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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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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
Quora

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Do Current Organ Transplant Policies Restrict Potential Donors?

Janet Radcliffe Richards | Posted 11.05.2012 | Science
Janet Radcliffe Richards

Rightly or wrongly, we make much more fuss about the rights of the dead than the benefit of the living. When there are public scandals about transplantation, these are never about the lives lost that could so easily have been saved, but about organs said to have been improperly procured.

Giving Mom a Kidney and Her 'New Life'

Jan Angilella | Posted 09.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Jan Angilella

Be a donor. It's an incredible act of generosity and courage. But there's also anxiety and worry. When it goes well, you are rewarded with the joy of seeing your recipient with newfound energy and a love of life. They got a second chance because of you.

The DMV Tried to Get Me to 'Just Say No!' to Organ Donation

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I realize that a lot of people have issues with organ donation. But I think those who are promoting it, need to think about those on the frontlines and make sure their worthy efforts aren't being cobbled at the very last moment.

You're Never Too Old For Organ Donation

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Think you're "too old" to sign up to be an organ donor? Think again. That's the message of a new campaign by the Health Resources and Services Adminis...

Facebook's Campaign: Click a Button and Save a Life

Eric Yaverbaum | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology
Eric Yaverbaum

We may declare ourselves to be donors on our driver's licenses, or we may choose to make organ donation part of a living will -- these steps carry legal weight. Checking off the equivalent of a "like" button on a Facebook profile arguably doesn't.

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?

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.

Weird Organ Transplant Tales

Oddee.com | Posted 04.28.2012 | Weird News

From the woman who received a kidney from her husband's mistress, to a man who had a penis transplant but cut it off because his wife rejected it, mee...

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...

WATCH: Woman Gives The Ultimate Christmas Gift

Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago

After not speaking for more than 20 years, two childhood friends from Indiana reconnected on Facebook recently -- and changed each other's lives forev...