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🎨 Embracing creativity and compassion, the staff at J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center and The Patient Engagement Research Lab at Houston Methodist team up with @thehealthmuseum for a heartwarming tribute during Donate Life Month! ✨ Laxmi's rock painting carries a poignant message: "Change the ending to someone's story." 💚 Such a beautiful sentiment echoing the profound impact of organ donation. 🌟 #DonateLifeMonth #RockPainting #TransplantHeroes #JCWJrTransplantCenter #HealthMuseum #Donate ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago
🎨 Embracing creativity and compassion, the staff at J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center and The Patient Engagement Research Lab at Houston Methodist team up with @thehealthmuseum for a heartwarming tribute during Donate Life Month! ✨ Laxmis rock painting carries a poignant message: Change the ending to someones story. 💚 Such a beautiful sentiment echoing the profound impact of organ donation. 🌟 #DonateLifeMonth #RockPainting #TransplantHeroes #JCWJrTransplantCenter #HealthMuseum #Donate

🎨 Patients at J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center unites for a heartwarming tribute during Donate Life Month! 🌟 Teaming up with The Health Museum and The Patient Engagement Research Lab, they embarked on a creative journey of rock painting. 🖌️A beautiful way to spread awareness and celebrate the gift of life. 💚
Photography: Each patient consented to have their picture taken.
#DonateLifeMonth #TransplantHeroes #RockPainting #jcwjrtransplantcenter #communityengagement #houstonmethodist #houstontx #thehealthmuseum #lifegift
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4 days ago
🎨 Patients at J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center unites for a heartwarming tribute during Donate Life Month! 🌟 Teaming up with The Health Museum and The Patient Engagement Research Lab, they embarked on a creative journey of rock painting. 🖌️A beautiful way to spread awareness and celebrate the gift of life. 💚 
Photography: Each patient consented to have their picture taken.
#DonateLifeMonth #TransplantHeroes #RockPainting #JCWJrTransplantCenter #CommunityEngagement #HoustonMethodist #HoustonTx #TheHealthMuseum #LifeGift

🌘 Amidst the clouds over Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist staff witnessed a breathtaking moment as the moon fully eclipsed the sun. 🌥️🌑 The sight was nothing short of mesmerizing, evoking both beauty and deep emotions. 🌟 We now grasp the allure of eclipse chasers who journey for the complete totality experience. 🌌 #solareclipse2024 #TexasMedicalCenter #houstonmethodist #eclipsechasers ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago
🌘 Amidst the clouds over Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist staff witnessed a breathtaking moment as the moon fully eclipsed the sun. 🌥️🌑 The sight was nothing short of mesmerizing, evoking both beauty and deep emotions. 🌟 We now grasp the allure of eclipse chasers who journey for the complete totality experience. 🌌 #SolarEclipse2024 #TexasMedicalCenter #HoustonMethodist #EclipseChasers

🌟 Today and every day, The Patient Engagement Research Lab at Houston Methodist pays tribute to the incredible generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors. 💚 Your selfless gift of life continues to inspire hope and healing. 🙏 Let's celebrate and honor the profound impact of donation together.
#GiftOfLife #OrganDonation #HoustonMethodist #Gratitude #TheHealthMuseum #LifeGift
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5 days ago
🌟 Today and every day, The Patient Engagement Research Lab at Houston Methodist pays tribute to the incredible generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors. 💚 Your selfless gift of life continues to inspire hope and healing. 🙏 Lets celebrate and honor the profound impact of donation together.
 #GiftOfLife #OrganDonation #HoustonMethodist #Gratitude #TheHealthMuseum #LifeGift

🌟 Join us for a special SCI Cafe event: "Give the Gift of Life" in honor of Donate Life Month! 🌟

Speakers and guests from LifeGift, the event is proudly hosted by the The Health Museum in collaboration with UTMB - Galveston, Houston Methodist, LifeGift, and Nora's Home, will share their personal stories about the profound impact of organ donation in their families and communities.

This event is FREE to attend! Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP now to secure your spot:
thehealthmuseum.org/events/sci-cafe/

Let's come together to learn, inspire, and celebrate the incredible gift of life through organ donation. See you there! #DonateLifeMonth #SCIcafe #OrganDonationAwareness 🎉
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2 weeks ago
🌟 Join us for a special SCI Cafe event: Give the Gift of Life in honor of Donate Life Month! 🌟

Speakers and guests from LifeGift, the event is proudly hosted by the The Health Museum in collaboration with UTMB - Galveston, Houston Methodist, LifeGift, and Noras Home, will share their personal stories about the profound impact of organ donation in their families and communities.

This event is FREE to attend! Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP now to secure your spot: 
https://thehealthmuseum.org/events/sci-cafe/

Lets come together to learn, inspire, and celebrate the incredible gift of life through organ donation. See you there! #DonateLifeMonth #SCIcafe #OrganDonationAwareness 🎉

🌟 April is Donate Life Month! 🌟

Join us at The Health Museum for a special series of events celebrating the incredible gift of life-saving organ donation.

Throughout April, we're coming together to honor the generosity that changes lives. Join our community in raising awareness about the power of organ donation and how YOU can make a difference.

Let's spread hope, inspire action, and celebrate the incredible impact of giving the gift of life. Together, we can make a difference! #DonateLifeMonth #OrganDonationAwareness #GiftOfLife #thehealthmuseum #norashome #lifegift #UTMB #Livingbank #MNITF

Click the link for more info:
thehealthmuseum.org/events/donatelife/
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2 weeks ago
🌟 April is Donate Life Month! 🌟

Join us at The Health Museum for a special series of events celebrating the incredible gift of life-saving organ donation.

Throughout April, were coming together to honor the generosity that changes lives. Join our community in raising awareness about the power of organ donation and how YOU can make a difference.

Lets spread hope, inspire action, and celebrate the incredible impact of giving the gift of life. Together, we can make a difference! #DonateLifeMonth #OrganDonationAwareness #GiftOfLife #thehealthmuseum #norashome #lifegift #UTMB #Livingbank #MNITF 

Click the link for more info:
https://thehealthmuseum.org/events/donatelife/

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2 weeks ago

Martha Gershun shares her journey of donating a kidney, addressing concerns about saving it for family. At 61, she found the odds of her family needing a kidney slim. But for younger donors, the National Kidney Registry offers a solution: the Family Voucher Program. Donors can give to a pool, receiving up to five vouchers for future family needs. While there are risks, like the registry's closure, it offers a proactive way to donate today while potentially securing a kidney to a loved one in the future. It's a compelling answer to the tough question: "What if one of your children needs a kidney someday?" #KidneyDonation #FamilyVoucherProgram #DonateLife

Read the full article here or visit our website Explore Transplant - under Transplant News:
exploretransplant.org/what-if-one-of-my-children-needs-a-kidney/
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3 weeks ago
Martha Gershun shares her journey of donating a kidney, addressing concerns about saving it for family. At 61, she found the odds of her family needing a kidney slim. But for younger donors, the National Kidney Registry offers a solution: the Family Voucher Program. Donors can give to a pool, receiving up to five vouchers for future family needs. While there are risks, like the registrys closure, it offers a proactive way to donate today while potentially securing a kidney to a loved one in the future. Its a compelling answer to the tough question: What if one of your children needs a kidney someday? #KidneyDonation #FamilyVoucherProgram #DonateLife 

Read the full article here or visit our website Explore Transplant - under Transplant News:
https://exploretransplant.org/what-if-one-of-my-children-needs-a-kidney/

🌟 Exciting Grand Rounds at Houston Methodist's Patient Engagement Research Lab! 🏥 Dr. Catina O'Leary shared insights on 'Engaging Patients in the Transplant Journey'. 🤝 Dr. Ghobrial led a thought, and discussion on integrating health literacy DEI initiatives at the Transplant Center. 🌐📚 Joining forces for progress! #PatientEngagement #HealthLiteracyMedia #DEIInitiatives ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
🌟 Exciting Grand Rounds at Houston Methodists Patient Engagement Research Lab! 🏥 Dr. Catina OLeary shared insights on Engaging Patients in the Transplant Journey. 🤝 Dr. Ghobrial led a thought, and discussion on integrating health literacy DEI initiatives at the Transplant Center. 🌐📚 Joining forces for progress! #PatientEngagement #HealthLiteracyMedia #DEIInitiatives

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INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS

  • What if one of my children needs a kidney?

    What if one of my children needs a kidney?

    Written by Martha Gershun, Guest Blogger When I told people I was planning to donate a kidney to a woman I read about in the newspaper many asked “But what if one of your children (or your husband) needs a kidney someday?  You won’t be able to save their life.” The answer for me was easy.  I was already 61.  …Read more
  • Legislative Efforts to Support Living Kidney Donors

    Legislative Efforts to Support Living Kidney Donors

    Written by Martha Gershun, Guest Blogger  Donating a kidney can be expensive.  While the recipient’s insurance – whether through a private company or Medicare – fully covers the donor’s medical, surgical, and hospital expenses, it does not cover out-of-pocket costs. This means many who donate some distance from their home town are left to cover their own expenses for transportation, …Read more
  • Abundant: First-Person Stories about Living Organ Donation

    Abundant: First-Person Stories about Living Organ Donation

    Written by Martha Gershun, Guest Blogger Laurie Lee is an altruistic kidney donor and facilitator of the Kidney Champion Program at Northwestern Medicine, a program that teaches kidney patients strategies to help find a living donor.  She is also the host of Donor Diaries, a podcast about the beauty and messiness of living organ donation. For the past three years she has been …Read more