Living bank newsletter winter 2016
  • By Katie Lewis
  • Posted December 28th, 2016 09:37

The Living Bank Newsletter - Winter Edition

It's here, it's HERE! We are proud to share the Winter Edition of The Living Bank Newsletter with you! Take a look at another amazing year at The Living Bank! Continue Reading »

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  • By Katie Lewis
  • Posted November 14th, 2016 12:00

Shelley Spector LCSW & Independent Living Donor Advocate Presents To The 5th Annual Donor Advocate Symposium

Shelley Spector, LCSW & Independent Living Donor Advocate Presented “When the Living Donor Advocate Says “No” at the 5th Annual Donor Advocate Symposium as well as facilitate a pre-symposium forum at the 5th Annual Donor Advocate Symposium in Dallas. Continue Reading »

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  • By Katie Lewis
  • Posted October 31st, 2016 12:00

Our Gala, The Incredible Journey, Was An Elegant Evening of Life, Love and Successful Transplant Stories

Over 280 guests took The Incredible Journey with The Living Bank, celebrating the lives of those who have given and those who have received the life-saving gift of organ donation. Sharing their awe-inspiring journeys through the process of living organ transplant, attendees enjoyed an evening of grace, elegance and hope. Read more here.... Continue Reading »

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  • By Living Bank
  • Posted October 20th, 2016 12:00

The Inaugural Hispanic Transplant Symposium (HTS) Kicked Off As a Smashing Success

This month, The Living Bank in conjunction with LifeGift and Nora’s Home, hosted the inaugural Hispanic Transplant Symposium (HTS), designed to shed light on the challenges faced by the growing population of Hispanic Texans with end-stage organ disease.  Taking place in Houston’s world class Texas Medical Center Innovative Institute (TMCx), the HTS welcomed over 150 guests from the Hispanic and influential medical community of Houston to discuss this rapidly growing issue. Continue Reading »

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  • By Living Bank
  • Posted October 10th, 2016 01:00

2016 Celebrate Life, The Incredible Journey

On October 21st The Living Bank will hold their annual 2016 Celebrate Life, The Incredible Journey dinner event. The Living Bank served as the nation’s first organ donor registry in 1968! Today we focus on living organ donation. Our mission is driven by the massive gap between the 121,000 individuals on the national transplant list and the 30,973 individuals who actually received a life-saving transplant during 2015. That is only 25% of those waiting on a second chance at life! Continue Reading »

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  • By Living Bank
  • Posted October 9th, 2016 19:00

The Living Bank Receives Large Donation From The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Charity Foundation!

Earlier this month, The Living Bank was honored to receive a donation of $1,000.00 from Board Member Dan Morse, District 16 Director, of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Charity Foundation Board of Trustees and members of the ACBL. Continue Reading »

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  • By Living Bank
  • Posted August 1st, 2016 12:00

Baylor St. Luke’s Participates in Multihospital Living Donor Kidney Swap

Baylor St. Luke’s successfully completed a 13-way, multihospital kidney transplant swap with the National Kidney Registry (NKR). The swap began with a Good Samaritan donor at the University of California, Los Angeles on June 15, and ended last week at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Continue Reading »

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  • By Nicole Garvey
  • Posted June 6th, 2016 03:54

The Living Bank Attends the 10th Annual Community Health-worker's Conference

The Living Bank's Director of Education and Outreach, Karina Fernandez, was asked to be a workshop presenter at the 10th Annual Community Health-worker's Conference in Houston, TX. Continue Reading »

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  • By Nicole Garvey
  • Posted May 19th, 2016 03:44

Finding Organ Donors Concealed in Plain Sight

Last June, after it became clear that their 3-month-old son, Nathan, needed a liver transplant, Rob and Christina Whitehead of Mokena, Ill., created a Facebook page to tell his story. Word spread quickly. “More than a hundred people called our donor hotline,” recalled Talia B. Baker, director of the Living Donor Liver Transplant program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Continue Reading »

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  • By Nicole Garvey
  • Posted May 12th, 2016 03:29

The Living Bank Participates in the World Transplant Games Houston Bid

The last week in April 2016 was an eventful time for those associated with the organ transplant community in Houston, TX.  For over 35 years the World Transplant Games Federation has been staging international sporting events for transplant athletes in order to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation. Continue Reading »

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  • By Nicole Garvey
  • Posted May 5th, 2016 12:05

Daughter Saves Mother's Life - Twice

Jessica Martin, 35, of Stuarts Draft has donated an organ to save her mother’s life — twice. In 2004, Martin gave a portion of her liver to her mother, who suffered from Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH. The medicines Rowe took to keep her from rejecting the transplant, however, caused her kidneys to shut down, and she was forced to start dialysis treatments. That's when Jessica stepped up to save her mother's life again in December and donated one of her kidney's to her mom. Continue Reading »

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  • By Nicole Garvey
  • Posted April 25th, 2016 01:31

Organ Donation vs Whole Body Donation: What's The Difference?

At The Living Bank we get calls daily from people interested in donating their organs after they have passed away. There is a common misconception that organ donation and whole body donation are one in the same, but this is not true. A person cannot be an organ donor and still donate their bodies to science. If you or a loved one are interested in giving the gift of life after you have passed, then the following information will help you determine which route is right for you. Continue Reading »

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  • By Nicole Garvey
  • Posted April 11th, 2016 01:33

New Bill in Congress- The Living Donor Protection Act of 2016

The Living Donor Protection Act of 2016 Gives Kidney and Other Organ Donors Time and Flexibility to Recover After Donation by Amending Family and Medical Leave Act. Continue Reading »

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  • By Nicole Garvey
  • Posted April 4th, 2016 12:53

New Hope for HIV-Positive Patients

In a first that gives HIV-positive patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a deceased donor who was positive for HIV into two HIV-positive recipients. The groundbreaking transplant surgeries using organs from an HIV- positive donor ends a 25-year stretch during which the organs of HIV-positive people willing to donate them were rejected for use in transplants. Continue Reading »

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  • By Kelly Perdue, CPA
  • Posted March 31st, 2016 09:00

21-year-old Army Reservist from Colorado Donates Kidney to Stranger

BOULDER, Colo. -- A Boulder woman received a kidney donation from a complete stranger who said it was the right thing to do. Nate Toci was driving by a rotating billboard along Interstate 25 in Monument on his way home from work one day when he saw the sign seeking a kidney donor for Kelsey. “It's a digital sign and it's on for 8 seconds,” Debbie Crider said. “Eight seconds and then it goes away and the next one comes up.” Continue Reading »