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‘Gift of Life’ Transplant Program Marks 40th Year With Call For More Donors

CBS LOCAL - Philadelphia | Jim Melwert


Photo: Jim Melwert
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Gift of Life organ donation program — the nation’s leading organ donation program, based here in Philadelphia — is celebrating 40 years.

The celebration recognizes the tens of thousand of lifesaving organ transplants and hundreds of thousands of tissue transplants in the Philadelphia region, while also pointing out the need for more donors.

Diane Bottino’s husband died while waiting for an organ:

“Right after he passed, my children and I did a lot of work to raise awareness for organ donation because we know of the critical need.”

She says they work to educate people, to ease fears, and debunk myths, all while highlighting the need for donors.

“We have an answer, we have the medical technology and advances and brilliance of doctors and compassion of families that support donation, but not enough people to register,” she says. And there’s a gap there that we can fill.”
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Tulare County woman honored for health outreach work

Visalia Times Delta - Tulare Advance Register | Juan Villa


Maria Grijalva / photo by Juan Villa
Maria Grijalva never misses an opportunity to spread the word about kidney health.

If there’s a local health fair, chances are she’s invited herself and is there talking to locals.

When it comes to kidney work, she’s a volunteer coordinator for the Kaweah Delta Health Care District Kidney Support Group, a volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation and an NKF Peers mentor.

For her work, the National Kidney Foundation honored 56-year-old Grijalva during their Volunteer Celebration Dinner recently in Fresno.

She was one of five individuals and organizations honored for their many years of organizing and facilitating kidney support groups, mentoring others and educating the community about the importance of kidney health.

“Maria has done a lot of grass roots community level support and she’s always promoting the National Kidney Foundation,” said Patty McCormac, NKF division program director. “She’…

Community "One More Life" Walk Around the State Capitol Slated for Saturday, April 12th

Digital Journal


SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Team Donate Life, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote organ donation and transplant awareness, will host a 1-mile walk around Sacramento Capitol Park starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 12th at the West Steps of the State Capitol, 10th & L Street.

Celebrated in April each year, National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. NDLM was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003 with the support of the Federal Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson.


The Sacramento Community is encouraged to attend the event. There will be stories of recent transplant successes like Pete Sevilla who received a life-saving kidney, as well as patients like 15-year old…

HCH to celebrate National Donate Life month

Picayune Item | Jodi Marze


Highland Community Hospital will be participating in the first statewide celebration to kick off the 11th National Donate Life Month, on April 1, at 2 p.m. with a Donate Life flag dedication ceremony.

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), has organized hospitals throughout the state to recognize the importance of organ donation with celebrations honoring both donors and recipients.

MORA representative Chuck Stinson, said, “ We really just want to promote awareness of the importance of organ donations, which truly save lives.”

Stinson said that there are currently 1,300 state residents in need of lifesaving transplants. There are 121,000 people needing transplants, nationwide. Of the 121,0000, 18 of those will die daily while they are waiting their lifesaving transplants
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UAE medical milestone: first successful kidney transplant from deceased donor

The National | Jennifer Bell


ABU DHABI // A year ago Latifa Sai’ed received the phone call that changed her life and marked a medical milestone in the emirate.

It was on April 24 that Latifa was told she would become the first patient in the UAE to have a transplant – a kidney – from a deceased donor.

It was a landmark procedure at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), which would become its crowning glory in a year of achievements marked by the emirate’s largest public hospital and clinic network.

Now 25, Latifa is happy and healthy and has embarked on a business degree at Abu Dhabi University.

“Oh thank God, alhamdulillah, I am fine now,” said Latifa, an Emirati, from Al Ain. “It has made a big difference in my life. Now I can go anywhere I want and go to university. Now my life starts. My life starts now.”
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Concern over possible change in transplant system

KCTV 5 | Chris Oberholtz, and Bonyen Lee


Hundreds of people in Missouri and Kansas are waiting for an organ transplant that could save their lives.

The good news is that their wait may be shorter than people in other parts of the country. But one group is proposing changing that, by creating a national organ sharing program.

Chris Crenshaw was 41 years old when he had to plan for life without him for his two young daughters and his wife.

"When you're sick you try to get your life in order to make it easier for your family if you do pass, and that's pretty hard," the Lee's Summit man said, fighting back tears.

Doctors diagnosed him with a rare auto-immune disease that attacked the bile ducts in his liver.

A transplant was eminent.

"It's very nerve-racking to be on the transplant list because you always have to have your phone on standby and hope you have reception for one," Crenshaw said.
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A FRIEND IN NEED

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript | Ashley Saari


Lyndeborough man donates kidney to stranger to save his uncle

For Dan Taylor, it was a waiting game. His kidneys had been failing for more than a year. He was on the list for a kidney transplant, but was looking at a waiting list of three to five years to get access to a compatible organ. And while he wasn’t on dialysis yet, it was a decision that was looming.

Taylor, a Dunstable, Mass., resident, and his doctors looked to family members who might be compatible and willing to donate one of their own, healthy kidneys. Several related family members were willing, but were disqualified for reasons related to their health. Finally, a healthy, willing donor was located — Shane Meltzer of Lyndeborough, who is related to Taylor by marriage. There was just one problem: Meltzer was not a match for Taylor.

There was another option, though, Taylor’s doctor’s told him. If both Taylor and Meltzer were willing, they could participate in a “swap” — Meltzer don…

Superior Health Foundation & U.P. Run For Life start organ donation fund

ABC 10 UP


It’s now a little easier for Upper Peninsula residents to either receive an organ transplant or serve as an organ donor.

The Superior Health Foundation and U.P. Run For Life have set up an organ donation fund. Organ transplant patients and potential donors can rack up unexpected expenses. They, or their insurance providers, may not be able to cover the costs.

That’s where the fund steps in “to help them with those costs, those out-of-pocket expenses, the travel expenses, the meals, the lodging,” Superior Health Foundation executive director Jim LaJoie said. “We don’t want that to be a prohibitive factor for people to take part in organ donation.”
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To register as a donor in California:
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Event celebrates organ donation

FDL Reporter


Sherry Linzmeier holds a photo of her son Dan, who was killed in a 1996 car crash. Organs and tissue from Dan helped save 48 people. / Submitted photo

Sherry Linzmeier’s son, Dan, was 21 when he died in a car crash in 1996. While his death was a horrible loss for family and friends, his family’s wish to donate Dan’s organs and tissue helped 48 people live.

“Dan has four organ recipients,” Sherry Linzmeier said. “Don received his heart, Jackie got his liver, Debbie has his kidney and pancreas, and Ed has his other kidney.”

In addition, Linzmeier said 41 people received bone from Dan, two others received ACL knee reconstruction parts, and a severely burned woman received Dan’s skin.

“We couldn’t save Dan, but he had the opportunity to save and help others,” Linzmeier says. “What a wonderful thing for one person to do for others. Donation was the best decision we ever made.”
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Spreading the word about what organ donation can mean for others

Ottawa Citizen | BY MEGGIE SYLVESTER


OTTAWA — When Hiba Yusuf was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2000, her rare blood type made donor options extremely limited.

And in Canada, donation rates are half of what they are in countries with the highest rates, including Spain, Australia and the United States.

According to Emile Therien, a public health and safety advocate and past president of the Canada Safety Council, the U.S. and Spain have 30 to 32 donors per million people, while Canada is said to have 16 for every million.

With few options available to Yusuf in December 2001, a year after diagnosis, her brother, Yusuf, made the decision to donate one of his kidneys to his older sister.
Yusuf’s health appeared to be back to normal following the operation, despite minor complications, and she continued working part-time while completing an undergraduate degree in cellular molecular biology at the University of Ottawa.
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READER SUBMITTED: East Granby Participates In The Annual Flags Across Connecticut

The Courant | James M Hayden, First Selectman


East Granby First Selectman, Jim Hayden has announced that East Granby is one of over 100 Connecticut municipalities, hospitals and organizations promoting organ and tissue donation awareness by flying Donate Life Flags during April, National Donate Life Month.

Connecticut's flag flying campaign began in 2009 and is part of a national initiative, Flags Across America, to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ and tissue donation.
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To register as a donor in California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
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Mountain Medicine: April is Donate Life Month

Arizona Daily Sun


For many, organ donation is an opportunity to turn tragedy into life. Choosing organ donation often brings a sense of peace to the loved ones of someone who dies suddenly.

During the month of April, Donor Network of Arizona and hospitals across the state will celebrate National Donate Life Month. Throughout the month, DNA and Arizona hospitals will work together to educate people about organ and tissue donation and to encourage them to register as donors.

Need for organ/tissue donation

The need for organ and tissue donation continues to grow despite medical advances. According to DNA:

-- More than 116,000 men, women and children in the U.S. currently need life-saving organ transplants.

-- More than 2,300 people in Arizona need a transplant.

-- Every 11 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.

-- Each day, 18 people die from the lack of available organs for transplant.

-- More than 90 percent of Americans say they support donation, but only …

Kidney patients forced to wait over a year for transplants from live donors

Independent IE | EMMA JANE HADE

A living donor kidney transplant involves an extensive series of clinical assessments and tests to judge suitability, known as a "work-up", before the operation takes place.

And a spokesperson for Beaumont Hospital said that the waiting time between these consultations and the transplant now stands at over 12 months.

"The transplant team at Beaumont are striving to have a maximum of three to six months' waiting time from 'work-up' to procedure," the spokesperson said last night.

"However, due to the current demands on the service this time is now in excess of one year.

"Preparing patients and their donors too far in advance or without a planned procedure date within a few months would render some of the clinical assessments and diagnostics invalid, requiring repetition."

The National Renal Transplant Programme at Beaumont Hospital last year received funding for expansion but a hospital official admitted that &qu…

Saving lives one registered donor at a time

Cavalier Daily | Brittany Hsieh


Donate Life held their first annual LifeSaver Saturday to raise awareness about organ donation in the University community and beyond. The event brought guest speakers to the University to share their personal stories about organ donation.
CIO Donate Life aims to raise University awareness about organ donation
During the summer of 2001, Maria Diaz was a promising student getting ready to begin her second year at the University. But On August 24, a tragic accident caused her car to suddenly veer off the side of the road. She died instantly. Throughout her life, Maria was a strong advocate of organ donation but the accident left her organs were ineligible for donation. Her family’s mission to educate and encourage others to become organ donors inspired third-year College student Anika Turkiewicz to create the CIO Donate Life at the University.

Turkiewicz created Donate Life last spring to educate and increase awareness about organ donation on Grounds.

“When I …

Waiting for a Heart

Spencer Daily Reporter | Dana Larsen


Aspen Wiederholt, 19, who watches "Grey's Anatomy" and wants a career in medicine, needs a heart transplant and is waiting for a donor.

STORM LAKE - Her voice is low and soft as cotton balls, but there's some solid steel behind her few words.
Is she confident that a heart transplant will bring her a new lease on life?

"Absolutely."

How do you know?
"God doesn't give you anything you can't handle."

Aspen Wiederholt, a 2013 graduate of Alta-Aurelia High School, is handling the wait for a new heart just fine.

"I may not be able to do everything I would like to, but I know I'll be able to do them again someday. I'll play golf. I'll go to college. I'll have a job in the medical field -- eventually," she says.
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Friendsville's Mark Lane waits for liver transplant

The Daily Times | Melanie Tucker


Mark and Terri Lane pose at their home in Friendsville. Mark suffers from cirrhosis of the liver and needs a transplant. His disease was not caused by drinking. Both of his parents carried a gene responsible for the condition.
Tom Sherlin | The Daily Times

Each morning as Mark Lane prepares for work, he has to wonder if today’s the day.

The day he will get the call that will send him rushing to Nashville and Vanderbilt Medical Center. The day when his diseased, cancerous liver will be replaced by a healthy one. The day his life is saved.

Lane is 56 and a resident of Friendsville. He’s been on the transplant list for a new liver since last November. While he waits for that call Lane continues working at Denso Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville, a job he’s had for almost 20 years. At his side praying for a happy outcome is wife Terri.

It was back in 2012, Mark said, when he began noticing signs something wasn’t quite right. This active adult said his muscle …

Mother thanks liver donor who saved her and unborn baby

Scotland Herald


SURVIVOR: Laura Milby, with her daughter Sarah, is due to have her second child in June. Picture: Chris James
A MOTHER who had an emergency liver transplant half way through her pregnancy has given thanks to the donor who saved both her life and that of her unborn baby.
Laura Milby, from Glasgow, suffered acute liver failure in January while 18 weeks pregnant and was told that her baby was unlikely to survive while she underwent transplant surgery.

But now the 29-year-old is ready to celebrate a special Mother's Day this Sunday with her husband David and four-year-old daughter Sarah as the family prepare for the arrival of its next member in June.

Ms Milby's illness was first noticed at her 12-week ante-natal appointment in November, when she complained of itchy skin, a symptom she thought was related to her pregnancy.
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My Family's Miracle: When Organ Donation Became a Part of my Everyday Life

Taylor's Gift


Hannah is a 2013 Scholarship recipient from Naperville, Illinois. A freshman at Loyola University Chicago, she is pursuing a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Spanish and Sports Management in hopes of working in community relations for a Major League Baseball team. Hannah is the daughter of a kidney transplant recipient and the sister of the kidney donor. Organ donation is something she holds very dear to her heart.

Organ donation is an incredibly amazing process and an experience that would not have crossed my mind if my father was not put on the waiting list for a kidney three years ago. Now, every morning, as I put on my Donate Life bracelet and head out the door, I am reminded of organ donation and my family’s miracle from the priceless gift of life.

A Personal Connection

When my father received his kidney transplant from my brother, my whole family breathed a major sigh of relief. Being able to ignore the enormous waiting list for a kidney - especially giv…

Lifeline of Ohio Quilts honor the life-saving heroes of organ, eye, and tissue donation

The Daily Jeffersonian




Ray Chorey, president and CEO at Southeastern Med, stands beside the Power of One quilt displayed at Southeastern Med. The traveling quilt honors heroes of organ and tissue donation.
Visual Donate Life quilts honor donation heroes whose single gift may have saved eight lives and/or healed the lives of 50 others through organ, eye and tissue donation. Donor families create memory squares and include pictures of their loved ones, quotes and meaningful symbols, making each panel unique. Individual donors featured on the twelve Lifeline of Ohio Donor Quilts have offered others the chance to survive and improve the quality of their lives as an organ or tissue transplant recipient.
Southeastern Med was pleased to honor the heroes of donation by displaying The Power of One quilt from March 20-23 in Southeastern Med's main lobby. Each Lifeline of Ohio Donor Quilt is a visual testament to the human spirit that embodies organ and tissue donation. In 2013, 288 Ohioans s…

Flag raised in honour of Kayla Baker, all organ donors

The Record | Lisa Rutledge


Flag raised in honour of Kayla Baker, all organ donors
Lisa Rutledge, Times Staff
Susan Tremblett, Kayla Baker's mother, raised the beadonor.ca flag at Cambridge City Hall in honour of her daughter, as well as a thank you to those who have saved lives through organ donation.

CAMBRIDGE – Kayla Baker’s real-life battle to raise awareness about organ donation might have ended when she died Jan. 2, but the Cambridge teen’s mission lives on in her memory.

Baker’s family, friends and supporters are ensuring the 15-year-old’s goal to make sure potential heroes register as organ donors, even after her passing.

That effort remained strong Friday (March 28) as Baker’s mother, Susan Tremblett, raised a flag at Cambridge City Hall, bearing the words beadonor.ca - the website address for Services Ontario’s online organ donor registration system.

The flag, which will fly at city hall for the month of April, serves many purposes, explained Tremblett. It offers inspiration and…

After Death, Man Is Rejected as Organ Donor for Being Gay

The Advocate | Daniel Reynolds


After his death, Rohn Neugebauer was declared ineligible to become an organ donor -- by the organization he helped raised funds for in life -- because of his sexual orientation.
A gay man, who had recently helped raised thousands for a local organ donation organization, was prohibited from becoming a donor by the same group after his death because he is gay.

The family of Rohn Neugebauer, a 48-year-old man who died suddenly of a heart attack March 16, was told by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education that Neugebauer’s sexual orientation made him ineligible to donate his lungs, kidneys, or other potentially lifesaving body parts to one of more than 100,000 people on its organ waitlist, reports Think Progress.

A representative from the center informed Neugebauer's sister, Sandy Schultheis, that he was barred from donating after she responded affirmatively when asked if had been in a homosexual relationship in the past five years. The exchange took pl…

Woman receives long awaited heart transplant

WGNTV | Dina Blair

A patient waiting for a new heart gets the life-changing call only to have her hopes blown away by a blizzard. Then, another chance and another winter storm. We first introduced you to Amy Lanning back in January. She had been in the hospital for four months, her heart too weak to pump enough blood to supply her body. At age 35, she was running out of options.

Amy Lanning, heart transplant patient, “They knew ultimately that the solution was going to be a transplant and it would be the best fix.”

On December 21, it seemed her long wait was over.

“The doctor came in and told me we had a heart. I was so excited!”

But her excitement soon turned to fear.

Outside, a winter storm threatened to ground the transport team that was standing by, hoping to be cleared for air travel to procure the organ.
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Heart Patient Recipient Officiating At Wedding

My FOX Philly


A Central Texas pastor received a heart transplant and will now perform a wedding for a couple close to his heart.

50-year-old James Murphy will perform the wedding ceremony for the sister of the man whose heart he received.

He is a biker and pastor living in Mexia. Murphy had numerous strokes and eventually was put on a waiting list for a new heart.

"It was hard, I would sit in the hospital every day and see those helicopters flying in, and every time I would wonder if that was my heart coming for me," Murphy said.

After a long wait, he accepted his fate and preached what he thought was his last sermon back in 2012 but things quickly changed.
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"You have the power to SAVE lives."
To register as a donor in California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
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Organ Donor.gov| Donate Life America

Community helps Medford toddler waiting for kidney transplant

Chinook Observer | by CHRISTINE PITAWANICH


Medford, Ore. -- On the outside Helen Lynn, who's turning three in May, acts like any other almost three year old.

However her life is a lot different than other kids her age.

"Unfortunately Helen needs a kidney," said Helen's mom Lauren Lynn.

Lauren said her little girl somehow contracted a dangerous strain of E-coli and last September, had to be flown to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

"The best way to describe it is a roller coaster. One moment we're up, one moment we're down," said Lauren as she choked up.

According to Lauren, because of the E. coli, Helen developed a disease called hemolytic uremic syndrome. It affected her kidneys, which Lauren said are working at only about 5%.

"They will never fully recover," she said.

Dealing with Helen's health

As the family starts the kidney transplant process in Portland, at home, Helen undergoes peritoneal dialysis for nine hours every nig…

National Donate Life month kicks off at Coffee Memorial Blood Center

Connect Amarillo | Grayson Edds


AMARILLO, TEXAS -- Coffee Memorial Blood Center hosted the National Donate Life kickoff event on March 28. Coffee memorial Blood Center, Donate Life Texas -- locally known as LifeGift -- Northwest Texas Hospital and Baptist Saint Anthony's along with several other sponsors teamed up for the month of April to raise awareness on the need for blood donation and organ/tissue donation.

The more people who register to donate their organs and the more people who donate blood, the more lives can be saved.

A Northwest Texas Hospital Lifestar helicopter and a Baptist Saint Anthony's ambulance were scheduled to be on display. Lifestar treated one of he the rcipients, Alex McCausland, 16, to a trip over Amarillo with his brother Evan.

To learn more about donating blood or becoming a donor, contact Coffee Memorial Blood Center at (806) 358-4563.
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Lung transplant saved dad's life.. now he's doing The Bupa Great Edinburgh Run in memory of his donor

Daily Record


DEREK Riley from Dumfries has forged a close relationship with the family of his donor and says he'll take part in the 10-mile run in his memory and also for a transplant patient friend who never made it.

DEREK Riley was hooked up to oxygen every minute of the day and just raising a fork to his mouth or trying to brush his teeth made him breathless.

He knew time was running out and, if he didn’t have a lung transplant, he’d be dead within months.

He’d coughed every day for 30 years and struggled to breathe after suffering pneumonia when he was 15, which triggered a condition called Young’s syndrome, with symptoms similar to cystic fibrosis.

But he’s been given back his life after a successful transplant and is running 10 miles in The Bupa Great Edinburgh Run.

And he has also competed in numerous Transplant Games.

Derek, 61, from Dumfries, an assistant manager at TMS Motor Spares, will be running in memory of the donor who saved his life and a transplant patient friend who s…

Before and after transplant, intent on a normal life

Philly.com | Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist


Robert Goodman says a new heart hasn't made him a new man. Not yet, anyway.

"I haven't quite gotten to the point of waking up every day and saying, 'I'm glad I'm alive,' although I do think about that," says the Westampton resident, 62.

"I'm more amazed that I was almost dead, and nobody really knew it. Not even me."

Goodman, who's married and has a daughter in college, is a longtime runner and fitness buff. He wanted to avoid the fate of his dad, who died of a heart attack, at 50, "five months before my bar mitzvah."

And during his 40-year career in health-care finance and management, Goodman has specialized in turning around distressed medical practices and facilities.

So the quick-witted and (occasionally) salty-tongued fellow is familiar with long distances and new directions - knowledge that's been useful after the heart transplant he underwent at the Hospital of the Univers…

Altona Meadows woman and transplant recipient Rebecca Berry will ride 1100km

Herald-Sun | FIONA O’DOHERTY, HOBSONS BAY LEADER


Photo: Rachel Berry on her bike training for the tour. Source: News Limited
JUST two years ago, Rebecca Berry could not walk, shower or dress herself and was permanently attached to an oxygen tank.
This week, she will ride her aptly named bike, Phoenix, 1100km throughout Victoria.

The Altona Meadows resident’s remarkable recovery was the result of the double lung transplant she underwent in September 2012, about seven years after being diagnosed with an acute lung disease bronchiectasis.

“I had had respiratory problems most of my life. I had shortness of breath and I couldn’t really do anything physical. There was a lot of coughing and I just got sick all the time so I was always on medication,’’ she said.

“I was sort of stable for a while and then a few months before my transplant, I began to go downhill fast. My partner, David, became my full-time carer.
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Cancer Survivor, Transplant Recipient, Iron Man Touts Donor Dash To Students

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Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
The 19th annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness, also known as the "Donor Dash," is coming up on April 13.

Thousands of donor recipients, candidates and family members will take part in the run and walk benefiting the Gift of Life Program.

This year, our Chris Murphy is leading the FOX 29 team at the dash, and he joined "Good Day Philadelphia" live Thursday morning from Central High School in Logan, where a special assembly was just getting under way.

He was joined by Patty Nelson, a donor mom, and a local man with an amazing story of survival, heart transplant recipient Derek Fitzgerald.
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Organ Donor.gov| Donate Life America

Liver transplant chances tied to distance from center

Reuters | Andrew M Seaman

(Reuters Health) - People who live the farthest from liver transplant centers may be less likely to get on a waiting list, and ultimately to get a liver, than those who live closer, according to a new U.S. study.

The findings illustrate some of the potential unintended consequences of centralizing medical resources for specialized care, according to the study's authors.

"When designing these systems, it's important to keep this geography issue (as) an important feature," Dr. David Goldberg told Reuters Health. "Otherwise, it could get lost."

Goldberg is the study's lead author from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He and his colleagues note in the Journal of the American Medical Association that centralizing healthcare is a way to control costs, concentrate expertise and limit differences in the quality of care between regions.
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Eight-year-old child’s science project focuses on younger brother’s heart transplant

CTV Winnipeg News |Cheryl Holmes


Belle, 8, (left) is shown with her brother Jayden, 5. Her science project focused on his experiences with a heart transplant.

“Is he going to be alright? Is he going to be normal after this?” are the thoughts that went through Belle Syrett’s mind at just four years old. Her younger brother Jayden means the world to her. For three months, Belle’s brother, who is now five, was on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant, before he received one.

She didn’t understand fully what was going on four years ago, but it changed the family’s life forever.

He had an enlarged heart, and needed a new one to survive.

Now, four years later Belle did a science fair project on the topic.

She learned about the types of medication he got, what they were for, and how people live life after transplants.

Belle said it’s helped her understand how she can better help her brother.
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Victor Valley Global Medical Center to hold Donate Life flag-raising ceremony

Victorville Daily Press


VICTORVILLE • April is Donate Life Month and the Victor Valley Global Medical Center is partnering with Donate Life California and One Legacy donor registries to observe the occasion with a flag-raising ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday.

A 3-by-5-foot Donate Life Flag will be raised as part of the Flags Across America Campaign, which is a national effort to raise awareness and honor organ donors.

Guests will include Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop; Daniel Duran, donation development coordinator for One Legacy Donation Organization, and Apple Valley council members.
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Family tragedy inspires local woman to support organ donation

Victorville Daily Press | Shea Johnson


Steiner Graves sits at the roadside memorial on Mojave Drive in Victorville, where her son was killed in a collision in 2009. Since 2009 she has stayed active in organ donation programs to continue her son's legacy.
JAMES QUIGG, DAILY PRESS

VICTORVILLE • After losing her oldest of five children in a late-summer 2009 motorcycle crash, Kristen Steiner Graves has maintained close ties to the organ donor community while furthering her son’s legacy in the process.

“As a mom, I thought he was hilarious,” Steiner Graves said Wednesday, remembering 25-year-old Stephen Steiner’s “totally dry” sense of humor. “He was really, really funny.”

While in his mother’s arms at Loma Linda University Medical Center, he died one week after an Aug. 29, 2009, crash on Mojave Drive. He was driving fast aboard a street motorcycle when a vehicle pulled out in front of him — someone making a left hand turn from Amethyst Road, Steiner Graves said. As she hung onto the last m…

AMERKS TO HOST “DONATE LIFE NIGHT” ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2

Rochester Americans


Gates Orlando and other Amerks Alumni will be on hand to raise awareness for organ donation
The Rochester Americans announced today that the team will host Donate Life Night on Wednesday, April 2 when the Amerks host the Syracuse Crunch at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. For the second year in a row, the Amerks are partnering with the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) and the Amerks Alumni Association, including Hall of Famer Gates Orlando, the region’s first person to receive a total artificial heart and then a heart transplant, to raise awareness for organ donation.

April is Donate Life Month, and the Amerks game will provide an opportunity for FLDRN staff and former Amerks players to encourage people to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry at www.donorrecovery.org to become an organ donor and help save lives. Any fan that signs up to be a donor at Wednesday's game or presents their drivers license to show they are already an organ don…

Organ Transplant Recipients Host Breakfast for LifeChoice Walk/Run

CT Release


WHO: Amazing athletes who have received life-saving organ transplants and have gone on to compete at the national Transplant Olympic Games, such as cyclist Jane Andrews of East Hartford.

WHAT: Will appear at a fundraising breakfast to support the Transplant Team of CT who are participating in LifeChoice Donor Services’ first annual Blue & Green Walk/Fun Run for Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation on Saturday, May, 3rd. Hear their heartwarming stories of survival as they put a face on the critical need for organ donation in Connecticut.

Adults: $10, Children Under 10: $4, Groups of 8 or more: $5 pp

WHERE: Wesley Memorial Church
110 Ellington Road
East Hartford, CT

WHEN: Saturday, March 29th
8 – 11 am

WHY: The 1st Annual Blue & Green Walk/Fun Run will offer hope to the more than 121,000 candidates who are on the national organ transplant waiting list. Largely due to the rarity of donation opportunities, only about 28,000 organs are transplanted each year. As a result, 18 candidate…

Grandson returns from Afghanistan to donate part of liver to dying Vietnam vet

WFSB | Bob Hallmark


Ricky Glenn returned from Afghanistan to donate part of his liver to his dying grandfather, a Vietnam vet.

It's an amazing story of family, love and honor from one East Texas soldier to another. A dying Vietnam veteran is in desperate need of a liver transplant and his grandson is stepping in to help.

Rick Homer spent four years in the Marines and 16 in the U.S. Army. He survived the savage fighting in Vietnam, but now the 62-year-old Longview man is dying.

"I found out about it a little over three years ago. I have hemachromatosis, which is genetic. The liver doesn't purify the blood like it supposed to. The only time I've got left is what the good Lord gives me," Homer says.

He could have been on a donor list for years, but his grandson, 21-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Ricky Glenn, came to his rescue.

"The loss and the regret of me not doing anything would have outweighed this. I'm the firstborn grandson I carry my grandfather'…

The Fight To Save Summer: An Infant’s Heart Transplant

CBS Minnesota | Liz Collin

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Twin Cities couple brought their baby to the doctor for what they thought was a cold but just hours later they learned that their daughter needed a new heart.

“I didn’t understand the gravity until we were here at Amplatz Children’s Hospital in the ER and they were expecting us,” Tori Ostlund said. “As soon as he saw the X-ray he said, ‘You guys have to go right away.’”

What the doctor saw in her daughter Summer’s X-ray would confine their daughter to a hospital this past November to face an uncertain future.

A condition called dilated cardiomyopathy caused Summer’s heart to enlarge to twice its size. Tom and Tori Ostlund were told without a new heart Summer wouldn’t survive.

“We weren’t even here an hour and a heart transplant was being talked about,” Tom Ostlund said.

Dr. Jim St. Louis, chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Amplatz Children’s Hospital, says Summer became one of the youngest patients in his career to be placed on the highes…

NATIONAL BLUE AND GREEN DAY 2014

Donate Life America
National Blue & Green Day is on April 11! How will you celebrate?During this day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.
To learn more please click here______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org Outside California: www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

National Donate Life Month 2014

Donate Life America
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

For the 2014 National Donate Life Month artwork, the Donate Life America team was inspired by springtime and the symbol of a flying kite. Spring is a season of new life that calls to mind the many men, women and children whose lives have been saved or healed by organ, eye and tissue donation. Likewise, the kite is an image that appeals to all ages, genders and nationalities and is often associated with hope and celebration. What does the kite mean to you?

To many, it may illustrate their wish for a much-needed organ. To others, it may represent a connection to a donor friend or family member. And to some, a fl…

Shoemaker talks about daughter’s death and organ donations

Hudson Star-Observer | By Doug StohlbergJim Shoemaker, left, talked about the tragic death of his daughter Anna in 2011 and the positive power of organ donations. At right is Tom Fuller, the recipient of one of Anna Shoemaker’s lungs. Fuller is one of six lives saved by Anna’s organ donations.
In a moving presentation at the Thursday Noon Rotary Club meeting, Jim Shoemaker talked about the January 2011 death of his daughter and the need for people to become involved in organ donations.

With Shoemaker at the meeting was Tom Fuller of New Brighton, Minn., who received a lung from Anna after she was killed in the 2011 car accident. Anna is the daughter of Jim and Hudson High School Principal Peg Shoemaker.

“There are 120,000 people in the country on a waiting list for organs,” Shoemaker said. “Someone is added to the list every 10 minutes – that’s 84 per day. The sad part is, 18 people who are waiting die each day.”

He said St. Croix County actually has one of the highest donor rates in the …

"Pat's Promise" event raises organ donation awareness

KVUE

AUSTIN -- A special member of the KVUE family hosted an event Sunday to encourage people to become organ donors.

Pat's Promise helps raise awareness on the importance of organ donation and was founded in 2012 by Pat Buchta of KVUE News' promotions department; that same year Pat received a lifesaving liver transplant.

Pat and KVUE's Tyler Sieswerda joined organ donors and recipients at UMC Brackenridge to raise awareness about the growing need for donors.

Click here for more information on Pat's Promise.

Click here for more information on how you can be an organ donor.
______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org Outside California: www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

FMCH PARTNERS WITH THE BROCKWAYS TO ENCOURAGE ORGAN DONATION

Fort Madison Daily Democrat

April is National Donate Life Month. Fort Madison Community Hospital along with hospitals throughout Iowa encourages their community members to become organ, eye and tissue donors by becoming registered donors in the Iowa Donor Registry. To help raise awareness about organ donation, FMCH invites community members to a presentation by Tiffini and Bruce Brockway on Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m., in the Business Center Conference Rooms.

The Brockways lost their ten-year old son, Garrett to an accident. On February 24th, 2013 while working on the family property with his Dad, Garrett was struck by a falling tree. After Garrett’s parents were told he would not survive, they decided to donate his organs, corneas and tissues with the hope of helping others in need. Garrett was a young and healthy boy and his parents knew his gifts of life could answer the prayers for many, saving them and their families from the same despair. Five lives were saved through Garrett’…

Organ donors sought

The Pyramid | We are Sanpete 
Dear Editor:

At 17-years-old, Marco learned his kidneys were failing. To stay alive, he had to go to the University of Utah every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and be hooked to a life-saving dialysis machine from 5:30 am to 10 am.

"I barely even knew what a kidney or dialysis was and suddenly, I found myself hooked up to a machine just to stay alive," said Marco. It was a grueling schedule, especially since Marco continued to work full time and attend college full time, working on his bachelor's degree in business.

After spending over three years on dialysis, Marco's story had a happy outcome. He received a kidney transplant on the day before his 21st birthday. Since then, he has continued to work, go to college, got married and now has a baby girl.

Surveys show that 95 percent of the population thinks organ donation is a good thing; however, in Utah, only about 70 percent of the population over 18 have registered as donors. Is someone who i…

Lions Club to promote organ donation

Charlevoix Courier

Michigan Secretary of State offices will on Wednesday, April 2, join with the agency’s partners at Gift of Life and the Michigan Eye Bank to encourage residents to get a heart — on their driver’s license — if they add their name to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

Locally on that day, the Charlevoix Lions Club will join with the Michigan Secretary of State office, in Captain’s Corner on M-66 in Charlevoix, to promote National Donate Life Month. Lions Club members will be on hand at the Charlevoix office that day to help bring awareness to the effort.

Event organizers said one donor can bring the gift of sight, life and mobility to nearly 50 people. Everyone is eligible to sign up, regardless of age or medical condition. Everyone is evaluated at the time of death based on the needs at that time. Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFE…

Galloway Introduces Monica's Bill for Living Organ Donor Tax Deduction

Insurance News 
The Pennsylvania State House Democratic Caucus issued the following news release on the behalf of Pennsylvania State Rep. John Galloway, D- Bucks, has introduced legislation that would provide for a personal state tax deduction for uncovered expenses incurred by a living organ donor during the organ donor process. Her part in the donating process required...

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 26 -- The Pennsylvania State House Democratic Caucus issued the following news release on the behalf of Pennsylvania State Rep. John Galloway:

State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, has introduced legislation that would provide for a personal state tax deduction for uncovered expenses incurred by a living organ donor during the organ donor process.

An organ donation recipient's insurance will pay the costs of the medical procedures required for the donor, but the other expenses are the responsibility of the donor.

The bill (H.B. 127 (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=…

BBCHS senior wins statewide poster contest promoting organ donation

The Daily Journal | Nicole LeonhardtAlexandra Garcia, a Bradley-Bourbonnais High School senior, with Secretary of State Jesse White. Garcia won White's 20th biennial poster design contest.
A Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School senior has come up with the winning poster design that will be on display in every state driving facility throughout Illinois to promote organ donation.

Alexandra Garcia, 18, was announced the winner of Secretary of State Jesse White's 20th biennial poster design contest on Wednesday.


"I want to congratulate Alexandra for designing this year's top poster," White said. "Her poster will be used to help promote organ and tissue donation as we proudly display copies of it in Secretary of State Drivers' Service facilities, hospitals, libraries and other locations throughout Illinois."Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn…