Posts by Jacqueline Treftz

Pride Month: Altruistic Donor, Olivia Zick

We are proud to be a part of the Cincinnati Pride Festival this Saturday. Today we share Olivia’s story: “My connection to donation started in May of 2012 when my father James passed away. He was able to donate tissue, corneas and bone to help many people enhance their lives. Then in September of 2013,…

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Henry Rogers’ Inspirational Journey To His Kidney Transplant

Three years ago, Elizabeth and her husband Greg Rogers got the news that would change their lives. At Elizabeth’s 20-week ultrasound for her second baby, her doctor gave her the news that every parent fears. There was something wrong with her baby’s kidney, and the doctors wouldn’t know the severity of the issue until her…

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The Pope’s Endorsement of Organ Donation

One of the biggest misconceptions about organ donation is that your religious beliefs could stop you from becoming an organ donor. For the millions of Catholics and Christians around the world, Pope Francis just put that fear to bed permanently. According to Pope Francis, “a gift to the suffering Lord who said that everything we…

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The Organ Shortage & the Need for Donors

As a people, we have become safer and lived longer thanks to huge advancements in medical technology and procedures. The unfortunate side effect of these great advancements in medical science is that there are fewer and fewer organs available for transplant. As of 2018, the US population sat at 326,766,748 people and is growing at…

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The First HIV Positive Kidney Donation Done at Johns Hopkins

In March of 2019, the elite surgical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland performed the world’s first kidney transplant from a living HIV positive donor. Built on the knowledge and skills acquired by surgical teams in South Africa who pioneered HIV positive transplants, this surgery marks a major landmark for organ donation. Dr.…

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2019 Flag Raising Ceremonies

Flag Raising Ceremonies 2019 Date Time Hospital Location 4/2/2019 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Bethesda North Creekside Café Foyer 4/3/2019 9:00 am – 10:00 am LifeCenter Office Building Lobby 4/5/2019 9:00 am – 10:00 am St. Elizabeth SETEC – Indoors 4/5/2019 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CCHMC Sabin Auditorium 4/9/2019 9:00 am – 10:00 am…

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The Importance of Logan’s Law

In February of 2019, a new bill named Logan’s Law went before the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives with the goal of making organ donation more accessible to people who love the outdoors. All of this began with the kindness of Logan Luft, a young man whose thoughtful and caring decision to become an…

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Can 3D Printing Help the Organ Shortage?

When you think of 3D printing, you probably think of custom plastic pieces created through layering liquid plastic. Since 2015, commercial 3D printing has come a long way to include leaps like 3D printed concrete structures, metal #D printing, and most importantly, something called bioink. Bioink is exactly what it sounds like; it is ink…

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Henry Dennis: A Story of Selfless Giving

Henry Dennis lived his life in an extraordinary way. He believed in living each day to the fullest and wanted nothing more than to help the people around him. An avid high school teacher and runner, Henry gave his mind, body, and soul to everything that he did. He pushed himself physically and mentally to…

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