A Great Read: 50 Years of Courage Celebrates Program's First 50 Years

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Order your own copy of 50 Years of Courage for $20. 

50 Years of Courage celebrates the anniversary of the UW Health Transplant Program and UW Organ and Tissue DonationThe UW Health Transplant Program and UW Organ and Tissue Donation are proud to present 50 Years of Courage, a book commemorating the program’s first 50 years. The publication highlights the history of the book through the eyes of the people who experienced it — physicians, transplant recipients, living donors, donor families and volunteers.


Readers will learn about how UW Health became one of the top transplant programs in the country through innovations such as UW Solution and the “Wisconsin technique” for early pancreas transplantation, and through its wildly successful efforts to increase the number of organs available for transplant.


They also will meet patients — from both long ago and today — whose lives have been forever changed because of their transplant at UW Health. Those patients include Darcy (Weber) Zietlow, who at age 17 became only the second person to receive a liver transplant at UW Health. The book also features Jeff Merkes, a heart transplant patient who has been able to return to work and resume participating in archery tournaments.


Order your own copy of the book, and be introduced to groundbreaking research projects currently underway at UW Health that will be shaping the next 50 years of transplantation in Madison. You also won’t want to miss highlights on volunteers who have gone above and beyond to promote organ donation and raise money for the program. Order your copy, available for $20, at www.uwtransplant50.com.