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Delivering Hope: the gift of placenta donation

Lindsay Gibson was a young girl when she was introduced to just how valuable donation can be. Her father was not only a liver transplant recipient, but also received a lifesaving kidney. Lindsay saw firsthand how life-changing organ donation can be, as her father’s health changed drastically for the better. “His momentum, his energy was …

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The gift of tissue donation: How tissue donors give hope, healing & restored life

Did you know that tissue donation impacts the lives of more than one million people in the United States each year through transplantation? Let’s take a few minutes to talk about this incredible gift of healing! One tissue donor can help support the healing of more than 75 people by restoring mobility, supporting burn victims, …

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What exactly happens after you check the box at ADOT MVD? And how checking that box may one day save and heal lives.

If you’ve been to an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT MVD) office anytime over the last several years, chances are you have seen this line with that checkbox next to it: Be one in 4 million! More than 4 million people have joined the DonateLifeAZ Registry as an organ, eye and tissue …

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Stars Above ✨ A virtual donor remembrance

“Tonight, we dedicate a star in honor of your loved one, of our 2020 Arizona donors. So, when you look up in the sky tonight, you’ll be able to see the light that they left behind, knowing that other families are looking at the same star and their hearts are filled with love,” says Tim …

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Precious Cargo: GPS Tracked Packages for Organ Donation

Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) has collaborated with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to improve the way we transport organs by using GPS tracked packages. “The loss of a donated organ is very rare. Less than 0.1% of donated organs experience transportation issues resulting in its loss,” says PJ Geraghty, vice president of DNA …

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How does blood donation impact organ transplantation?

We already know you’re a registered organ donor to help save and heal lives after you pass away (and if you’re not, you can do that here!) But what about something to do in the meantime? Consider donating blood or plasma! Who coordinates blood and organ donation? Blood and organ donation, though managed by separate …

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Donate Life Month 2021

We knew Donate Life Month 2021 would look different due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but are so happy with the support we received and the hope we were able to spread together this year! There were more than 100 hospitals, health care organizations and community partners that joined us to make this April a …

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Love Doesn’t Always Come in the Shape of a Heart: Celebrating Kidney Month

“It took me a whole three seconds to say, ‘Yep, we’re going to do this,’” says Bobby Zavala as he recalls his decision to test if he could donate a kidney to his brother. “That’s what you do for your family because you love them.” Those three seconds meant 18 more years that his brother, …

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Why Isn’t Everyone Automatically An Organ, Eye And Tissue Donor?

An opt-in system versus having to opt out The opt-in donation system asks people in the U.S. to record their choice as an organ, eye and tissue donor. In Arizona, the DonateLifeAZ Registry hit a milestone by totaling more than 4 million registered donors in 2020. With the current opt-in system, the U.S. has one of the highest organ donation rates across the globe, with data …

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Black History Month

For Black Heritage Month, we invite you to watch and share this video on the importance of this month’s observance and that of organ and tissue donation in African American communities. Please join us in sharing generosity and spreading knowledge! https://youtu.be/ioFX4hqq4Ug Decades of Appreciation and Respect Charles Okeke’s first heart transplant gave him 10 years of …

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