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We are celebrating, big time! One year ago, today, our dear husband, dad and grandpa, Jeff, was blessed to receive a kidney transplant. Although the year was not without trials and tribulations, one year later, he is doing amazingly well, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Thanks to these two amazing women, Jenn Copeland, Jeff's direct kidney donor, and Neki Cox, without whom this chain of events would never have occurred, we are celebrating life with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts. We are forever indebted to your passion and compassion.

Please, please, in honor of these selfless women, consider the gift of life. Go to https://registerme.org/ or donatelife.net.

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Some food for thought... Are you a registered organ donor?

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Raquel Medrano Clemente

PURE GENIUS!!!

One of the richest and most powerful men in Brazil, Thane Chiquinho Scarpa, made waves when he announced plans to bury his million-dollar Bentley..., so he could drive around his afterlife in style. He received lots of media attention, mostly negative and was severely criticized for the extravagant gesture and wasting of a precious commodity. Why wouldn’t he donate the car to charity? How out of touch with reality is this guy? He still went ahead with the ceremony.

But, there’s a twist. (Of course there is. Why else would I be covering this story?)

Moments before lowering the car in the ground prepared for the burial of his Bentley, he declared that he wouldn't bury his car and then revealed his genuine motive for the drama: Just to create awareness for organ donation.

“People condemn me because I wanted to bury a million dollar Bentley, in fact most people bury something a lot more valuable than my car,” Scarpa said during a speech at the ceremony. “They bury hearts, livers, lungs, eyes, kidneys. This is absurd. So many people waiting for a transplant and you bury your healthy organs that could save so many lives!”

Worth a thought !!

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It's been a long time since you've heard from us, but in this case, no news is GREAT news! On April 28, our dad and husband was given the gift of life -- a perfectly healthy kidney. The operation was performed at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA, by an incredibly skilled team of doctors and nurses. This complicated "paired exchange" transplant included at least four donors and four recipients all over the country, enabling people like Jeff to receive a kidney from a perfect m...atch.

Six months later, Jeff has healed well and is enjoying a life free from dialysis appointments, needles, procedures, and so many other limitations. He'll be taking his first trip post-surgery to visit his grandson and family in the Bay Area this weekend, and couldn't be more thankful for the love, support, and prayers you've all extended to our family.

And now, to introduce you to two special people without whom this would have never been possible. Neki (pictured), a former patient of Jeff's, volunteered to donate her kidney upon hearing of his need. Though she wasn't a perfect match, the "paired exchange" program allowed Jeff to receive a kidney from someone else, while Neki's kidney was sent to another recipient in Florida. Neki healed incredibly fast from her surgery, has an amazing attitude about the experience, and continues to inspire others to get tested and consider organ donation through speaking to her church community and beyond. 1,300 miles away in Dallas, TX, is Jenn Anderson Hoover, Jeff's actual donor, whose selfless act also allowed her brother to receive his second kidney transplant. We're forever indebted to Jenn, Neki, and so many others who helped make this (complicated!) miracle happen.

Thank you for sharing this page over the years while we waited for this life-changing news for our family! We love you all!

P.S - We'll be shutting the page down shortly, but our efforts to spread the word about kidney donation certainly will not cease!

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Many of us have smiled and laughed at these internet memes that started as a parent's joke about his kid with a fistful of sand- did you know that #successkid's dad needs a kidney too?

http://www.syracuse.com/…/success_kid_meme_sammy_grimer_fat…

'Success Kid' Sammy Griner's father, Justin, has battled kidney disease since 2006.
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Another way in which the combination of brilliant minds, innovative software and medicine are making a huge difference!

http://www.wired.com/…/science-behind-crazy-6-way-kidney-e…/

In a surgery worthy of the most convoluted Grey’s Anatomy plot, surgeons at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco completed two-day, six-way kidney transplant late last week.
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Fascinating article about the power of organ donation. Will YOU consider it?

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-sci-sn-organ-transplant-years-s…

Hearts, kidneys and other donated organs have added more than 2 million years to the lives of the American patients who received them, according to a new analysis.
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So touched by these heros, their amazingly supportive families, and the incredible gifts they have given to enable organ recipients to live a long life. Looking forward to good things in the New Year, and good health for all.

http://m.ocregister.com/articl…/float-646765-life-organ.html

Just another wonderful story about the miracle of organ donation. Please share this story - You never know who might read it, and how this could benefit someone you love.

Wednesday was the 30th anniversary of G.A. Flesher's kidney transplant procedure.
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Hopefully a kidney donor will be found really soon for our dear husband, father and soon to be grandpa. Please share this important information.

Today is our dad/Jeff's birthday! We're so thankful for all the milestones we've celebrated together this year. Please consider sharing this page in honor of his big day! xoxo

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Such a sweet story -- couldn't think of a better time of year to think about giving the gift of life!

Two Georgia children are searching for the perfect gift this holiday season: they're trying to find a kidney for their beloved grandmother.
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Interesting. We are looking forward to seeing this new documentary on HBO.

This week a film I co-produced on kidney trafficking had its world premiere on HBO. It’s called ...
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This is a wonderful article on the gift of giving; becoming an organ donor in life, and unfortunately through death. How incredible are the people that choose to give this gift so that others may live. There is so much useful information. Please share this page with as many people as possible. Miracles do happen.

Thanks to you all for your continued support.

http://www.jewishaz.com/…/article_85fce54c-2af0-11e3-8965-0…

When Valley resident Dick Jacobs answered a phone call from the Mayo Clinic on July 7, he had no idea his life was about to change. After only four months on the kidney transplant list, Jacobs heard the words: “ ‘We have a kidney for you.’ ”
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Welcome to our new followers -- we're almost at 300! Curious to hear how you can help Dr. P find a kidney? Read this article on Beth Kanter's blog. http://www.bethkanter.org/savelives/

Note from Beth: Two years ago on this blog, Porter Gale published a guest post asking "Can Social Media Save Lives?" and described how Amit Gupta was leveraging his network and social media to find a bone marrow match. This story became a case study in "Measuring the Networke
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Wow! Although this may take quite a while to actually be tested and useable in humans, it's pretty incredible what impact new technologies can have on medicine!

For the first time ever, scientists are successfully 3D printing actual, living human kidneys. Like the human livers printed in the past, the kidney are currently miniature in size, but with about 90% of the printed cells being alive, the potential for human use looks immensely positive.
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This family turned to the Internet to find a kidney donor 8 years ago, and they were successful! But it's time to begin the search again... and they are in our thoughts as we travel this road together!
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/…/family-turns-to-craigslis…/

Jenna Franks was just 15 when she was diagnosed with kidney failure and 18 when she began dialysis.
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