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September 10th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
As the nation celebrates Hispanic heritage, culture and accomplishments, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) urges Hispanics to celebrate life by promoting organ donation during this special time of the year.
FLDRN’s executive director, Rob Kochik, says: “Hispanics’ high standards when it comes to family and faith, and their focus on the vibrancy of life, can be made even more meaningful during Hispanic Heritage Month if members of this community set out to promote the life-saving nature of organ and tissue donation.”
Of the more than 10,500 people waiting for organ transplants in New York State, over 2,000 or roughly 20 percent are Hispanic:
- More than 1,600 Hispanics need kidneys in New York State.
- Over 300 Hispanics need livers.
- Hispanics are also waiting in New York State for hearts, lungs and pancreas. Some of them need a double transplant: a kidney and pancreas.
New Yorkers can enroll in the Donate Life Registry in various ways, including online and at the New York DMV.
For more information about how you can participate in Hispanic Heritage Month: Contact Amy James. Email Amy or call her on 585-272-4930.
August 9th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Joey Gase honored the Campbell family today as his special guests at Watkins Glen International, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WETM 18 reports. The story appears on the MyTwinTiers.com website.
The website states: “Gase has an unlikely link to the Campbell family who live in Horseheads. They are connected by organ donation.
“The Campbells lost their two month old son, Jake in 2007 when he stopped breathing. They made the decision to donate his organs and help other families avoid the pain they were experiencing. This choice led to sight restoration for two, and saving the life of one baby boy with a heart transplant.
“Gase lost his mother, Mary Jo unexpectedly when he was just 18 years old, and he and his family made the decision to donate her organs to those in need.”
To follow Joey Gase’s journey to spread organ donor awareness, click here.
August 6th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
BY ANYA LEON
Martha Stewart’s younger sister, Laura Plimpton, died Tuesday [yesterday] from a brain aneurysm at her home in the Weston area of Connecticut, PEOPLE has confirmed. She was 59. Ms. Plimpton had left written instructions stating she wished to be an organ donor upon her death.
“My youngest sister, and the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, passed away today in Norwalk Hospital,” Stewart, 73, announced in a tribute posted to her website.
“We are so sad, but also happy that Laura had the foresight to donate so many healthy organs to needy people,” Stewart writes.
August 5th, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
More than 70 organizations supporting Donate Life America’s life-saving mission, including Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) and University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), have unveiled their 12th Donate Life Rose Parade float, “The Never-Ending Story,” featuring butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize the enduring power of organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Donate Life float and its honored participants are the centerpiece of a national campaign that leads up to the 2015 Rose Parade, themed “Inspiring Stories.” The Rose Parade takes place January 1, 2015.
As official sponsors, FLDRN and URMC will invite organ donor family and transplant representatives from the Finger Lakes region to participate in the parade. An announcement in this regard will follow.
July 31st, 2014 by Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Ginger Zimmerman, a longtime AHA volunteer who successfully underwent a heart transplant 16 years ago, is suffering from complications and needs a second heart transplant.
For more than three months, she’s been at a hospital in New York, first undergoing testing to qualify for a transplant and now waiting as her health steadily declines.
Even though the motivational speaker from Rochester, New York, has a better idea of what to expect this time, it’s still a rollercoaster, both physically and emotionally.
Ginger, 49, is one of nearly 4,000 people waiting for a heart transplant in the United States.
“I don’t let myself dwell on it so much, but I know what I’m facing very clearly and it’s going to be very complicated,” Ginger said.