Posts by Katie Dillon

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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Want to Get Involved: 5 Things You Can Do!

It goes without saying that organ donation is a worthy cause, and although most people recognize the importance of raising awareness about this vital issue, they are often not sure how they can get involved in promoting organ and tissue donation. Below are five helpful tips you can put into practice to encourage others to…

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LGBTQ: You Can Donate Too!

Beginning on June 17th, the vibrant LGBTQ community in the Tri-State area will kick off Cincinnati Pride, a week-long celebration of diversity, acceptance and equality that is now in its 43rd year. For many participants, this festive series of events provides an opportunity to reaffirm their stance on issues that are close to their heart,…

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Meet Bethany. Double Lung Recipient, Artist, Teenager.

At a routine check up, it was found that Bethany was anything but healthy. She was in need a lung transplant. Thanks to her dedicated team of medical professionals at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the selfless gift from a total stranger, today she is living her life and making plans for the future…

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