ESPN Continues to Raise Tissue Donation Awareness – Shares Moving Donor and Recipient Story | November 20, 2014
For a college athlete, being featured in ESPN would likely be a dream come true. For two athletes, tragic and unforeseen circumstances led to their stories being highlighted in ESPN.
Michael Collins was a kind, charming 22-year-old whose love of baseball spanned nearly his entire life. On March 29, 2014, a drunk driver struck the vehicle Michael was riding in, causing catastrophic injuries. In the midst of their unimaginable grief, Michael’s family honored his wish of being a donor.
Travis Schertz, a Minnesota State football player, thought his athletic career was over after suffering a knee injury. He nearly gave up hope on any type of recovery before he met Dr. Brian Cole. After finding a suitable match, Travis received a meniscus and cartilage transplant.
Today’s ESPN article illustrates how tissue donation can provide hope and healing despite heartbreaking circumstances.
Carson Palmer’s recent injury provided a timely opportunity for ESPN to talk about tissue donation. After receiving a donated Achilles tendon in an ACL repair, Palmer connected with his donor’s family. The tissue his surgeon implanted came from Julie De Rossi, the victim of a drunk driver. The article highlights his powerful connection to Julie’s family, as well as the importance of tissue donation.
As part of his background research for the story, ESPN reporter David Fleming visited AlloSource to learn more about how allografts are processed. His experience getting a firsthand look behind-the-scenes is included in the article.
Read the moving story here.
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Since 1997, National Donor Sabbath Weekend provides an opportunity for faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation/transplantation professionals to participate in programs to highlight the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
National Donor Sabbath Weekend starts today and ends November 16 – the three-day observance is intended to include the days of worship celebrated by all major religions in the United States.
Since donation is regarding by many religions as an act of kindness and generosity, most major religions support donation. This weekend is a chance for faith leaders to start or continue the conversation about donation.
If you are looking for resources to share, visit Donate Life America’s resource center.
Spinal Elements, a spine technology company, is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the launch of their Hero Allograft. The Hero Allograft honors the gift of tissue donation and provides a chance for that gift to make a difference in the lives of children suffering from life-threatening conditions.
Spinal Elements estimates that by the end of this year, they will raise over $600,000 for children’s charities through the net proceeds from the Hero Allograft, processed by AlloSource. The donations are split between Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The company started a nationwide “Pledge to be a Hero” campaign, which offers surgeons and hospitals the opportunity to pledge to use only allograft tissue from companies that do not profit from the transfer of that tissue whenever clinically feasible.
AlloSource is proud to be Spinal Element’s tissue partner for the Hero Allograft and to honor the gift of life in a way that changes children’s lives.