Posts by Katie Dillon

What Can You Make Possible: Living Kidney Donation

As many know, it’s possible for a person to donate his or her organs, tissue and/or corneas upon death. However, many don’t realize you can also donate a kidney or part of your liver while living. In fact, the kidney is the most common organ donated by living donors.   About Living Donation A living…

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5 Ways You Can Celebrate Blue and Green Day Daily

Once, annually, hospitals, organ procurement organizations and the transplant community host National Blue and Green Day during the month of April, which is National Donate Life Month. On this day, people are encouraged to wear blue and green, to raise awareness and support surrounding the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation. In addition, this…

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You’re Never Too Young or Too Old to Donate

While no one doubts the life-saving power of organ, eye and tissue donation, many of the questions surrounding who can and cannot qualify to be a donor have sometimes been a source of confusion and misunderstanding. One of the most common points of contention revolves around how young (or old) a person needs to be…

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4 Creative Ways People Have Found an Organ Donor

It’s no secret that there are far more people on the national organ transplant waiting list than there are donors. Faced with the harrowing prospect of waiting for an undetermined amount of time, many patients have taken matters into their own hands to hopefully find a donor on their own. Below are four creative things…

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Anna Parish, Liver Recipient

Diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at only five weeks old, we found out our daughter Anna would have to undergo a six hour surgery to keep her from needing an immediate liver transplant. The procedure was a success and for eight years she lived a pretty good life with her parents, two sisters, and three dogs.…

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Ann Delehanty-Koenig, Cornea Recipient & Living Kidney Donor

My connection to donation is two sided, as a recipient and a donor. My first experience was toward the end of college I was diagnosed with keratoconus. I finished college and one day while playing tennis I noticed that I was experiencing even more difficulties following the ball. My keratoconus had progressed and I would…

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Causes for Needing a Transplant

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there are over 114,000 people on the national organ transplant waiting list. While the men, women, and children on this list share a common need (i.e., a life-saving organ), the circumstances that brought them to this point can vary greatly from person to person. To…

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African-Americans and Organ Donation: Debunking the Myths

It is a well-known fact that organ donation is universally needed, but if you look at the data, African-Americans are disproportionately affected by an insufficient number of organ donors. For example, although African-Americans comprise just 13% of the U.S. population, they represent 32% of all U.S. patients receiving dialysis due to kidney failure. This is…

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