• Facebook made a big announcement this week, as they have added an organ donor feature to the social network. Now, you can use your Facebook timeline to announce your decision to raise hope by becoming an organ donor.

    Below is the official blog post from Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg:

    Facebook is about connecting and sharing--connecting with your friends, family and communities, and sharing information with them about your life, work, school and interests...

  • A key component of long-term transplant success is taking care of your whole body—this includes making oral health a priority.

    What does dental hygiene have to do with my transplant?
    For starters, your anti-rejection medications increase the risk of infection, and an infection that starts in the mouth can eventually end up in the bloodstream, where it could begin to endanger your transplant.1 For this reason—even when you are awaiting a transplant...

  • Phill Locke

    When Phill Locke's telephone rang Halloween evening, the caller said, "This is not a trick."

    And for that, Locke was thankful.

    Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Locke, 51, of Collier Township, knew his life was limited, not only in physical movement, but also in length. Locke was dying and without a double lung transplant, he...

  • For the second year in a row, 87 adult hearts were transplanted at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Center in 2011, more than at any other hospital in the country, the hospital announced today.

    "Cedars-Sinai's commitment to the patient with advanced heart failure is unmatched," said Dr. Eduardo Marban, director of the institute."We are the No. 1 heart transplant...

  • Anya Maciulewski

    When Anya was 2, doctors discovered a brain tumor, which required chemotherapy. The following year, she underwent radiation to her head and spine. At ages 11 and 12, she successfully completed treatments for two more brain tumors.

    In 2010, she was unable to breathe, and her parents rushed her to the ER, where she was put into a drug-induced coma. After eight weeks, she was able to return home, but later that...

  • We are thrilled for our patients who received lifesaving transplants last month! As you may know, the transplant journey is a long one, and it doesn’t end when the patient receives his or her transplant. Transplant recipients require a lifetime of costly follow-up care and vital medications. At NFT, we are dedicated to raising hope, one patient at a time.

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  • April is National Donate Life month, a time to educate Americans about the urgent need for organ donors. There are nearly 114,000 people on the national waiting list for transplants, and a new name is added to the list every 10 minutes.

    Sadly, last year just 28,535 people received lifesaving transplants, and only 14,144 people donated organs. More lives could be saved if more people chose to donate their organs. Every day 18 people die while waiting for a transplant. One organ donor...

  • The following information is from Astellas:

    Because medications are a critical part of your transplant journey, it’s important that you understand what your medications are, what formulations your doctor intends for you, and what steps will help ensure you receive your medications exactly as intended. You can start by really understanding brand name and generic medications, so that you can discuss with...

  • In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Eye Donor Month to raise awareness about the need for eye donors and to celebrate donors and corneal recipients.

    Corneal transplant is one of the most frequently performed transplant procedures. Since 1961, more than 549,889 corneal transplants have been performed, restoring sight to men, women and children ranging in age from nine days to 103 years. More than 90% of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore...

  • When Kyle Garrett found out that his little brother, Kurt, needed a lifesaving liver transplant, he wanted to help. As you can imagine, it's incredibly difficult to watch a sibling go through a frightening health crisis. To raise awareness and funds for Kurt's need, Kyle created a very moving and creative video to tell his brother's story. Please take a moment to watch the video below. To read more about Kurt...