Surprising Strangers with a Gift of Life

Surprising Strangers with a Gift of Life

(Above Photo)  Kidney Donor Athletes' One Kidney Climb.  Twenty-two kidney donors climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to promote living donor organ transplants. Our society is accustomed to complete strangers donating gifts to people they do not...

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Eight-Year-Old Hannah’s New Lease On Life

Eight-Year-Old Hannah’s New Lease On Life

NFT pediatric patient, Hannah, and her parents speak about her transplant journey during Give Blood, Share Joy blood drive. When Hannah was eight years old, turning nine, she spent almost an entire year in the hospital.  Her health issues started with concerning...

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9/11 Fire Chief Gets a New Heart

9/11 Fire Chief Gets a New Heart

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, Terry Shaffer was one of the first responders to arrive at Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in a field near Shanksville.  The plane had crashed in Shaffer’s fire district. Tragically, there were no survivors...

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Cycling the Distance to Help Save Lives

Cycling the Distance to Help Save Lives

Winner of USA Today’s 2021 Best of Humankind Awards, 66-year-old Mark Scotch, termed the phrase “Organ Trail” to describe his cycling journey he started to raise awareness about living organ donation. Scotch’s fourth trail began in March.  He rode his bicycle...

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Algebra, Geometry, Economics & Compassion Saved a Life

Algebra, Geometry, Economics & Compassion Saved a Life

The first three, algebra, geometry, economics are learned in school.  The last one, compassion, is learned along the way to adulthood.  Maybe at home.  Maybe at a place of worship.  Maybe, even, in school.  This is the case with Tom Murtaugh, he mastered all four. ...

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Transplant Kid Beats All Odds:  Chris Hegardt Story

Transplant Kid Beats All Odds: Chris Hegardt Story

Jim Reineking of USA Today, gives readers an explanation of the video below showing professional soccer players Kljestan and Hegardt exchanging jerseys, “In 2010, Galaxy player Sacha Kljestan — then a member of Chivas USA — visited a cancer patient at Children's...

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