Cameron Chana and Staff Sgt. Erik Tofte first met in 2006 when they pledged for the Sigma Pi fraternity at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. Chana, of Clarendon Hills, Ill. was entering his sophomore year and eager to continue his college pursuits while serving as a member of Sigma Pi. Tofte, of Roscoe, Ill., also a sophomore but three years older than Chana, had a year of community college under his belt after coming off active duty as a member of the U.S. Army’s famed 1st Calvary Division. They were accepted into the fraternity, and for the next three years were college roommates and worked closely together in their various roles with the Sigma Pi fraternity house. They became brothers.
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A common myth about donation is that if you have a history of medical illness, you cannot be a donor.
Fact: At the time of death, the team that coordinates donation will review medical and social histories. Many diseases that were considered to exclude organ donation are no longer considered a barrier. Examples include hepatitis and diabetes.
With men and women fighting for our freedom far from home, it’s hard to think of how we, as citizens, can help support them. In this miraculous story, you’ll see that one of the greatest ways to serve our men and women in uniform is actually through tissue donation.
While grieving the loss of their son, this family made the decision to not only donate his organs, but his tissue as well. In the video below, the donor parents take you through their loss, their grief, their decision and ultimately, their healing.
What parts of the body can be used when donating tissue?
Parts of the body such as skin, tendons, adipose, bone and heart valves are all considered donated tissue.