Education Grant Recipient Uses Personal Experience to Help Others  |  October 23, 2014

In 2013, AlloSource began a 10-year partnership with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, pledging an annual financial contribution to fund their scholarship program. For more than 35 years, the Phoenix Society has worked with survivors, families, healthcare professionals and the fire industry to support recovery from burns, improve the quality of burn care and prevent burn injuries. Here is the story of a 2014 Education Grant Recipient.

4 - Bostic, Katherine - PhotoOvercoming a burn injury when she was five years old instilled in Katie a profound sense of hope and determination.

As I reached my middle and high school years, it became incredibly important for me to prove that my past trials would not get the best of me,” she said. “I would do my best in everything, proving there is life beyond emotionally and physically challenging experiences.”

She vividly remembers the moment she accidentally poured boiling water on her arm and was rushed to the hospital. She spent a month at Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Ohio and has endured 16 surgeries over the past 14 years.

Throughout high school, Katie excelled on the tennis court. Her team didn’t know that after she was burned, she was told she might never have full motion of her right arm. With each swing of her racket, she won a victory against her injury.

She also succeeded academically, receiving several merit awards and serving as her class valedictorian. She received a student leadership award, which is a testament to how far she’s come.

I transformed from a shy, self-conscious girl who was unable to look past her own scars, to a strong and confident young woman, without concern for outward appearances and with the ability to lead others.”

As she enters the next phase of her education, Katie hopes to use her skills to help others. She is pursuing a Communications and Language Disorders degree from the University of Georgia.

“Whether therapy is needed as a result of a burn injury, a car accident, a traumatic experience or a speech impediment, the overall goal is to encourage, motivate and advance,” Katie explained.

She is looking forward to providing support to others while they overcome their own challenges. She would love to work with children, using her experience to help them feel confident in their own unique qualities.

My aspiration is to help and serve others, while using my own story to inspire and ignite a passion for overcoming what may seem impossible.”

Swipe to Donate Life App Makes Donor Registration Easy  |  October 21, 2014

donate_life for powerpointThe Ohio Division of Public Safety recently launched an app that streamlines the process for people registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.

The “Swipe to Donate Life” app lets individuals scan their driver’s license, which then auto-populates the donor registration form. Once the form is complete, the registrant affirms their decision and sends the information directly to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Ohio is one of two states that use this type of technology – Arizona also uses a similar card reading system.

Representatives from Lifeline of Ohio and Donate Life Ohio will use the app at upcoming community events. This new technology will help them expedite the registration process and encourage more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Denver Surgeon Featured on The Today Show  |  October 17, 2014

Check out this great story about Dr. Ron Hugate, a surgeon who works with Colorado Limb Consultants at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. The clinic has treated over 10,000 patients with trauma, infection, bone and soft tissue tumors and other diseases that jeopardize limbs.

Dr. Hugate gets a surprise visit from two former patients during his interview – watch the uplifting moment in the video below.

 

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AllograftPossibilities.org Receives Colorado Healthcare Communicators Award!  |  October 17, 2014

GoldLeafAwards Winner - Badge for WebsiteWe are excited to announce that AllograftPossibilities.org was awarded a Colorado Healthcare Communicators Silver Leaf Award for the Social Media – Blog category.

Since the 1970s, CHC has honored professionals in public relations, communications and marketing through the annual Gold Leaf Awards competition.

We are honored to receive this award and very grateful for the opportunity to spread awareness about tissue donation and transplantation!

Honoring National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day  |  October 15, 2014

1238951_726030967413887_29433874_nToday we recognize the third annual BRA Day, an initiative promoting education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Advances in technology and medicine provide new possibilities for women undergoing breast reconstruction surgery – one of those options is made possible by donated human tissue.

Specifically, AlloSource’s AlloMend® ADM, created from donated human dermal tissue processed to remove viable cells and cellular elements, is an allograft that has been used in breast reconstruction procedures. For some women opting for a reconstruction using implants, the tissue provides support for a breast implant. Furthermore, the soft tissue provides a scaffold for the patient’s cells to repopulate and begin the revascularization and remodeling process.

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal estimates that over 56 percent of prosthetic-based breast reconstruction procedures may now use acellular dermal matrix.

As we honor BRA day, we also honor the generous donors who provided tissue used in procedures that help women enhance their confidence and self-image.