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Biological Resource Center of Illinois - Quarterly Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 4

The Leading Family Owned & Operated Non-Transplant Tissue Bank


Everyone is invited to attend the 11am service at Our Lady of Hope prior to attending the Donor Sabbath Event

Calendar of Events November November 9—11

Donald A. Greene, II

Executive Director / Owner Donate Life Illinois Vice Chair

Donald A. Greene

Education & Lab Director / Owner

James Bryant, MD

Medical Director

January, 2013

Kurt Klitzke, Ph.D.

Technical Director

January 1 Rose Parade (Pasadena, CA)

Melissa J. Williams

Director of Donor Services

Mollie Stathopoulos

Administrative Assistant

National Donor Sabbath Weekend DLI Donor Sabbath Event November 11 @ 11:30am

Over 1100 Subscribers

BRC IL Executive Staff

Donate Life Float

Updated Information for Power of Attorney’s Related to Disposition of a Deceased

Donate Life Illinois Receives Donate Life America’s 2012 Donor Designation Silver Medal at the 2012 State Team Meetings

Donate Life Illinois Chair Diane Hollingsworth and Donate Life Illinois CoChair Don Greene were on hand in Grapevine to accept Illinois medal of honor. States were judge in areas like donor designation rate, registration numbers and contributing to the 20 million in 2012 DLA initiative.

We have been alerted by the Office of the Cook County Medical Examiner regarding requests for cremation permits. Their office requires that if a cremation permit is being requested (for cremation or donation to science as the form of disposition of the deceased) and the person giving authorization for the cremation or donation is a “power of attorney”, then a copy of the POA form be submitted with the request for the cremation permit by the funeral home or Biological Resource Center of Illinois. Additionally, that form must state that the POA named is authorized to make disposition of the “principle”. If the document is checked that the end date of the power of attorney is at DEATH, that person, the “agent”, may not make any disposition of the deceased including for cremation or donation. Since there are a number of different documents for this purpose, it is best to speak with someone who can help guide you through the completion of the form if you intend for your POA agent, to arrange any final arrangements for the disposition of your remains. Many states have the forms available. An internet search for “power of attorney for health care” and the name of your state will help you to locate the document you need. Or if you are working with hospice or other health care providers make sure you ask the question about end date of the document so that you can have the appropriate person make any last arrangements for you.

Biological Resource Center Supports Memorial Hospital Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk Biological Resource Center of Illinois was proud to support as a sponsor the 2012 Transplant 5K Run/Walk. This year the run/walk raised $9,000 for the Transplant Patient Assistance Fund. 501 people participated in the event, including transplant recipients, living donors and families of deceased donors. This was the largest number of participants since the run/walk began. This event is a wonderful opportunity for patients and donor families to come together and share their stories. Speaking with others who have experienced the gift of a transplant is very healing for many donor families. Memorial Transplant Services holds an annual 5K Run/ Walk to raise funds to benefit our Transplant Patient Assistance Fund. The Transplant Patient Assistance Fund assists patients with: 

Transportation expenses involved with doctor visits

 Lodging needs for patients and their family members during pre-transplant workup, the period immediately following transplant surgery and during periods of treatment for rejection 

Prescription Medication Costs and/or Co-Pays

Funding for emergency disaster relief

From left: Sitha Hun, Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office, Donnie Greene, Erin Firestein, and Melissa Williams, BRCIL, Brett Kesselring, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

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Our Program & Service Information Our Willed Body Donation Program

Our Tissue Procurement Program:

We are available 24/7 to speak with donor family members or medical, chaplain or social work representatives Our licensed funeral staff provide services at time of death Pre-registration is not required but encouraged

• Strictest quality control procedures to maintain that we operate with the highest industry standards and that all tissue is recovered and procured the same way each and every time by our tissue procurement staff

Qualifications for our program: > 18 years of age (no upper age limit) No infectious diseases (Hep B/C, HIV, MRSA, Sepsis, etc.) Within our height/weight criteria No embalming, no decomposition No orthopedic abnormalities (trauma, fetal position) No Bedsores > stage 2 Sign consent form, provide death certificate information and short medical/social history questionnaire Program Services: No cost to the family accept for certified copies Return of cremated remains within 30 days of death in an urn Option to bury cremated remains in our Memorial Garden at Elm Lawn Cemetery Option to receive letter about uses of donated tissue

• Operates in accordance with the UAGA, NOTA and all local, state and federal laws • We have the most comprehensive Medical/Social history is obtained for each donor and is provided to the requestor • Our Medical Director is a Board Certified Licensed Pathologist who oversees our screening processes to help us secure the safest tissue possible. Tissue Assistance Service Coordinators (TASC™) Our highly trained Tissue Assistance Service Coordinators (TASC) will accompany shipped tissue to a specific location, receive the tissue, prepare and setup the tissue for your research or education course as well as assist your company throughout your project. Visit (site currently under construction) or call us at 847-698-5800 for more details.

From the Executive Directors Desk by Donald A. Greene, II As we approach November and begin our 5th year servicing the residents of Illinois and surrounding states we are still trying to get it all right. We continue to work hard and to improve our service to all communities. As the only non-transplant tissue bank serving on the Donate Life committee we are working with state and federal legislators to modify the Illinois UAGA and to continue spreading the message about the need for organ, tissue, blood and marrow donors. While we learn from our mistakes we try to ensure those coming to us that we will do our best to make their wishes of being a donor come true. Beginning back in July 2012 we began installing our “Guaranteed Acceptance Program.” Over the past few years we have received calls from local hospice groups, nursing homes, hospitals and families who had been previously registered with another program, similar to ours, from another state. Due to the decrease in needs of these companies and the increasing cost of shipping human remains out of state the donation was terminated without prior notice. Families that thought plans were in place were forced to scramble and make other plans when they should have been spending time with their family. In each of these cases that were then referred to our program, the donor was cleared and accepted. Seeing this, we vowed that no family coming to our program would be subjected to such poor service. All donors that are cleared and accepted at the time of them pre-registering will be accepted to our program at the time of death regardless of any change in their medical or social history. Please, contact our staff for further information. Have a safe and happy holiday season!! Donation Resources V o lu m e 4 , I s s u e 3

Executive Director and DLI Co-Chair Don Greene with Gift of Hope Director of Communications and DLI AATB Liaison David Bosch and Illinois Eye Bank Executive Director and DLI Chair Diane Hollingsworth at the 2012 Donate Life America State Team Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

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2013 Donate Life Rose Parade Float The ups and downs of life teach us many lessons, with those experienced through organ and tissue donation and transplantation being among the most profound. Donor families pass through grief on the way to peace and remembrance; living donors step forward to give love and life to others; and transplant recipients courageously move forward from harrowing illness to health and gratitude. Though our paths vary from the places we start, we are all connected on our Journeys of the Heart. Inspired by the 2013 Rose Parade® theme "Oh, the Places You'll Go!™," the tenth Donate Life Rose Parade float entry will transport 30 riders representing deceased organ, eye and tissue donors, living donors, and transplant recipients through a magical, heart-filled world encompassing the highs and lows that life has to offer. A pathway of looping hearts is lined with 72 memorial floragraph portraits of deceased donors who are remembered every step of the way. The float's collection of joyful hearts representing the new life made possible by transplantation is grounded by a reverent dedication garden filled with roses bearing personal messages honoring those who make the gift of life possible. The journey peaks with intertwined red and purple hearts representing the love and courage that define humanity at its best. Don’t forget to watch Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. For more information visit

Biological Resource Center of Illinois 9501 W. Devon, Suite 505 Rosemont, IL 60018 877-698-5855

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