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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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Parenthood after transplantation

The story of the Transplant Pregnancy Registry International (TPRI) begins with a compassionate doctor and his quest to help transplant recipients who wanted to start a family. When speaking with a patient in 1991, Dr. Vincent Armentirealized there was almost no information available about the possibilities for pregnancy after an organ transplant. Hethen established the […]

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Transplant recipient stresses importance of organ donation

Tim Nelson was inspired to start informing people about organ donation after receiving a kidney transplant in 2017. When the 63-year-old West Chester resident underwent back surgery in January 2013, his doctors discovered that his creatinine level, which is a measure of one’s kidney’s function, was off. Read the full article here. Consider saying YES […]

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National Donate Life Month Panel

I bet you know someone directly or indirectly who is waiting for a kidney transplant, has received one or died waiting. Organ Donation is personal. I’ve lost people who were on the waiting list but didn’t get a match in time. April is National Donate Life Month which helps to encourage Americans to register as […]

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Zion’s Story: Son, Singer, Student & Hero

Zion Desmarais made beautiful music singing bass in his high school chorale and all-state chorus. He was an honor student, manager of his school’s baseball team and part of an award-winning team of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. A friend described him as “kind, loving, selfless, humble and strong.” Zion became a hero when he saved […]

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Thankful for the Gift of Sight

The gift of sight has given Cameron Whittle the freedom and independence to get his driver’s license, start college and even win a gold medal in a national athletic competition. Cam’s story reveals the transformative power of a cornea transplant.      Cam began experiencing visual difficulties including photosensitivity, eye irritation and swelling when he was […]

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