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The news media has a powerful influence on public perception of organ, eye and tissue donation. Recognizing the role that the news media serves in our public education efforts, Legacy of Life Hawaii maintains this online newsroom to provide members of the news media with current information regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Hawaii.

As part of National Donate Life Month, the Senate honored the families of Kekoa Nelson from Maui, Duke DeRego of the Big Island and former Honolulu police officer Jens Magelssen for their loved ones lifesaving gift.Many of the families held pictures of their loved ones.  Duke DeRego died at the age of 14.  His family says his donated organs helped three different people.

Honolulu - April 6, 2015 - As part of National Donate Life Month, the Senate honored the families of Kekoa Nelson from Maui, Duke DeRego of the Big Island and former Honolulu police officer Jens Magelssen for their loved ones lifesaving gift.Many of the families held pictures of their loved ones.  Duke DeRego died at the age of 14.  His family says his donated organs helped three different people.

"Duke was always giving.  He was a giving young man.  This is the ultimate gift and just to know it means something -- not only to us, to our Senate, to Hawaii, is just an honor," said Shirley DeRego, Duke's mother.  "I am at a loss for words.  I'm proud of this today."

In Hawaii there are 450 people who are currently waiting for an organ donation.  The Department of Health says the demand is growing twice as fast as the supply.

 
 
 

LIFESTYLE // PROOF POSITIVE

Midweek - February 11, 2015 

By Dr. Stephen Kula, President/CEO, Legacy of Life Hawaii

Five years ago, Sarah Chee was told she had less than two weeks to live because of a failing liver. Three months later Sarah and her fiance Marc were married, thanks to an organ donor.

HONOLULU - Legacy of Life Hawaii (LLH) presented Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) with its highest honor, the Health and Human Services Medal of Honor Award, for organ and tissue donation best practices during an outdoor ceremony at TAMC Sept. 25, 2014.

Dr. Stephen Kula, LLH President and CEO, thanked Col. David Dunning, TAMC Commanding Officer, for his support of the program and commended the hospital for its past efforts in achieving a donation rate of 83% of eligible organ and tissue donors helping to ensure more lives could be saved. 

Queen’s Transplant Center at Queen’s Medical Center celebrated its 100th organ transplant Wednesday morning. Queen's and Legacy of Life Hawaii are partnering to encourage Hawaii resident to register as organ and tissue donors as part of "National Donate Life Month." 

Dec. 21, 2013 - The Steinhoff family put the finishing touches on Kameron's floragraph at Punahou School today. The portrait was made completely with organic materials, and will be part of a Donate Life Rose Parade float honoring 81 organ donors throughout the country. 

Kababayan Today  Host/Producer Jannelle So interviews heart transplant recipient, Yolanda Domingo.  Yolanda gives hope to all who are on the transplant waiting list and encourages others to become organ and tissue donors.

Dr. Gerry Estrella, Director of Tissue Procurement & Organ Perfusion for Legacy of Life Hawaii, explains how organ and tissue transplantation can save lives and prolong the quality of life in many patients.  He also encourages donation among the kababayans (local Filipinos) in Hawaii.

The mother and sister of Emilio Martinez, an organ donor who passed away in a construction accident on Maui in 2007, are traveling from Neuquen, Argentina for a first-time meeting with the recipient of their son and brother’s transplanted liver. Martinez, just 25 years old, had traveled to Maui with others from Argentina for a short-term construction contract on Maui. He passed away on February 17, 2007 giving Aresio Domingo, a local carpenter, a second chance at life. 

Honolulu, HI -- Donate Life America (DLA) presented a Pinnacle Award in education to Legacy of Life Hawai‘i for its Creative Challenge Art Contest to increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors. The awards were presented at last month’s DLA’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.

The Creative Challenge Art Contest is an education program designed to generate an awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation among public middle-school students. Six other organizations received Pinnacle Awards for outstanding programs in other areas such as department of motor vehicles programs, hospital initiatives, affinity partnerships and public relations/marketing campaigns.

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