Posts by Katie Dillon

LifeCenter Community Breakfast

Save the Date, Tuesday, November 14th, for LifeCenter’s most heartfelt event of the year! Presented by UC Health, you are cordially invited to celebrate the start of the holiday season with some truly remarkable members of our community. The LifeCenter Community Breakfast will feature the unveiling of our 2018 Calendar featuring stories from transplant recipients,…

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How It All Started: The History of Donation

Modern technology has gifted us with all kinds of resources to help save lives through organ donation, but have you ever wondered how it all began? Below are some key points that highlight some of the most important milestones and achievements in the history of organ & tissue donation. * Some of the first recorded…

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Don’t Forget National DMV Appreciation Week

Let’s be honest, when most of us hear the word “BMV,” (or DMV depending on where you’re from) we immediately think of waiting in long lines, filling out forms or taking unflattering driver’s license pictures. While this ubiquitous administrative agency is commonly associated with the more mundane responsibilities of vehicle ownership, what often goes unnoticed…

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Meet Mollie. Double Lung Recipient, Mom, Alive Thanks to a Donor.

It started with a cough but Mollie, an RN, knew something was wrong. She was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Hypertension. At the age of 37 she was told her life expectancy would be about 2 years without a lung transplant. After 8 months of waiting, she got the call. #DonateLife  

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Living Liver Donation: What You Need to Know

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are over 17,000 people awaiting a liver transplant in the United States alone. This troubling statistic underscores how urgent the need for liver donors really is. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a living liver donor, below is a general overview of the donation process,…

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Race with Gase!

NASCAR driver, Joey Gase Racing has made it his life’s mission to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation. Gase’s mother, Mary Jo, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in April 2011. Just 18 at the time, Joey made the courageous decision to donate her organs. The experience sparked a fire in Joey to spread the word…

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Donate Life ECHO: What You Need to Know

With more than 117,000 people on the national transplant waiting list, there’s no doubt that the demand for organ and tissue donation still far outweighs the number of available donors. In ethnically diverse communities, this need is even more pronounced; in fact, recent statistics show that nearly 58% of patients on the U.S. transplant waiting…

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Tips for Writing to Your Donor or Transplant Recipient

It goes without saying that the organ donation process can be an emotionally volatile time for both the donor family and the transplant recipient. After a successful transplant has been performed, it is not uncommon for the transplant recipient to want to reach out to the donor family and thank them for the selfless, life-giving…

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Meet Beatrice. Liver Recipient, Big Sister, Growing Up So Fast.

When Beatrice was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, her parents found out that to save her life, she would need a liver transplant. Thanks to the medical professionals at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and her mom selflessly acting as her living donor, today she is a healthy, happy, sassy little girl with a bright future…

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