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No Aging Out: Older Kidneys Help Patients on Dialysis

By Kelly Vance / January 12, 2017

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 far less risky than staying on dialysis. New research indicates that organs from older donors have…

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Tissue Donation Gets Injured Basketball Player Back on the Court

By Kelly Vance / December 16, 2016

We talk a lot about the donation of vital organs, but tissue donation also makes a huge difference in the lives of people of all ages. Nineteen-year-old Ebony Reynolds is one of them. A rising star in college basketball, she hits the court on a knee reconstructed from donor tissue. Ebony was a rising junior…

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Breath of Life: Double Lung Recipient Sprints to Aspen

By Kelly Vance / December 16, 2016

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Marching for Sarah: Grandparents Cope through Advocacy

By Kelly Vance / December 7, 2016

“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 though they are gone we remember them.” So began the…

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‘The Day My Life Changed’: Honoring Andrew at the Tree of Life

By Kelly Vance / December 5, 2016

At the age of 27, Andrew Meadowcroft’s final act in life was to save four people and give sight to two others. On December 1, his mother, Lori Burda, spoke of her son’s life-saving gift of organ donation as she hung the first ornament on the Tree of Life at the United Network for Organ…

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