High Altitude Hiker Looks Forward to Next Adventure after Tendon Transplant  |  March 30, 2015

Jennifer Nocco 4In November of 2013, Jennifer reached an amazing goal: she hiked to Mt. Everest Base Camp and summited Kala Pattar, which is above 19,000 feet.

After her amazing achievement, she stayed at a tea house in Nepal. Unfortunately, she fell off a very deep step at the tea house and tore her ACL. She lived with the pain until the following July, when she reinjured her knee while dancing at her wedding reception.

My injury definitely slowed me down and made me hesitant to do things I like to do, like snowboarding, ice skating with my daughter and cycling,” said Jennifer.

This wasn’t Jennifer’s first experiece tearing an ACL; she went through the same injury a decade earlier after tearing her ACL while skiing. Her doctor opted for another allograft, a tendon from a deceased donor.

In both surgeries I received donated tissue and I am so thankful to the donor and their families,” she said. “I hope to be a donor so I can help someone else achieve their dreams and live a full life.”

Jennifer has fully recovered from her surgery and returned to her favorite pasttimes.

The transplant has made it possible for me to do the things I love: walk around Disney World for 10 hours in a day with my family, participate in sprint triathlons and plan my next high altitude hike,” she said.

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She hopes her next journey will take her to Machu Pichu and is always imagining new destinations. No matter where Jennifer’s sense of adventure takes her, a part of her donor will be along for the ride.

Cartilage Allograft Helps Young Athlete Stay on the Court  |  March 19, 2015

Photo Courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald

Photo Courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald

For Sydney Boike, a star high school basketball player, a devastating knee injury threatened her academic and athletic goals. Averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game, Boike hoped to play basketball in college while she worked towards medical school.

Her orthopedic surgeon implanted a cartilage allograft in her injured knee, hoping the procedure would allow Boike to return to her favorite sport.

Read about her surgery and her exciting future here.

Time on the Playground has New Meaning Thanks to Bone Allograft  |  March 13, 2015

When eight-year-old Campbell began complaining about arm pain, her mother took her to the doctor to find out the cause. Doctors discovered a large bone cyst in her arm and scheduled surgery to drain it.

The unfortunate diagnosis forced her to stop swimming, playing basketball and enjoying time on the playground. Since Campbell is a very active child, time away from her favorite activities proved challenging.Campbell Surgery

Before Campbell could go in for surgery, she fell and broke her arm. Her doctor hoped the break might encourage the tissue to regenerate and prevent the need for surgery. However, after several months of waiting, they weren’t seeing any positive signs of healing.

In November of 2014, Campbell’s doctor drained the bone cyst and filled the void with a bone allograft, tissue from a deceased human donor.

The surgery worked well,” said Campbell’s mother, Pamela. “Her bone cyst is mostly gone and Campbell’s doctor gave her the green light to resume normal activities.”

Campbell is now back on the playground, thanks in part to a generous tissue donor.


Campbell and her family are forever grateful to the donor, as well as the family and friends of the person who chose to donate tissue. The experience also reaffirmed her mother’s belief in organ and tissue donation.

I hope that my daughter’s story will inspire people to consider donation,” said Pamela. “It is such a humane way to make the passing of another human into a lovely act of kindness. I’m grateful to the person who helped improve my daughter’s quality of life. She is a ray of sunshine in this world.”



Celebrating the Gift of Sight  |  March 4, 2015

NED_FacebookAd.fwThis year marks the 32nd annual National Eye Donor Month. This observance promotes donation, honors donors and donor families and celebrates corneal recipients.

In 2013, approximately 48,000 people in the U.S. received the gift of sight. None of this would be possible without the generosity of eye donors.

According to the Eye Bank Association of America, over 95 percent of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore the recipient’s vision.

We honor the incredible donors and donor families who made the decision to donate so thousands of others can see the world through new eyes.

AlloSource Named One of Denver’s Healthiest Employers for the Third Year in a Row  |  February 19, 2015

PrintAlloSource, one of the nation’s largest providers of cartilage, bone, skin, soft-tissue and cellular allografts for use in surgical procedures and wound care to advance patient healing, was named one of Denver’s Healthiest Employers in the large company category by the Denver Business Journal.

The Denver Business Journal competition recognizes companies of all sizes and industries that commit to making wellness a reality for their employees by creating and implementing wellness programs, as well as educating and promoting wellness in the workplace.

AlloSource exceeded its wellness program participation goal, with 88 percent of employees taking part in the program in 2014. The organization will offer a convenient option for employees looking to exercise through the construction of an onsite fitness area, which will be completed in 2015.

“We know wellness stretches beyond the workplace, so we provide resources for employees and their families to use at home,” said Thomas Cycyota, AlloSource president and CEO. “We are honored to be recognized for our programs and will continue to enhance our offerings each year.”

Read more about AlloSource’s wellness program here.