Monday, March 30, 2015

Swipe to Donate Life

Life Connection of Ohio 

The new “Swipe to Donate Life” technology will make registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor as easy as the swipe of a driver’s license.

Ohio is only the second state in the nation to be able to register donors directly from their drivers licenses through this app. Thanks to the Second Chance Trust Fund, each of Ohio’s organ procurement organizations, which promote and facilitate the donation process, received iPads and card readers to implement this new technology.

We put the technology to the test, and here is how it works:

  • The person slides their Ohio driver’s license through the card reader on the iPad and enters the last four digits of their social security number.
  • The screen shows their Ohio driver’s license number and current donor status. If they are already registered, the screen reads, “Your current donor status is: Yes.” If they are not registered, it shows their status as “unlisted” and offers them registration options.
  • The person taps the appropriate option, clicks “submit,” and they are registered!
People can still register at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) or at www.lifeconnectionofohio.org, but this new option will expedite the registration process at public education events, as paper forms no longer need to be filled out and mailed to the BMV.

We hope the Swipe to Donate Life technology helps increase the number of lives forever changed through organ, eye and tissue donation. Please visit Life Connection of Ohio

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Northeast Ohio Doc, Patient Celebrate Life-Changing Kidney Transplant

Idea Stream
Last year, right before Christmas, we profiled Mike Brown, a 31-year-old from Euclid waiting for a kidney transplant. Brown was hoping to get a new kidney much faster after an overhaul of the national waiting-list policies. Brown got his kidney, and ideastream’s Joanna Richards recently caught up with him.

Mike Brown walks me around Progressive Field, explaining his job as a guest services rep for the Cleveland Indians.

He helps people in wheelchairs get around, sometimes escorts love struck baseball fans onto the field for dramatic marriage proposals - anything to help keep people happy during games.

"I love making people happy," Brown says.

A few weeks before the season opens, the stadium is cold, windy and mostly empty. But he's loving it.

"I’ve never been here on a Tuesday at around 11 am before, because that’s a dialysis time," he explains.

Until last month, Brown spent three five-hour shifts a week at a medical facility, hooked up to a machine that cleaned his blood. He was tied to this schedule for the last 12 years.
Brown says each treatment was like restarting a clock: "You only have so much time to be away from that machine or you die." Continue reading / Podcast

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Surgery buys time for Blacksmith to continue transplant search

WMUR | Jennifer Vaughn 

BOSTON —New Hampshire radio listeners may have noticed one less voice lately on the popular "Morning Buzz" show.

Andy Blacksmith was diagnosed with heart failure five years ago, but things took a dire turn recently, and he alerted his fans he'd be gone for a while.

Doctors said a transplant is his only option, and Blacksmith underwent a major procedure to stabilize his heart until a new one is available.

News 9's Jennifer Vaughn checked in with Blacksmith the day before surgery. The popular radio personality has shared his diagnosis and each setback since with his fans.

He recently announced on Facebook that this time, he would be off the air indefinitely. It has taken weeks for his team at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to stabilize Blacksmith for the next step in saving his life.

"I've been shocked 26 times and had 18 operations so far," he said. "This will make 19. It gets kind of heavy. You keep getting shocked. You keep going into heart failure. Eventually you just want it all to stop."

"He's had a lot of electric instability in his heart rhythm as his heart has become weaker," Dr. Akshay Desai said. "Placing the pump allows us to remove the load on the heart that might be in part driving some of those rhythm abnormalities." VIDEO, Continue reading
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Europe's first non-beating heart transplant

BBC

Surgeons in Cambridgeshire have performed the first heart transplant in Europe using a non-beating heart.

Donor hearts are usually from people who are brain-stem dead, but whose hearts are still beating.

In this case, the organ came from a donor after their heart and lungs had stopped functioning, so-called circulatory death.

Papworth hospital says the technique could increase the number of hearts available by at least 25%.

The recipient Huseyin Ulucan, 60, from London, had a heart attack in 2008.

He said: "Before the surgery, I could barely walk and I got out of breath very easily, I really had no quality of life."

He said he was "delighted" with the improvement in health since the transplant.

"Now I'm feeling stronger every day, and I walked into the hospital this morning without any problem," he said.
Shortage

There have been 171 heart transplant in the past 12 months in the UK. Continue reading
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Organ Donor Awareness Week: "Because of someone else's generosity we have hope. It's all thanks to our donors."

The Irish Mirror | Antonia Paget 
Myles Jordan (left) is on the waiting list for a kidney while Anne O'Hara donated a kidney to her daughter Kathleen pictured with daughter Saoirse

Brave transplant patients and those on waiting lists for vital organs share stories to mark the start of Organ Donor Awareness Week

Brave transplant patients shared stories of their life-saving ops yesterday at the start of Organ Donor Awareness Week.

The annual campaign was launched by Health Minister Leo Varadkar and the
Irish Kidney Association to encourage people to save lives by signing up to the donor register.

Brave donors and inspirational
transplant survivors revealed details of their life-saving operations with the Irish Mirror in the hope their stories will inspire others to register.

Figures released at the launch showed that after a record number of successful transplants in both children and adults, more than 3,000 people in Ireland are alive today
as a result of organ transplantation. 

Paddy O’Mahoney

Paddy was given only three years to live after he was diagnosed with a rare debilitating disease in his lungs – and a life-saving organ transplant was his only chance of survival. Continue reading
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Launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2015

Westmeath Examiner 
Organ Donor Awareness Week ambassador Mary Kennedy with Chloe Kinahan, a native of Mullingar, and her 11-month-old son Sam

Chloe Kinahan, a native of Mullingar, now living in Dublin, and her 11-month-old son Sam, who has been on dialysis since he was four and a half months old, were among those helping to launch Organ Donor Awareness Week 2015, this week.

Sam was diagnosed with an obstruction to his urinary system which damaged his kidneys prior to birth when his mother was just 16 weeks pregnant and prognosis for his survival to go to full term or survive after birth was poor.

Chloe is originally from Westmeath and Ivan is from Naas and they are now living in Baldoyle, Dublin. The life saving awareness campaign is organised by the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) and will commence on Saturday March 28 and continue until April 4.

During the Week IKA volunteers will be distributing organ donor cards and selling ‘forget-me-not flower’ emblems in towns and villages throughout the country.

Photo: Conor McCabe Photography
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Ten friends who would not be alive today if not for transplants thank families of organ donors who saved their lives

The Irish Mirror  | Pat Flanagan
Front row: Orla Walsh (from Ashbourne, Co. Meath) received her transplant in April 2012); mother of two Natasha DíArcy (34 from Leopardstown, Co. Dublin) received transplant in November 2013; most recently transplanted Leona Henry (30 from Newbridge) transplant in July 2014; youngest member of the group Jill McElhinney, (26, from Rush, Co Dublin) Transplant in September 2013, her twin sister Amy (not pictured) received a transplant in 2015; Aoife McKiernan (age 31, from Castleblaney, Monaghan) Transplant in July 2013 is getting married in August this year. Back Row: Gordon Ryan, (age 35 from Boyle, Co Roscommon) Transplant in July 2013; 15 years since his transplant Declan OíDoherty (age 40 from Loughrea, a native of Geashill, Co Offaly) Transplant in January 2000; Lar Brennan (age 30 from Wexford) Transplant in November 2013 three days before Natashaís; Thomas Henry (age 27, Leonaís brother from Newbridge) Transplant in June 2013. Jillís twin sister Amy McElhinney is not included in the photo as she is recovering from receiving a double lung transplant operation one month ago.

Ten friends who would not be alive today if not for transplants have thanked the families of the organ donors who saved their lives.

The pals want to share their story in a bid to highlight the importance of carrying a card during Organ Donor Awareness Week which runs from now until April 4.

Two weeks ago nine of them, who all had double lung transplants, came together for the first time since their Cystic Fibrosis (CF) diagnosis.

Some of the friends had never met in person before while others got to know each other at CF clinics.

But all became a network of supportive friends through social media and phone texting. Continue reading
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New Hartford Mom Grateful To Others For Donor Tissue For Breast Reconstruction

Hartford Courant | Sarah Cody
Amy Creaco, shown here with two of her children, is now considered cancer-free and able to care for her young children. She is grateful for the donor tissue she received for breast reconstruction. (FoxCT)

Amy Creaco was 29 years old with four small kids, when she discovered a lump in her breast. "We were on vacation, swimming, and I felt it when I was fixing my bathing suit," says this New Hartford mom, diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. "I have always had a hormone problem my whole life, so I was not surprised, not surprised at all." But she was very angry that a full life, raising her beloved children, was in jeopardy. With little hesitation, Creaco decided to undergo a double mastectomy, to increase her chances of a healthy future. Six surgeries and two years later, she is doing well, considered cancer-free. Creaco is now speaking-out to raise awareness about the use of donor tissue in breast reconstruction. Continue reading
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2015 Trails4Transplants Ride being organized

The Tribune - North Star News 
I have heard a phrase that says “There are horse people and then there are other people.” Riding horses certainly seems to set this group apart.

We ride for a noble cause! Trails4Transplants is a long-distance, multiple week long trail ride, organized to raise awareness about organ, eye, and tissue donation, alleviate major health issues by simply raising awareness for the immense needs of organ donation and promote donor registration.

Proceeds go to the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, MN, which is a facility where organ recipients and their families can stay at a reduced cost while awaiting or following a life-saving organ or tissue transplant.

The organization urges everyone to give the gift of life and register to be a donor today at donatelife.net/register-now/.

It was this need that prompted the Hilles and the Petersons from Warren to organize a long distance trail ride called Trails4Transplants. Both couples have had experiences with organ transplants, but in very different ways.

Roger Hille was inspired by a success story, saying, "My son-in-law, Dave, received a liver transplant in 1998 when he was 26 years old. He went on to marry my daughter and have two children. Without the gift of organ donation, I would not have my precious grandchildren."
 Continue reading
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Family’s gift of life lauded

Claire Champion

AN Ennis family has been lauded by a local kidney recipient for donating organs from their 19-year-old son, who died unexpectedly 10 years ago.

In an interview with The Clare Champion to promote Organ Donor Awareness Week, which continues until April 4, Mary Murphy, Considine Road, explained that her youngest son, Garry died as a result of heart failure caused by a seizure in 2005.

Mary says that she didn’t really think about organ donation at the time because she didn’t think anything was going to happen to Garry.

“The family was called into a room in University Hospital, Limerick and were asked would we donate his organs and without even thinking, I said ‘yes’. Even though Garry was on life support, it was as if I was on the outside looking in. I brought in his clothes for going home. It hadn’t hit home.

“He got a seizure on a Saturday morning and the life-support machine was turned off the following Wednesday. He died as a result of heart failure caused by a seizure.” Continue reading 
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St. Tammany Coroner's Office recognized for organ donations

The Times Picayune | Robert Rhoden

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office and Coroner Charles Preston recently received recognition from the Louisiana Organ Procurement Association for saving 31 lives last year, the agency announced.

According to the association, organ and tissue donations coordinated through the coroner's office saved 31 lives in 2014, according to a coroner's office news release. Through nine organ donations and 34 tissue donations, 2,380 lives were enhanced, the association said.

"Although people think of a coroner's office as providing services to the deceased, we actually exist for the benefit of the living," Preston said in the release. "Working with donor families to honor their wishes and the wishes of deceased organ donors, we are able to bring comfort - and bring life - to thousands of people each year. I'm honored to work with LOPA and with all who strive to improve quality of life for so many." Story source
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Capitol walk draws families of organ donors, recipients

Sacramento Bee | Cynthia H Craft
The Salcone family joined a state Capitol march to raise awareness of the need for organ donations. Five-year-old Luca received a donor’s liver when he was 18 months old. From left: Katie Salcone, Olivia Salcone, Luca Salcone and Chris Salcone, all of Folsom. CYNTHIA CRAFT CCRAFT@SACBEE.COM

With a face painting of Thomas the Tank Engine chugging along his cheek, 5-year-old Luca Salcone displayed unflagging energy on Sunday as he jumped, ricocheted and leapt around inside an inflatable bouncy-house just steps from the state Capitol.

It was quite a contrast from a few years ago, according to his parents. At 18 months, Luca suffered acute liver failure, nearly knocking on death’s door. Doctors at Stanford Medical Center told Katie and Chris Salcone that it was time to decide how they wanted to spend their son’s last moments on Earth.

Luca’s only prayer for survival was getting a liver transplant, and fast. It was a Friday morning when surgeons placed Luca’s case on a transplant list. His status: 1A, the highest priority. By Friday evening, a donor liver was located, as another family’s painful loss became Luca’s saving grace.

“It came from a little boy named Johnny,” said his mother. “His family is still dealing with the loss of their seven-year-old son. Every night before bedtime, we say a prayer to Johnny.” Continue reading
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Father poised at edge of death will give others the gift of life

Muskogee Phoenix | Harrison Grimwood
Ronnie Brassfield stands with his children, Ronald S. Brassfield, left; Courtney Brassfield, and Tyler Brassfield Baccus, right, during a wedding.

Brassfield, an organ donor, suffered a massive heart attack March 22. He was without oxygen to his brain for too long and was declared brain dead, said his daughter, Tyler Brassfield Baccus.

After his final breath, Brassfield, 56, will be transported to Oklahoma City, where his body tissue and corneas will be used to improve others’ lives, his family said.

“It was his wish,” Baccus said. “I’d much rather see him give someone else life.”

The Donate Life flag has been flying along side the American flag throughout last week at EASTAR Health System, signifying Ronnie Brassfield’s charity. Donate Life officials told the family that the tissue alone would improve about 50 lives and that his corneas may give sight to two people. Skin, veins and heart valves are just some of the tissues that will be donated.

“We took him off life support Thursday evening,” said Joe Schmidgall, a friend. “Now, we’re just waiting for him to pass.”

His family waits patiently by his side. Friends and acquaintances have streamed through the hospital doors to visit Brassfield. Continue reading
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St. Augustine child saved by heart transplant, family now promotes organ donation fundraising ride

Jacksonville | Beth Reese Crave

Provided by Zach Thomas Photography Grace Ohlin-Tobuck (front), 4, and her sister, Emily, 8, spend time on the beach. Grace had a lifesaving heart transplant at 8 months old.

Four-year-old Grace Ohlin-Tobuck of St. Augustine is too young to understand all the big medical words associated with the congenital defect doctors found in her heart before she was born.

She is too young to grasp the mechanics of the heart transplant she received before her first birthday.

“She knows that she has another child’s heart, and that child is in heaven,” said her mother, Lindsay Ohlin.

Organ donation saved Grace’s life. Her mother is telling their story to help promote the 11th annual Katie’s Ride for Life, a bicycle touring event April 18 in Fernandina Beach that raises funds for organ-donation programs.

“She is so energetic now and doing so great it is hard to remember how sick she was,“ Ohlin said. “Anyone from the outside would never know by looking at her.” Continue reading
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Boise State students raise organ donation awareness

The Arbiter | Boise State University
Courtesy Mallory Barker EssmanPRSSA

Boise State student and Miss Treasure Valley Megan Moore received the worst news of her life on June 9, 2013. Her brother John had died while waiting for a liver transplant.

Though his passing was devastating to his friends and family, they knew that part of John lived on. Because John was an organ donor he was able to help others live.

Now, Moore has teamed up with the Boise State chapter of PRSSA to support Yes Idaho in encouraging students to register as organ donors.

“John was my best friend and my role model. I want to support his legacy by encouraging others to register as organ donors,” Moore said. “He made a difference throughout his life, and organ donation let that continue after his death.”

PRSSA has partnered with Yes Idaho, the Idaho chapter of Intermountain Donor Services, to increase the number of registered organ donors in Idaho. Continue reading
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An organ donor gave my brother life

The Times | Scott Reeder 
Bertrand Piquet

The phone call came early in the morning. It was my mother and she was crying.

Mom didn’t weep easily. But that day her tears were happy ones.

A donor liver had come through for my brother, Dan, who had been atop the Mayo Clinic's transplant list for weeks.

For months, I had found myself wondering: Will this be the day he dies? I didn’t want him to die. But I fretted. It’s hard not to. I loved him. He was my only brother. And I’d never lost someone close to me.

For years he had suffered from a rare liver disease — primary sclerosing cholangitis. Finally his liver was giving out. Death was near. But someone else's death saved his.

A middle-aged woman in Rochester, Minn., died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Sometime earlier, she'd signed an organ donor card. That small act saved my brother's life. Continue reading
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Eight years ago today, at only 21 years old, Jason Ray saved lives through organ and tissue donation.

Donate Life America

Eight years ago today, at only 21 years old, Jason Ray saved lives through organ and tissue donation. 

As college basketball teams across the country get ready to compete in the #Sweet16 today, help us honor Jason and his heroic decision to register as a donor by sharing his story and registering as an organ, eye and tissue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjQduVJCJUs #DonateLife #MarchMadness

Joseph Middlemiss' Big Heart will beat in every stride of his Dracut dad's Boston Marathon

Lowell Sun | Alana Melanson
Scott Middlemiss, with his son Jack, and photo of his son, Joseph Middlemiss, is training to run the Boston Marathon next month for the charity in his late son's name, the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation. Sun / Bob Whitaker

DRACUT -- When he runs the Boston Marathon for the first time next month, Scott Middlemiss will be doing it for his heart angel and his heart warrior.

Middlemiss, along with his wife, Kate, began the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation following the death of their eldest son, Joe, at age 6 on Sept. 23, 2013, due to complications from cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart. Thirty-three days before his death, the Middlemisses welcomed their second son, Jack, who suffers from the same condition.

Since then, they've been on a mission to spread both Joe's message of kindness and living life to the fullest and awareness about the foundation and cardiomyopathy to help Jack and other kids like him. Continue reading
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EXCLUSIVE: Two New York moms get kidneys from other families' kids

New York Daily News | Meredith Engel
CHRISTIE M FARRIELLA/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Pauline Powell (left) with her kidney donor Brandon Garrett (2nd from left) and Garrett’s mother Edmonia with Sedicah Powell.


A pair of New York families will be forever intertwined after two kind-hearted children became kidney donors for each other's mothers.

The quartet of donors and recipients took part in the first-ever internal kidney swap at Montefiore Hospital — saving two lives in the process.

Pauline Powell, 56, was in desperate need of a kidney. The mental-health worker from Mount Vernon was heartbroken when her 23-year-old daughter, Fordham University student Sedicah Powell, turned out not to be a match.

Without a healthy donor, Powell would have to endure years of waiting and dialysis. She was told the wait could be five to seven years for a new organ. Continue reading
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Table tennis tourneys in memory of Jonathon Talbot raise organ donation awareness

Inside Toronto | Scarborough Mirror| By Andrew Palamarchuk
Table tennis tourneys in memory of Jonathon Talbot raise organ donation awareness.
Photo/COURTESY
Two table tennis tourneys will be held this spring in memory of Scarborough's Jonathon Talbot, and to help raise awareness for organ donation.


Two table tennis tournaments will honour a young Scarborough man who gave the gift of life. The events will also raise awareness of organ donation so more lives can be saved.

Jonathon Talbot, 22, passed away March 10, 2009, two days after being in a car crash on Hill Crescent in Guildwood. But his organs and tissues continue to live on in at least two people.

Ontario has a 26 per cent registered organ donor rate, but the number drops to 11 per cent in Scarborough.

“I really feel grateful that Jonathon did register and that I know he’s living on in other people,” Jonathon’s mother Heather said. “And it’s not just the one person who gets the organ, it’s all of their friends and family who benefit from having that person still alive.” Continue reading
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Passionate stories shared at organ donor awareness ceremony

Cambridge Times | Lisa Rutledge
Flag raising ceremony helps raise awareness about organ donations

Lisa Rutledge, Times Staff
Janine Thompson helps raise the beadonor.ca flag at Cambridge city hall Friday (March 27).

Girl in need of a heart, daughter whose father was organ donor give testimony on how donations save live

CAMBRIDGE – Two people, one waiting for a new heart, another whose love for her deceased father lives on in those who received his organs, gave passionate testimony during an organ donor awareness flag-raising ceremony yesterday (March 27).

On one side of the spectrum there’s Natalie Ferry, a 16-year-old Grade 11 student, who needs a new heart – the left side too small and too weak. On the other, there’s Janine Thompson, who was left making one of the hardest, but hope-filled decisions of her lifetime – signing the organ donor consent form on her father’s behalf. Three male organ donor recipients are living better lives because of his gifts.

Although their perspectives were different in the extreme, their messages were much the same, and were shared with those gathered for the second annual beadonor.ca flag raising ceremony at Cambridge city hall Friday. Continue reading 
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Why organ donation is especially critical for ethnic minorities

Alabama | Alabama Media Group Marketing Staff
Image: Shuterstock

While it's important for everyone to understand the benefits of organ donation, for a variety of reasons, it can be especially critical for ethnic minorities to consider donation.

"It's really important for ethnic minorities to become organ and tissue donors," says Beverly Berry, the multi-cultural education coordinator for the Alabama Organ Center (AOC).

"Minorities are more affected by diabetes and high blood pressure," explains Berry. "These two chronic diseases can ultimately lead to kidney failure, and when those diseases lead to kidney failure, (ethnic minorities) are more at risk of needing a kidney transplant."

Berry is quick to point out that ethnicity isn't necessarily a road block to receiving an organ, but there are certain factors that make it easier to receive an organ from someone of the same ethnicity.

"That's not to say an African American couldn't receive an organ from a Caucasian," Berry added. "But research has shown that when a person of the same ethnicity receives that organ, it's more successful." Continue reading
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Organ donation: How little Ethan gave life to others

News Australia
Ethan Seccull died after being hit by a train. Source: Supplied

A LITTLE over three years ago, Jon and Michelle Seccull found themselves in a heartwrenching situation. Their gorgeous three-year-old toddler had been hit by a train, and was in hospital in a critical condition.

“It was in late 2011 and we were living in a little rural property in Victoria,” Jon explains to news.com.au. “My son Ethan loved watching the trains going past, and he decided to climb the back fence and wave to the train. He was struck by that train and airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

“The surgeons worked gallantly. After two hours they delivered the news that Ethan’s brain injury was as such that we he wouldn’t recover from it. My wife and I were standing beside him and we just looked at each other and said, what wouldn’t we give to be given something that helps him live.


“Ethan’s life support was turned off. People don’t want to think of children dying, but it does happen.Continue reading
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Panel to discuss organ donation and religion

Dessert News
Lori Haglund lays a flower at the glass wall of The Celebration of Life Donor Monument at the Salt Lake Main Library, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The wall bears names of people who donated organs, eyes, tissue and blood.  Ravell Call, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders from various religions throughout Utah will be coming together to celebrate National Donate Month and to clarify their religion’s position on organ donation.

A panel discussion/public press conference will be held on Friday, April 1, 10 a.m., at the Salt Lake Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Conference Room B, Level 1.

“We have found that all faiths are interested in saving lives,” said Alex McDonald, director of public education/public relations for Intermountain Donor Services. “Sometimes there are special requirements for funeral rites, but by and large, religions see the benefits of donation for families and society and want their members to seriously consider this gift of life when their loved one dies.” Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Family Focus: Wife raises awareness of being a donor

WSOC | Natalie Pasquarella
A local woman wants to raise awareness about the impact of being an organ donor after her husband needed a kidney transplant.

Alexis Hilton donated her kidney to her husband, Steve, and she wants to share her story in hopes of inspiring others to become a donor, too.

The couple said they give thanks every day for their happy, healthy family but in January, they went into surgery together, while their thoughts were on their son, Sam,1.

"Then you think, what's going to happen if something happens to both of us?” Alexis said. “We're both undergoing major surgery."

The Hiltons found out 2 1/2 years ago Steve Hilton's kidneys were failing, and doctors estimated a wait of six years after he was on the transplant list. VIDEO,Continue reading

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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.