Our Story:  My Village and Me

Our Story: My Village and Me

I was born with Cystic Fibrosis.  It is a hereditary disease that affects the lungs and digestive system and can literally take your breath away.  It attacked my lungs when I was just nine-years old. Today, I’m in my thirties.  I have an undergraduate degree and am...
Colorado Leads the Country in Registered Organ Donors

Colorado Leads the Country in Registered Organ Donors

The number of people on the organ transplant waitlist continues to outpace the number of organ donors.  Colorado is aiming to turn those stats upside down.  In 2018, Colorado led the country in number of registered organ donors.  An astonishing 69.1% of Coloradans...
Pediatric Liver Transplants:  Get the facts!

Pediatric Liver Transplants: Get the facts!

What is OPTN? According to their website, “The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is a unique public-private partnership that links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system. Also crucial to the system are individuals...
Let Your Voice Be Heard!  OPTN is Seeking Feedback

Let Your Voice Be Heard! OPTN is Seeking Feedback

This information has been provided by OPTN and is presented by NFT as a public service. The OPTN is seeking feedback on initiatives impacting organ donation and transplantation in the U.S. The public comment period for the proposals below will be open from August 2,...
I Was in the Prime of My Life When I Almost Died

I Was in the Prime of My Life When I Almost Died

I was in the prime of my life when I almost died. I had no medical problems before all of this. I didn’t know that it was going to happen. I am currently an Emergency Medicine physician-in-training. I was going to be done with training this year, and then I was going...
Pediatric Transplant:  A Father’s Perspective

Pediatric Transplant:  A Father’s Perspective

By:  Joseph P. Hillenburg There are currently almost 2,000 children on the organ transplant waiting list in the United States, with many more children on waiting lists in other countries. In 2011, my son, Ben, was one of those children. His life started just like...