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July 2004

NHM Health Focus: Celebrating 50 Years of Transplantation

Transplant resources

Type "transplant anniversary" into any search engine and you will find many personal and technical anniversaries recognized and celebrated. Each transplant recipient, family member, donor family member, living donor, and involved professional has reason to be honored. This year, the 50th anniversary of transplantation will be celebrated at the 2004 US Transplant Games, presented by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) from July 27-August 1 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The US, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official site for organ donation and transplantation can be found at organdonor.gov. From this site you can access information about organ donation, organ donation news, donor / recipient stories and Secretary Tommy Thompson's Blood Donation Challenge to us all to "Give Thanks, Give Life, Give Twice". Anyone in good health, 17 years of age (16 in some states) and weighing at least 110 pounds can give blood. Get the facts about blood donation safety and need. Then see what you can do to help meet this challenge.

Transplant Living has diagrams of organs frequently transplanted and summaries of what these organs do along with details of what happens before, during and after transplantation.

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