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Organ Donation

Facebook and Organ Donation: What's Your Status?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 07.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Harnessing the power of social media for any social good is to be commended, and the issue of organ donation is near and dear to my heart (and kidneys).

Facebook Organ Donor Tool: "Like"

Victoria Comella | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Victoria Comella

The whole concept of organ donation isn't something that most people think about very often, unless of course you happen to know someone who has done it or if you're walking around with a heart that isn't your own. I fall in the former category.

WATCH: Facebook Announces New Tool To Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology

A new Facebook feature has the potential to save lives. The social network announced on Tuesday the arrival of a new tool that will allow people t...

Medical History Made With One Kidney That Goes Through Two Transplants

Posted 04.27.2012 | Good News

When Ray Fearing's body didn't take the kidney that was supposed to save his life, he was understandably depressed. But instead of letting that co...

Kidney Donation: How Do You Match Up?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

April is National Donate Life Month, and if you're thinking about donating a kidney, now would be the time to find out what it's all about. Did you ever wonder how they match potential organ donors with people who need organs?

Mom Reportedly Fired After Donating Kidney To Boss

Posted 04.24.2012 | Impact

After giving the gift of life, a New York mom received her worst nightmare in return. To help her boss move up the transplant waiting list, Debbie ...

A Call to Arms for Organ Donation

Ann Lopez | Posted 06.20.2012 | Impact
Ann Lopez

Today, Donate Life America celebrates National Donate Life Blue and Green Day to inspire people to register as organ donors. Giving the Gift of Life, as organ donation is called, has had a profound effect on my own life.

A Dying Man's Last Wish: Change Our Laws

Pat LaMarche | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Curtis Johnson, a 55-year-old business man and educator who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis otherwise known as ALS, finds that even though he lives in Washington he cannot get the assistance he needs to end his suffering when the time comes.

Let's Stop Wasting Our Dead

Larry Doyle | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Larry Doyle

When I die, I would like to be eaten by puppies. I would prefer happy, rambunctious puppies, about eight weeks old and from the same litter if possible.

Kidney Recipient Needs Match After Donated Organ Tests Positive For Drugs, Alcohol

Posted 03.08.2012 | Impact

In 2007, Oklahoma resident Blake Jordan Pearce received his first kidney transplant. Days later, he became the only patient in the world to reject a t...

Organ Donation: Jews Can Learn Something From Atheists

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

On the issue of posthumous organ donation my religious friends could learn a lesson from my atheist friends. They should recognize that only they can help those in need of organ transplants.

Largest Kidney Donor Chain In History Saves 30 Lives

Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact

When Debbie Gianquinto found out that she couldn't donate her kidney to her husband, Dan, she offered up her much-needed organ to a stranger in Florid...

National Donor Day: Inspiring Stories And Ways To Take Action

Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact

Today is about showing love in more than just the traditional way. Valentine's Day also marks National Donor Day, which highlights ways people can sav...

Conversation With a Dying Man

Melissa Carter | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Melissa Carter

Neil Millman wanted to give me some pointers about what was ahead of me. As I walked into his hospice room, I knew it could just as easily have been my room. The cancer that is attacking his body is the result of taking drugs for years that kept his transplanted kidney alive.

Tom Brady Helps Mentor Find A Kidney Match

Posted 06.14.2012 | Impact

Tom Brady took a break from Super Bowl training to remind fans of another feat he's determined to win, helping to find his 66-year-old mentor a kidney...

Best Man Lives Up To Title

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 01.25.2012 | Good News

A newly married British woman suffering from kidney failure has her husband's best man to thank for what could be construed as the perfect wedding gif...

Justin Bieber Uses Twitter To Help A Fan Find An Organ Donor

AOL Music | Posted 01.24.2012 | Good News

Many celebrities tweet about what they're eating for lunch or try to get all philosophical on their followers. But some stars use Twitter to help good...

Kidney Recipient Inspires Others To Donate Organs

waukee.patch.com | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact

Aug. 29, 2006, is the day that Ted Cochran says changed his life. It was on that day, after years of battling the effects of a childhood illness an...

Donated 'Heart In A Box' Saves Mom's Life

Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact

Amy DeStefano started off the new year with a new lease on life when she got the heart for which she had waited three years. After a virus damaged ...

WATCH: After Fatal Accident, 6-Year-Old Lives On Through Organ Donation

Posted 12.20.2011 | Impact

Though 6-year-old Hernan Perez was pronounced brain dead and died after a sledding accident, his will to live has carried on. The Perezes donated ...

SLIDESHOW: #TwitterStories Tells Tales Of Life-Changing Tweets

Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact

Sure, Twitter is aflutter with news of Kim Kardashian's divorce and Justin Bieber's baby mama, but 140 characters can be used for much more than commi...

Organ Trafficking Gangs Force Poor to Sell Kidneys

Bloomberg | Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska and David Glovin | Posted 01.01.2012 | World

Aliaksei Yafimau shudders at the memory of the burly thug who threatened to kill his relatives. Yafimau, who installs satellite television systems in ...

One Body, Many Lives Saved: A Donor's Story

Posted 12.19.2011 | Healthy Living

Julio Garcia died in March of last year at age 38. But his vital parts -- his heart, his kidneys, his liver, among other organs -- still live on, and ...

Social Worker Who Donated Kidney Meeting With Rahm, Fears Termination

Skokie, IL Patch | George Slefo Email the Author | Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

Instead of giving Jewel cashier Myra de la Vega his Preferred Card, Evanston resident Dan Coyne gave her a kidney. Now, he may lose his job because...

The Artist's Urge to Proselytize

George Heymont | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In many ways, Dear World was out of sync with the moment. Its relevance to the corporate greed and political corruption plaguing today's world is staggering.