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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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Happy Valventine’s Day!

We are pumped for Valventine’s Day! Are you? On Feb. 14 we’ll be celebrating National Donor Day. This is a time to focus on all types of donation, which can save, heal and renew the lives of so many. We recognize how organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelet and bone marrow donations all play a role …

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Organ, eye and tissue donation workers qualify for COVID-19 vaccine

Some employees from Arizona’s federally designated organ procurement organization qualify for the COVID-19 vaccination as the state continues its rollout in phase 1B. Organ, ocular and tissue recovery has continued in Arizona, even in a global pandemic, contributing to the 10th consecutive recording-breaking year of the number of organ donors and total organs donated in …

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LifeSaver: Leslie Brown, RN, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

An Arizona native, Leslie Brown played softball for Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale. The prevailing spirit of teamwork she enjoyed so thoroughly as a teenage athlete ultimately led her to a career in health care. Today, Brown is a mother of two and an RN in the emergency department at Banner – University Medical …

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Donation Champions Awards

Here at Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) we want to give an enthusiastic thank you to all our partners! At DNA, our vision is to challenge ourselves and others every day to realize Arizona’s potential to save and improve lives. Thanks to our incredible donation champions, we’ve furthered the reach of donation and saved countless …

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Illuminating Generosity – A Virtual Celebration of Life

“On a normal day, we would be welcoming you in person. We would be listening to you, we would be looking into your eyes, we would hear your stories of your loved one,” says Marcel Pincince, director of Donor Family and Advocate Services at Donor Network of Arizona (DNA). Due to the global pandemic, DNA …

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Celebrating Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day

Today we celebrate Breast Reconstruction Awareness, or BRA Day! This national initiative started in 2011 to promote education, awareness and access to information regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women. For women who have undergone a mastectomy, psychological distress is not uncommon. Breast reconstruction can often be a …

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This Mother’s Day, we are thanking all the mothers who have said “yes” to birth tissue donation. Through Donor Network of Arizona’s (DNA) birth tissue donation program, birth tissue (placenta and umbilical cord) can become a priceless gift with the potential to aid in the healing of multiple or various types of surgical procedures. The …

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