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Just Accept The Fact This Organ Donation PSA Will Leave You Sobbing

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

Just TRY to get through the video without crying.

How One Teen Has Helped More Than 50 People After His Death

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Teen

After his death, Cody Souders’ family respected his decision to be an organ donor. His choice has now changed the lives of more than 50 people. I...

Be an Everyday Superhero: Saving a Life Is Easier Than It Sounds

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

People tend to think that superheroes have magic powers, but ordinary mortals have the power to save lives too -- no cape required. April is Donate Life Month and and donating an organ is one of the most powerful things you can do to save a life.

Members Of Successful 8-Person Organ Exchange Meet, Feel Like One Big Family

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.17.2015 | Good News

Sharing really is caring -- just ask the patients involved in this eight-person kidney swap. On Thursday, the donors and recipients of an eight-pat...

Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Some gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood will be able to once the Food and Drug Administration's new recommendations take effect. The revise...

This Will Completely Change How Patients Move Up The Kidney Transplant Waiting List

AP | By LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules this week are bringing changes to the nation's kidney transplant system that will give some patients a better shot at a ...

Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science

In what's being hailed as a major medical breakthrough, surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the first-ever "dead heart" transplants--rep...

Moving Ad May Just Turn You Into An Organ Donor

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact

In the city that never sleeps, locals would be hard-pressed to imagine an abandoned Grand Central Station or a crumbling downtown walk-up. But that...

Mom Told To Remove Car Sign For Daughter In Need Of Kidney, Could Face Fine

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact

Controversy over a mom's attempt to save her daughter's life -- and the magnetic car sign she's using to do it -- is shining the spotlight on one New...

This 6-Year-Old Used Crayons And Paper To Help Get Her Mom A Life-Saving Kidney

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact

Sometimes, simple creativity and a dose of determination can save a life -- at least, that's what 6-year-old Jocelyn Williams used to find a kidney f...

The Power of Organ Donation That Saved My Son's Life

Heather Thomson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Thomson

Think about that -- if Don was not a donor, 50 people, including my little boy, would likely be living a very different life or would not have been able to sustain one.

Rocking One Kidney on World Kidney Day

Jen Reeder | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Jen Reeder

It's a special day for me, because I've seen firsthand the ways a kidney transplant can change a person's life -- I was able to donate my left kidney to my husband Bryan in 2012. How many couples get a wedding anniversary and a "transplantiversary?"

Black Market For Organs Is Alive And Well On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.10.2014 | Technology

Desperate for money, a slew of people have apparently turned to Facebook in an attempt to sell their organs, a United Kingdom newspaper investigation ...

Paying People for Kidneys: Is It Ethical?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The shortage of available kidneys for transplantation leaves many people on burdensome dialysis for years, while others die awaiting a functioning kidney. Still, a thriving business takes place underground and in black markets worldwide.

How Much Is Your Life Worth?

Sally Satel, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sally Satel, M.D.

Altruism makes wonderful private policy, but as public policy it is a qualified failure. Our current system, in place since 1984, runs on voluntary donation and, as a result, presides over the needless deaths of about 7,000 people each year.

In the Dead Zone

Robert Julian | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

Still clutching my wad of soggy Kleenex, I sit in the overflow ward of the emergency room while Patrick's body is prepared for the coroner. I stare silently at the row of vacant beds until the social worker returns. "Have you given any thought to the possibility of organ or tissue donation?" he inquires.

How Two Miracles Saved My Mother's Day

Carole Sumner Krechman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Carole Sumner Krechman

Civil Society feels out of control and since terrorists are elusive we seem to see people as either friends or enemies, with no grey area at all.

Sean's Gift: Finding Hope In Unexpected Ways After the Loss of My Son

Marie LaPersonerie | Posted 07.14.2013 | Good News
Marie LaPersonerie

Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child, which is why I never would have guessed that allowing my son's organs to be donated, and thus, letting him live on through the lives of total strangers, would provide the comfort to get through my toughest days.

Why I Want To Be An Organ Donor

Sethly Davis | Posted 07.01.2013 | Teen
Sethly Davis

My parents have "organ donor" listed on their driver's licenses, so too do my siblings. When I get a license I will check that box too. In the midst of planning for my future career as a doctor, I want to also plan for an unexpected future.

It's Not What Happens To You That Matters, It's How You React

Todd Storch | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Todd Storch

Hope is a very powerful thing, and as a father that has lost a child, sometimes it is the only thing. I began to realize that with my business and marketing background, I could help. Within weeks after Taylor's funeral, I filed the appropriate paperwork to being what is called Taylor's Gift Foundation.

Families Deserve to Know When Loved Ones' Organs Are Kept

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.22.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

It's the last thing a grieving family needs to worry about. But realize, medical examiners can keep the brains, hearts and other organs of the dead without ever informing families.

How Can Organ Donation Rates Be Improved?

Quora | Posted 04.14.2013 | Health News

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Denise Aptekar, Kidney Transplant Recipient How To Increase Organ Donation RatesPay It Forwa...

Chelsea Kiene

Marion Barry's Plan To Encourage Organ Donors | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 01.10.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- More than 115,000 people in the United States wait today for a lifesaving organ transplant. That list, which keeps growing, once include...

The Greatest Gift From One Person to Another

William Laney | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
William Laney

Christmas time is a wonderful time for giving the greatest gift from one person to another: organ donation.

Boy Saved By First-Ever Double Lung Transplant From Parents

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.15.2012 | Good News

Twelve-year-old Marius Schneider was only a child when he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening condition in which sticky mucus build...