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Selena Gomez gets a Kidney Transplant

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As the summer went on, you might have noticed that Selena Gomez got out of the spotlight.

Yesterday on Instagram, she announced the reason.

“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” she said. “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.”

Gomez, who in 2015 publicly revealed that she is battling Lupus, said she needed a new organ to improve her “overall health.” While she didn’t want to go into too many details, she wrote, “I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery.”

The singer admitted “there aren’t enough words” to properly thank her “beautiful friend,” 29-year-old Secret Life of the American Teenager star Francia Raisa. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis,” the “Fetish” singer wrote. “Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.”

More than 100,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving transplant, and many of them, like Selena Gomez are pressed to look for living donors because there simply isn’t enough time.

If you would like to become a registered organ donor, please register here.

Source: E! Online

Photo source: Instagram

Minnesota organ donation is now promoted through fishing and hunting licenses

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Minnesota is the first state to promote organ donation through fishing and hunting licenses.

The DNR partnered with LifeSource, an organ and tissue donation organization in Minneapolis, to make the option available to anyone registering for fishing or hunting online.

“In a state like Minnesota, my gosh, what could be more fitting to be linking something to fishing and hunting?” LifeSource CEO Susan Gunderson said.

“Historically, men, in particular older men, have signed up to be donors in lower rates than others,” Gunderson said. “And we saw this as a great connect. There are a lot of men who like to hunt and like to fish in Minnesota.”

For years, becoming an organ donor has been a question on Minnesota driver’s license renewals. Sixty-two percent of Minnesotans have said yes, which is over 1 million people. But license renewals only come every four years. Hunting and fishing licenses are typically renewed annually.

“Minnesota’s long been a leader in the number of people who say yes to donation,” Gunderson said. “I think it’s representative of who we are as a people. If given the chance to help someone else, we’re going to want to do that.”

Since the program launched March 1, almost 5,000 people have opted in to being an organ donor, according to LifeSource.

Read the full article here.

If you wish to become a registered organ donor in Minnesota please register on our Minnesota organ donation page.

Source: 10/13 ABC

Death of young Tennessee organ donor gives life to many others

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A tragic accident in Ashland City came with a silver lining for a family and countless others.

Kevin Hartley, 21, collapsed while at work late last month. Years ago, his grandfather was kept alive through organ donation, an act that inspired his grandson.

Now, his mother hopes Kevin’s story will inspire others.

“He would just light up the room when he came in,” explained Wendy Hartley. “Kevin was the bomb.”

“He had been refinishing bathtubs, and was overcome by the fumes,” she also told News 2. “He was being rushed to the hospital. I actually made it to Southern Hills before the ambulance got there.”

Doctors performed a CT scan after Kevin collapsed and found he had no brain activity. But CPR provided by his brother Michael hours earlier made it possible to harvest his organs. Kevin’s last wish would soon be fulfilled.

Family and friends gathered at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, reading a letter to surgeons just before surgery, describing the young donor.

“Kevin is a wonderful person and will be missed by all his friends and family. We are so happy he has the opportunity to continue to bless the lives of so many, as he always has.”, concluded the letter.

Kevin donated tissue, parts of bone, kidneys, lungs, and his heart.

Watch the full story here:

If you wish to become a Tennessee organ donor please register here.

Source: WKRN
Photo source: WKRN

Justin’s Run4Hope encourages Arizona organ donation

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At age 23, Justin Langford tragically lost his life as the result of an accident while driving a flat-bed truck during performance calibration activities for his employer, Allison Transmission, in Flagstaff, Arizona, in May 2014.

His parents, Bryan and Janice Langford, have made sure their son’s memory lives on. As an organ donor, Justin made certain others live on.

The second annual Justin’s Run4Hope is at 9 a.m. May 20 at New Hope Christian Church in Whitestown, Arizona. The run is to inspire hope and fitness. Proceeds from the 4-mile walk/run, 1-mile walk and half-mile kids dash goes to the Justin David Langford Memorial Fund for a scholarship at Vanderbilt University and Zionsville Community High School. Justin, a 2009 ZCHS graduate, graduated from Vanderbilt in 2013. His younger brother, Kyle, is a recent Vanderbilt graduate who is headed to medical school in the fall. Kelsi Buckley, who was Justin’s girlfriend, will travel from San Antonio to participate in the race.

The race will raise awareness about Donate Life America, which encourages organ donation.

Read the full article here.

If you wish to become a registered organ donor in Arizona, please register on our Arizona organ donation page


Source: Current in Zionsville

Photo source: Current in Zionsville

Idaho organ donation rates on the rise

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In Idaho, 64 percent of residents have signed up to be organ donors on their driver’s licenses or state ID card. That beats the national average, which is just 51 percent, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

As high as Idaho’s rates are, ITD still wants more people to register as donors. Around 800 people are on the waiting list for organ donations in Idaho. The department held an event Wednesday to remind people how organ donation can help.

In 2015, 113 organs were donated to Idahoans. In 2016, that number rose to 169.

Read the full story here.

If you wish to become an organ donor in Idaho, please register on our Idaho organ donation page.
Source: Idaho Statesman

Organ transplants in the US increased nearly 20% in five years

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Organ transplants performed in the United States reached a record high during 2016, for the fourth year in a row, according to preliminary data from the United Network for Organ Sharing.

During 2016, there were 33,606 transplants, an 8.5% increase over 2015 and up 19.8% since 2012. This growth can be mostly attributed to an expanding number of deceased donors.

About 82% (or 27,628) of the transplants involved organs from deceased donors, who often provide multiple organs. The remaining 18% (or 5,978) were performed with organs from living donors.

There have been fewer disqualifications of deceased donations over time, explained Dr. David Klassen, chief medical officer of the organ sharing network, which serves under federal contract and brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families.

If you wish to join the organ donation registry, please register here.

Read the full article here.

Utah organ donation: Impacted families honored at special holiday event

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They’re part of a unique circle: organ donors, recipients, and family members of donors. On Wednesday, the Yes Utah Donor Registry honored them with a special holiday celebration.

The holidays can be tough for people who have lost loved ones. For many people in attendance Wednesday, knowing their loved ones live on through others is a priceless gift.

“Anthony was 13 years old, healthy, active 13-year-old boy. He passed away unexpectedly,” said Keri Stephens.

It’s been six years since Stephens’ son Anthony passed away from a brain injury. On the saddest day of her life, she gave other families the greatest gift.

“Anthony changed eight people’s lives with his organ donation and gave the gift of sight to two different people because of the donation of his corneas,” Stephens said.

Right now, there are about 800 people on the Utah transplant waiting list and more than 500 people waiting for a kidney in Utah.

If you wish to join the Utah organ donation registry, please register here.

Read the full article here.

Source: Fox 13

Utah organ donation: Family consoled through dark times after son’s death

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A young couple from Orem, Utah had no idea how organ donation would end up helping them through a dark time after the loss of their 5-month-old child helped save the lives of others.

Nikki and Brett Michaelis are seeing the Celebration of Life Monument in Salt Lake City for the first time with one of their seven children.

This monument honors organ donors, and Brett and Nikki’s emotions come to the surface when they find Maximus’ name etched on the wall. At just 5-months-old, Maximus saved many other lives.

“Instead of going on a date we went to the emergency room, they immediately Life-Flighted us to Primary Childrens [Hospital],” Nikki Michaelis said.

Maximus died of sudden infant death syndrome.

“In the hospital, Nicole and I both were in agreement we would, if it came to that, we would definitely donate whatever we could from Max’s organs,” Brett Michaelis said.

Shortly after Max’s death, Brett and Nikki heard about a story Fox 13 did on Truc Tran, a young University of Utah college student who received one of Max’s kidneys.

“I feel like there’s no road blocks in the way now, and so I feel like I can do a lot more than I ever could,” Truc Tran said of life after the operation. “I’m just grateful to have this opportunity.”

Nikki reached out to Truc to see if she wanted to meet.

“She responded to our message, and we’ve met Truc since then, and she’s been to the house and met the rest of our children,” Brett Michaelis said. “It’s been good.”

The Michelis’ have heard from others whose lives were saved because of their baby, and while it’s helpful, nothing can take away the pain of losing their son.

“It’s been a hard experience for us,” Brett Michaelis said. “Organ donation has been certainly a bright spot in a dark, difficult year for us.”

If you wish become a registered organ donor in Utah, please register on our Utah organ donation page.

Source: FOX 13

Photo source: FOX 13

NASCAR Driver Joey Gase is an organ donation advocate

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NASCAR driver Joey Gase and his team made a pit stop at the Regional Medical Center in Longview, Texas, this Thursday to bring awareness to organ and tissue donation.

“The reason I am so passionate about it is because my mom was an organ donor and she helped to improve the lives of 66 people.” NASCAR driver Joey Gase says. “It’s important to advocate.”

This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, this organ donation advocate will be racing with Donate Life Texas on his car.

People also left their hand prints on the car to help show their support. On the back pictures of volunteer advocates who received organ transplants.

If you wish to become a registered organ donor, please register here.

Source: CBS 19

Photo source: KYTX

New Jersey organ donation: Teens may become organ donors

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, D-Monmouth, has introduced legislation that would allow minors as young as 14 years old to register to donate their organs if they die. Under the measure, the state Motor Vehicle Commission would be directed to ask the question when youngsters age 14, 15, 16 and 17 get a non-driver photo ID to operate a moped, their learner’s permit or a provisional driver’s license.

“Right now in New Jersey we limit our state’s ability to ask if you want to be a donor to those 18 and older, so we miss out on asking people younger than that, we miss out on that prompt,” O’Scanlon said. He explained the legislation would simply give people as young as 14 the option to express their preference about participating in the program, but nothing would be set in stone.

“This doesn’t mandate that they be organ donors. Parents will always have the final say if something, God forbid, happens,” he said.

Read the full article here.

Source: NJ1015

Oregon organ donation: Woman’s life saved by a transplant in the last moment

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On July 8, 2014, Cindy McIntyre was dying.

She was in the intensive care unit of Oregon Health and Sciences University, suffering from congestive heart failure and fading fast. The 57-year-old Hermiston woman had already had her “final conversation” with her sons. Steve, her husband of 39 years, was glued to her side, and now her sisters were there, too.

“I thought, ‘Oh that’s nice they’re here for a visit,’” she said. “Later I found out they were there for Steve because everyone knew it was just hours before I was going to expire.”

Instead, a miracle happened.

“The doctor said, ‘How would you like a transplant tonight?” she said.

Twenty-two people in the United States die each day waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, but Cindy was not going to be one of them. A life had ended somewhere that day, and the deceased had been an organ donor.

Steve said the transplant was cutting it so close that the surgeons didn’t even have time to attach all of the nerves in his wife’s chest, like they usually would, leaving her with some lingering numbness and cold issues.

“They were already starting to take her heart out while the other heart was being prepped,” he said.

Later, the couple found out that a Umatilla man had been on the transplant list ahead of Cindy but had agreed to give her the heart available that day, rolling the dice on his life in order to save hers. He received a transplant of his own a month later.

Cindy said she has become an advocate for organ donation. On Wednesday in Enterprise she gave her first school presentation for Donate Life NW.

Read the full story here.

If you wish to become a registered organ donor in Oregon, please register on our Oregon organ donation page.

Source: East Oregonian

Photo source: East Oregonian

Missouri organ donation: organ donor wall unveiled at a hospital

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An organ donor honor wall has been unveiled on Thursday at the Mosaic Life Care hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Delores and Clay Ferguson were there to honor two loved ones on opposites sides of an organ donation.

“It’s a legacy of hope and life,” Delores said. “It’s just a wall that represents those that gave. It’s an honor to have my family’s name on it.”

The new wall includes the names of organ donors, including Clay’s father, Gene Ferguson, on individual leaves on a tree. Gene passed away in 2014 and was inspired to become an organ donor by his grandson Colton, son of Delores and Clay, who received a cadaver skin graft more than 20 years ago.

“It changed our life,” Delores, a registered nurse at Mosaic, said. “It gave us hope and it gave him a life and hope for the future.”

Read the full article here.

If you wish to become a registered organ donor in Missouri, please register on our Missouri organ donation page.

Source: News-Press Now

Photo source: Dougal Brownlie | St. Joseph News-Press