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May 29, 2015 - Teen helps man raise money for kidney transplant – KRDO 13, Colorado Springs

A Colorado Springs teen who has already graduated both high school and college is using his education to help a man pay for his kidney transplant.

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May 22, 2015 - Colorado woman receives new heart after waiting 125 days – Fox 31, Denver

A Colorado woman in need of a new heart received the gift of life after waiting more than 125 days. Doctors estimate most patients wait a month or two, but Tammy Harper’s condition required her to have a strict match.

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April 21, 2015 - Natrona County DA says he received heart transplant last fall – Casper Star Tribune, Casper, WY

Natrona County, Wyoming District Attorney Michael Blonigen is ready to speak about the life-saving gift he received last fall. Suffering from multiple heart complications after undergoing bypass surgery, stints and even a pacemaker, Blonigen was told by his doctors that his heart was only working at 10% capacity and that he would need a life-saving heart transplant. In October, 2015 Mike was airlifted to the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora where he received the gift that saved his life. “Somewhere out there … is a young man’s family and they did a remarkable thing and I’m trying to repay that a little bit,” Blonigen told the Casper Star Tribune.

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April 21, 2015 - Colorado Springs donor’s family honored at National Donate Life Month Ceremony – KRDO 13, Colorado Springs, CO
Every year, countless lives in Southern Colorado are saved and improved through the gift of life: organ, eye and tissue donation. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services held their flag raising ceremony on Thursday, April 21st to honor organ, eye and tissue donors, families and recipients and observe April as National Donate Life Month. Among the crowd at the hospital was Sheryl Marlor, an R.N. with Penrose-St. Francis Health System. Sheryl knows just how life-saving and healing donation can be. The gift of life has touched Sheryl personally. Last year when her husband Dave passed away, he made it clear that he wanted to be someone’s hero. Dave said yes to donation.

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April 17, 2015 - Step-daughter gives step-dad the gift of life – KCWY 13, Casper WY

April is National Donate Life Month, a celebration of those who have saved lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. It’s also a reminder that there are nearly 200 people in Wyoming waiting for a life-saving transplant. One Casper man was on the list, waiting for a kidney for nearly five years. But his wait was cut short when his step-daughter surprised him with an unexpected gift.

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December 10, 2014 - VIDEO: Colorado organ donor’s mom chosen to appear on ‘Donate Life’ float in Rose Parade – KDVR-TV Fox31, Denver

Englewood resident Amy Johnson is making a difference by taking to the national stage to convey the importance of raising public awareness about donation. She has been selected to appear on the Donate Life Colorado float in the 2015 Rose Parade. Johnson has endured what no parent should have to, losing her 15-year-old daughter Nicole, killed by a drunk driver. Nicole’s organ donation saved three lives, including that of Ron Jacques who says, “she saved my life, she gave me life again.”

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December 10, 2014 - VIDEO: Donate Life Colorado Members Hand Out Roses To Transplant Patients – CBS4 Denver

In this season of giving, more than 2,500 Coloradans are hoping for the gift of life — an organ transplant. The folks from Donate Life Colorado gathered a group together on the transplant unit of the University of Colorado Hospital on Wednesday. Amy Johnson handed out red roses in honor of her angel, daughter Nicole, who was killed at age 15 in a one-car crash. The driver was drunk. “I lost my daughter 13 years ago and we were able to donate her heart, liver and kidney,” Johnson said.

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December 10, 2014 - Colorado organ donor’s mom chosen to appear on ‘Donate Life’ float in Rose Parade – CW2, Denver

Eighteen people die each day in the U.S. while waiting for an organ transplant. Officials say that is a tragedy considering how easy it is for people to sign up to be organ donors. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 123,000 people are waiting for an organ. More than 2,500 are on the list in Colorado.

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January 01, 2014 - Arvada man shares transplants story at Rose Parade – Denver Post YourHub Arvada, Colorado

Twenty-two year-old Connor Randall shares the story of his two heart transplants.

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November 27, 2013 - Centennial woman promotes organ, tissue donations – Centennial Citizen, Colorado

For Robin Mitchell, a Centennial resident and mother of five, the unselfish act of registering to be an organ donor has taken on special meaning. At the age of 15, during the process of applying for his driver’s permit, Mitchell’s son Joe had registered to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Mitchell will remember Joe by walking in the 2013 9NEWS Parade of Lights with Donate Life Colorado’s “Gift of Life” balloon float.

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