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Heart of an Activist: The Unstoppable Dr. Rodgers-Rose

Heart of an Activist: The Unstoppable Dr. Rodgers-Rose

Well into her 80th year and her second heart, Dr. La Francis Rodgers-Rose hasn’t slowed down. After a lifetime on the go, the community activist, university teacher and heart transplant recipient is currently gearing up to host the 14th annual...

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Husband Gives Wife a Kidney for their Anniversary

Husband Gives Wife a Kidney for their Anniversary

Forget flowers, jewelry and a fancy dinner – what Cindy Chafian really wanted for her 20th wedding anniversary was a new kidney. Actually, it was her husband Scott, who really wanted to give her one. Cindy took some convincing. She’d turned...

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Wedding Bells for Sweet Briar Grad Behind Viral Photo

Wedding Bells for Sweet Briar Grad Behind Viral Photo

She never expected to be famous. Meredith Haga just wanted to live. Even still, her graduation photo has been seen by more than 1.5 million people since it posted on Facebook last summer. The image features a simple message on top of her cap: I...

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No Aging Out: Older Kidneys Help Patients on Dialysis

No Aging Out: Older Kidneys Help Patients on Dialysis

Many people assume they can’t donate organs after they’ve reached a certain age, but science and research are disproving that notion. Organs — especially kidneys – that come from senior citizens work well in many patients and they’re often...

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Marching for Sarah: Grandparents Cope through Advocacy

Marching for Sarah: Grandparents Cope through Advocacy

“Bubbles. They float through the air, they shimmer and glow. They fascinate us with their tremendously complex simplicity. They are both with a breath of air, they pass our way but once, and then, in the blink of an eye, they are gone. But even...

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13 and Waiting: A New Heart for Jasmine

13 and Waiting: A New Heart for Jasmine

Jasmine Chalmers turned 13 last week. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, she was supposed to be celebrating in Disney World. The Make-A-Wish foundation was throwing a Bon Voyage party for her before she left for Florida. Instead, she spent her...

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Peanut Butter for Thanksgiving (and other Blessings)

Peanut Butter for Thanksgiving (and other Blessings)

It was the day before Thanksgiving when the Hedricks got “The Call.” The Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) had recovered a heart that would save 15-year-old Jennifer Hedrick’s life. “It was an absolute perfect match,” her father...

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We Said YES: Still Donors After All These Years

We Said YES: Still Donors After All These Years

Ask Chris and Elizabeth Vance how they met and they will tell you a vivid story about a chance encounter at a party at Virginia Tech in 1973. Chris remembers Elizabeth wearing a purple scarf in her hair. Elizabeth remembers the tuna fish sandwich...

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