Today is Tissue Donor and Recipient Day in Colorado  |  September 21, 2016

donate_life for powerpointToday marks the fourth annual Tissue Donor and Recipient Day in Colorado!

During the grand opening of AlloSource’s expanded campus in 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper designated September 21 as a day to commemorate tissue donors and recipients.

Though we honor donors every day by maximizing their gift of donation, we are grateful for the opportunity for people in Colorado and throughout the country to pause for a moment and celebrate tissue donors and recipients.

You can visit Donate Life Colorado for more information and to sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

 

AlloSource Supports NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Microbial Study  |  August 25, 2016

PrintAlloSource worked with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on microbial research that could help improve medical care for astronauts in space.

AlloSource collaborated with NASA and JPL scientists on a study to characterize the effects of zero gravity on antibiotic resistant genes in microorganisms taken from the International Space Station (ISS). In this role, AlloSource assisted in describing antimicrobial capabilities of microbes isolated from the ISS.

The study, titled Targeted Amplification of Antibiotic Resistant Genes Associated with the International Space Station Environment, investigates the impact of zero gravity on microbes by looking at the change in resistance over time compared to similar strains on earth. The ongoing project will help NASA and JPL scientists and medical staff to more efficiently prescribe antibiotics on the ISS.

In addition to participating in the study, AlloSource continues to leverage technologies developed by NASA and JPL for assembly and launch operations of various Mars missions – specifically, rapid molecular microbial burden measurement and genetic inventory cataloging – to advance microbial research in tissue processing.

“This work with NASA and JPL on microbial research efforts aligns with our commitment to improve processes at AlloSource in order to fully maximize the gift of tissue donation,” said Dr. Peter Stevens, PhD, AlloSource Vice President of Development and Growth.

AlloSource will use the research on microbiological testing methods to look for new ways to rapidly detect the presence of microorganisms to benefit allograft availability for patients.

 

Broncos Running Backs Coach Shares Passion for Donation  |  August 24, 2016

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Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville recently shared his personal connection to donation and how it has impacted his life. While enduring a devastating personal loss, Studesville has found hope and solace in working with Donor Alliance to promote organ, eye and tissue donation.

Read more about this story here.

Endurance Athlete Shares Life-Changing Cartilage Transplant Experience  |  August 19, 2016

Meg MedalOn any given day, Meg would be out the door before the sun rose, ready to coach for USA Cycling or teach a yoga class. As an endurance athlete and mother to a busy toddler, her health is crucial to her lifestyle.

Though she endured knee pain for several years, a fall off of her mountain bike was the catalyst to a visit with an orthopedic surgeon.

“After my knee scope, it was clear there was a bigger issue,” Meg said. “I basically had no cartilage left on my knee.”

While exploring her surgical options, Meg met with Dr. Vishal Mehta and learned about a new cartilage product, ProChondrix®.

AlloSource’s ProChondrix is a cellular 3D fresh cartilage matrix that helps deliver the necessary components for cartilage restoration. This next generation of cartilage therapy provides live cells and other biological components, which are necessary for repair and regeneration of damaged cartilage tissues.

Dr. Mehta felt ProChondrix would help give Meg back her quality of life. Before embarking down a surgical path, Meg and Dr. Mehta had several in-depth conversations about the procedure and ProChondrix.

“Dr. Mehta asked me, ‘where do you want to be in a year? Do you want to still be in pain when you go out for a run or a ride? Or do you want to feel pain-free and feel like you have control of your knee?’” she explained.

Meg felt confident in ProChondrix and Dr. Mehta and underwent surgery in the summer of 2015. After the procedure, Meg began an aggressive physical therapy regimen and is now back on her bike both coaching and riding for fun.

She recently visited AlloSource and got to see firsthand how allografts are processed. She also reflected on what it means to receive donated human tissue.

10481659_10204308711026091_7535777964120364701_o“You’re receiving a donation from somebody’s loved one. To know that’s going into my knee, it was emotional. It’s very humbling and makes you appreciate the process.”

When she talks about her experience, Meg’s feelings of gratitude and excitement are tangible.

“Hands down, this was the best decision for me,” she said. “My deep knee pain is gone, I’m functional and I can keep up with my son again. It’s a world of difference.”

 

Donate Life America Celebrates ECHO Observance July 10-23  |  July 11, 2016

The Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and Donate Life America (DLA) joined forces in 2015 to develop Donate Life ECHO, which stands for Every Community Has Opportunity. It is celebrated July 10 – 23, 2016, as a nationwide observance designed to reach multicultural communities.

The observance has two objectives: one is to focus on the power of sharing one’s personal decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor with members of one’s community; the second is to encourage registered donors to ask members of their personal networks and extended communities to talk about organ, eye and tissue donation and register as donors.

Learn more here.

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