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Ripple Effect Archive

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. The Ripple Effect is a quarterly e-newsletter that brings you the latest news and information related to organ donation.

 

Following are stories that have appeared in recent editions of Ripple Effect:

 

Living Kidney Donor Says She'd Do it Again

After giving the gift of life as a living kidney donor early in 2017, Wanda McQuillan only has one regret — she wishes she had more kidneys so she could donate them again and again. Wanda, 64, a medical technologist at a hospital in Dixon,...
7/25/2017 | Living Kidney Donor Says She'd Do it Again

Lung Transplant Recipient Pays it Forward

For more than 30 years, Tony Arenas and his family have sponsored a large fundraiser at their restaurant to raise money for cystic fibrosis (CF) research. This year, a little more than a year after Tony received a double-lung transplant, they decided...
7/25/2017 | Lung Transplant Recipient Pays it Forward

UW OTD Gratefully Honors Dedicated Volunteer Kay Anderson

Over the past six years, volunteer Kay Anderson has made a huge impact on UW Organ and Tissue Donation’s mission to save more lives through organ donation. For this reason, UW Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) staff nominated Kay for the ...
7/25/2017 | UW OTD Gratefully Honors Dedicated Volunteer Kay Anderson

Thank You, Volunteers!

A year ago, when UW Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) surveyed volunteers to ask what components they would like to see in an appreciation event, the answer was resounding: They wanted educational opportunities. So staff put their heads togethe...
7/25/2017 | Thank You, Volunteers!

Waukesha Liver Outreach Clinic

The UW Health Transplant Program’s new Waukesha, Wisconsin clinic makes it more convenient than ever for patients in the Milwaukee area to receive both pre- and post-transplant care closer to home. The UW Health Transplant Program, which h...
7/25/2017 | Waukesha Liver Outreach Clinic

Everyday Heroes at UW Health

UW Health is home to one of the world’s largest and most successful organ and tissue donation and transplant programs. During National Donate Life Month, we’re sharing some facts about the donation process (pdf), a story of courage as sha...
4/05/2017 | Everyday Heroes at UW Health

The Right Hospital at the Right Time

Beginning at age 35, Ben Adler suffered from so many heart attacks that he became quite familiar with his emergency room doctors. His doctors told him he was not a good candidate for surgery, so instead they inserted stents in his arteries to keep th...
4/04/2017 | The Right Hospital at the Right Time

Gary Einerson: A Passion for Organ Donation

We’re excited to introduce a new feature section titled Volunteer for Life, which highlights a UW OTD volunteer who is actively sharing their passion for educating others about the life-saving gifts provided through organ, tissue and eye donati...
4/04/2017 | Gary Einerson: A Passion for Organ Donation

National Donate Life Month and You

April is National Donate Life Month, or, as we like to say, “30 days to really focus on the message.” Since March 29, 2010, when Wisconsin’s online donor registry opened, teams from across the state have worked to educate citiz...
4/04/2017 | National Donate Life Month and You

Donate Life Wisconsin Recognizes DMVs

Ninety-eight percent of the people who register as organ, tissue and eye donors do so at their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. DMV employees play a crucial role in registering donors with their legal, first-person authorization....
12/07/2016 | Donate Life Wisconsin Recognizes DMVs