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Double lung transplant leads to never-ending accomplishments
31 Dec, 2012,

The name Valerie means strong, and Valerie Vandervort-Boyer is a prime example of this definition. After hearing her story, Donate Life selected her to represent Oklahoma on the Donate Life's 2013 Rose Parade float in Pasadena, Calif. "I'm still in shock that I'm one of the ones that gets to ride in the float," she said. Vandervort-Boyer was born Jan. 8, 1972, with a normal birth weight. At 6 1/2 weeks old, she was diagnosed with Cyber Fibrosis, which is a genetic and digestive system illness. Read more...

Heart transplant patient becomes unexpected ambassador for organ donation
29 Dec, 2012, NewsMedical

Kevin Riepl arrived at Cedars-Sinai in October 2010, suffering from sudden heart failure that left him fighting for his life. Surgeons swiftly installed a heart pump and later transplanted a new heart, saving his life and turning him into an unexpected ambassador for organ donation. Now the 38-year-old Winnetka man is preparing to represent Cedars-Sinai's Comprehensive Transplant Center on the 2013 Donate Life Rose Parade float. Read more...

Heart transplant recipient to ski south pole glaciers
19 Dec, 2012, CBSNews

A Thunder Bay man and heart transplant recipient will soon embark on a journey to the South Pole to raise awareness about organ donation. Dale Shippam leaves for Antarctica at the end of this month and will be part of a team doing a gruelling one-week trek on skis. Read more...

Miracle of the artificial heart, 30 years on
2 Dec, 2012, The Independent

Since Barney Clark became the first recipient in 1982, thousands of lives have been saved—including that of an Oxfordshire toddler. Read more...