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.

Former Firefighter Using Education Grant to Continue Helping Others  |  February 17, 2015

Photo -  BrookeIn 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.

An on-the-job accident forced Brooke into early retirement from her dream career: firefighting. Her near-death experience caused serious burn injuries and placed her in a medically induced coma.

Brooke will now put her passion for helping others to use by counseling other burn victims and people with posttraumatic stress disorder.

I have always been pulled toward public service. My injury, while closing the door to a career on a fire truck, showed me a whole new community I didn’t even know existed,” she said.

After attending several World Burn Congresses and other events for burn survivors, Brooke realized this new community could also provide her a new beginning.

I realized every time I spoke on behalf of burn survivors or just told my story to someone who asked, I felt wonderful,” Brooke said. “I felt able to not just give back, but maybe to help someone on the first leg of their road to a new normal.”

Brooke is now pursuing a degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. Once she completes that goal, she hopes to take her education to the next level by continuing on to graduate school, so she will be able to help on a more clinical level.

Brooke is also a busy mom to four children (Ciara, Phoenix, Brandt and Gage). Phoenix was born on the one-year anniversary of Brooke waking up from her medically induced coma.

His name represents the fire I walked through to get him, the new life I now held.”

She is grateful for everyone who helped her on the path to recovery and looks forward to her new career providing assistance to others.

When I was a firefighter, my favorite moments were those seconds when I got to an injured person, in the midst of the worst day of his or her life, and I told them I was there and I was going to help them. I want to do that for other burn survivors or those suffering from PTSD.”

Tomorrow is National Donor Day!  |  February 13, 2015

NDD_FacebookAdThough most know February 14 as a day to celebrate love through Valentine’s Day, many people are taking tomorrow to celebrate the love and hope made possible by selfless donors.

February 14 is National Donor Day, a day designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to honor generous donors and raise awareness about organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation.

We are thankful for a designated National Donor Day and hope every day provides an opportunity to honor all donors who gave the gift of life and recognize those who received a donation, are on the waitlist or did not receive a donation in time.

Quadruple Amputee Receives Double Arm Transplant  |  February 3, 2015

Photo courtesy of Samantha Fields/Here & Now

Photo courtesy of Samantha Fields/Here & Now

A near-fatal infection robbed Will Lautzenheiser of his arms and legs, but not his sense of humor.

Despite facing a grave medical ordeal, the filmmaker and teacher maintained his trademark wit and found healing in laughter.

In late 2014, he received a double arm transplant. Thanks to a generous donor, Will is able to begin a new chapter in his life. Here & Now’s Robin Young caught up with Will and his twin brother, Tom, about the transplant and his new possibilities.

Continue reading this story and listen to the interview here.

Colorado and Wyoming Report Record Year for Tissue Donation  |  January 29, 2015

Donor Alliance, the organ procurement organization serving Colorado and Wyoming, announced several milestones in donation for 2014. The number of tissue donors increased 35% from 2013’s record year, with 1,590 generous tissue donors providing enough tissue to heal or save the lives of an estimated 159,000 people.

Donor Alliance also announced the addition of 950,000 names to the state donor registries in 2014. The donor designation rate, or percentage of individuals joining the state donor registry, was at an all-time high in 2014, with 67.7% of Colorado’s licensed drivers and ID card holders on the registry and 59.58% in Wyoming. The two states have some of the highest donor designation rates in the country.

Read more about 2014’s landmark year here.

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