Tricia Cushing

Tricia Cushing
CT United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Feb 23, 2013
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*Why* I am participating in the ING Hartford Marathon (5k) on Saturday, October 12th, supporting Donate for Life.  After loosing my significant other, Mike, to Liver Disease, at a very young age, I reflect back at what I learned during his 26 month battle with the beast;  not only did I learn about the Liver and Liver Disease, but even more critical I learned there is critical shortage of organ donations across America.  Over the 26 months, we explored the option of a Liver Transplant, only to learn in order to obtain an organ transplant you need to meet certain criteria’s to even be added to a waiting list.  To my surprise, one can not “beg” the best doctor for an organ transplant, nor can one “pay” for an organ.  Everyone needs to meet that criteria, then wait, and hope a match arrives before it’s too late.  On Saturday, Oct. 12th, with step I make along the 3.1 mile route, I will be thinking how we all deserve to be winners, to hold a trophey, to shine in the light - the key is having the resources ready and available, to save life in a moments notice.
Thank you.
 
Liver Organ Donation

Facts At-A-Glance

  • A Liver Transplant is needed when the liver fails, usually because of long-term disease.
  • About 17,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a liver transplant
  • In 2005, there were about 6,500 liver transplants in the U.S.
  • The number of liver transplantations has been steadily increading for more than 15 years.
  • Cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C is the most common reason for liver transplantation.
  • Donated livers can come from either deceased donors or living donors
  • The five-year survival rate for liver transplant patients is over 70 percent.

Liver Transplant Procedures

A liver transplant may involve the whole liver, a reduced liver, or a liver segment. Most transplants involve the whole organ but segmental transplants have been performed with increasing frequency in recent years. This would allow two liver recipients to be transplanted from one cadaveric donor or to allow for living donor liver donation. A reduced liver transplant may result if the donor liver is too large for the recipient.

 

 

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Team Donate Life Connecticut - ING 2013

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