Parents each donate a lung to save their son

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Marius Schneider, a 12 year old in Germany, is now on a steady path to recovery thanks to his loving parents.  Marius was suffering from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease which causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs.  His family was desperately waiting on a lung donor, but time was running out.  Marius was breathing through a ventilator in order to survive. 


Even though times seemed rough, Schneider was in luck.  He has parents that were willing to do anything to get him healthy and they had the help of Germany's top transplant surgeon, Professor Dr Axel Haverich.  Marius' father, Lars, stated, "We were desperately waiting for an organ, waiting for a call every day".  When a donor could not be found, Marius' parents decided that they would each donate one of their lungs to save their child.  Dr Gregor Warnecke, the doctor in charge of Marius' care said "The transplant was his last chance.  The hospital would not have operated on his parents if it had not been an absolute necessity".

The surgeons at Hannover Medical University operated on all three of them at the same time and the procedure was successful.  "Marius was already somewhere between heaven and earth when we operated", Professor Dr Axel Haverich stated. "He was living in a state of almost perpetual anesthesia.  But he is a real fighter. We had a team of 40 and he came through."

Marius was released from the hospital after 155 days and he can now lead a healthier life without breathing assistance thanks to his loving parents!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Denise Richards helps raise money for kidney cancer charity

Hollywood actress helps Kidney Cancer Association

Denise Richards, the Hollywood star of many movies including The World is Not Enough and the recent Madea's Witness Protection, hosted a charitable event for the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA). The private event included family members, friends, and winners of a cancer survivors video contest through the KCA. 

 

Denise worked with ShoeDazzle to create a new slingback pump to raise money for the Kidney Cancer Association during the lunch event. The footwear was titled 'Eloise' after Denise's daughter. All proceeds from the 'Eloise' sales went to the KCA. The sold out footwear line raised $12,968 for the Kidney Cancer Association!

 

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Richards has been an invaluable asset to the Kidney Cancer Association. After losing her mother to the disease, she has dedicated a good portion of her time to raising awareness and helping the KCA.

Carrie Konosky, the VP of the Kidney Cancer Association stated: “We’re grateful to Denise for all she’s done to help our charity. When she was in Chicago for taping an episode her of reality TV show, “It’s Complicated,” Denise began a commitment to bring more public awareness to kidney cancer. Today, we have new treatments for this disease, with more on the way. Much work remains to be done, and Denise has been tremendously helpful to our charity...We’re grateful to the families that entered the contest, including those who were unable to join Denise for this special luncheon. All are remarkable people with truly inspirational stories.”

Thank you Denise Richards! The world needs great people :)

 

Peace & Love,

 

Jon

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Anonymous Couple Donates $30 Million For Vancouver Homeless

A Vancouver couple has anonymously donated $30 million to help reopen heritage home Taylor Manor as a housing facility for the homeless in the city.

The donation will completely underwrite the $900,000 annual cost of operating Taylor Manor, which was built in 1915 to serve as a care home for low-income seniors.

The City of Vancouver also plans to spend $10 million of public money renovating the mansion, which will house 56 people with mental illness.

Judy Graves, coordinator of the City's Tenant Assistance Program, says philanthropy is a wonderful thing.

"It sees the pain and it sees the suffering and is able to give what is really needed. It gives out of love, passionate love. People who have had nothing for many years will be getting great nutrition and great medical care," she said.

The building on Boundary Road was renamed Taylor Manor in 1946 to honour eight-term Vancouver mayor Louis D. Taylor, who died in poverty at age 89.

The complex then served as a long-term care facility until 2000, when the residents moved to the neighbouring Adanac Park Lodge operated by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Once renovations are complete, the home is expected to reopen in 2014 and will be operated by the Kettle Friendship Society.

Other contributors to the project include VanCity Credit Union and the Streetohome Foundation.

 

 

"Couple Donates $30 Million For Vancouver Homeless". Huffington Post. 29 June 2012. Web. 

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