we needed a date night, so we headed to a restaurant. And through all of this time, we’ve been praying, and we’ve had this tremendous community support behind us. So my wife and I were just talking in the car, and then the phone rang.”
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Loveland woman hopes people will consider kidney donation while she waits on the transplant list

Loveland Reporter Herald


Phyllis McCormack, right, and her friend Syd Fancher, walk Tuesday on the Loveland Recreation Trail. McCormack is in stage 4 kidney failure and is on the registry for a live kidney transplant and hopes a match can be found. ( Jenny Sparks )

Wherever he goes, as often as possible, Gary McCormack is a walking advertisement for a critical need -- a new kidney for his wife, Phyllis.

"I wear a T-shirt that says 'Kidney Needed -- Save a Life,' along with a phone number to call if you want to be tested as a potential donor," he says. "We've put posters around town and messages in church bulletins -- wherever people might see it."

The McCormacks, both in their early 70s, have lived in Loveland for about 40 years. Phyllis McCormack has hereditary polycystic kidney disease in which dozens of benign cysts form on the kidney, eventually rendering them defunct. Although her doctor has been tracking it for years, he recently advised her to get on the transplant list at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. She's now at the lower level of stage 4 kidney failure.
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Local Woman Is First Heart Transplant Recipient To Undergo New Procedure

CBS Local Detroit


Heart Patient Noreen Freck with Henry Ford Interventional Cardiologist Akshay Khandelwal. (credit: Sean Lee/WWJ)

DETROIT (WWJ) – A Metro Detroit woman was running out of options to treat her heart condition until her doctor tried a new method to fix an old problem.

WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee spoke with 45-year-old Noreen Freck, who is used to keeping a close eye on her heart.

“When I was 34 I got my first transplant; it lasted six years,” Freck said, “and then in 2008 I got my second transplant.”

Freck had already undergone two stent procedures to keep scar tissue from narrowing her arteries when doctors discovered it was happening again.
Henry Ford Interventional Cardiologist Doctor Akshay Khandelwal decided it was time to go the same route — but with a different method.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Kidney Donor Saves Two Lives

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(ABC 6 News) -- It's as simple as checking a box when you get your driver’s license. We learned Thursday, more and more Minnesotans are doing just that, becoming organ donors. The number of donors is up 13 percent in the past three years. We spoke to a woman who just donated her kidney two days ago, and saved two lives doing so.

"He found out in 2010 when we had a car accident and got carried in a stretcher. He got a cat scan and that's when he found out he's got cysts on his kidneys," said Myla Sudbeck. She says it was almost like fate, the accident pointing out her husband’s illness.

"He has Polytheistic Kidney Disease and he's been battling that disease for a while,” said Myla. Her husband was diagnosed with the same thing his mother died from, and was in need of a kidney transplant. "We weren't a match because my kidney was too small," she said.
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Insurance Commissioner: Organ Transplant Waiting Period May be “Discriminatory”

The Lund Report | Miles Bryan
The Oregon Insurance Division will be soliciting public input on the moratorium until Dec. 9.

The Oregon Insurance Division is requesting public comment on a proposed two-year waiting period on organ transplants currently included in Cover Oregon’s base-benchmark plan.

Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali said her office was reconsidering the waiting period because of concerns that it might “violate the non-discrimination requirement of the Affordable Care Act.”

When asked why the Insurance Division was opening the moratorium to public comment instead of reworking it directly, Cali said that she wanted any changes to “be part of Cover Oregon’s rule-making process.”
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Choosing to Become an Organ Donor

KSTP Minneapolis - St Paul | Leslie Dyste


More Minnesotans are choosing to save a life by simply checking a box.

We learned Thursday, there has been a sharp increase in the number of drivers choosing to become organ donors. In fact, donors have increased 13 percent in three years to 2.6 million.

About 3,100 Minnesotans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant right now.
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Southern Regional Medical Center participating in Donate Life America organ donor float for Tournament of Roses Parade

Clayton News Daily | Curt Yeomans


LifeLink Georgia Director of Hospital Development Kim Kottemann exchanges a rose and a certificate with Southern Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jim Crissey Wednesday. Southern Regional became the first hospital in the state to donate a rose vial to LifeLink Georgia as part of a new campaign to help fill the national organ donor float in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Southern Regional Medical Center will have a tiny presence in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., but it’s unlikely it will be seen by most people.

The hospital is participating in a nationwide effort to decorate the Donate Life America organ donation float for the parade. Hospitals across the county are decorating the float by donating tiny glass vials with messages attached to hold the roses that will be used to make a dedication garden on the float.

Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Jim Crissey gave the hospital’s vial to Kim Kottemann, director of hospital development for LifeLink Georgia Wednesday. LifeLink Georgia handles Donate Life America’s efforts in the state.

“What we leave this world is a portion of our being so others may live,” said Crissey as he read the message he wrote on the vial to Kottemann.
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WITH EACH BREATH, FULL OF LIFE

Rafu Shimpo | By MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS


Anabel Stenzel pays tribute to the donor of her second lung transplant, at the Donate Life float in the 2010 Rose Parade in Pasadena. (Photo courtesy Isabel Stenzel Byrnes)

Helping to decorate the Donate Life float for the 2010 Rose Parade, Anabel Stenzel drew a deep breath and let out a quiet sigh as she looked around, taking in the wonder of the flurried activity.

“This is great,” she said. “Every day we grow old and every wrinkle is a blessing. The alternative to getting older is to die young.”

A twinkling star of humanity was dimmed Sept. 22, when Stenzel, a survivor of a life-long battle against cystic fibrosis and advocate of organ donation rights around the world, succumbed to cancer at her home in Redwood City.

Just three days after birth in 1972, Anabel and her twin sister, Isabel, were diagnosed with a genetic disorder that ultimately leads to catastrophic failure of the lungs. Doctors told her parents – a Japanese mother and German father – that the girls likely wouldn’t live past their 10th birthday.

With three lung transplants between them, the Stenzel girls defied the odds. Many with CF die in their 20s or 30s unless a transplant is performed. It is also exceedingly rare in Asians.

Anabel Stenzel was 41.
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'Pink dot' license plate urges organ donation

UT San Diego | Michael Gardner
Members of San Diego-based Donate Life are pushing for a specialized California license plate to help raise money to assist with organ donations and transplants. Former CHP officer and liver transplant recipient Michael McCrerey spoke at the event. Photo by Phil Kampel

SACRAMENTO — Retired San Diego California Highway Patrol Officer Michael McCrerey is one of the lucky ones, receiving word that a new liver was available while bedridden at home “waiting to die.”

But another 22,000 Californians on the waiting list may not be so fortunate. Nationally, time runs out for about 18 people everyday.

That’s why McCrerey and San Diego-based Donate Life California were in the Capitol Thursday to help unveil a specialized license plate featuring the iconic pink dot that is now attached to driver’s licenses to identify potential organ and tissue donors.

“We are at a milestone. We are not at the finish line,” said Sharon Ross of San Diego, a Donate Life board member.

Donate Life needs at least 7,500 pledges before the Department of Motor Vehicles will offer the plates for sale. The initial price will be $50 for normal plates; $98 for those who want it personalized. A share of the proceeds will go to promote organ and tissue donation programs.
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www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org 
Outside California: 
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net