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Gift of Life transplant coordinator explains organ donation process for both families and recipients

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It takes dozens of people to make a transplant happen. The transplant coordinator is a crucial one, working for both the donor family and the recipients. “You’re meeting people at a moment they didn’t expect, and possibly, most likely, one of the hardest moments of their life,” said Kimberlee Mander, a transplant […]

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Young father’s sudden death becomes opportunity to save other lives

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — For families faced with suddenly losing a loved one, giving the gift of life not only provides hope to those awaiting transplants, but can also ease the pain of a life that ended much too soon. “Alex was my best friend. He was my soul mate,” said Courtnee Porter of Mayfair. For 13 years, […]

Other Categories: Donor Families, Gift of Life In the News, Media Coverage, Organ & Tissue Donors, Transplant Stories

Former 6abc funny man Don Polec gets serious about second chance at life following kidney transplant

FURLONG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — For 27 years, Don Polec kept the community laughing at quirky places and people. And for many of those years, Don was dealing with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD. Last year, he got a transplant, thanks to someone’s gift of life. The diagnosis came in Don’s early 40s. “It didn’t really […]

Other Categories: Gift of Life In the News, Media Coverage, Transplant Stories

Kidney transplant recipient dedicates second chance at life to giving back to community

WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Action News is putting the spotlight on organ donation and the importance of registering as an organ donor by introducing you to some of the thousands of people in our area whose lives have been touched by the Gift of Life donor program. A Chester County man is making every moment of […]

Other Categories: Gift of Life In the News, Media Coverage, Multicultural Stories, Transplant Stories, Volunteer

Gift of Life organ transplant helps save local EMT, single mom

Thirty-five-year-old Stacey Rodenas was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 11. After graduating high school, she became an EMT, wanting to help people in their time of need. When Rodenas became pregnant with her son, her diabetes triggered complications. The high blood pressure combined with her spiking and sinking blood sugar levels wreaked havoc on […]

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Alliance Announces Inaugural Awards to Four Outstanding Leaders in the Community of Practice

The Alliance Transformational Leader Award is a lifetime career achievement award dedicated to the individual that is generating bold impact. This award honors a leader in the community of practice who has generated the greatest results through their volunteer efforts at The Alliance. This leader has demonstrated consistent commitment, resulting in effective collaboration, cascading of […]

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Gift of Life Donor Program Records Busiest Organ Donation & Transplantation Month in U.S. History

Philadelphia, PA – Gift of Life Donor Program’s 24/7 clinical team coordinated gifts from 78 organ donors, resulting in 204 life-saving organs transplanted in July. It was the greatest number of organ donors coordinated in one month and the first time any U.S. organ procurement organization (OPO) exceeded 200 organs for transplant in the same […]

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