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I'm currently managing Donate Life Illinois, a coalition of statewide donation organizations responsible for organ donor education and registration outreach. To learn more about our efforts, visit: www.DonateLifeIllinois.org
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Band of Brothers – A Soldier Honors the Legacy of His Best Friend by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Staff Sgt. Erik Tofte honored his best friend by carrying a Donate Life Flag with him on tours of the Middle East, Africa and Thailand. This article was originally ... Read on »
A Challenge from a Donor Mother by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Wyatt with his brothers and sisters on graduation day. Today, September 17th, would have been Wyatt’s (my son) 20th birthday. It is the first birthday since he was ... Read on »
The Inaugural Shawn Miller Memorial Run by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Shawn Miller on his bike. Shawn Miller had a big personality. Most people around his small town loved him and he, of course, loved them right back. His brother, Na ... Read on »
Angels in My Life by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Walter Pineda received a lifesaving liver transplant that transformed his life in so many ways. Walter Pineda has many people to thank for getting him to where he ... Read on »
“We Have to Dispel the Fears” by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Sonji Woods Ten years ago, realtor and U.S. Army Reserve veteran Sonji Woods was planning her wedding. Business was great. “I was just starting my life,” she recal ... Read on »
Through Knowledge Comes the Gift of Hope by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Deb (left) is an active Advocates for Hope volunteer. “My son, Scott, was funny and crazy,” says Deb Juris. “He was a body-builder and a health nut. He read poetry ... Read on »
The Best Birthday Gift Ever! by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Melody with the Advocate Condell intensive care team that treated her during her wait for a heart transplant. “Prayers do get answered,” says Melody Hickman McInto ... Read on »
A Choice of Love by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Sonia and Ulises In December 2012, Sonia Lara’s husband, Ulises, was diagnosed with kidney failure. The couple soon learned he was born with one kidney. And becaus ... Read on »
Peace and Purpose at Life’s End by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Michelle and Brian Michelle Bernstein says that organ donation was of utmost importance to her brother, Brian, and, now, to her family as well. “For Brian, donatin ... Read on »
Gift of Life Unites Rivals by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Ehrenberg family Terri Guzman is an Advocate for Hope volunteer with Gift of Hope because of the loss of her good friend, Jan Ehrenberg, 15 years ago. “Jan was ... Read on »
Two People, Three Organ Transplants, Immeasurable Gratitude by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Donna Ramusack — an advocate for the Hospitals for Hope campaign. Donna Ramusack has been a registered nurse for 50 years, but none of her training prepared her fo ... Read on »
The Gift of Life: Better Than Any Diamond by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Latrisha and her boyfriend Chris Better than any diamond, Latrisha Beckwith received the ultimate gift of love from her boyfriend, Chris, on Valentine’s Day 2012. ... Read on »
As One Life Ends, Another Begins by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Chris The message from two policemen at the door was every parent’s worst fear. “Is Christopher Michaels your son? There’s been an accident,” one officer said. ... Read on »
La Vida de Uno Afecta a Muchos: The Life of One Affects Many by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The McKean Family Colin McKean was only 14 when his body started to tell him something was wrong. “I had a rash on my chest, had begun to grow a ‘beer belly’ and m ... Read on »
“The Greatest Hero I Never Knew” by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Shelby and her sister Riley The second of three girls in her family, Shelby Martin today is a normal, energetic 12-year-old girl “who likes to annoy her big sister ... Read on »
Knocked for a Lupus by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine LUPUS (LOO•puss, n.): A chronic autoimmune disease in which the body develops antibodies that react against its own normal tissue. More than 2 million people in the United ... Read on »
Help Honor Jared Knispel by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Jared Knispel Gift of Hope and two charitable groups are banding together to rebuild the home of Dave and Lauri Knispel. In the midst of a home demolition project, ... Read on »
Through a Donor’s Gift, He Celebrates by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Mike and his kids In September 2011, Mike Lund and his family set off for vacation on Washington Island in northern Wisconsin. There, they gathered with extended f ... Read on »
A Giving Nature Endures Through Donation by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Javier in Chicago Javier Nuñez was a big man with a big heart — as big as all outdoors. “He cared a lot about his family and friends and helped them any way he cou ... Read on »
New Life on Easter Sunday by Donate Life Illinois .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Ryan Landers On Good Friday, April 6, 2007, Ryan Joseph Landers was severely injured in a head-on car accident on a two-lane road near Springfield, Ill. The 19-yea ... Read on »