July 2010

  • Sunday, August 1 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day. This day is observed every August 1 to increase awareness of organ donation among African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Native American populations.

    Currently, 108,000 Americans waiting for organ transplants. Nearly 60,000 of those waiting are minorities.

    Unfortunately, there is a drastic shortage of minority organ donors. In fact, last year only 2,055 organ donors were...

  • Volunteers held a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's in Shelby, NC in honor of NFT patient Kevin Randall! The event was a huge success and raised approximately $1,300!

    Did you know many Applebee's restaurants have Flapjack Fundraisers on Saturday or Sunday mornings? They provide all the food, flyers and clean-up and charge only $2 per person. You simply provide enough volunteers to work as servers!...

  • • Someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer every 4 minutes.
    • About 140,000 people were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2009.
    • Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will cause the deaths of more than 50,000 people in the United States this year.
    • 146 people die every day from a blood cancer.
    • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.

  • In 1983, three caring and compassionate women read about a young girl who needed a liver transplant but could not afford the procedure. These women--Mary Clouse, Liz Hull and Elise Waldheim--worked hard to raise funds for the transplant and related expenses, and their tireless dedication contributed to the patient´s successful transplant. And that’s how the Liver Organ Transplant Fund began.

    Other transplant candidates soon began contacting them for assistance, and it...

  • For four years, Willie Kemp gave his heart and soul on the basketball court for the University of Memphis. Tiger fans and the city of Memphis rallied around him, cheering him on night after night at the FedEx Forum. Now, Willie needs your help.

    Willie's mother, Maxine Kemp, is battling polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and doctors have said a kidney transplant is critical to her survival.

    A mom to three sons--Jermaine, Willie and Quintavius--she remains strong and...

  • Community Security is a local security company in Memphis that donates 10-15% of their proceeds to nonprofit organizations that have partnered with them. When someone signs up with Community Security for their security system, they select a charity, and 10-15% of their bill is donated directly to the charity.

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  • The following article is from the News & Record in Greensboro, NC.

    Michelle Matthews’ life changed forever when she had a massive heart attack in her kitchen on New Year’s Eve.

    Since then, the 41-year-old Burlington woman has been...

  • For 10 years, George was completely unaware that his body was suffering from health issues. Although his skin was very itchy for a long time, doctors were never able to pinpoint the problem. Finally, in 2006, after a new doctor performed blood work and other tests, George was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Colangitis (PSC), a disease that caused scarring and inflammation of his liver. Doctors have told George the damage is...

  • NFT patient Mark Reedy's volunteers held a successful comedy night in his honor last month! The event raised nearly $1,500, and they had a great time! Mark is a stand-up comedian, so this was a perfect event for his friends and family to host.

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  • Are you an organ donor? Consider giving the gift of life today! Visit the NFT website to learn how to become an organ donor.