Youth speaking out! Pint sized pioneers urging bone marrow donor registration

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They may not be eligible as bone marrow donors, and some are patients themselves, but the under-18 set are proving to be vocal on the matter of donation. In a New York Daily News story, two boys , Luis Danvers (a second grader with leukemia) and his BFF Jack Szablewski have joined forces to show … Continue reading

News Roundup #10: Transplant Education, immunosuppressant lynchpins, Flynn profile, OPTN public comment

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Compensation for donors? The Flynns say yes For those of you who were wondering about the Flynn behind Flynn v. Holder, look no further. The BBC has done a profile on the Flynn family whose lawsuit sparked the landmark 9th circuit court of appeals ruling that bone marrow donors who donate via peripheral blood can … Continue reading

What Do Zombies and Actor Steven Yeun Have in Common? Organ Donation!

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by Claire de Louraille and Emily Avera If you have not heard of AMC network’s The Walking Dead I’ll be fairly impressed since it’s the most watched basic cable drama in television history.  With an 8.1 million viewers for the Season 2 premiere, it’s not a television show to dismiss. For the uninitiated, The Walking … Continue reading

Vintage Venous Videos: messages of (post)war blood donation

Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Initially romanced by shipwrecks of the Northern California coast, I came across the British Pathe Film Archives. Thereafter, in a state of continued curiosity I searched for footage on blood donation and found a practical gold mine of vintage film clips that offer a rewarding peek into donor outreach and education in its earlier years. … Continue reading

Ay Masakit! Donor outreach and the Filipino ouch factor

Some marrow extraction happens via syringe, but you may donate using peripheral blood instead.

There are many misconceptions within the Filipino American community on the subject of bone marrow/adult stem cell donation. Within the Filipino American community there is an idea that bone marrow donation is an extremely painful procedure. This concept of pain might explain why there are only 57,000 Filipino Americans registered bone marrow/stem cell donors, according … Continue reading

TransplantInformers Book Club: Medicine In Translation

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Well, half the work is done for me in our latest literary treat. Medicine In Translation: Journeys with my Patients is a fantastic memoir from Dr. Danielle Ofri, a physician at Bellevue Hospital in New York. And it already has a book club guide. I became interested in Dr. Ofri’s work after reading her recent … Continue reading

News Roundup #9: National Kidney Day, Black blood donor follow up, bone marrow heroism

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Hello there newshounds! We’ve got another roundup with plenty for you to sniff at. National Kidney Month in U.S. is March, and World Kidney Day was March 8 And we have some related links, since kidney health is directly related to transplantation. Here’s the National Kidney Foundation World Kidney Day page. The Centers for Disease … Continue reading

Giving the gift of life: Youth Education on Organ Donation

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When you’re back is against the wall and your situation looks dire, all anyone wants is a chance. At least one chance to change their situation, an opportunity to fight for what they need. There are many challenging life situations that spring to mind – take for example people in need of a matching donor … Continue reading

News Roundup #8: African American activity, Transplant quick test, Salvadorean transnational transplant, Nigerian blood donation

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Goodies to combat Black history month withdrawal As Black history month wound to a close yesterday, we give wanted you a few news tidbits on the African American angle. Here at TransplantInformers, we’re no strangers to recognizing disparities that affect black communities. First up, a feature on Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the first Black woman to … Continue reading

Laugh for Lives archives: 2008-2009

Here's to 5 more fabulous years!

Tomorrow is the 5th Anniversary of AADP’s stand-up comedy extravaganza Laugh for Lives on March 2. In honor of this momentous event, we’re taking a look back at its many incarnations over the past five years. Not only is it a fantastic fundraiser, it is the perfect opportunity to educate the public and register a … Continue reading

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