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May 7, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Facebook is the biggest online social medium in the world. People love it, are uneasy with it, even a little suspicious. It just may have done something inarguably good, with immediate, measurable impact. So far, that seems to be the case with Facebook's new organ-donation push. On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that users can now choose to indicate to their Facebook world that they wish to be organ donors. And, if you choose, a link can whisk you right to your state's donor registry, where you can register online.
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February 19, 2008
RICK SELVIN, the ex-Daily News staffer who died recently, was very lucky to get a heart transplant and 10 more years of life. More than half of the 98,000 Americans on the national waiting list will die before they get a transplant, most needlessly. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. More than 6,000 of their neighbors die every year as a result. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage - give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will persuade more people to register as organ donors.
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July 14, 2010 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. Rehrmann is such a believer in organ donation that he ran a full-page ad in Tuesday's Inquirer urging people to follow his example and register as a donor. "Think of the incredible relief of human suffering you will have helped bring about," the 84-year-old retired aeronautical engineer wrote in the $3,700 advertisement, published in Pennsylvania editions. Alas, his altruistic promotion contained some misinformation about how to register. And it turns out that he actually signed up to give his body for medical education, not organ donation.
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April 24, 1999 | By Nancy Ehrlich
This is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. It's easy, though, to get through the week and still avoid thinking about whether you'd want your family to donate your organs to someone else after you're dead. The issue is distasteful. Any scenario in which you get to donate organs involves either your being dead or someone you love being dead. But every day, people bury livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs in the ground, where they'll rot and decay, instead of giving the gift of life to others like themselves and their loved ones - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, children, grandparents - all longing to return to rich, active lives.
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January 11, 2002 | By James M. DuBois
Last month, the American Medical Association entertained changes to the way we understand organ donation. Whereas organ donation has always been viewed as a gift, the AMA suggested that we investigate offering financial incentives to encourage organ donation. The proposal was inspired in part by a questionable statistic: that only about a third of all eligible donors agree to donate their organs. In fact, donation rates are most reliably assessed at a regional level, and in some regions considerable majorities consent to donation.
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May 15, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Monica Forte sat in a House hearing room Tuesday, her son Tony wired to an IV in a backpack beside her, and tearfully begged lawmakers to pass a bill to update Pennsylvania's organ-donation law. "There are not enough kids as pediatric donors," Forte told a legislative panel. Tony, who turns 9 next month, was born with an intestinal disease and is on the waiting list for a stomach, liver, and small intestine transplant. He is one of 200 children on the state's waiting list for organ transplants.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Michael Hollinger's Under the Skin , a world premiere at the Arden Theatre, is a surprise. Hollinger's plays are sometimes smart and elegant ( Opus ), smart and funny ( Incorruptible ), or smart and sad ( Ghost Writer ). This new play is none of the above, but rather a shallow soap opera full of cheap laughs about such hilarious topics as organ donation and deep, painful family grudges. It's all very well to talk about life imitating art, but when the lead actor in a play moves from his onstage hospital bed to a real hospital bed, highfalutin theories seem to matter less.
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April 16, 1995 | By Mary Otto, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
On her dead son's birthday and at Christmastime, Judy Carr inquires about his organs, to see how they are doing in their new lives. When she learned a few weeks ago that one of his kidneys had failed, she grieved anew for her Tim, lost in a car wreck at age 18. Yet Carr, of Mary Esther, Fla., has found in organ donation a source of redemptive power. And so it has been for Pat Bell of Tampa. She believes her Jonathan has continued to help people since a gunshot claimed him. "His heart valves, his strong, young, healthy, 17-year-old male bones.
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April 18, 1996 | By Stacey Burling, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A week ago, Barbara March climbed into a crib at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and curled against her 2-year-old son, Matthew, for one last hug. For 45 days, Matthew had been waiting for a double-lung transplant. The lungs did not come in time and he had slipped into a coma. Instead, he would become a donor. After that final hug, Barbara March, a 32-year-old Coatesville teacher, and her husband, Benjamin, a 44-year-old businessman, let a surgeon take Matthew's kidneys for another deathly ill child.
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February 24, 2004 | By Patrick Guinan
I thought I was dreaming. When I renewed my driver's license recently, I walked into an empty photo center and strolled right up to a smiling clerk. There was no waiting in line, no sitting patiently listening for my name to be called. In fact, I didn't even have time to take off my jacket as I handed over my old license and was asked to answer some routine questions that popped up on a computer screen next to me. I answered the first few in a daze, still a little stunned by the prompt, courteous service.
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September 3, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The organs of an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot while playing across the street from her Camden home last week have been donated, including her liver, which went to a cousin. Also, Gabrielle Hill Carter's mother, Meresa Carter Phillips, gave birth to another child Tuesday, and named him King Gabriel. Gabrielle was playing on the sidewalk just before 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 across from her house on the 900 block of South Eighth Street when several men opened fire on another man. One of the bullets struck her in the head.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, STAFF WRITER
Ray Quick's father, Clarence, made a name for himself as a founding member of the Del-Vikings, a pioneering, Pittsburgh-based doo-wop quintet that was among the first racially integrated singing groups of the 1950s. Clarence Quick penned the group's biggest hits, including "Come Go With Me" - the tune John Lennon's band the Quarrymen was playing at a Liverpool church in 1957 when Paul McCartney first noticed him, according to Beatles lore. As magical as those moments are, they are not why Ray Quick most remembers his father and devotes his life's work to his memory.
NEWS
March 20, 2016
More than 300 supporters of the National Kidney Foundation came out March 10 for the Kidney Ball, held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Honored for their dedication to combating kidney disease were Joseph Cosgrove, president and CEO of Pentec Health, with the Leadership in Business Award; nephrologist Robert Benz of Lankenau Medical Center, with the Excellence in Care Award; volunteer Tina Wilson, with the Community Leadership Award; and Philadelphia native and rapper Freeway, with the Patient Advocacy Award.
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August 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman is ending his reelection campaign. Hofman, 78, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday that he would return to private practice in January, after his second term ends. Monday was the last day to withdraw from the November ballot. Marcel Groen, chairman of the county Democrats, said the party has two weeks to submit a replacement and has begun informal talks with several potential candidates. Hofman's campaign manager, Sherry Marcus Milano, said he will assist in that search.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
ONE OF OUR local elected officials has quite the soft spot for our furry friends. State Sen. Daylin Leach has introduced a bill that would ban the practice of using wild animals in circus acts. He was in Bryn Mawr this past weekend to host a screening of the film "Lion Ark," produced by Jan Creamer , founder of Animal Defenders International. "Every day, more and more people from all over the world realize that we should not use cruelty and confinement to force animals to do tricks for our entertainment," Leach told me. "It's time to free circus animals from their cages.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Michael Hollinger's Under the Skin , a world premiere at the Arden Theatre, is a surprise. Hollinger's plays are sometimes smart and elegant ( Opus ), smart and funny ( Incorruptible ), or smart and sad ( Ghost Writer ). This new play is none of the above, but rather a shallow soap opera full of cheap laughs about such hilarious topics as organ donation and deep, painful family grudges. It's all very well to talk about life imitating art, but when the lead actor in a play moves from his onstage hospital bed to a real hospital bed, highfalutin theories seem to matter less.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Hollinger's latest play chronicles the tense family dynamics that arise when a man asks his estranged daughter for a kidney that she'd just as soon not part with. Naturally, it's a comedy. Under the Skin , which will begin previews Thursday and run through March 15 at the Arden Theatre, is the result of Hollinger's deep dive into the world of organ donation - a months-long process of interviewing local donors and recipients and examining the fraught interactions that arise when a person is asked to hand over a chunk of her own precious tissue.
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May 15, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Monica Forte sat in a House hearing room Tuesday, her son Tony wired to an IV in a backpack beside her, and tearfully begged lawmakers to pass a bill to update Pennsylvania's organ-donation law. "There are not enough kids as pediatric donors," Forte told a legislative panel. Tony, who turns 9 next month, was born with an intestinal disease and is on the waiting list for a stomach, liver, and small intestine transplant. He is one of 200 children on the state's waiting list for organ transplants.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | BY JESSICA GLAZER, Daily News Staff Writer glazerj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
AFTER A DOUBLE lung transplant last month, Sarah Murnaghan is fighting pneumonia in her new right lung, her mother said yesterday. Doctors believe the girl developed pneumonia by breathing in contents from her stomach, her mother said. "Yesterday was tough. Today she is more stable, but this is definitely a large set back," Janet Murnaghan posted on Facebook about noon. Last month, Sarah, 10, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, received two adult lungs after her parents challenged a rule that prevented children younger than 12 years old from receiving adult lungs.
NEWS
July 7, 2013
By Katheryne Lawrence, a third-year law student at Drexel University, writing for the Field Clinic on philly.com and Inquirer.com.   No matter how organs are distributed, organ donation in the United States is a win-lose proposition. When someone on a waiting list receives a lung, another person loses out. About 76,000 people in the United States are on active waiting lists for organs. America has been rooting for Sarah Murnaghan, 10, to receive a transplant. The spotlight has been on the appropriateness of the rules for organ allocation.
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