Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tissue as vital as organ donation

Sherwood Park News | Danielle Alcinii


Glenda Sheard (left) and Sylvia Flannigan pose with photos of their late sons, Darrel and Lee, respectively, both of whom gave the gift of life in their passing. Sheard and Flannigan are now strong advocates for tissue donors.

Coping with the loss of a loved one, whether unexpected or not, is never something that comes with a great deal of ease, but for Glenda Sheard, it’s a pain she had dealt with for more than a decade.

When her 21-year-old son, Darrel, passed away in a tragic accident in 1997, Sheard was understandably overcome with grief. However, before being able to process the thoughts of her son’s passing, medical staff greeted her with a daunting question: was her recently deceased son a donor?

“I was not anticipating that my child would die. We had not yet had that conversation about if he died, what would he like to happen. When (doctors) came to me and asked me about tissue donation, I didn’t know,” an emotional Sheard explained. “I had to make the decision for Darrel to be a donor because I had never asked my child if he wanted to be considered for tissue donation.
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Family who lost 6 family members in fire gives gift of life to others

WISH TV | David Barras
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A family in grief has found some good in a terrible tragedy. Six members of the Guerra Family died in a fire that destroyed their Indianapolis home on Saturday, February 22. Now, in the wake of the family’s deaths, nearly a dozen strangers are getting new life.

“We’re sad because of the loss, but I myself, it feels good to know that his heart is going to keep beating in someone else’s life,” Sandra Lopez said. She, along with her sister and brother Blanca and Gilbert Guerra, say the decision to donate organs and tissue from their perished brother Leo Guerra’s family was straight forward.

“My brother said he always wanted to make a mark, leave his mark. That’s exactly what he did. He left a legacy and gave the gift of life,” Blanca Guerra told 24-Hour News 8.

Six members of the Guerra family died in the Olney Street fire. Two of the children,14-year-old Miranda and 6- year-old Fuentes died of smoke inhalation. They were brain dead, but their hearts were still beating.

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New clues found to preventing lung transplant rejection

Science Codex


Organ transplant patients routinely receive drugs that stop their immune systems from attacking newly implanted hearts, livers, kidneys or lungs, which the body sees as foreign.

But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that broadly dampening the immune response, long considered crucial to transplant success, may encourage lung transplant rejection.

In a surprising discovery, the researchers found that newly transplanted lungs in mice were more likely to be rejected if key immune cells were missing, a situation that simulates what happens when patients take immunosuppressive drugs.

These long-lived memory T cells are primed to "remember" pathogens that infiltrate the body and quickly trigger an immune response during subsequent encounters. In heart, liver and kidney transplants, knocking down memory T cells with immunosuppressive drugs helps to ensure that the immune system recognizes a new organ as the body's own.
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Experience Life Magazine | By Stephen Preusz



Stephen Preusz: Why I’m Sharing My Story
This isn’t just a story about my kidney failure. I was 29 when I went into kidney failure, set off an autoimmune-related called IGA nephropathy. I was an athlete in high school and college, and stayed active after graduation, and competed in some Strongman Challenges in my 20s. Even my doctors were surprised and during dialysis they told me, “You’re the healthiest sick person we’ve met. You’re in kidney failure, but every other vital is good. And you’re not having muscle deterioration over dialysis because you had such good muscle buildup.”

I never would’ve expected to go into kidney failure or need a kidney transplant. But I’m so glad that I did my best to exercise and eat healthy throughout my life because it helped me tolerate dialysis — not that it was easy; the side effects were brutal for me — and endure chemotherapy, the transplant process, and recovery much smoother than if I hadn’t taken care of my body.
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Donor now needs an organ

Port Lincoln Times


LEAVING A DREAM: Mario Fonovic will have to leave his dream home at Boston soon to move back to Adelaide and prepare to go on the transplant program for new lungs.

LEAVING A DREAM: Mario Fonovic will have to leave his dream home at Boston soon to move back to Adelaide and prepare to go on the transplant program for new lungs.

SIX years ago Mario Fonovic donated a kidney to his mother, and now he is the one who has to rely on organ donation.

Mr Fonovic needs a double lung transplant after suffering through collapsed lungs and major surgery due to chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD), which incorporates asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

He is telling his story during DonateLife Week in the hopes of encouraging people to become organ donors.
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Young transplant recipient doing well

Asheboro Courier Tribune | Judi Brinegar


HOME FROM HOSPITAL — As a show of solidarity while Evie Wentz was sick, her dad, Tyler Wentz, did not shave. On Tuesday night, Evie shaved off her dad’s whiskers as part of her homecoming celebration. (Contributed photo)

WHISPERING PINES — Evie Wentz, a little girl from Whispering Pines who was waiting for a kidney transplant, need not wait any longer.

Wentz, who is 9, had a successful transplant at UNC Hospitals on Feb. 18. Prior to her surgery, Wentz spent 10 hours each day being treated (through dialysis) for acute kidney failure. She was released from the hospital Tuesday and is doing great.

Jennifer Trapp, who donated the kidney, is home and doing fine as well. Trapp, 31, attends church with the Wentz family in Sanford.

As a show of solidarity, Evie’s dad, Tyler Wentz, had not shaved since his daughter became ill. Tuesday night, Evie shaved off her dad’s whiskers as part of her homecoming celebration.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spain beats its own record for transplants: 45 in one day

Global Post
Madrid, Feb 25 (EFE).- Spain beat its own record for transplants, with 45 performed in a single day, the National Transplant Organization, or ONT, said Tuesday.

The new record was set last Thursday, a day that saw transplants of 26 kidneys, 10 livers, five hearts, three lungs and one pancreas.

Three of the heart transplants were done on patients who could have died if they hadn't receive the new organ immediately, while two of the liver surgeries were for patients in critical condition, the ONT, a unit of the Health Ministry, said.

The previous record was set on June 26, 2012, when 36 transplants were performed in 24 hours.

The solidarity of 14 families of deceased donors and of two living donors made it possible to carry out all 45 transplants in one day.

Participating in the different operations were 22 hospitals in 11 regions of Spain, while the ONT also had the collaboration of various public and private organizations.

Spain, thanks to a large transplant network and the solidarity of its citizens, has been the world leader in transplants for 22 straight years.

In 2013 it reached a rate of 35.12 donors per 1 million inhabitants with a total of 1,655 donors, which allowed 4,279 transplants to be performed.
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Moore Co. girl, 9, comes home after friend donates kidney

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9-year-old Evie Wentz with her dad, Tyler Wentz, who promised her he wouldn't shave until she recieved new kidney.

More than a year after she developed permanent kidney failure, a 9-year-old Moore County girl is home with a healthy kidney thanks to a fellow churchgoer.

Evie Wentz received a kidney transplant Feb. 18 after Jennifer Trapp learned of Evie's story and found out she was a match.

A week after the transplant, Evie is home and will shave her father's beard, which he has grown since July 2013, when she was put on the transplant list.

Evie's story began in November 2012 when she became sick with E. Coli, which turned into Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a disease that destroys red blood cells.

As a result of the disease, both of Evie's kidneys and her pancreas stopped working, and her heart wasn't working properly because of too much fluid. She also developed pneumonia, one of her lungs collapsed and gastrointestinal bleeding caused her to need more than 40 blood transfusions.
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Biopsy-Based Discard of Donor Kidneys May Be Misguided

Renal & Urology News


Biopsies are of little value in determining overall risk of delayed organ function.

Methods other than biopsy are needed to help medical personnel determine whether to discard or transplant a kidney from a deceased donor, according to the findings of two studies published online ahead of print in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

In one investigation, a team that included Bertram L. Kasiske, MD, of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) and the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, discovered that routine use of biopsies could lead to unnecessary kidney discards. The group came to this conclusion after examining biopsy reports from 83 kidneys that had been discarded in 2010 due to biopsy findings (cases), and comparing those with biopsy reports from 83 contralateral transplanted kidneys from the same donor (contralateral controls) and 83 deceased donors randomly matched to cases by donor risk profile (randomly matched controls).
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One Last Journey For Organ Donors Speeds Transplants

WYPR


Now Dr. Majilla Doyle's organ donors come to her.
Credit Robert J. Boston / Washington University School Of Medicine

If Dr. Majella Doyle is your surgeon, it means that something very bad or very good has just happened to you.

Doyle is a liver transplant specialist. For years that meant she had her bag packed, ready to fly or drive to wherever an organ donor lay on life support. That could easily mean eight hours of travel. And that was just the start.

"You have a lung team, a heart team, a liver team and maybe a pancreas team," says Doyle, who is an associate professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Since each team has two or three people, a dozen people from all over the country might descend on a small-town hospital in the dead of night. They would often have to wait because the operating room was booked with trauma cases and scheduled surgery. And the staff may never have assisted with organ recovery.
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READER SUBMITTED: Terryville Mother Gives Gift Of Life To Others Three Times

The Hartford Courant | Alisa Gaudiosi, Plymouth


Tina Ray of Terryville spent much of her life surrounded by men. As the mother of two boys, one lesson she imparted to all of the men in her life is the importance of helping others during times of need. So when her son, Nick, got a motorcycle shortly before he was to turn 21, he and his mother had a discussion about organ donation.

No one could have known what was to come. Just three days later, two months shy of his 21st birthday, Nick lost his life in a motor vehicle accident. His family bravely carried on their son's wishes donating his organs, including his heart.

Losing a child is a pain no one can ever fully recover from but Ray says she found peace in knowing that Nick lived on in someone else. Her confirmation of Nick's generosity came one day in the form of a letter.
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Phoenixville resident recognized for work with Kidney Foundation

Pheonixville News | Mark Marotta


Fran and Rochelle Lynam, of Phoenixville, volunteer at a past Kidney Walk in Philadelphia. Fran is being honored at this year's Kidney Ball for their volunteer efforts with the National Kidney Foundation's Delaware Valley chapter. Photo courtesy of Rochelle Lynam and the National Kidney Foundation

For Fran Lynam, recognition as a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation presents an opportunity to raise awareness about a major health issue and the importance of organ donation.

Because of his work on behalf of the foundation, the 58-year-old Phoenixville resident has been named this year’s Bobby Rydell Volunteer Honoree. Lynam will be honored at the 30th Annual Kidney Ball, to be held at 7 p.m. on March 8, at Vie, 600 N. Broad St., in Philadelphia.

The National Kidney Foundation “is the leading organization … in the United States, dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease,” explained Mary Elizabeth Sullivan, development manager with the organization. The volunteer honor was named after the teen idol of the 1950s and ‘60s, a South Philadelphia native who has undergone a double organ transplant and been a foundation supporter, Sullivan said.
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East Bay nursing student killed by alleged drunken driver saves lives, forges bonds through organ donation

San Jose Mercury News | Jerry Thomas


Sandra Chesterman, left, puts a braclet on the wrist of Christine Kirby during a birthday party for her son Jayden Kirby, 1, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Fremont, Calif. Chesterman's daughter Kristina was killed by an alleged drunk driver last September while coming home from nursing school in Chico. Jayden was given months to live before he received part of Kristina Chesterman's liver. Jayden and Christina share the same birth stone and that gem is embeded into the bracelet. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) ( ARIC CRABB )

LIVERMORE -- When she was still in high school, Kristina Chesterman wrote out her bucket list. Flying a plane was on it; so was running through a poppy field and breaking up a fight between two boys over her affections. She also wanted to save a life.

The aspiring nurse's ambitions came to a halt in September, when she was killed by a suspected drunken driver near Chico State, where she attended school.

Though Chesterman, 21, didn't get to mark much off her list, she has saved more lives than she hoped -- and is profoundly affecting many others. Five Northern Californians have been saved through Kristina's choice to donate her organs. And her grateful friends and family are making the rest of her bucket list their own.
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Donor numbers too low

Daily Liberal


Australians should automatically be considered organ donors, unless they indicate otherwise on their licence, says Charles Sturt University (CSU) ethicist Dr Alberto Giubilini.

Dr Giubilini, from CSU centre for applied philosophy and public ethics, said this week's DonateLife Week was the perfect time for people to think about becoming organ donors.

He said one of the key reasons donor numbers were low was because people often didn't even consider becoming a donor.

"I think more people would do it if they knew about the benefits to the healthcare system and other people," he said.

Dr Giubilini said last year there were only 391 deceased donors in Australia, which equates to about 17 donors for every million Australians.
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Future looks brighter for Angela after donation

The Standard |Everard Himmelreich


It’s DonateLife Week and Bushfield’s Angela Gleeson is now seeing clearly again after receiving corneal donor tissue in her left eye after a seven-month wait.

THANKS to the gift of donor corneal tissue, Angela Gleeson has good sight again in her left eye and intends to return to work soon.

Mrs Gleeson, 45, of Bushfield, stopped working as a nurse about eight months ago after her left eye rejected the cornea transplant she received more than 25 years ago.

She waited seven months before more tissue became available last month and is deeply grateful to the donor and the donor’s family.

The mother of three decided to tell her story during this week’s DonateLife Week to encourage more people to register their agreement to donate their organs and tissues in the event of their deaths.
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Brandon Brewer back at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital

The Daily News Journal | Nancy De Gennaro


In this 2008 file photo, transplant recipient Brandon Brewer hugs his grandmother, Liz Brewer, before boarding a plane at Smyrna Airport that will take him to Pittsburgh. / DNJ file
Transplant recipient in 'severe organ rejection'
PITTSBURGH — Smyrna resident Brandon Brewer, now 22, is in “severe organ rejection” at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, where he has been for nearly a week, said mother, Brande Brewer.

“We need lots of prayers,” said Brande Brewer, who is the only family member able to be with her son at the hospital.

Before being transported by LifeFlight over the weekend, Brandon Brewer was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for seven days. He is currently in the pediatric intensive care unit at the Pittsburgh hospital.

Although he is no longer considered a pediatric patient, doctors there are very familiar with his case, so he continues to be treated there, Brande Brewer explained.
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Overcoming disease, Merrick teen inspires

Long Island Herald | Brian Racow


Gillian Cohen, with her parents, Gary and Pam, at the Long Beach Polar Bear Super Bowl Splash, which raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Gillian, a liver transplant survivor, is a “Wish Ambassador” for Make-A-Wish and was recently honored with the U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Section’s Service to/People with Disabilities Award.

Gillian Cohen was just 7 years old when she received a life-saving liver transplant, but she has never forgotten it.

Now a junior at Calhoun High School, Gillian spends much of her time working to help ensure that others in need of organ transplants get the same second chance at life that she did. The list of public venues in which she has spoken about the importance of organ donation has grown.

“She’s spoken at North Shore LIJ Hospital, she’s spoken at Winthrop Hospital, she’s spoken at Temple Beth Am, she’s spoken at Calhoun High School, she’s spoken at assisted living facilities … she’s spoken for New York Organ Donor Network,” her mother, Pam, said. She also recalled “organ donation speeches” her daughter gave at Yale University, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in a TV interview and at annual ceremonies the Transplant Recipient International Organization holds for organ donor families in Eisenhower Park.
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Beccky celebrates organ donation

Bendingo Advertiser | Hannah Knight


LIVING LIFE: Beccky Johns. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

BENDIGO'S Johns family knows all too well the importance of organ donation.

Beccky Johns, 21, was born with a genetic disorder that eventually caused her kidneys to fail.

Beccky was on kidney dialysis for six months before undergoing a kidney transplant in 2004.

Beccky received her new kidney from her dad Paul.

It lasted four years before a second transplant was required.

This time her mum Sue came to the rescue.

The Johns family shared their story on national television this week as part of DonateLife Week 2014.
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Milestone hit with 400th B.C. heart transplant

Vancouver BC 24 Hours | David P. Ball


Marian Mazurek, of Port Coquitlam, received B.C.’s 400th heart transplant since its first operation in 1988. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
"I'm still a little bit sore from the operation, but that will be just a matter of time — I can feel my heart beat now." — Marian Mazurek, heart transplant recipient

Some people wear their heart on their sleeve.

For one Port Coquitlam man, he had a chance to hold his heart in his hands.

Marian Mazurek, a 62-year-old with a deteriorating heart condition, had British Columbia's 400th heart transplant on Dec. 20.

The elevator repairman said his maintenance work had become “more and more difficult” after years of cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease which left him at only 10% capacity and with no energy. Just before Christmas, he was considering quitting when the phone rang.

“They had found a possible match for me,” he said. The next day he went to St. Paul's Hospital and a day later had a new heart.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Experiment reverses course by bringing organ donors to doctors

Delaware OnLine | Marilynn Marchione| Associated Press


Transplant experts say the experiment could become standard.
(Photo: photographereddie)

Transplant experts say this could become a new standard, and groups in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, Chicago and Ann Arbor, Mich., have started or are exploring similar ventures.

“It’s kind of a foreign concept, so it’s taken some time for this to catch on, but I think it will. It makes so much sense,” said Dr. William Chapman, a transplant surgeon at Washington University in St. Louis, which uses the Mid-America center.

“There’s no question in my mind” this should be done everywhere, said Dr. Majella Doyle, also of Washington University. “It will increase the number of organs that are used and it will increase efficiency and decrease costs.” She led the study, published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

About 28,000 transplants were done in the United States in 2012; more than 121,000 people are on the waiting list now.

Organs have a finite shelf life – livers, six to 10 hours after removal; hearts and lungs, even less. Kidneys last about a day.
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Online Organ Donor Registry

Keloland | Stephanie Gregory


SIOUX FALLS, SD - The South Dakota Legislature passed a bill allowing people to sign up to save a life online. By checking the organ donation box, you can impact someone you don't even know.

"You can restore somebody's life, somebody's viability and experience that has been impacted negatively in some way shape or form," Allison Hauck with the South Dakota Lion's Eye and Tissue Bank said.

A new name is added to the national transplant waiting list every 12 minutes, but 18 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. Registering to be a donor gives hope to those in need. Now South Dakota has multiple, simple ways to become an organ donor.

"Check the box on your driver’s license when you renew or go on to South Dakota Department of Transportation website and check the box or go to donatelifesd.org," Hauck said.
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'I know my Daddy's so ill he might die'

The Daily Mail | Caroline Scott


Dr Simon with his wife Anita and their two children James, 18 months, and Sarah, seven
A heartbreaking account of how the organ donor shortage has left this father of two with just a one in 10,000 chance of survival
Ordinary, everyday tasks are incredibly important to Dr Simon Howell. A couple of weeks ago he took his seven-year-old daughter Sarah to B&Q and then out for a burger.

'It sounds unglamorous,' he says. 'But for me, it was magical. The whole time I was thinking: "This is 'Daddy time' she'll remember for ever." '

Simon, 39, suffers from kidney failure and desperately needs an organ transplant - so days when he has the energy to play with his children are rare. A few years ago, he was well enough to carry Sarah on his shoulders. Now a good day means making it to a nearby playground with his one-year-old son, James, and the help of his wife Anita.
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Life’s a gift, says Kelly Read, who had a liver transplant after being told she had just two months to live

Herald Sun | Alice Claridge


Kelly Read is urging Tasmanians to register for organ and tissue donations after a liver transplant saved her life. Source: News Limited
A HOBART mother of two has been given a second chance at life – and she is grabbing it with both hands.
Less than two years ago Kelly Read was told she had just two months to live but her life was saved by an organ donation.

To help other people in the same perilous situation, Mrs Read wants to encourage all Tasmanians not only to take the time to register as an organ donor but to discuss their decisions with family members.

“I feel it is my duty now to support organ donation, as well as live my life to the fullest,” she said.

“By discussing the issue with families it makes the decision far easier to make in the case of what is often a tragedy.”
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Living in hope: Matt waits for gift of life

Central Western Daily | Janice Harris


HOPE LIVES ON: Matt Wensley is waiting on a liver transplant. He is pictured at the launch of Donate Life Week with donation specialist nurse Sonia Braithwaite, senior intensive care specialist Dr Keven Qua, and Greg Stevens who received a new liver in 2012. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0224DONOR2

MATT Wensley is living in hope someone’s decision will change the course of his life.

Mr Wensley, 19, is on a waiting list for a liver transplant. He was born with a liver condition that kept him sidelined growing up, while his brother and sister played sport.

But yesterday, Mr Wensley was given great cause for hope, at the start of Donate Life Week, when he met fellow Orange resident Greg Stevens who underwent a liver transplant in 2012.

The Orange Health Service facilitated a record number of organ donations in the past 12 months.

Senior intensive care specialist Dr Keven Quan oversees the procurement of organs from deceased people and liaises with medical teams in Sydney and Melbourne to carry out the transplants.
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CSUN student raises awareness on the importance of organ donations

Daily SunDial | CSUN | Lisette Rosales


Corey Eaker, senior geography major, holds a memorial for his late wife Molly at the pond in the Orange Grove on Monday. A friend’s uncle who is the outreach founder of the Molly Pierce-Eaker foundation made the memorial carved from wood. Photo Credit David J. Hawkins / Photo Editor

She lived a mere 24 years, with over 180 hospitalizations, 37 operations and died on June 4, 2013 in her husband’s arms in the hospital waiting for a four-organ transplant. The couple had only been married three days.

Her name was Molly Pearce-Eaker. She was diagnosed at birth with a disorder called Hirschsprung’s Disease that obstructs the small and large intestine, making it impossible for them to function properly, according to her husband, Corey Eaker, 25, CSUN student majoring in geography.

From then on, Molly was put through two successful organ transplants, Eaker said. In 2011, the kidney transplant she received from her mother had failed, as well as the the small bowel transplant she received because of an infection, Eaker said. She was then added back on the transplant list, only this time she was in need of four transplants. Because of all the medicine intake that affected her liver, she now needed a new pancreas as well.
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Couple hope to move on after organ transplant

Bellingen Courier


This is Marie and Steven’s story.

A LOCAL couple who have been through a harrowing ordeal and are still battling to get their lives on track are urging Valley residents to back this week’s Donate Life Week

to promote organ and tissue donation.

Around 1500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.

This is Marie and Steven’s story:

Marie and her husband Steven moved to Dorrigo, 23 years ago, where they raised four children and were actively involved in the community.

All this changed in 1996 when Steven contracted Q fever endocarditis, possibly from a tick, and became unwell.
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The Gift of Organ Donation

Healthy Living Chicago


Every 10 minutes, someone joins the national transplant waiting list. Every day, an average of 18 people die waiting for an organ transplant. Chicago resident Steve Farkau was determined not to become a statistic.

Farkau was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that causes the body to produce excessive thick, sticky mucus that affects the lungs and other organs. He wasn’t supposed to live past his teens. He’ll be celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary soon, thanks to the gift of a complete stranger.

Kari Westberg was a 17 year old girl from Iowa. She was a star volleyball player. She died the day before her junior prom due to a brain hemorrhage. Just a month before, however, Kari, a healthy teen with no reason to believe her life would end anytime soon, told her parents how strongly she felt about organ donation. They honored her wishes and Ferkau got the lungs he’d been waiting for.
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Kidney donation from niece saves aunts life

Portland Tribune | Beverly Corbell


by: GRESHAM OUTLOOK PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Peggy Parker, left, shares a laugh with her aunt, Amie Griggs. Parker saved Griggs life by donating a kidney to her in December.

Every year in America, 69,000 people die from kidney failure. Many of those lives could be saved if more people were willing to donate a kidney, says Peggy Parker, of Gresham a registered nurse who does home visits and community outreach for Care Oregon.

Parker knows what she’s talking about, not only from a professional perspective but from first-hand experience. In early December, Parker and her aunt, Amie Griggs, of Boring went into surgery together at Legacy Good Samaritan Transplant Center, where Parker donated one of her kidneys to Griggs.

It was a lifesaver for Griggs, 50, who had gotten sicker and sicker before the transplant to the point that she was vomiting everything she ate because her body was so ill from kidney failure. Her illness, polycystic kidney disease, is hereditary, and she got it from her father.

According to the website of the American Kidney Fund, more than 600,000 Americans have polycystic kidney disease, or PKD. The disease causes cysts to grow on the kidneys, damaging them, and over time leads to kidney failure.
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Islamic views on organ donation at Qatar seminar

Gulf News | Habib Toumi
Lectures to generate contributions to international exchange of ideas and universal reality
Manama: A scientific seminar on Islamic perspectives on organ donations will be held this week in the Qatari capital Doha.

The ‘Organ donation between Islamic ethico-legal discourse and Muslim reality’ on Tuesday will be hosted by the Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), a member of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), in collaboration with Qatar Organ Donation Centre.

The seminar, part of a series of CILE events organised to address the issues of biomedical ethics, will allow two prominent specialists in the field of organ transplantation and the related ethical issues to express their views.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Three families who loved, lost, gave and gained through organ donations

Herald Sun AU | LUCIE VAN DEN BERG MEDICAL REPORTER SUNDAY HERALD SUN


When Amelia Morgan died her “twinkling eyes” and tissue gave four people the gift of sight. Source: News Limited
VISITORS always startle at the horn blasts, but anyone who lives next to a railway line will tell you the sound soon blends into the background.
Anyone, except for Ethan.

No matter where the toddler was in the family home, he would hear the horn, raise his arm and wave at the passing train.

But the day the horn sounded twice, even his mother heard it.

The children were playing in the backyard with friends.

Michelle Seccull was unpacking the dishwasher when she tuned into the first unobtrusive toot.

Then came the second sound. It was still a horn, but it was longer; it seemed louder and more urgent.

Then there were the screams. She followed them: outside, into the backyard, over the fence, to the rail line. To her son.
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Five years later, spirit of slain teenager lives on through his donated organs

Las Vegas Sun | Jackie Valley


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Kevin, left, and Don Brill, the brother and father of Aric Brill, admire a homemade, patchwork quilt hung in Aric’s honor during a ceremony at the UMC Transplant Center on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Aric Brill read chemistry books and medical journals as a 7-year-old, exuding a never-ending thirst for information that continued into his teen years.

He wanted to understand cosmic activity, energy distribution and computer science.

He knew it wouldn’t happen overnight, so he kept lists — lots of lists — in his wallet, in his bedroom and everywhere in between to keep track of all these goals.

“With all that knowledge, he was very aware of the effects these things had on the quality of life here on earth,” said his mother, Karen Brill. “He became a very compassionate human being.”
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Perth man's battle for life brings out the stars

WA Today | Adrian Beattie


Organ transplant recipients Peter Chwal and Troy Scudds have formed DonorMate.

A Perth man's battle to beat a deadly illness had attracted support from a string Australian and international celebrities.

For 15 months father of three Peter Chwal was in and out of hospital fighting life-threatening infections as his liver failed.

Forty percent of families decline organ donation


During that time and in the year since a successful transplant operation he and his mates have campaigned hard to raise the profile of organ donation in the 16-35-year age group.

"Statistically that is the worst group when it comes to ticking the box for organ donation," Peter said.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Government supports organ transplant measures

Swiss Info


Paediatric heart surgeon Rene Pretre prepares for a transplantation in Zurich. (Keystone)
Federal and cantonal governments have approved the implementation of the “more organs for transplantation” action plan, agreeing on a wide range of priorities and measures to help counter the shortage of donated organs in Switzerland.
The number of people needing organs has been growing steadily over the past decade. Whereas there were 641 people on the waiting list at the end of 2003, the number had reached 1,274 by the end of 2013.

The number of deceased organ donors in 2013 was 110, an almost 15% increase over 2012, a statement noted on Thursday. But in spite of the fact that a number of organs can be transplanted from a single donor, and kidneys can be provided by living donors, Switzerland still has a significant organ shortage.

According to the study Swiss Monitoring of Potential Donors (SwissPOD), the potential number of organ donors in Switzerland is three times higher than the number of people who actually donate. And the number of those donating is currently below the European average, it found.
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Turning 80 an extra special milestone

The Advocate| Holly Monery


SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE: Vern Cox, of East Devonport, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Monday, 18 years after having a heart transplant. His wife, Bev, will be among loved ones celebrating with him. Picture: Grant Wells.

AS VERN Cox's 80th birthday on Monday approaches, he wants to spread a heartfelt message to Coasters.

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The Devonport man would not have reached this milestone occasion without the gift of life, a heart transplant 18 years ago.

``At the time of the transplant I had three grandchildren, I now have another five. The two oldest are married and the third one has gone to university,'' Mr Cox said.

``I've had the benefit of seeing them grow up.''

In 1983 Mr Cox was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy following a cardiac arrest.

His wife, Bev Cox, said without the new neighbour next door who knew what to do, she would have lost Vern.
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Young woman whose life was saved by organ donation campaigns to get more people to sign up

Dunmow Broadcast 24| Emma Hardwick


In December, the 22-year-old had spent 15 months desperately waiting for a double lung transplant after her own lungs had been destroyed by cystic fibrosis.

The majority of her time was spent attached to oxygen and it would be very rare to see her without her wheelchair.

But since being giving the best gift she could have asked for – “a second chance at life” – she is letting nothing hold her back.

Bernice was recently dressed to the nines and putting all of her new-found energy into a photo shoot, held at Scrumptious Tearooms in Great Dunmow and snapped by former Broadcast reporter and photographer Michael Boyton, for the cause that saved her life.

“I wouldn’t be here without my donor so I want to do everything I can to promote organ donation and show it is a good thing to do,” said Bernice.
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Twenty years of triumph

Driffield Post Times


A Nafferton woman is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a successful liver transplant.
Naomi Smith, 21, who works as a midday supervisor at King’s Mill School in Driffield, has won 39 medals for Great Britain in both the British and World Transplant Games despite undergoing a the transplant at just 16 months old after being diagnosed with a congenital liver disease.

Naomi said: “It’s a massive milestone, a lot of people don’t see 20 years.”

Due to a back injury, Naomi is no longer competing professionally but says the 2009 World Transplant Games in Australia has been her biggest highlight to date.

Naomi added: “It’s a dream for most families to go to Australia but for us to go and for me to get my medals and two world records while we were there was amazing.”
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Anonymous donor donates kidney to Gawler child Angus Dunn, 4

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Paul and Kerry Dunn with their children Angus, Charlotte and Leo. Picture: Dean Martin Source: News Limited
FROM fading away at death’s door to a tearaway youngster loving kindergarten — four-year-old Angus Dunn has his life back, thanks to the generosity of a stranger who donated a kidney.
The donation also dramatically changed the lives of his parents Kerry and Paul, big sister Charlotte, 8, and baby brother Leo, 2.

Angus is one of the nation’s youngest organ recipients and after a rocky start to life, his parents say he is now full of energy and having a great time at kindy.

The Gawler boy was just six months old when Hirschsprung’s disease - a bowel condition -caused his body to largely shut down.
His kidneys failed and never restarted.

The diseased section of bowel was removed but in critical condition from renal failure, Angus was put on dialysis to keep him alive.
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Have the talk about organ donation

The Daily Liberal


THE Western NSW Local Health District considers "having a chat" with family about donating organs is critical in the process of registering to do so.

DonateLife Week, from tomorrow until March 2, has the health district urging people living within its boundaries to discover the facts about organ and tissue donation and to register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

But the health district's donation specialist Sonia Braithwaite reports it is "even more important" to make others aware of the decision.

"In the same way that we discuss what we want to have happen in the event of our death, we also need to talk about whether we would like to become an organ and tissue donor," she said.

"It's a conversation we can have today that helps prepare our loved ones should they be offered the opportunity to proceed with organ and tissue donation.
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Local girl gets heart, lungs, and kidneys transplant

Humboldt Beacon | Heather Nyberg-Scholtzhauer 

Ashley Pearce King Powell has been dealing with cystic fibrosis all of her life. The disease has brought her to this current place where she needed multiple organ transplants. Those transplants recently came through and Ashley is putting on the fight of her life.

According to cff.org, “Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, 70,000 worldwide. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.”

CFF goes on to explain, “In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.”

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Barry still recovering, will be at event to promote organ donation ‘in spirit’

Washington Post | Aaron C Davis

A crowd is expected to gather Saturday at Howard University to promote organ donation — without the District’s most well-known organ-donation recipient.

Former mayor and current D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been organizing the event, marking the fifth anniversary of his successful kidney transplant, from his hospital bed in recent weeks, aides said. He was released from MedStar Washington Hospital Center earlier this week, but he remains admitted to an in-patient physical therapy program as he recovers from his second extended hospital stay in four weeks.

Barry was not able to be interviewed Friday, but a spokeswoman, LaToya Foster, said he would be at the Saturday celebration “in spirit.” She said the event will encourage minorities and others to start talking about organ donation and kidney disease.

The other half of the guests-of-honor duo, who is expected to be present, is Kim Dickens, the friend who donated a kidney to Barry in 2009.
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NJ human tissue donations on the rise

NJ.com | Kathleen O'Brien
New Jerseyans are becoming more willing to be organ donors (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the state’s largest networks for organ and tissue donation reported 2013 saw the most tissue recovery in its history.

There were 372 bone donations, 392 skin donations, and 756 cornea donations overseen by the NJ Sharing Network. Overall, donations in these categories have tripled since 2005.

“Countless other New Jersey residents benefited from other types of donated tissue, including heart valves, tendons to repair major knee injuries, and veins for cardiac bypass surgery,” according the organization.

The latest numbers show a steady climb in the area of tissue donation – a facet of donation not widely known.
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For More Organ Donors, Just Head To The Local DMV

NPR | by CHANA JOFFE-WALT
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When Kim Zaza became the volunteer coordinator for a non profit called Gift of Life Michigan only 11 percent of Michigan's population was on the organ donor registry. Her job was to increase that number.

Zasa is energetic and really likes people. So she was naturally optimistic about her ability to sell the idea of donating organs to the people of Michigan just by talking to them. "We just went out and signed up for every art fair, church event, every little podunk little thing we could possibly think of just to try to get our information out there," she says.

And yet, despite her army of 800 volunteers, the number of people in Michigan signing up to become donors didn't grow much. When she would go to the national Donate Life conference, with all the other state organizations that manage donor registries, Zasa would sit in the back of the room. "It was kinda embarrassing for us to sit in some of those meetings. We'd be like oh look we're in the bottom of barrel again," she says.

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Lifesaving donations needed in Niagara

St. Catharines Standard | Maryanne Firth


It’s a gift Linda Mackey will never be able to repay.

Delivered by her lifelong friend, it was an unforgettable present that gave the Niagara Falls resident her freedom back.

When she was casually informed that Nelly Hicks had begun undergoing tests to see if she was a viable kidney donor, Mackey broke down and cried.

It’s a moment the now 53-year-old will never forget — one she will be eternally grateful for.

It’s part of the reason why Mackey and Hicks now get together every Dec. 6, the date of their respective surgeries, to celebrate.

“It’s a special day — when your life starts again,” Mackey says.

There are more than 1,500 people in Ontario, about 40 of them in Niagara, who are waiting for that life-changing phone call with news a potential organ match has been found.

Mackey knows the impact an organ donation can make on a life, not only because of the selfless gift awarded by Hicks, but also because of two additional transplants she has received since the age of 12.
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Event teaches kids about organs

Bowling Green Daily News | Alyssa Harvey
Reaghan Chen (left), 9, Emerson Carrigan, 9, wear vision distorting glasses to learn about eye safety taught by Susan Mall of the University of Louisville Lions Eye Bank, during the Life is Cool event, Thursday, Feb. 20. 2014, at Potter Gray Elementary School. (Miranda Pederson/Daily News)

Jay Macy is fascinated by organs.

The 10-year-old Potter Gray Elementary School student stood at the heart learning station Thursday during the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliate’s “Life is Cool” program. Fourth- and fifth-graders learned how to keep their bodies healthy with nutrition and exercise and by watching a lesson about organ donation.

At the heart station, Jay named different parts of the heart, but that wasn’t the coolest part for him. Students got the opportunity to touch a pig’s heart, lungs and other organs. Pig organs were used because they’re closest to human organs.

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to touch them all,” he said.

Nita Cole, fourth-grade science and math teacher at Potter Gray, helped bring the program to the school. The children were given the one-week assignment beforehand to “Be the Teacher” as part of the curriculum. The children took the information home to teach their parents, and parents reported what the children taught them.
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Liam Neeson On Natasha Richardson, 5 Years After Her Death

Huffington Post 

Liam Neeson is opening up about the loss of his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, who died in a skiing accident five years ago.

"There's periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years ... any time I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her," Neeson tells Anderson Cooper.

In a clip from an interview to air Sunday night on "60 Minutes," the actor describes the pact he made with his wife and what he said to her as she lay dying in the hospital.

But he also describes the one bright side to her death at the age of 45: The three people alive today because of her.

Neeson's latest film, "Non-Stop" opens next week.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Biopsies before transplantation do not determine success of donated kidneys

Medical Express
Biopsies of donated kidneys provide little information for determining the suitability of organs for transplantation, according to two studies appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The findings suggest that other methods are needed when weighing whether to discard or transplant a deceased donor kidney.

The quality of donated kidneys is fundamentally important for the longevity of kidney transplants. Clinicians often use kidney biopsies to assess kidney health before transplantation. Chirag Parikh, MD, PhD and Isaac Hall, MD, MS (Yale University and Veterans Affairs Medical Center) led a team that looked for associations between biopsy-reported kidney injury at the time of organ procurement with subsequent kidney transplant outcomes. "We were hoping to expand our knowledge about these associations and explain inconsistent findings in the medical literature by performing the largest multicenter study of its kind to date," said Dr. Hall.
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Sabrina looks up to her big Cairns Taipans supporters

Cairns Post | Murray Wenzel


TALL SUPPORT: Next week is donate life week. The Cairns Taipans are throwing their support behind the cause. Clint Steindl and Cameron Gliddon with organ transplant recipient Sabrina Davies. Pic: Brendan Francis Source: CairnsPost
SABRINA Davies would be lost for words if she could meet the person who donated her kidney, but her joy for life speaks for itself.
The organ recipient is fit and firing after her 2012 transplant and 12 months after first meeting Taipans' pair Cameron Gliddon and Clint Steindl has reunited with them to say thanks.

The Taipans are helping spread the message that organ donation saves and enhances lives, with the 25 year old a prime example.

"I'd thank them (the donor) so much because it's given me a second chance of life," she said.
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Husband launches Facebook campaign to find a kidney for his wife

Manchester Evening News | Jessica Beckett


The mum-of-six endures eight hours of dialysis a day and has been told a transplant is the only way of getting her life back on track
The mum-of-six endures eight hours of dialysis a day and has been told a transplant is the only way of getting her life back on track

A husband has turned to the internet to find his wife the perfect present - a new kidney.

Simon King has launched a Facebook campaign to search for an organ donor for wife Nicola who is battling kidney failure.

The mum-of-six endures eight hours of dialysis a day and has been told a transplant is the only way of getting her life back on track.

Simon set up Facebook group The Wife Wants A Kidney in the hope of finding a donor.
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Outcomes of organ transplantation

World Health Organization


The benefit of transplantation is to be evaluated in the long term. As an example, the following illustration brings together data on the percentage of survival for transplanted kidneys after one year from various countries and teams around the world. These data are available on the web site of national transplantation organizations or have been published in medical and scientific literature. They are a demonstration that kidney transplantation yields good outcomes in all contexts. It also shows that the difference in results between transplanted kidneys from living and from deceased donors is small, a fact that encourages the use of organs donated from cadavers whenever possible rather than taking the risk, however small, of harming a living donor.

Scientific and professional societies have an essential role in monitoring the outcomes of transplantation and of living donations.
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Newark girl thriving 2 years after liver transplant

Newark Advocate | Anna Jeffries


Brittney Armstrong twirls her daughter, Alison, 3, who is recovering from a liver transplant. / Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate

NEWARK — Ali Armstrong is eager to show off the video her mother made to celebrate the second anniversary of her liver transplant.

It begins with pictures of Ali in 2012, right after her Feb. 17 transplant. She was still battling aggressive cancer with powerful chemotherapy. Her hair is gone, her skin is pale and tubes and wires cover her small body.

As the photo slideshow continues, Ali gets bigger and stronger. She’s sitting up in bed in one photo. In another she’s walking, then playing with her big brothers, Clayton and Noah.

The 3-year-old has watched the video over and over, enjoying the uplifting background music and the brightly colored photos of herself.
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Evie Wentz Recovering Well After Kidney Transplant

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Evie Wentz of Whispering Pines Tuesday morning before going back for kidney surgery.

Almost a week into her post-kidney transplant life, 9-year-old Evie Wentz is gritting through the surgical pain with Disney movies, Harry Potter books and a steady regimen of blowing bubbles.

The Whispering Pines girl received a kidney from 31-year-old Jennifer Trapp of Sanford last Tuesday. Both Wentz and Trapp weathered the surgery, conducted at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, but Evie ran a slight fever for the first couple of days afterward.

The Sandhills Farm Life fourth-grader has needed a kidney transplant the last two years. She was diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and hospitalized in December 2012 for almost three months for acute kidney failure. Since then, she has been on dialysis, conducted at night by her parents while she sleeps.
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Barbecue Friday will help Redding girl through children's organ transplant fund

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Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Jonnie Cravens, 12, right, does homework and talks with friend and classmate Isabelle Tilcock Tuesday at Jonnie’s home in Redding. Jonnie was diagnosed with chronic renal disease when she was six and is in need of a kidney transplant. The family is working with COTA and holding a fundraiser at the Tire Factory on South Market on Friday.

A barbecue fundraiser to benefit an organization helping a Redding girl in need of a live-saving kidney transplant is on Friday.

Jonnie Cravens, 12, has chronic renal disease — an illness her parents found out she’d already entered the third stage of when she was only 6.

“It was pretty scary,” said her mother, Jennifer Cravens. “It didn’t seem like anything was wrong.”

Though the disease doesn’t affect Jonnie’s life too much — as long as she’s taking her medications — some of her earliest memories are of managing the illness.

“I remember taking meds when I was six,” said Jonnie, now a seventh-grader at Turtle Bay School and the youngest of four children.
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Souderton Area High School students organize 'Cupid's Closet' sale of affordable prom dresses

Souderton Independent | Victoria Wolk
Souderton Area High School Future Business Leaders of America students Erin Bowman, left, and Katie Freed arrange dress shoes for sale during the FBLA’s Cupid’s Closet event at the school Feb. 12. 21st Century Media photo / MARK C. PSORAS

Community members looking for affordable prom dresses were invited to shop “Cupid’s Closet” at Souderton Area High School Feb. 12.

The event was run by the school’s Future Business Leaders of America club, which held a similar event two years ago, said teacher Maria Halteman.

From Jan. 10 to Feb. 10, the club collected about 400 formal and semi-formal dresses, said Erin Bowman, a senior in the FBLA club. Bowman was on the Cupid’s Closet committee along with juniors Christie Birchall and Tara Young. Many of the dresses collected were actually new, donated by local bridal shops, Bowman said. They came from Harleysville Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe, All Things Bridal in Quakertown, Stephanie’s Bridal Shop in Pennsburg and Country Bride and Gent, among others, Halteman said.

Before the dresses went on sale to the public, Souderton students who need a little help with prom were given first pick, Halteman said.
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Organ recipient couple thankful for donors

SW Virginia Today: Wytheville | Wayne Queensberry

Gene and Rose Lawson are living proof of the importance of organ donations.

The Austinville area residents have both undergone transplants.

“We’re alive today because somebody cared enough to be an organ donor,” remarked 78-year-old Gene Lawson, who received a new heart in 1998. “We encourage everyone to be a donor.”

His wife, who underwent a kidney transplant last month, added, “People just don’t realize how important being an organ donor is. So many people don’t understand the importance of donating organs so that others can live.”

In healthier days, the Lawsons were both organ donors. They now know first-hand how donated organs save lives.
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