Good Neighbor: Double Transplant Recipient Starts Organization to Register More Organ Donors

WGRZ | Melissa Holmes
Double transplant recipient, Tom Jasinski of Amherst, started the non-profit organization One8Fifty to increase the awareness and registration of organ and tissue donors.
AMHERST, NY - April is Donate Life month, and while the month is almost over, the work to increase the number of organ and tissue donations has a long way to go. A double-transplant recipient with a mission to raise awareness is this week's 2 On Your Side "Good Neighbor." 

The year 2010 was a monumental year for Tom Jasinski, Jr., of Amherst. He experienced the ultimate high when he married his wife, Ginny. But just 13 weeks later he hit the ultimate low when he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. He spent nearly 2 years on dialysis while waiting for a kidney and pancreas transplant.

"We learned at that point in time that my wait in New York State could be 7 to 10 years and also through educating ourselves, learned that mortality on dialysis starts at 4 to 5 years," said Jasinski.

He was literally in a race against time, yet he remained hopeful. Continue reading
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