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From Forbidden to Mitzvah: The Jewish Perspective on Organ Donation

By Kelly Vance / November 7, 2016

When Jeffrey Arnowitz was “a newly minted rabbi,” as he calls it, he had a congregant who was waiting for a heart. Rabbi Arnowitz visited this congregant, Michael, as he was in and out of hospitals, having heart attacks so frequently that he began to refer to them nonchalantly as “episodes.” When a heart finally…

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Life, Death and Donation: Virginia’s First Faith Summit on the Gift of Life

By Kelly Vance / October 18, 2016

For many families, the resource they turn to for comfort, advice, and support in times of crisis is the leader of their faith community. As Jon Barton, the General Minister of the Virginia Council of Churches and a pastor for 35 years, points out, faith leaders are wonderful at conversations about life and renewal. But who…

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A Mother’s Journey to Discover Her Infant Son’s Legacy

By Kelly Vance / October 3, 2016

At 12 weeks into her pregnancy, Sarah Gray received devastating news. One of her identical twin sons would be born with anencephaly, a fatal defect that affects brain development. The shock ripped through her and her husband, not lessened by the fact that an in utero death of the sick twin could endanger the life of…

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A Story from the Other Side of the Counter

By Kelly Vance / September 19, 2016

Denise Stotler talks to a lot of customers every day at the DMV. The manager at the Front Royal branch, she works the desk like the rest of her employees, helping customers renew their driver’s licenses and pay their registration fees. Some aren’t talkative but others strike up conversations, mostly about their children and dogs,…

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A Boxer’s Blessings

By Kelly Vance / September 19, 2016

Patricia Hannas works for the DMV’s Virginia Beach Hilltop Office, and she wanted to tell the story of her young nephew Steven Copeland’s incredible gift of organ donation. “He was 28 years old, an amazing young man who loved to kickbox and box. That was his passion,” she said fondly. “He was the type of…

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