As you think about what to give to whom this holiday season, please take one moment to think ahead to the gifts that can become your final act of generosity – the gift of life.
November 20, 2015, is the ninth anniversary of my liver transplant. Almost a decade into Act 2. That’s almost as long as my first career in public education on Long Island, half as many years as I worked in corporate settings, and longer than my tenure in economic development at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s twice as long, […]
Scary Statistics Currently, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. For specific numbers visit unos.org Approximately 71,219 Multicultural Patients* – Minority donors are needed Approximately 1,911 Pediatric Patients* *as of January 2015 April is National Donate Life Month: Get In On It! Register with your state donor registry, if available. Designate your decision […]
The book I recently published is called Not Done Yet: A Tale of Transformation Through Transplant Surgery. In it I tell the ways my liver disease manifested and quickly progressed, the strategies my husband and I adopted to cope with my declining health, and how each action led to another on a downward, grasping spiral until we ran into the […]
National Donor day honors those who have chosen to give one or more of the five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and […]