Check out AlloSource’s August Video Update  |  August 29, 2014

AlloSource is proud to announce that we received two awards for our corporate wellness program. Shelley Zelin, our Vice President of Human Resources, highlights the unique ways we promote wellness in the workplace and discusses our AlloCares onsite health clinic. Each year we find new ways to foster a culture of well-being so employees come to work healthy, engaged and focused on honoring the gift of donation.

Donor Family and Recipient Share Story of Emotional First Meeting  |  August 25, 2014

850 KOA recently spoke with Donate Life Colorado’s Andrea Smith about organ, eye and tissue donation and shared the story of a donor family and recipient who connected through the gift of life.

When her young daughter passed away, Babette Canacari honored her daughter’s wish to be a donor. Babette worked with Donor Alliance to write letters back and forth with Carmen, the recipient of her daughter’s liver. Listen to the interview to hear Babette and Carmen describe their “magical” in-person meeting this summer.

AlloSource® Announces Milo Metcalf as Vice President of Operations  |  August 25, 2014

PrintAlloSource, one of the nation’s largest providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world’s largest processor of cellular bone allografts, today announced the appointment of Milo Metcalf as Vice President of Operations.

Metcalf has more than 16 years of experience in engineering and operations roles in the global medical device industry. His background includes oversight of operations, supply chain, quality, finance and human resources, as well as participation in the development and launch of new products. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Clemson University, and most recently ran the Covidien operations in Boulder, Colorado.

“Milo’s range of professional experience makes him a great fit for this role and the right leader to support the incredible growth we are experiencing,” said Thomas Cycyota, President and CEO of AlloSource. “His perspective, leadership and understanding of operations management are essential to AlloSource and making sure that we honor and maximize each donor’s gift.”

As the Vice President of Operations, Metcalf will oversee several departments at AlloSource, including donor receiving, tissue processing, supply chain, facilities, engineering and materials management. His role ensures all areas of AlloSource’s operations maximize the gift of donation to provide life-saving and life-enhancing allografts.

“I am honored to be part of AlloSource’s leadership team and I admire the company’s longstanding commitment to donors, doctors and recipients,” Metcalf said. “I look forward to using my background to help AlloSource continue to provide tissue for our communities.”

Avid Pianist Returns to Music after Double Hand Transplant  |  August 20, 2014

Richard Mangino’s life changed drastically when he lost all four limbs from a bloodstream infection. He was no longer able to play music or toss a football with his grandchildren – until a history-making double hand transplant gave him new hope.

Nearly three years after the surgery, Mangino is making music again. He has returned to playing piano and soon hopes to play guitar. He is grateful for the transplant that made his return possible, and looks forward to his new possibilities.

Watch Richard’s touching story below.


Three-Sport Athlete Gets Back in the Game after Tissue Transplant  |  August 15, 2014

Jake BasketballJake’s life was never without sport: as one season ended, another began. Soccer became basketball, basketball became track, and he enjoyed the athletic challenge of each sport. However, constant knee pain threatened to put Jake on the bench.

Jake’s knee pain started three years ago and doctors suggested he try stretching and physical therapy to remedy the problem, but the pain persisted. When running or playing soccer, his knee would sometimes give out and it became clear to Jake and his parents that more medical attention was necessary.

I didn’t feel that I was able to compete to my full potential,” said Jake. “I had an obvious limp when running, but I didn’t know what was causing it.”

After an MRI, Jake’s doctor diagnosed him with Osteochondritis dissecans, a joint condition in which cartilage and bone in the knee become loose. Though he was in the midst of a basketball season and looking forward to track, Jake’s diagnosis forced him to stop playing.

Jake and his family sought a second opinion after his diagnosis and they met Dr. John Polousky of HealthONE Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver. After weighing his options, Jake and his doctor moved forward with surgery. During the procedure, Dr. Polousky used bone and cartilage allografts to replace the damaged tissue and realigned the weight-bearing line in Jake’s leg.

Jake understood prior to his surgery that a deceased tissue donor made the bone and cartilage allografts possible.

My immediate reaction was sadness. Today I am very appreciative that the person chose to be a donor and wanted to help someone beyond their own life.”

Part of Jake’s recovery included the use of an external fixator with metal pins anchored into entry points in his leg.

After the surgery I noticed all of the attention I received from strangers. I don’t think they had ever seen an external fixator, and it did look strange,” he said.

Jake recently had the external fixator removed and has started his exercise regimen again. He rides his bike 12 miles per day and does not have any pain.

Receiving donated tissue affirmed Jake’s belief in donation. He registered as a donor when he got his driver’s license and hopes that others will consider registering too.

“I have felt the impact of what it really means to receive something from someone you don’t know. I would be interested in knowing about my donor’s life because they are a part of me now. He or she made it possible for me to be healthy, so that I can do the things I like to do.”