June 2009

  • It’s time to submit entries for the 5th annual Astellas Ride of a Lifetime contest! Five transplant recipients will win a five-night trip for two to California to ride on the Donate Life float during the Rose Parade on January 1, 2010.The contest is limited to liver, kidney and heart recipients currently taking Prograf. Entrants must be at least 13 years old. One winner per geographical region (...

  • Astellas, the manufacturer of Prograf, has created a Web site especially for kidney, heart and liver transplant patients. This Transplant Experience Web site has specialized pages for each type of patient offering advice on healthy living before and after transplantation, as well as a number of support resources.

    According to the Web site, “Transplant Experience is a program that can help you get the most out...

  • NFT Patient, Lorna Jarms, needs a heart transplant to survive. After coming down with what she thought was a cold in 1998, she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Although medications treated her illness for many years, thetreatment has recently become ineffective, and she must undergo a heart transplant.

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  • NFT patient Andy McGlauflin and his daughter are very close. Andy, a single father, considers Sarah “the light of his life,” and he hopes to spend many more years in her life.

    Below is an excerpt from a letter Sarah wrote to her father last year, while he was very ill in the hospital. Fortunately, Andy received his transplant this month, and is recovering well.

    Hey Daddy,

    In life, we fight to live, but live to die. I don’t quite...

  • The St. Joseph Hospital Kidney Transplant Center was recently named as an Anthem Blue Cross Center of Medical Excellence for Medical Transplantation. This honor is based on patient survival rates, patient education and safety initiatives, transplant programs' continuous quality improvement measures and four additional transplant program criteria.According to data published by the...

  • Alexis Grace and NFT!

    June 15, 2009

    National Foundation for Transplants staff members attended the 13th Annual Gibson 5K to promote organ donation and the Transplant Challenge. While there, we were lucky enough to meet American Idol contestant and Memphian, Alexis Grace, whose father is in need of a heart transplant....

  • We are thrilled for our patients who received lifesaving transplants last month!

  • Roy Glazer suffers from Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, a rare and incurable kidney disease. Doctors have told him a kidney transplant is his only hope for a second chance at life.

    Thankfully, Roy's wife, Ellyn, is a match and is eager to donate one of her own kidneys to save her husband's life. However, before Roy can be listed for a transplant, he must raise significant funds.

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  • Paula Crawford needs a liver transplant to save her life. Read the following article in her hometown newspaper, The Oklahoman.Sale to help defray cost of transplant for Norman woman...

  • When she was born, Hannah was very jaundiced. However, doctors in Trinidad and Tobago told Hannah’s mother this was common, and she should simply walk her out in the sun. After two months, Hannah was still jaundiced, and her mother was insistent that something was truly ailing her little girl.

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