Friday, July 31, 2009
"...Because of you, our daughter, now ten, has two legs to walk on. Two years ago, a bone tumor left her with fear and pain. .... Your loved one will ride with our daughter on her bike, play in the cool waters of the lake and dance at her first prom. Your sacrifice has restored her laughter and returned her childhood."
"... I am 22 years old and have had three prior knee surgeries. This was my final attempt at a healthy, functional knee. Today I took my first steps without crutches and no pain at all..."
"... I recently had two operations to fuse my spine and repair my left arm. Before surgery, I was in constant pain in my shoulders and left arm and had unrelenting headaches. Since the operations I have not had one headache and most of the pain is gone already. I am finally free of pain medications! I am now confident that when my first grandbaby is born in a few months that I will be able to hold him/her safely and be the grandparent I want to be. ..."
" ... In July 2007, I received tissue to repair three bones in my left foot and to lengthen my Achilles tendon due to a slippage of my heel bone. This was all done to keep from having my foot amputated. ..."
"... I am a 42 year old woman experiencing my second bout with breast cancer. My tissue transplant was provided during my surgery for a bilateral mastectomy an reconstruction. I am mending well and I believe the tissue transplant has aided greatly in keeping a positive self-image and reducing the shock the surgery had on me emotionally. ..."
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Doug and Julie with their son's square.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
The medal included the following ~
Each year the lives of thousands of men, women and children are saved or greatly improved through the miracle of transplantation. The true heroes behind the miracle are the living and deceased donors who gave the Gift of Life and the families who made it possible. Words cannot possible express the gratitude of those whose lives have been helped.
For this reason, the Gift of Life Donor medal and pins were established. They were created as a remembrance for those who helped improve the lives of others through organ and tissue donation. The medal was designed as a keepsake or to be placed on the memorial at the cemetery. They are symbols of the gifts given by living and deceased donors. The medal's designer described the inspiration and meaning for the design as follows:
The Gift of Life Donor touches and gives new life to others. The donor touches the hand of the recipient, and passes on the precious gift of life (the heart) and love (the rose). The magnificent and honorable giving of oneself is illustrated in the rays extending from the heart.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The ceremony was hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Kidney Foundation, and TRIO (Transplant Recipients International Organization).
During the ceremony, transplant recipients spoke. A young 16 year old and her Mom talked about what her heart transplant meant to their family and how life is now normal for her, except for a few more doctor visits and a few more medications than her friends. A double lung recipient then performed a Spanish dance for the audience. The man never became short of breath and danced flawlessly. Another woman spoke about how the gift of sight literally opened up her world again.
I would like to finish this post by listing the names of all the donors that we honored during the ceremony.
Deceased Donors ~
Otto William Abel, Skyler Albright, Kyle Andersen, Jenna Mae Arnett, Justine Avendt, Cole Richard Baldwin, Tony Ball, Ron Barham, Stacey Lydell Bates, Edward William Berryhill, Jennifer Kress Blalock, Christopher R Boehm, Caitlin Marie Boles, Jared Daniel Bowers, Malcolm M Brinson, Susan Marie Brunhuber, Lawrence James "LJ" Buchanan, Hunter Michael Burns, Katie Lynn Buskirk, Patrick Michael Butler, Cory Carlson, Austin Rhett Carter, David Franklin Cato, Sean Patrick Clegg, Regina Rose Collins, Michael Scott Crozier, Tony D'Acquisto, Bhakti Datta, Jazmyne Davis, Marc William Dawson, Barrett J Dederick, Katie DeRosa, Maria Susanne Diaz, Warren Niel Dougherty, William Gregory Driscoll Jr, David Edgecomb, Ryan Evans, Dylan R Flew, Ana Maria Flores, Jesse David Frank, Justin Franks, Christine Fulghum, Stella Naomi Furjanic, Jasmine Garcia, James (Jimmy) Ginter, Michelle Marie Greever, Michael David Hall, Krysta Hankee, Shelby Amanda Harper, Carolyn Harrell, Julie Ann Harris, Dustin J Hart, Paul Travis Hickey, James C Hill Jr, Zachary Taylor Hutchens, Joseph A "Badger" Hutson, Darryl Iriny, Christopher Jacobs, Amanda Jensen, Matthew Alexander Johnson, Bradley Jordan, Louis Herman King III, Steven T Largent, Abigail Lear, Sadie May Logan, Victor Lozada, Hedaia Madi, Hunter Vincent Magro, Julianna Grace Martin, Addie Mathis, William Patrick McAndrew Jr, Paul Andrew McDaniel, James McDowell, Gary Lenzie McInnis, Leo Mehringer, Marilyn Mehringer, Chelsea Ann Metzger, Denton Wayne Miller, Todd Davis Miller, Gary Lee Montgomery, Ron Mosely, Karen L Musto, Abrielle Lauryn Neff, Warren L Ohlinger, Alvaro Ortega, John Robert Parker Sr, Timothy Daniel Parker, Shirita Latoy Peay, Tribhawan G (Anand) Persaud, Daniel Martin Polhemus, Jeffrey John Plmkala, Amber Dawn Poynter, Jared Rainey, William G Reinbold, Chelsea Beth Richardson, Debra Robinson, Brandon C Rutledge, Cassandra G Sandvick, Darlene F Schmitt, Stephen J Schoenfeld, Jeffery John Shetler, Evin J Shoap, Holland Dru Shoemake, Travis G Shollenberger, James Smith, Douglas B Smyly Jr, Kali Nichole Sparks, Christoper Spencer, Adam Christoper Stull, John Talbot, Eugene "Chuck" Taylor, Amaya Elise Thomas, Jordan Scott Underwood, Deborah Bargas, Robert Stephan Warburton, Davis Warner, Michael Weadock, Carol Weed, Gene Wilson, Charles William Wintzell, Brian Wynne, Allen J Zenker, Jason Erik Zepel
Sherri Bauman, George Blank, Alan Brandon Sr, Laleise D Curtiss, Monica Davy, Vivian Ferebee, Terri Goodwin, Scott Greene, Ruth Ann Hess, Jenny Hoover, Todd Miller, Violet Mousseaux Crow Good Voice, Robert Oshinsky, Christina Plummer, Howard Pritchard, Andrea Riegler, Alice Marie Siete-Nevel, Janet Suker, Lora Ward Wilson
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I had my tough face on and held back the tears through every one's stories about their squares. I waited until the end to pin Abrielle's square, hoping to keep the tears away. Unfortunately that didn't happen as I told about the square to honor my little girl. (That's one of my new friends from the trip with me Jan O. She's wonderful!)
This is the pinned quilt from everyone at the ceremony. Many more squares were mailed in and they will be added to the panels too. Once the panel is added to the website, I will add a link and tell everyone what number panel Abrielle's square is on.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This is followed by the Gift of Life Fountain.
The Butterfly Lawn~
This is a wind chime ~
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We were given tours of the building and walked through how the process takes place. Below is the Call Center that operates 24/7. They are the ones taking the information from doctors for both those being placed on the transplant list and deceased donors. They are the ones going through the database and making matches. They are the ones contacting the hospitals to let them know of a potential donor for their patient. They are the ones arranging flights for the organs to travel to where they are needed.
The country is divided into regions and this helps determine where some organs are able to go since some have to be transplanted more quickly.
A couple other things I learned on the trip ~
Organs don't travel in a Playmate cooler like is shown on tv. Here is how they travel.
They are first placed in a tupperware container in a sterile solution. That container is placed inside 3 sterile bags which is then placed in a styrofoam cooler of ice. All this is placed into the waxed cardboard box. The box is the last thing placed on a plane and the first thing off. Flights carrying organs are given importance over others, being the first to takeoff and the first to land.
I also want to show you how far technology has come. This big barrel is the first kidney dialysis machine and the little white cylinder is what is currently used.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The route this year will be from campus, up fourth street, turning south on Buchanan, and ending at second street.
We'll see you at the parade!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
He bagged up the animals so that they are ready for cards to be added and ready for love from the next kids in need.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The journaling reads, "How I wish I would have stayed outside and kept pushing you on the swing the night before the accident instead of going inside to cook supper. If only I had known, I would have pushed you on that swing forever. That is probably the biggest change I've made since losing you ~ new priorities. And that means there is always time to push a swing, supper can wait."
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
~ that's Elly and I looking at the baby ~