Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tootie: a reason to live

HERALD AND NEWS | Lee Juilerat

Call it a menage a trois, but one with a heartwarming story.

The three-way love affair featured in Rick Steber's newest book, "Three Little Birds: A True Story of Hope," is a real-life story involving George and Donna Hooker, now 69 and 68, and an unlikely third partner, a Canada goose they named Tootie.

The tale of the Hookers, who live near Bly Mountain, and Tootie began May 9, 1999. While driving home, Donna saw a coyote killing a Canada honker. She arrived too late to save the mother goose, but found an unhatched egg that she took home.

To keep it warm, George held it against his chest until, a day later, it hatched. The experience gave George, who was suffering from cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening heart disease, new reason and a renewed will to survive. Continue reading, cute photos of Tootie and George!

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2nd Annual Trust for Life 5K Walk/Run, October 22, 2016

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Former Evansville athlete killed in motorcycle crash, gives life to four strangers through organ donation

Jason Coughlin was 31-years-old. (Source: WFIE)
WAVE 3 | Jess Raatz

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A 14 NEWS follow up to a story we first brought you back in July.

Jason Coughlin was a star wrestler at Mater Dei high school.

He died from injuries in a motorcycle crash in late July.
Jess Raatz sat down with his father a few days after it happened.
She's now learned that tragedy, gave life to four complete strangers. Story source

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'My daughter's liver was rotting - but I managed to save her life'

DAILY MAIL | Katie Pickles
Father Ryan Driva, pictured with Allie months after the transplant, said it was the 'happiest moment of his life' when he learned his liver was a match for his desperately ill daughter

Father who gave his baby a transplant urges others to become organ donors


A father who saved his baby daughter's life has shared shocking photos of her swollen stomach and rotten liver to encourage others to become organ donors.

Allie Driva's diseased liver was black and hardened - like a lump of coal - when it was removed from her tiny body in July last year.

She nearly died after suffering from biliary atresia, a condition where the bile ducts become inflamed and blocked, causing the liver to fail.

Now a healthy 18-month-old, she was saved after receiving a live transplant from her father Ryan, 30, a year ago.

Mr Driva, from Los Angeles, described how when she was born, he and Allie's mother, Analisia, put her yellowish skin and eyes down to jaundice.

But within weeks she had been diagnosed with the potentially fatal liver condition. 

In April last year, she underwent a procedure where a portion of her intestine was taken and attached to her liver to help bile flow away from the organ. Continue reading
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10 days left to contribute to Team SoCal's virtual 5K group for Donor Network West's Run/Walk on September 10th

10 days left to contribute to Team SoCal's virtual 5K group for Donor Network West's Run/Walk on September 10th, in Walnut Creek, CA

My fundraising efforts is to honor my organ donor and donor family without whom I would not be able to celebrate my 21 year heart transplant anniversary and the opportunity to serve in the donation and transplant community. 

Please join our virtual Group "TEAM SOCAL", funds raised will be used for organ, eye and tissue donation education. Help me make my personal fundraising goal of $3,000 a reality.  All contributions are greatly appreciated and will go to help ending deaths on the transplant waiting list.

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Organ donation can renew lives

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Amy Dean’s family will forever mourn the loss of the 21-year-old who was murdered last Friday. Her boyfriend, charged in the shooting, is housed at the Glynn County Detention Center.

Yet Dean’s family can take comfort in their decision to donate the young woman’s heart, lungs and other organs, a move that could give desperately ill people a chance to live. Dean’s relatives are certain that she would have readily agreed with that choice.

As her stepmother, Crystal Dean, told The News: “Amy was such a giving, light-hearted vocal person. And she would climb mountains and swim rivers to do something for someone. So with that in mind, the decision became easy to give to any and everyone and as many as she possibly can with every viable part of her.

”It’s gratifying that more than 100 million people in the U.S. currently are registered as possible donors. Yet far more are needed. According to www.organdonor.gov, nearly 30,000 people received organ donations in 2014 alone. Yet 22 people every day died because the number of donated organs were insufficient. Continue reading
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PROMOTING THE GIFT OF LIFE


VIRGINIANMN | Angie Riebe


HIBBING — Fairview Range Medical Center was honored nationally for its efforts to promote the gift of life.

It was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for advocating enrollment in state organ donor registries in a campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The campaign has added 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide since 2011.

Fairview Range conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors. It thus increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry.

The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between May 2015 and April 2016.

It was awarded platinum recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. Of the 995 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 281 were awarded platinum recognition during this phase of the campaign. Continue reading
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Families honor organ donors

Families commemorate the loss and gift of life in Longview. (Photo: KYTX)
KYTX | Greg Crosby

LONGVIEW - The families of local organ donors were honored today.

Just off Highway 80 in Longview at Good Shepherd Hospital, families gather to commemorate the loss and gift of life.

Southwest Transplant Alliance and Good Shepherd have come together to honor local organ donors and their families.

"There are people that are awaiting a transplant, a lifesaving transplant that could die at any moment and because of the selfless gift of these people that were honoring today they are alive today,” Katie Whitton with Southwest Transplant Alliance said.

A little known fact is by--law a hospital cannot be involved or facilitate the process of donating organs. It legally has to be done by a third party organization such as South West Transplant Alliance.

"Once the decision has been made we counsel the families; we give them compassionate care,” Whitton said. “We take care of the donor and recover the organ, and we make sure the organ is allocated appropriately and fairly.” Continue reading

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Local hockey player is all heart, thanks to organ transplant and pump


FOX 17 | Erica Francis

SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Tyler Jaenicke has fire in his heart and ice in his veins.

He's a hockey player who was forced to give up the sport because of a heart condition. Now he's finding strength and perspective off the ice.

Jaenicke's heart was set on playing college hockey after graduating from high school five years ago. But during his high school's hockey playoff game, his vision changed.

Then he was faced with the greatest battle of his life.

"I felt really sick and out of breath," said Jaenicke, now 23. "When the cardiologist told me my heart was really weak, I kind of laughed at him. I didn’t believe him."

But Jaenicke's condition was no laughing matter. At just 17 years old, Jaenicke was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a potentially deadly disease of the heart. Continue reading
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HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SAVES FOUR LIVES THROUGH ORGAN DONATION

WWAY TV3  \ Taylor Yakowenko

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One Wilmington teenager is saving lives even after losing her own.

Lindsay Benton was in a car accident on US 74 near the entrance to Compass Pointe. She died yesterday, but she has already saved four lives through organ donation.

Her stepmother, Kelli Anne Benton said Lindsay had been an organ donor since she was just 16 years old.

“Lindsay’s dream was to be a trauma surgeon. So when we found out that she was an organ donor, obviously it was no surprise to us because that’s the type of person she was, even as a 16 year old when you first get your license. But knowing that she won’t be able to reach the dream of being a trauma surgeon or save people’s lives, it was almost like we were helping her achieve her goal,” Kelli Anne said.

Kelli Anne said Lindsay was the most determined young lady she had ever met in her life and “she would be the one to find a way, which she has.” VIDEO, continue reading
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Personal connection to organ donation for lawmaker

State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, foreground, talks about new legislation to expand the organ donor base following its passage in the Assembly.(Photo: PROVIDED PHOTO)
STAR-GAZETTE | Jeff Murray

When state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, cosponsored a bill to expand the pool of eligible organ donors in New York, it wasn't just because it he thought it was a good idea.

Palmesano has a personal connection to the issue. His own sister is a two-time organ recipient, and he was the donor of one of those organs.

The new bill, which passed both houses of the legislature and was recently signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, lowers the eligibility age for potential donors from 18 to 16.

Not only is Palmesano concerned about the number of people waiting for a life-saving organ donation, but he said his sister could have easily become another statistic.

"My sister was a two-time organ transplant recipient because of the impact juvenile diabetes had on her health and organs," Palmesano said. "The first time she received a kidney/pancreas from a stranger who was an organ donor in 2000. The second time, in May of 2006, I donated a kidney to her. So I have seen firsthand the impact organ donation can have on a family." Continue reading
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Mom to meet with organ donor recipient of son's heart

Mom to meet with organ donor recipient of son's heart (Pollino Family Photo)
WSYX, ABC 6 | Jeff Hirsh

FORT THOMAS, Ky. (WKRC) - Labor day weekend is straight ahead.

Lots of people will be going lots of places but no one's trip will have quite the same meaning as one. A Fort Thomas woman is going to meet the man who is alive because of her son, because her son was an organ donor.

At Debbie Pollino's house in Fort Thomas there are pictures everywhere. There are letters and there are constant memories of her son, Nick, who was killed in a single car crash on I-275 in Campbell County in January, 2014. He was 36.

When Nick did not call his mom that morning as he always did Debbie called nick's cell phone. Somebody else answered.

“I said, ‘Who is this?’ And she said, ‘I'm officer so and so.’ I said, ‘Where's Nick?’ And she said there's been an accident.“ Continue reading
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Growing Kidneys In The Lab May End Transplant Waitlist

This could change the way we get kidneys for donations. Photo Courtesy of Pixabay
MEDICAL DAILY | Dana Dovey

Kidneys are the most commonly transplanted — and needed — organ. Although they are one of the few organs you can receive from a live donor, people still die after long waits for a viable kidney. However, in a new study, researchers from the Salk Institute in California figured out a way to grow unlimited kidney cells in a lab — a finding that could someday address the lack of kidney donors, and also allow us to more accurately study kidney diseases.

The Salk researchers successfully created nephron progenitor cells, a type of human kidney precursor cell that can differentiate into kidney tissue. Usually these cells only exist in humans during a brief stage in embryonic development, and attempts to create this cell in a laboratory have failed as the cell either died or gradually lost its usefulness by advancing past the precursor state. Having a steady supply of these cells could help scientists someday grow functional organs in a lab.

"We provide a proof-of-principle for how to make and maintain unlimited numbers of precursor kidney cells," Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, professor in Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory and study co-author, said in a recent statement. Continue reading
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The Ethical Imperative Of Organ Donation


THE JEWISH WEEK | Kenneth Prager

I recently received an office visit from an Orthodox Jewish patient in my pulmonology practice whose life was saved with a lung transplant. There is nothing more satisfying and dramatic than seeing someone who not long ago was suffocating to death from an incurable lung disease return to my office without the need for oxygen, radiating health and life, accompanied by his or her overjoyed family. These rejuvenated patients have been given the gift of life-saving organs from a brain-dead patient whose family allowed the donation.

I must confess, however, that as an Orthodox Jew, my own joy at seeing these patients return from near-death is tempered by a nagging sadness, anger and frustration that some rabbis would never allow one of their own flock, if they were brain-dead, to save lives by becoming an organ donor. This is because these rabbis reject brain death as being inconsistent with halacha, or Jewish law. For them, death is defined halachically as the permanent cessation of one’s heartbeat. Continue reading
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After lung transplant, Ralston firefighter says he's been surrounded with support

KETV | Laurann Robinson

DURHAM, NC -  The Ralston firefighter who recently had a double-lung transplant says he'll be able to return to his job in about year.

We talked to Michael Bramhall Tuesday morning from his hospital bed.

While the surgery was a success, he says the first days following it haven’t been easy.

"There's been a lot of painful days,” he says.

Earlier this year, Bramhall suffered two collapsed lungs after a lifetime of battling cystic fibrosis.

Now, he's recovering at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, the same place where he had his surgery just over a week ago.

"Today, I had a chest tube removed, which always makes me feel better. And then, I passed my swallow test,” he says. Continue reading
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Are you on the organ donor register? Majority would accept a donated organ — but shockingly few on the register

THE HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER | Hillarie Stelfox

More than 10,000 people in the UK are awaiting a transplant at any one time. Sadly, three of these people die each day.

While research by the NHS shows that 87% of us are in favour of being a donor after death and 94% said they would accept an organ donation if their life was at risk only 28% of the population is on the organ donation register.

Jayne Greenhalgh, the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, used to work in an intensive care unit, which specialised in liver and kidney transplants, and says: “I have seen for myself the difference a transplant can make. These patients are incredibly poorly, usually with very little quality of life. A transplant changes that and can mean that someone goes on to live a happy, healthy life, all thanks to their amazing donor.”

As part of the Yorkshire Organ Donation Team, Jayne is one of the professionals who speak to the families of potential donors. She explains how a donation takes place: “A message will come through to our pager system, usually from one of our A&E departments or Intensive Care Units, informing the team that a patient is sadly not expected to survive. It is always a sad call. We take some details and assess whether the patient could have the potential to donate their organs after they have died. We would also check to see if they have expressed their wishes about donation on the National Organ Donor Register. Continue reading
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Fishkill Rabbi Donates Kidney to Save Dying Man



HUDSON VALLEY NEWS NETWORK | Jay Behrke

FISHKILL – For a man just six days past donating a kidney to a man he had never before met, Rabbi Zalman Sandhaus looked astoundingly robust.

“Studies show that people who donate kidneys live a very healthy and long life,” said Sandhaus during an interview in his home. “So, I’m very confident in my life ahead.”

With the help of Rabbi Boruch Wolf, director of the Chabad at the Medical Centers on Long Island, Sandhaus was able to transplant his kidney to a dying 56-year-old father of three. Jack Hananya, from Long Island, had been suffering end-stage renal failure before the Fishkill rabbi came to his rescue.

“The concept of kindness and care for another individual is something that’s been ingrained in me from a very young age,” said the 30-year-old Sandhaus. Continue reading
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Florence woman seeks to find kidney donor to save her life-long friend

Diane Punska’s and Carolyn Gazzillo’s mothers were in the same birthing room at Cooley Dickinson the day they were born. They became best friends in kindergarten and have remained close since. Gazzillo is in need of a kidney transplant and has been in dialysis for over three years with Diane right by her side through the whole thing. Gazette Staff/Andrew Whitaker 
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE | Fran Ryan

Carolyn Gazzillo of Florence has a strict and exhausting weekly routine, and as difficult and debilitating as it is to maintain, she pushes through the pain and fatigue because it is literally her only hope of survival.

In 2013, Gazzillo, who worked in the cafeteria at JFK Middle School in Florence, began feeling sickly. The diagnosis: kidney failure. Her doctor promptly put her on a regimen of dialysis treatments, the process which removes waste and extra fluid from the blood.

Since then, Gazzillo, 66, has spent her Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for five hours each day, receiving treatment at Fresenius Kidney Care on Conz Street in Northampton.

“I don’t know how she does it, it takes so much out of her and the longer she is on it the harder it gets,” said Diane Punska of Williamsburg, Gazzillo’s lifelong friend. “She has so much life left in her, but now, I sometimes feel like I am watching her fade away.” Continue reading
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As More Parents Refuse Vaccines, More Doctors Dismiss Them -- With AAP's Blessing


FORBES | Tara Haelle

The tides are shifting for parents who delay or refuse vaccines and the doctors who treat them: More pediatricians are seeing more vaccine refusals, and more pediatricians are pushing back. But now, those doctors pushing back have a bit more support from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Several new reports in the journal Pediatrics today confront the changing landscape of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. head on. The professional organization firmly declared its support for removing all non-medical exemptions for vaccines, released findings from pediatrician surveys on immunization and issued comprehensive guidance to pediatricians for addressing parents’ concerns about vaccines. And it shifted somewhat on the issue of doctors firing patients for refusing to vaccinate.

As vaccine hesitancy has become a bigger issue in the U.S.—and contributed to outbreaks such as the 2015 Disneyland measles outbreak—more doctors have implemented policies of dismissing families who refuse to vaccinate their children. In fact, nearly one in eight pediatricians reported in 2013 that they always dismiss patients who continue to refuse vaccines—twice as many as in 2006, according to a new study comparing 2006 and 2013 survey results.

[Non-vaccinated individuals can have deadly consequences for cancer patients, transplant recipients, people with compromised immune systems, other children and seniors]  Continue reading
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How Tech Entrepreneurs, Big And Small, Are Helping Solve The Problem Of Organ Donation

Jenna Arnold and Greg Segal co-founded Organize.org, a central registry for organ donations that also lets people make their donation wishes known on social media. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
FORBES | Mike Montgomery

Transplanting organs is a medical miracle. Finding willing donors, and connecting them to the patients who need organs, can sometimes be an even bigger miracle. Only 52% of Americans are registered as organ donors, according to nonprofit registry Donate Life America.

In early July, Apple AAPL -0.12% took a step toward getting more people enrolled when it announced that iPhone users will be able to register as an organ, eye or tissue donor using iOS 10’s integrated Health app. In conjunction with Donate Life America, Apple will share this information with the national registry.

This isn’t the first time Apple has allowed users to list themselves as organ donors; the iOS 8 release in 2014 featured a way for donors to list their status, as they do on driver’s licenses. What’s new is the ability to register and the routing of that information into the donor database, where doctors can see it. With 100 million iPhone users worldwide, that could make a big difference in clearing organ-donation waitlists. 

“Apple’s uniquely positioned here,” because of the iPhone’s massive user base, says Iltifat Husain, assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of mobile app curriculum at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C   Continue reading
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Lung transplant recipient wins four medals at Games in Toronto

Andrew Crowley of Stratford, a double lung transplant recipient, won three gold and one bronze medal at the Canadian Transplant Games held in Toronto earlier this month. Steve Rice/Stratford Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network
STRATFORD BEACON HERALD | Steve Rice

Andrew Crowley had a strange, yet familiar feeling in the hours and days after receiving a double lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital on June 5 of last year.

“I felt like I was 13 again,” said the 29-year-old from Stratford. “It was remarkable.”

Even more remarkable is that Crowley was able to return to Toronto earlier this month--little more than a year after his surgery--and compete in the Canadian Transplant Games where he collected four medals, including three gold.

Participating in the 18 to 29 age category, he won gold in golf, 10-pin bowling and doubles lawn bowling, and added a bronze in triples lawn bowling, which had no age restrictions.

“It was my first 18-hole round in three years and I was able to walk the whole course,” he said proudly. “It wasn't about winning medals, it was just the fact that I was able to play and enjoy myself.

“I heard this at the Games, and it's true: 'We won the day we got our transplants.' Everything else is just a bonus.” Continue reading
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Northeastern senior to take on Mount Midoriyama in 'Ninja Warrior' finale


US TODAY COLLEGE | Lautaro Grinspan

For eight seasons, athletes nationwide have attempted to complete the reason-defying obstacle courses on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Among those taking on the famously infamous Mount Midoriyama on Monday’s Season 8 finale: Northeastern University’s Josh Levin.

Levin, a rising senior, earned his spot in the finale after successfully completing two qualifying rounds. Now, he’ll compete for the show’s top prize: a $1 million payout.

Walking away a millionaire won’t be easy, though.

The Mount Midoriyama course — American Ninja Warrior‘s toughest — is divided into four stages with 22 obstacles in total, each tougher than the next. Only those who can make it through all obstacles unscathed can stake a claim on the million-dollar check.

And according to Levin, the obstacles are much harder than they look on TV.

“When you’re at home watching the show on TV, it’s easy to think to yourself, ‘Oh, that looks easy! I could totally do that,’” he says. “But I had a feeling that it would be much more difficult than most competitors make it appear, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt and made sure to take each obstacle seriously.” Continue reading


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Over 44,000 organ donors register during Ramadan


THE PENNINSULA QATAR

Doha: Over 44,000 new donors signed up to Organ Donor Registry during Ramadan – more than double last year’s total for the same period.

With this, the number of people on the register, which is unique in the region, has crossed 148,000.

During Ramadan, over 450 Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) staff worked to educate and inform the community about organ donation at booths across 14 shopping centres. They also shared information about the importance of the programme and provided new donors with donor card.

An organ transplant is a life-saving procedure and can significantly improve the quality of life for someone with chronic organ failure.

Deceased donors are those who have pledged during their life to give organs to someone in need. Continue reading
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Baystate Franklin Medical Center honored for encouraging organ donations

WWLP NEWS | By Mike Masciadrelli

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts hospitals have been nationally recognized for their work in organ donations. Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield is among a select group of hospitals given an award for promoting organ and tissue donations.

A total of 995 hospitals nationwide were recognized by the national campaign encouraging donor enrollments, but only three in Massachusetts received the highest platinum-level recognition. In addition to Baystate Franklin, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester also were awarded.

The campaign has added 400,000 new donors to registries across the country over the past five years. Continue reading
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Sahuarita dad not alone on journey toward kidney transplant


GREEN VALLEY NEWS | Dan Shearer

The routine has been interrupted at Megan and Ryan Rodriguez’s home in Rancho Sahuarita.

Ryan, who recently was put on a kidney transplant list, hopes it doesn’t stay that way for long. But he’s bracing himself.

Ryan’s kidneys are functioning at nine percent of capacity; 20 percent qualifies for a transplant, and 15 percent indicates end-stage renal failure. He’s beyond that.

He just spent nine days in the hospital, has mounting financial pressure, and is on leave from his job as a school psychologist for the Sahuarita Unified School District.
But right now what’s bothering Ryan Rodriguez the most is what some people would call the little things — sitting down to breakfast with his children every morning, making it all the way through a movie without being overtaken by exhaustion, braiding his daughters’ hair.

At 31, he’s used to being the go-getter, the involved dad who dresses up with his kids on holidays, takes them to school, and loves to dance and sing. All of that is on hold as Ryan fights for his life, and some semblance of normalcy for his family. Continue reading
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Paul Gallen and Greg Inglis lend star power to Jersey Day

Michael Gremmo, David Gremmo, former Hill mayor Michelle Byrne, Jim Taggart and Richard Gremmo promoting Jersey Day on Friday September 2.
DAILY TELEGRAPH | Bev Jordan, Hill Shire Times

Grab a jersey and show your true colours on Jersey Day, Friday, September 2. That’s the heartfelt plea from the Gremmo brothers, Greg Inglis and Paul Gallen.

The family is urging schools and businesses to support the event by allowing students and employees to wear their favourite sporting jersey and talk about organ donation.

And league heavyweights, including Inglis and Gallen, have thrown their support behind the campaign too, filming videos for the cause.

Their Jersey Day campaign, to highlight the DonateLife message, is in memory of 13-year-old Nathan Gremmo, who died in a road accident in Glenhaven in 2015. 


He had spoken to his father about organ donation just weeks before the accident.

His parents Michael and Kylie said their son’s gift helped five people and a baby but also moved others to become organ donors. 
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Brandon Brewer loses battle with terminal illness

Brande Brewer poses with her son Brandon Brewer, then 16. He battled Hirschsprung's disease, a rare genetic disorder that left his body unable to process food. (Photo: DNJ file)
THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL | Nacy De Gennaro

SMYRNA — Local transplant patient Brandon Brewer has died after battling a lifelong genetic disorder.

Brewer, 24, died at Tuesday night at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh after an extended bout with infection.

“I was able to hear 'I love you' for the very last time,” said his mother, Brande Brewer, who was able to be at her son’s side during his last breaths. “I kissed him one last time.”

Brandon Brewer first captured the hearts of the local community 20 years ago with his blonde curls and vivacious spirit. Despite the tubes, shots and inability to eat solid food, the preschooler remained in highest spirits.

“He was my boy angel,” Brande Brewer said.

Brandon was born with Hirschsprung's disease, a condition that prevented his body from absorbing nutrients from food. He spent his first years on a feeding tube, which, while keeping him alive, was destroying his liver.

Brandon received a small bowel transplant at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1996, but rejected that organ and had it removed in 2007. He underwent a second transplant surgery for small and large bowels in 2008.

His life was spent in and out of hospitals battling infections and then rejections. Time after time, the community would rally around the family to help with medical bills and transportation to keep his mother by his side during these trials. Continue reading
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Teen who died following ladder fall donates kidney to veteran


KOMO NEWS | Suzanne Phan

SILVERDALE, Wash. (KOMO) - A Kitsap family is preparing to bury their beloved teenage daughter on Saturday, but they find hope and promise that a part of her lives on.

Sixteen-year-old Emily Ramm was a bold, daring, and outspoken teen with big dreams and a lot of ambition, according to her family. Her life was cut short after she fell from a ladder at a construction site at Silverdale Elementary School on Aug. 13.

Loved ones say she was climbing to find higher ground and a better place to watch the meteor shower that night with friends.

Emily is giving the gift of life. According to her wishes, her organs -- her liver and kidneys -- were donated to several different people.

KOMO News has heard from a military veteran who received Emily's kidney right after she passed.

"There's no words to describe how grateful I am. For the family, the loss is huge. I can't say thank you enough,” said Daniel Mendoza from his home.

“She would have loved to know that Daniel received her kidney,” said Tara Vasey, Emily's aunt.

The day after he received the priceless gift, Mendoza received a text from Vasey. Continue reading
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Egan: New lungs in April, kayaking in August — a young woman can breathe again

Kathleen Hanna said she ‘could be excited about the future’ again after receiving a double lung transplant. JULIE OLIVER / POSTMEDIA
OTTAWA CITIZEN | Kelly Egan

1983, there was just one successful lung transplant in Ontario, but the first in the world. In 2015, there were 128 —and little clamour — as though novelty finally exhaled.

So, for every rock-star recipient like Hélène Campbell (street naming, Ellen DeGeneres fave, Bieber shout-out) there are many other miracles quietly played out, lives regained.

There is, for instance, Kathleen Hanna, 22, of Kinburn, a hamlet west of Ottawa, who shyly tells an inspiring story.

Born with cystic fibrosis, she fell so ill early this year that she was airlifted to Toronto, in anticipation of a double-lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital, one of the leading such centres in the world.

Down to 98 pounds, lung function at 17 per cent, forced to use a wheelchair, she was literally fighting to stay alive. She signed off on the transplant in February and the 11-hour operation was performed on April 6 — the exact day Campbell received her lungs in 2012. Continue reading
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