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Special memorial set to be unveiled to say thanks to organ donors

Burton Mail
MEMORIAL to honour those who have helped save a life through organ donation is set to be unveiled at Burton's Queen's Hospital. The Burton Hospitals Organ Donation Committee is to reveal a specially designed memorial at a prominent spot within the hospital – and the public have been asked to name it. Funded by the NHS Blood and Transplant authority, the memorial will serve as a tribute to those who have helped save lives. Chairman of the committee William Saunders hopes that the memorial will prompt more people to sign up to the donor register. He said: "We are following in the footsteps of many hospital trusts across the country who have done exactly the same. "It is right to pay tribute to these people. When people donate their organs, relatives are asked at what is a very difficult time. Their loved one has just died and they have to deal with that. "This memorial will be in a location seen by a lot of people and hopefully it will remind them abou…

Colorado Army reservist donates kidney to stranger


A billboard along an interstate played a key role in saving the life of a woman seeking a kidney donor. Kelsey Crider, 26, of Boulder, Colo., had already undergone three transplants since she was 17 and found her fourth donor after the man, an Army reservist, saw the digital sign light up for a mere eight seconds.

Nate Toci, 21, was driving home from work when he saw the sign seeking a donor for Crider, who had type O blood.

“I tried not to get ahead of myself because I do that a lot, like, 'Oh, it would be so cool if I was,'" he told Fox31.

Tests showed he was a perfect match and the two agreed to meet, Crider told Fox & Friends on Thursday. Continue reading
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
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Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Donate Life month is coming to South Carolina

WSPA | Rachel Eagleton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Donate Life South Carolina and LifePoint celebrate National Donate Life Month this April. Donate Life Month honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families. It also commemorates those who have either received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants. Kicking off the month-long celebration, Donate Life South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will hold a joint press conference at 10:00 AM on April 6, 2016 in the first floor lobby of the South Carolina State House in Columbia.  This press conference will announce the results of the second year of the renewed partnership between the two organizations to increase the number of registered donors in the state. Senator Katrina Shealy of Lexington County will announce a Senate resolution designating April as Donate Life Month in South Carolina. In addition to the joint press conference, numerous other events will be taking place across the state…

If The Brain Is Dead, Are You?


A person diagnosed as “brain dead” is sustained on a ventilator. Is this person dying or dead?
On my blog, I referred to the patient as dying. A reader corrected me. He said that, in fact, the patient was dead.
The reader was Reg Green, father of Nicholas, a 7-year-old shot and killed by bandits in a case of mistaken identity during the family’s Italian vacation. 
Nicholas’ organs were transplanted into seven Italians, and transformed a country’s attitudes about organ donation.
Green told this story in “The Nicholas Effect,” which became a TV movie (“Nicholas’ Gift”) with Alan Bates and Jamie Lee Curtis. In predominantly Catholic Italy, there was originally resistance to removing Nicholas’ life support without a legal process. Until, that is, the Greens argued for donating Nicholas’ organs. I interpreted this to mean that organ donation, in essence, justified allowing Nicholas to die. Continue reading_________________________________________________________
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Fayette News 
Amanda Moran, the orchestra director at J.C. Booth Middle School, recently received a kidney from her brother, Andrew
Amanda Moran is not a typical candidate for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), mainly because her parents did not have it. PKD, which is known for causing cysts to grow on the kidneys, is typically passed down genetically and it doesn’t skip generations. According to, it is the number four cause of kidney failure, affecting an estimated 600,000 Americans. A genetic mutation caused Moran’s PKD, which resulted in elevated blood pressure and effected the levels of different chemicals and toxins in the body and how they were processed.

“The biggest thing was how tired I was,” Moran, the orchestra director at J.C. Booth Middle School, said. “I’d go to the grocery store, or fold laundry, and I’d need to take a nap.”
After getting the diagnosis, Moran started doing research. Doctors said that she would likely need to go on dialysis within five years or get …

NFL Super Bowl Champion T.J. Ward Supports Organ And Tissue Donation

Donor Network West

Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward will speak in support of organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage the community to lead healthy lifestyles at the San Francisco Citywide Revival. The talk, to take place on March 24, is organized by Donor Network West, the organ procurement organization that heals lives through donation.

Now in its 11th year, the Revival is comprised of nightly fellowship services that will reach more than 3,500 attendees at the Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, March 21-25. In addition to organ and tissue donation, the congregation will hear messages that focus on wellness of the spirit, soul and body.

“This year’s theme is ‘Bringing It Back Home’ and that is exactly what I’m doing. I’m coming back to the community that I’m from to encourage folks to eat home-prepared meals with fresh ingredients, exercise and to talk about donation with their loved ones,” says T.J. Ward.

T.J. Ward is …


United Network For Organ Sharing
Join UNOS on Saturday, April 16, 2016 for the 2nd annual United for UNOS 5K and Fun Run, a family friendly walk/run to honor organ donors, celebrate organ recipients and offer hope to those who continue to wait for a lifesaving organ transplant.

Learn more at!
Register as a runner, walker or team at!
Register as a virtual runner at!

5K event details:
4:30 pm: Online registration packet pick-up
4:30 pm: Onsite registration opens
4:30 pm: Pre-race party featuring live music, FanFest, Kidz Zone and RVA food trucks
6:00 pm: Kids Fun Run (limited to children 8 and younger)
6:30 pm: 5K
6:45 pm: Post-race party featuring live music, FanFest, Kidz Zone and RVA food trucksMore information_________________________________________________________
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

Organ-donation campaign urges people to give the gift of life

Reading Eagle | Matthew NojiriPennsylvania is a leader in organ transplants, said Howard M. Nathan, president and CEO of Gift of Life Donor Program.Last year, the Philadelphia-based Gift of Life coordinated 483 organ donations in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, the most of any organ procurement organization in the country. But when it comes to residents registering to be organ donors, the state is closer to average, with about 47 percent of residents signing up, Nathan said."In other states, you could go to Utah or Alaska and they are in the 70s," he said of organ donation registration percentage.Next month, a five-month campaign for organ donation awareness begins throughout Pennsylvania. The campaign asks the state's hospitals and health systems to promote the topic in their buildings and encourage more people in the community to register to become donors. Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit …

Now You See It: Veteran donates kidney to National Guardsman in need

KLTVATLANTA, GA (ABC) - Time was running out for a National Guardsman to have a kidney transplant before his military contract expired.Dustin Brown was in Stage 5 kidney failure and was also about to lose his insurance until a Marine Corps Veteran showed up to help. Brown is set to leave Emory University Hospital in a great deal of pain, but with a new kidney that he literally found on Facebook.A Georgia family, organ recipients themselves, posted this photo of the 28-year-old National Guardsmen, and his family."My name is Dustin Brown. ... I need a kidney. Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit | In Caifornia, visit | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Organ donor awareness via # uglytruth

The Daily Item | Emma Ginader

They say that beauty is only skin deep, so Donate Life Pennsylvania is asking Pennsylvania residents to post their ugly photos of themselves on Facebook and Twitter using #uglytruth to reveal the beauty of being an organ donor for the Ugly Truth Campaign.

Donate Life Pennsylvania is challenging people to either post an ugly photo of themselves, register at donatelifepa. org, or do both.

After they register or post a photo, the organization wants participants to tag as many of their friends as possible so that they word is spread.

Dwendy Johnson, who works at the Gift of Life program’s community outreach program, said that it is important to raise awareness about the issue online because only 46 percent of licensed drivers were registered organ and tissue donors in 2013.

It’s “less than 50 percent of the community,” she said. “It is an ugly truth out there that more lives could be saved if someone was an organ donor. Every 18 hours, someone in Pennsylvania dies…

April is National Donate Life Month!

Donate Life
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
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Seeing a family donate a child's organs will stay with me forever

The Guardian | An Annonymous Doctor 

Student killed by drunk driver shining light on organ donation

WTHR | Sandra Chapman
Carla McCloud (left) died of injuries suffered in an August 2011 crash by a drunk driver. Amanda Wheeler was injured.
HANCOCK COUNTY -The memory of a college student killed last summer by a drunk driver is living on through some life-saving gifts, and bringing hope out of tragedy.

Wind chimes clang outside Carla McCloud's family home. Inside, her mother sits at a kitchen table filled with keepsakes and pictures of the smiling daughter she encouraged to "shine."

"She was very, very shy. She had so much to offer, she needed to shine," said Cindy McCloud.

But just when 22-year-old Carla was at her brightest, her light was snuffed out by a drunk driver.

A painted white bike filled with flowers and stuffed animals are part of a front lawn memorial for Carla. The "ghost bike," as it's called, serves as a quiet reminder of what happened August 11, 2015.

A car plowed into the back of Carla and her cousin Amanda Wheeler as they rode bikes a…

Young Wantage man's gift of life inspires tributes

New Jersey Herald | Eric Obernauer
WANTAGE -- An 18-year-old young man whose life was tragically cut short by a car accident last week is being remembered for the lives he touched in life and through those saved by his organs in death.

James Fischer, a lifelong resident of Wantage, died Friday at Morristown Medical Center as the result of injuries sustained March 22 in a single-vehicle accident on Deckertown Turnpike.

Fischer, who was traveling alone, was eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle shortly after 9 p.m. and struck a tree. The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to the New Jersey State Police.

Fischer, who had been studying journalism at Sussex County Community College, will be remembered Saturday at a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the Lafayette Federated Church.

The N.J. Sharing Network, in a tribute to him, said the "memory of James Fischer will live on in the lives he has touched as an organ donor." Continue reading___________________…

North Haven resident receives liver transplant from his brother

My Record Journal | Ken Liebeskind The North Haven CitizenNORTH HAVEN — On Jan. 21 a live liver transplant took place at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, saving resident Joseph Manguilli’s life. The donor: his brother, George.

The brothers are now recuperating from the surgery, which not only saved Joe’s life, but also solidified family ties.

“We were always close, but this is something we never expected,” said Joe, 58. “It was lifesaving, woke everyone up and brought us so much closer together.”

George, 59, agreed to become a living donor for Joe, who had been on the waiting list for a liver.

“I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C 15 years ago,” Joe said. “Most people don’t make it because livers aren’t available, so we looked for donors, and my brother was a match. I was in the end stage of liver disease and this was my last year.”

“In the beginning I didn’t know about living donor programs,” George said. “Over the last few years as Joe became sicker I took more interest. So I called the Yale-N…

Mayor Schieve of Reno Joins Forces with Donor Network to Encourage Donor Registrations

Benzinga | PR Web
Have a Little Heart, the first official program of its kind in the U.S., promotes organ, eye and tissue donation by allowing for patrons to receive a purchase discount at participating businesses for being registered donors.

Reno, Nevada (PRWEB) March 30, 2016

Donor Network West and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve have introduced Have a Little Heart, a new community education program conceived to save lives by promoting organ, eye and tissue donation in partnership with northern Nevada's business community.

Have a Little Heart, the first official program of its kind in the U.S., allows for patrons to receive a purchase discount at participating businesses by showing their donor designation, (e.g., the red heart on their driver's license or identification card) at the point of sale. For those not yet registered, it offers an incentive to register and promotes conversations about organ, eye, and tissue donation. Mayor Schieve, a kidney recipient, introduced the idea a…

St. Francis Medical Center hosts "Wall of Heroes" for National Donate Life Month

The News Star 
St. Francis Medical Center has been operating in Monroe for more than a century.(Photo: MARGARET CROFT/THE NEWS-STAR)

The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) and St. Francis Medical Center are hosting a “Wall of Heroes” recognition on Monday, April 4th, at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the downtown hospital campus, across from the Intensive Care Unit waiting area. The “Wall of Heroes” includes pictures and stories of organ and tissue donors from St. Francis Medical Center. Donor family members, hospital, and LOPA staff will be present for the program to honor those heroes who gave the ultimate gift of life.

After the program, we will meet outside of the downtown St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Department to pause for a moment of silence and raise the Donate Life flag in honor of those who gave the gift of life. Local, state, and national events like St. Francis Medical Center’s “Wall of Heroes” and flag raising ceremony help to draw awareness for donation and…

Doctors, Transplant Patients Working To Raise Organ Donation Awareness

CBS Pittsburgh | Sarah Arbogast

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Every day, more than 21 people die while waiting for a new organ.

The statistics in the United States are staggering and that’s why so many people here in Pittsburgh are working to raise organ donation awareness.

Moses Hart knows first-hand the importance of organ donation.

In February, after years of waiting, the 53-year-old received a new heart.

The transplant went well and now Hart is working to raise awareness about organ donation.

Today, he raised the flag at Allegheny General Hospital during a ceremony honoring those who have given the gift of life.

Dr. Raymond Benza, medical director of the Heart Transplant and Artificial Heart Program at Allegheny General Hospital, said there is nothing like seeing a transplant patient thriving. Continue reading
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 Cali…

Johns Hopkins performs nation's first HIV-positive organ transplants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons in Baltimore for the first time have transplanted organs between an HIV-positive donor and HIV-positive recipients, a long-awaited new option for patients with the AIDS virus whose kidneys or livers also are failing.

Johns Hopkins University announced Wednesday that both recipients are recovering well after one received a kidney and the other a liver from a deceased donor — organs that ordinarily would have been thrown away because of the HIV infection.

Doctors in South Africa have reported successfully transplanting HIV-positive kidneys but Hopkins said the HIV-positive liver transplant is the first worldwide. Hopkins didn't identify its patients, but said the kidney recipient is recuperating at home and the liver recipient is expected to be discharged soon.

"This could mean a new chance at life," said Dr. Dorry Segev, a Hopkins transplant specialist who pushed for legislation lifting a 25-year U.S. ban on the approach and …

3,000 people ‘living extended lives’ due to organ donation

UTV Ireland | Anita McSorely
More than 3,000 people are “living extended lives” after getting life-saving transplant operations, the Irish Kidney Association have revealed.
Launching Organ Donor Awareness Week, they said that last year a total of 266 heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants took place – with the majority of organs (233) coming from deceased donors.
In total last year, St Vincent’s Hospital conducted 61 liver transplants; the Mater Hospital conducted 36 lung transplants as well as 16 heart transplants; and Beaumont Hospital carried out 153 kidney transplants including 33 from living donors.
Despite this record amount, there are approximately 550 people awaiting live-saving transplants.
The Irish Kidney Association say the demand for kidney transplants in particular is spiraling, predicting that the 2,000 people currently on dialysis will increase to 3,000 in just 10 years’ time, at a cost of €50 million.
They say there is an “urgent need” for a second Kidney …

2 Myths About Organ Donation Dispelled

HUFFPOST ImpactOn April 1, 2016, the Gift of Life Donor Program and Donors are Heroes are holding a fundraising gala to raise funds for public education programs that emphasize the benefits and dispel many of the myths surrounding organ donations. John Green, the director of community relations at The Gift of Life Program, said, “There are currently 5,759 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in our region (Eastern half of PA, S. NJ and DE) and over 121,000 nationwide. The vast majority of the people on the transplant lists in our region are waiting for a kidney. 21 people die in the U.S. each day due to the lack of available organs.”Donors are Heroes was started by Don and Renee Freeman after Don received a heart transplant. It raises funds to support public education and awareness programming to encourage people to get the facts regarding organ and tissue donation and to register as donors. Some of their innovative programs include the It’s About Life grants to houses o…

Mediaplanet Taps George Lopez and Other Organ Donor Advocates to Bring Kidney and Liver Disease into the Conversation

Press Release RocketMediaplanet's recent campaign entitled "Kidney & Liver Health" launches today in partnership with key industry voices including Comedian and kidney transplant recipient George Lopez, The National Kidney Foundation, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, United Network of Organ Sharing and many more.New York, NY (PRWEB) March 29, 2016Mediaplanet’s newest campaign, “Kidney & Liver Health,” hits newsstands today in Pittsburgh/Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore/DC, Houston and New York.Just in time for National Kidney Awareness Month, this campaign illuminates the importance of kidney function, featuring an exclusive chat with comedian and kidney health advocate George Lopez concerning his experience receiving a kidney transplant.“I also wanted to help families with kids who have kidney disease,” says Lopez, now the co-founder and director of the George Lopez Foundation. “When you see the faces of the kids and of the families at the camp, you realize tha…

Two-time heart recipient raising awareness for organ donation Transplant patient works to sign up donors

KGW Portland | PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland woman who knows the agony of waiting for a heart transplant is working to sign up donors.“If I can change one person’s mind about organ and tissue donation I have honored both of my donors,” said Tracy Hoyle.Hoyle has survived two heart transplants and a kidney transplant.“I volunteer now signing up people for the registry at Donate Life Northwest and go to schools to encourage teens to sign up when they get their driver’s license.” Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit | In Caifornia, visit | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Five-year-old Quebec girl receives new heart

CTV NEWS Montreal After months of waiting, a five-year-old girl from Sherbrooke is finally getting a new lease on life.Elissa Grondin recieved a heart transplant Tuesday afternoon."We're very happy. This is a gift," said Elissa's mother, Josee Scantland.The pre-schooler had been on a waiting list for six months and her family was not sure how much longer she could hang on.Her parents say Elissa has been battling pneumonia for several days now, the latest in what's been a lifetime of medical problems.Elissa was born with three heart malformations, and last fall she was admitted to Ste. Justine hospital in critical condition with her heart functioning at only 13 per cent capacity. Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit | In Caifornia, visit | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Teen crash victim saves eight lives with organ donations

News West 9 | Sasha WilsonLUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Friends describe 18-year-old Mia Bierra as a social butterfly - loved by everyone and extremely popular.Funeral services have now been set for Mia, who died late Friday afternoon in a wreck that also killed 20-year-old Joseph Espinoza.The accident is still under investigation but police do not anticipate bringing charges against the driver who hit them.But some good did come out of this tragedy, as her family says the organs Mia donated have saved eight lives.According to, a new person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list every ten minutes.Biera's donation has provided the gift of life for a few people on that list. Continue readingKWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: | To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit | In Caifornia, visit | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

A family's tribute to a loved one lost too young

The Call BELLINGHAM — A local varsity baseball player at Bellingham High School, Nicholas Daniel Penza was taken from his family and friends at the young age of 18, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and unforgettable memories.“Losing someone you love is never easy, but when their life is taken away at such a young age, it is unbearable,” said his older brother James Penza.Nicholas had a very prominent and athletic build, tall and lanky, he gave off the vibe of a pitcher, not the skilled infielder he was. However, he was “a team leader and shortstop all the way,” his father Timothy Penza said. He also noted that regardless of which position Nick played “baseball was his soul.”He was a natural athlete, with exceptional hand-eye coordination, much like his baseball hero, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Playing a major role on the field and in the dugout, in 2014 Nick led his team to victory and the state title. He was also a member of Bellingham Youth Baseball since he…

Dad From Upstate In Need of New Heart Gets Donor Just in Time

WSPA | Krystyne BrownAn organ donor comes just in time, as an Easter miracle for one family from the Upstate.A 39-year-old man from Anderson who’s battled cancer and congestive heart failure for years was on a long wait list for a new heart. His health was on a decline.Brandon McNeely’s family says he was preparing himself to go home in hospice care if doctors couldn’t find the right donor match for a new heart.They finally got the good news on Good Friday.“We went all in,” Kimberly McNeely, Brandon’s wife said. “It was a terrifying moment.”Brandon is a stay-at-home dad, husband and before his health declined, he was a business owner. He was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was just a little boy and underwent chemotherapy in Greenville. Doctors say the treatment is what lead to his congestive heart failure 6 years ago. Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit | In Caifornia, visit | It is important to sha…

Organ Donor Save Peeps

Tyler returns to the waiting list

Vernon Morning Star | Katherine MortimerThe last time The Morning Star met Tyler Watson, he was two years old, sporting bright yellow overalls and scooting down a plastic toddler-sized slide in his living room.Now 19 and wearing a hoodie and jeans, the Vernon secondary school graduate is 6-foot 1 and has long outgrown his toys.He’s come a long way since he underwent a life-saving kidney transplant at B.C. Children’s Hospital, thanks to a healthy kidney donated by his father.Then just nine months old, Tyler was born with severe damage to his kidneys and in July 1998, he became the smallest and youngest kidney transplant recipient in British Columbia history when he received a kidney from his dad, Corey Watson.“Life has been pretty normal — I’ve been sick a few times, but other than that it’s been pretty good,” said Tyler, relaxing with his mom, Renee Webber, in the living room of the family’s Mission Hill home. Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.D…