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.

Limb Preservation Foundation Announces the Completion of Funding For a University Chair at Colorado State University, Led By AlloSource®, To Support Pediatric and Extremity Bone Cancer Research  |  October 9, 2014

Tom Cycyota (President & Chief Executive Officer – AlloSource), Ross M. Wilkins, M.D. (President & Founder – The Limb Preservation Foundation), Stephen Withrow, DVM (Flint Animal Cancer Center) and Nicole Ehrhart, VMD (Flint Animal Cancer Center)

Tom Cycyota (President & Chief Executive Officer – AlloSource), Ross M. Wilkins, M.D.
(President & Founder – The Limb Preservation Foundation), Stephen Withrow, DVM (Flint Animal Cancer Center) and Nicole Ehrhart, VMD (Flint Animal Cancer Center)

The Limb Preservation Foundation has announced the completion of funding for the Ross M. Wilkins, M.D. Limb Preservation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Biology and Oncology at the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center. AlloSource, one of the nation’s largest providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world’s largest processor of cellular bone allografts, pledged the lead gift to the University Chair. Additional financial support for the position comes from the McDonnell Family Foundation, the Ferguson Family and many generous supporters of The Limb Preservation Foundation. Colorado State University matched each dollar raised to fund this new position. The University Chair will provide for a scientific leader in musculoskeletal biology who will work with researchers at Colorado State University and scientists from around the globe to advance research in current and challenging issues surrounding limb preservation.

Continue reading about the University Chair here.