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Look What We Can Do Together: Transplant Games Celebrate Life

By Kelly Vance / August 1, 2016

A conversation with Rich Eitzel, director of Team Virginia: When Rich Eitzel was a teenager, he spent about eight seconds considering before marking the “organ donor” checkbox on his driver’s license form. That was the last he’d think about organ donation until many years later when his father became ill. Even then, he only learned…

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Regeneration: Brother-Sister Team Thrive on a Shared Liver

By Kelly Vance / August 1, 2016

It’s one thing to donate an organ – it’s another thing entirely to share one. That’s what Tammy Blackwell and her brother, Chuck Parsons, are doing – sharing the same liver. The liver is the only human organ that can regenerate from just a piece, so when Tammy needed a new liver, transplant doctors at…

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