July 2009

  • AUGUST 1 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day! This observance is designed to increase awareness for the need of organ and tissue donors, especially among minority groups. Did you know that in 2008, only 14% of all donors were African-American, and just over 13% were Hispanic? Less than 3% of all donors in 2008 were Asian.

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  • Melissa Delgado, 23, has been searching for a bone marrow donor match for six years. Due to the shortage of organ donors among the Hispanic population, she has been unable to find a match. After being diagnosed with leukemia in 2003, doctors told her a bone marrow transplant is her only hope for a second chance at life.

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  • We are thrilled to announce that the Transplant Challenge has been selected as a finalist for the Memphis Business...

  • When battling a serious illness or watching a loved one suffer, support from others who have experienced the same thing can provide comfort and relief. At NFT, we encourage our patients to find support from groups at their transplant centers, within their communities or online.

    We all know about the great benefits the Internet offers, but yet another benefit is the availability of support groups and resources....

  • NFT patient Nate Gunderson, a 31-year-old Washington resident, was always a healthy, active man. One...

  • “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”
    ~Author Unknown

    Do you know a woman who is performing an outstanding service in your community? If so, L’Oreal Paris wants to hear about it! The July 23 deadline for their annual “Women of Worth” awards is quickly approaching. Once the winners are chosen, Women of Worth will be invited to participate in an array of National conferences on volunteerism, post volunteer tips and essays on the...

  • Associated Press
    July 7, 2009

    BALTIMORE - A Maryland hospital surgeon is saying he and doctors in three other hospitals have completed what is believed to be the largest series of kidney paired donation procedures ever undertaken.

    Dr. Robert Montgomery of Johns Hopkins Hospital, along with donors and recipients, will give details of the groundbreaking feat during a news conference Tuesday in the hospital's outpatient center.

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  • Victoria Chavez began working with NFT to fundraise in January of 2008 and has truly been an inspiration to us all. After receiving a stem cell transplant last summer, she has spent a great deal of time reaching out to other patients battling Scleroderma and Pulmonary Fibrosis. Read Victoria’s story below to see how she is helping others cope with their illnesses and focus on the positive in...

  • It is always so wonderful to hear that one of our patients has received a lifesaving transplant! We wish a healthy recovery to all of the NFT patients who received transplants last month.

  • While attending a college football game with some friends in the fall of 2008, Matthew Clark began experiencing breathing problems. A week later tests revealed a virus had attacked his heart, and he was suffering from congestive heart failure.

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