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Record 501 Lives Saved Thanks to Central and South Texas Organ Donors

Record 501 Lives Saved Thanks to Central and South Texas Organ Donors

Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), the organ procurement organization that provides organ donation and recovery services for families in Central and South Texas, announced a record-breaking 501 organs were transplanted in 2016 thanks to the actions of heroic registered organ donors and families who supported the cause of organ donation.

Gift of Life Donor Program Breaks U.S. Record for Organ Donation

For the ninth year, Gift of Life Donor Program – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – is the nation’s leading OPO with its successful coordination of life-saving organs from 540 organ donors.
New York Organ Donor Enrollment Day 2016

New York Organ Donor Enrollment Day 2016

On October 6, 2016 LiveOnNY’s 2nd annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day united communities and partners in New York to break the national record for enrollments by a single day event for the second year consecutively. While the final counts are still being calculated, enrollments are approaching 4,000. This is a substantial increase from 2015, meaning more lives will be saved. Enrollment Day demonstrates when New Yorkers band together, nothing is impossible. This amazing success could not have been possible without the volunteers, partners, legislators and New Yorkers that came together to exceed expectations and make a true difference by giving hope to the nearly 10,000 people on the waiting list across the State. This is an example of a victory that continues to build momentum to keep New York as one of the fastest growing registries in the...
Mid-America Transplant Foundation Awards more than $780,000 in clinical and pre-clinical research grants aimed at saving more lives

Mid-America Transplant Foundation Awards more than $780,000 in clinical and pre-clinical research grants aimed at saving more lives

The Mid-America Transplant Foundation plans to give more than $780,000 in funding for research projects seeking to make a difference in the lifesaving impact of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The funding marks an important milestone in the history of the Foundation as it seeks to improve transplantation by supporting clinical and pre-clinical research. “This is a historic milestone for Mid-America Transplant,” said President and CEO of Mid-America Transplant, Diane Brockmeier. “For the first time in our organization’s history, our Foundation is investing in research that could help hundreds of people waiting for a lifesaving transplant. The projects funded by the Foundation are truly working toward a brighter future for transplant patients and their families.” You can learn more about their research on Mid-America Transplant’s website.(Hyperlink to:...
Stefan Wilson enters Indy 500 with campaign to honor late brother

Stefan Wilson enters Indy 500 with campaign to honor late brother

INDIANAPOLIS – KV Racing Technology announced that Stefan Wilson is entering the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives–KVRT Chevrolet. Stefan is partnering with Indiana Donor Network on Driven2SaveLives, a campaign to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation in honor of his late older brother, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. “Like so many other drivers, I grew up dreaming about the Indianapolis 500 and it’s all I’ve worked toward for the past few years. Justin raced in the 500 eight times and it was a dream to join him on the starting grid and race against him. I just never anticipated a situation where Justin wouldn’t be there with me,” said Stefan, a U.K. native who now calls Indianapolis home. Justin died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. He had previously registered his decision to become an organ donor and had discussed it with his wife. That selfless decision meant Justin saved five lives. Now a registered donor himself, Stefan and Indiana Donor Network hope to get 2,500 people across the country to register their decision to donate through Driven2SaveLives. Indiana Donor Network, one of 58 designated organ recovery organizations in the U.S., oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation, and provides public education on donation and transplantation across the state. “Justin’s decision to be an organ donor ended up being the one shining light out of that dark, terrible time after Pocono,” said Stefan. “I’m grateful to Indiana Donor Network and KV Racing Technology for the opportunity to fulfill a racing dream...
Thomas honored with lifetime social work achievement award

Thomas honored with lifetime social work achievement award

PHOENIX (April 6, 2016) – Longtime Banner University Medical Center Phoenix social worker Charlie Thomas, LCSW, ACSW, is to be honored by the Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) with the Robert W. Whitlock Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be recognized in April 2016 at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings (CNSW Business Luncheon) in Boston. This national award is named in honor of Robert W. Whitlock, MSSW, MHA, LCSW, Director of the Missouri Kidney Program (MoKP), a leader in the kidney community, who passed away in 2008. Bob was a dedicated nephrology social worker and an outstanding contributor to research, teaching, and clinical practice in nephrology social work. “I was fortunate to know Bob before he died,” says Thomas. “He was a passionate advocate for patients, families and dialysis and transplant social workers. I am very honored to receive this award named in his memory.” Thomas has been employed as a transplant social worker with Banner University Medical Center Phoenix since 1985 and was the Dialysis/Transplant Consultant for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 1998 to 2012. He provides direct services to kidney, pancreas and liver transplant patients as well as living kidney and liver donors. He also provides consultation regarding Chronic Kidney Disease including dialysis, transplantation and organ donation with American Indians. Thomas currently teaches Social Welfare Policy and Community Practice to graduate and undergraduate social work students at Arizona State University. He has authored many articles and has presented at many national conferences and meetings. Thomas received his master of social work degrees from ASU in 1980 and his bachelor of arts in 1979 from San Diego...

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