Since 1974, Mid-America Transplant has facilitated the organ and tissue donation process for a service area of 4.7 million people in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and northeast Arkansas.
Formerly known as Mid-America Transplant Services, the organization launched their new name and look to enhance and clarify their purpose: to make more lifesaving transplants a reality through organ and tissue donation.
Read more about their exciting change here and watch the video below.
You may remember ESPN The Magazine’s high-profile article about Carson Palmer, Julie De Rossi and tissue donation. The story’s impact was huge and thousands of people learned about Julie’s life and how the donation of her tissue impacted an NFL quarterback.
Julie’s sister Karen also shared their story at the annual American Association of Tissue Banks conference in 2015 and now has another venue to talk about her sister and the impact of organ, eye and tissue donation.
Karen started a blog called Pique and her first post details her heartbreaking and life-changing personal experience with donation.
Over eight years ago, a small plane crashed into a Florida neighborhood. One of the victims of this accident, a little boy named Daniel Happy, was horribly burned. Daniel received skin allografts from AlloSource as part of his healing process and recently shared an update on his life today.
AlloSource President and CEO, Tom Cycyota, received the 2015 LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award from his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for his work in tissue donation and transplantation.
The Award honors a graduate of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who, through outstanding leadership or service, significantly improves or enhances the lives of others. Cycyota graduated from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He has been leading AlloSource since 2000 in its commitment to developing and distributing life-saving and life-enhancing allografts.
We are proud of his leadership and commitment to helping others and look forward to AlloSource’s continued success.
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 2015 Education Grant Recipient.
As Betty was recovering from a burn injury, her nurses quickly became her support system. She remembers one nurse who was extraordinarily compassionate and caring, and later found out that she was also a burn survivor.
“I realized then in my hospital bed that my calling was in advocating for other burn victims as my nurse had done for me,” she said.
Inspired by her own experience, Betty decided to work towards a nursing degree. She obtained her Emergency Medical Technician license and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She also returned to the hospital where she was treated to volunteer and serve as a mentor to those navigating their own burn recovery.
“Overcoming many life challenges allows me to empathize with the emotional and physical hurdles faced by survivors and to identify crucial areas of need as a healthcare provider in burn rehabilitation,” she explained.
The six weeks Betty spent in the burn unit gave her perspective into great patient care. She learned that pain management doesn’t just mean physical pain, but encompasses emotional and psychological pain too.
In the 16 years since her burn injury, Betty’s appreciation for the medical care she received has grown. She looks forward to a career providing great care to those who need it. With just one year of her degree left, her goal is within reach.
“I decided that I would not let my tragedies define me; rather, I would make a positive impact on others and let that define me.”