Ripple Effect eNewsletter

Volume 6



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The Numbers:

Number of organ donors in Wisconsin in 2009: 342. Number of donors served by UW OPO: 229


Number of friends Dottie Donor Dot has on Facebook: 720 | Visit Dottie's Facebook page to see photos of Dottie in action and become her friend

Number of members on Team Wisconsin for the Transplant Games: 646


Number of volunteers who will donate time to help make the Transplant Games a success: More than 1,200


Number of UW patients and donor family members who completed the "I'll share my story with the Media" survey: 102


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One discussion, one family and one organ donor at a time. This messaging causes a ripple effect that changes Wisconsin and the world beyond our state's borders. Welcome to The Ripple Effect, an e-newsletter that brings you the latest news and information related to organ donation. 

The 2010 U.S. Transplant Games are July 30-August 4 in Madison,  Wisconsin.Countdown to the Transplant Games

More than 7,500 transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, transplant professionals, families and friends are preparing to converge on Madison for the National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games July 30 to Aug. 4. Among the competitors will be Jan Jankowski, who started attending the event in 1992.


Ben Ziehr will be busy during the U.S. Transplant Games in  Madison: He'll compete in track and field, racquetball, volleyball and  ballroom dancing.Ziehr Right at Home for Transplant Games

Ben Ziehr, who received a kidney transplant at age 7, is excited for the U.S. Transplant Games to be held in his home state. In addition to running in several events, the Greenville native will compete in racquetball, volleyball and ballroom dancing, an exhibition competition this year.


Donate LifeMeet the UW OPO Community Team

The nationally recognized University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization includes a six-member Community Team, which works to increase awareness about organ donation and the number of registered donors. Read more


Kelly Nachreiner Ten Years Later, Kelly's Ripple Continues
Kelly Nachreiner's decision to be an organ donor directly saved three people's lives. But that one kind act by the teenager turned into a law that has led to countless more life-saving organ transplants. Her family and dignitaries recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Kelly's Bill. Read more


Do you have an orange donor sticker on your drivers' license?Registry Update: Yes I Will

In the three months since the online registry was launched at, more than 16,000 Wisconsin residents have signed up to become potential organ donors. Read more

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