Four out of five people on the organ transplant list are waiting for a kidney. They’ll wait. And wait. And struggle with serious health problems. Unless living donors come forward to meet the need.
Our role at The Living Bank becomes more important every day, because we help donors understand both the challenges and the benefits. To be a living donor is a life-saving decision. It’s a life altering decision, too.
Every donor deserves independent, accurate information. That’s what we provide.
Reading this newsletter and sharing our stories is an important way you can help educate more people about the critical importance of living organ donation.
Thank you for your support.Kelly Perdue President and CEO
Is to eliminate the shortage of organs for lifesaving transplants by being a trusted education resource for living organ donation and the leading provider of advocacy services for living donors.
Is for living organ donation to be widely known, understood, and available to those needing a lifesaving transplant; and for living donors to receive the independent advocacy and support they need before, during, and after transplantation.
The Living Bank advances its mission with the following programs and services:
LIVING ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS
Our community awareness program provides education on living organ donation and empowers communities to make informed health decisions. The program is provided to inform, inspire, and invoke our communities to start the living donation conversation. Additionally, we support our local and national communities through multiple communication channels, including online, print, social media, and in-person presentations in community and corporate venues throughout the region.
INDEPENDENT LIVING DONOR ADVOCACY
The Living Bank’s licensed clinical transplant social workers serve as Independent Living Donor Advocates (ILDAs) to live donor transplant programs in the Texas Medical Center and throughout the Nation. ILDAs serve to protect and promote the best interests of living organ donors, ensuring their decision to donate is informed and free from coercion.
INDEPENDENT LIVING DONOR ADVOCATE NETWORK™ (ILDAN™) WEBINAR SERIES
The Independent Living Donor Advocate Network™ (ILDAN™) is an online community of social workers, nurses, professional counselors, clergy, and other health professionals who serve in live donor transplant programs throughout the Nation. The Living Bank produces a live webinar each quarter and offers previously recorded presentations for on-demand viewing. Attendees may earn one continuing education credit at no-cost for each course completed.
We are educating our communities
WHAT IS LIVING ORGAN DONATION?
Living organ donation is the process of a living person donating their kidney, or portion of their liver, to another person in need of a lifesaving transplant. Living organ donors, usually a loved one or family friend, offer an alternative to waiting years on the national transplant list for a deceased organ donor. Living organ donation offers hope and a second chance at life to recipients.
MOST COMMON ORGANS
TRANSPLANTED THROUGH LIVING ORGAN DONATION ARE A KIDNEY OR LIVER LOBE.
WHO CAN BE A LIVING ORGAN DONOR?
A family member, friend, and even a stranger. A person in good overall physical and mental health who is 18 years of age or older.
TYPES OF LIVING DONATION
DIRECTED DONATION: If you know the person you want to donate to, then talk with their transplant center’s living donor coordinator to schedule an evaluation.
PAIRED DONATION: If you are not a match, you may consider paired donation. The two recipients trade donors so that each recipient can receive a compatable kidney.
NON-DIRECTED DONATION: If you would like to donate altruistically to someone you do not know, contact a transplant center of your choice and speak with their living donor coordinator.
START THE CONVERSATION
Call The Living Bank and we will provide contact information to transplant centers in your area or anywhere in the United States that has a living donor program. The Living Bank’s licensed clinical social workers and staff are always here to answer your questions on living organ donation, 1-800-528-2971.
It is common for donors to experience exhaustion and small increases in blood pressure. Living kidney donors are generally discharged within one to two days and living liver donors are typically discharged within a week or two.
Recovery times vary among living donors. Living kidney donors may resume their regular activities within four to six weeks after donation and living liver donors generally resume normal activities within eight weeks.
Living organ donors lead healthy, active lives after donation. The Living Bank has relationships with a large community of living donors and we would be happy to connect you with them to ask questions and hear their personal stories.
“A HERO IS SOMEBODY WHO IS SELFLESS, WHO IS GENEROUS IN SPIRIT, WHO JUST TRIES TO GIVE BACK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND HELP PEOPLE.”
— Doug WilliamsOUR FRIEND, AND VOLUNTEER, SUBBU VENKAT DONATED HIS KIDNEY TO HIS WIFE, ANITA CHADAH. SUBBU IS AN AVID MARATHON RUNNER AND A SUPPORTER OF THE LIVING BANK.
We are advocating for living donors
Federal law requires transplant centers to provide living organ donors with an Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA).
The role of the ILDA is to protect and promote the best interests of living organ donors, ensuring their decision to donate is fully informed and free from coercion.
Prior to 2007, living donors were typically screened, educated, and cared for by the same healthcare team that cared for the transplant recipient. In 2007, to avoid a potential conflict of interest between the donor and recipient care teams, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) mandated transplant centers identify a healthcare professional to serve as an Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) to living organ donors.
THE LIVING BANK HAS A TEAM OF SOCIAL WORKERS THAT SERVE AS ILDAS TO TRANSPLANT CENTERS NATIONWIDE VIA TELEHEALTH.
We are educating our transplant professionals
The federal protections established in 2007 require ILDA professionals to complete continuing education on living organ donation, transplantation, medical ethics, informed consent, and the potential for coercion. This ensures the living donor is sufficiently educated regarding their decision, the evaluation process, the surgical risks, and the benefit and need for follow-up at six months, one year, and two years post-donation.
The Living Bank launched the Independent Living Donor Advocate Network (ILDAN™) in 2012 to meet this need.
The ILDAN™ is the first-of-its kind to provide relevant, quality, and free continuing education with a focus on the unique complexities of living organ donation and transplantation. It includes a community of social workers, nurses, professional counselors, clergy, and other health professionals who serve in live donor transplant programs in the Greater Houston area and throughout the Nation.
UPCOMING LIVE WEBINAR – DECEMBER 15, 2022 at 12:30PM CST OPTIMIZING LIVING DONOR FOLLOW-UP
KRISTA L. LENTINE, MD, PhD Saint Louis University Medicine Center
JON SNYDER, PhD, MS SRTR, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
I am fortunate to have had mentors in my life who directed me to volunteer opportunities.
This fall marks 34 years that I have been in Houston, where I began my accounting career. I am currently an owner at EEPB, a large local accounting firm, specializing in the healthcare industry. In my role as Director of EEPB’s Healthcare Services, I provide accounting and finance oversight to clients, augmented with internal controls and strategic advice to management.
I am fortunate to have had mentors in my life who directed me to volunteer opportunities. As a very young accountant, when asked to be treasurer for a non-profit fundraiser or join a professional society committee, I jumped in. Over the years, I found that being actively involved in philanthropic endeavors gave me lifelong friendships and experiences I would not have otherwise obtained. I have only held two volunteer positions where I was not asked to participate. The first was when I volunteered for the American Cancer Society. My father had lost a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer at 51. I was single and 29 and just plain mad. Volunteering at the American Cancer Society helped me work through that anger.
Then I got married. Side note: I met my spouse at a CPA state society committee meeting, of which I was chairperson at the time. I spent the next several years working and raising a young family. One day, I realized that my prior life of volunteer work and leadership roles had never been done in front of my children. So, back into philanthropy I went. This time to the National Charity League, which is a mother-daughter organization. I met amazing women and gained wonderful memories working alongside my daughter, and we made a difference in the community together.
My daughter called me during her junior year at Texas A&M and said, “Mom, there is an open officer position in my Speech Pathology club. Do you think I can do it?” Well, you can guess how I answered that question.
I am excited to be serving as Treasurer on The Living Bank’s Board of Directors, helping further their mission.
longtime friend and donor of The Living Bank shares the story behind his decades long support of The Living Bank.
I am David N. Hooper, 64, a native and lifelong resident of Conroe, Texas. I first heard of The Living Bank from friend and mentor, Sue Nichols (1927-1999), back in the 1970s. I admired and valued the work of the five Houston women who founded The Living Bank in 1968 and I soon became a regular donor.
The Living Bank is easily my favorite charity. Most of my donations are in memory of people. One may also donate for other occasions to celebrate, or to honor, family, friends, birthdays, and anniversaries.
Many of the families and individuals I honor, or make a gift in memory of, are from Conroe and the surrounding areas. Perhaps I’ve become something of a poster-person for The Living Bank, I hope so, anyway! Friends have called to thank me when they’ve received their acknowledgement card and have inquired about The Living Bank. I go on and on about the mission and how many lives have been saved through organ donation. I hope those conversations have led many of my friends to register as organ donors as well. Some have placed the acknowledgment card on their social media profile!
Growing up in Conroe, my hometown was something of a Mayberry. All business was done on the downtown square. Everyone knew everyone. Dad was County Clerk and then Mayor. His father, my grandfather, Guy Hooper, was a rancher, philanthropist, and was even the Sheriff at one point. Over the years Conroe, and all of Montgomery County, has experienced tremendous growth. The days of town square business and the small-town feel were replaced with new people, development, innovations, and to my chagrin, traffic.
After a career in the Hospitality Industry, I retired in 2005. I enjoy reading, a good crossword puzzle, the Episcopal church, the murderwhodunit channel, Sunday brunch with friends, sugar-free everything, and a cold brewski from time to time.
One constant throughout the years has always been my giving to The Living Bank. When I know someone who has lost a loved one, or there is someone special I want to honor, I send a gift in their name to support the work of The Living Bank.
Folks, The Living Bank rocks!! Their work is important, and I encourage you to make a gift in memory of or in honor of someone you love this season.
“I encourage you to make a gift in memory of or in honor of someone you love this season.”
Thank you to our generous donors
Ms. Erin E. Aafedt
Dr. D. Marguerite Adams, DVM
Mr. and Mrs. Gary G. Albrecht
Ms. Marcia K. Allen and Mr. George Politakis
Mr. Arturo Almaraz
Ms. Mary W. Amato
Annie E. Casey Foundation Matching Gift Program
Ms. Gwen Apodaca
Ms. Martha L. Armstrong
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bank
Ms. Anne Marie Bartholomay and Mr. Robert T. Supinski
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Bellamy
Major and Mrs. Charles F. Bernhardt, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Allan K. Bernstein
Ms. Stephanie A. Bice
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Biscone
Dr. Mark J. Biscone, Ph.D., FACHE
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Bladorn
Mrs. Rita N. Blumenfeld
Ms. Karen M. Borek
Mr. and Mrs. David C. Bray
Ms. Bonita A. Brennan
Mrs. Harriet R. Brin
Ms. Janet P. Brooks
Mr. Kevin C. Brown
Mr. Stuart Brown, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Bumstead
Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Burmeier
Ms. Laura E. Burt
Ms. Betty Burton, Estate of Camryn Buskey
Ms. Gail M. Butler
Mr. Sam A. Bybee
Dr. and Mrs. John S. Bynon, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cangro
Mrs. Justyna M. Carlson
Mr. Vincent P. Cerisano
Mr. Subramaniyan Venkataraman and Mrs. Anita Chadha
Mr. and Mrs. David Champion
Ms. Emily K. Chappell
Ms. Nena Chima-Tetteh
Mr. Donald J. Cisek
Ms. Anne K. Clare
Mr. Seth W. Clark
Dr. Gillian E. Cook O.P.
Mr. H. Talbot Cooley
Roger D. Coutant, D.D.S. Mr. and Mrs. Randy J. Curde
Mr. Edward C. Dasse
Dr. Salil V. Deshpande and Dr. Drew Helmer Mr. Gary M. Dewey Mr. Raymond P. Domino
Ms. Ann R. Donoghue Ms. Nancy K. Dop Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dugick Mr. William K. Duttweiler Ms. Fran M. Edwards Mr. Ramsay M. Elder Mr. John E. Engle Mr. Herbert J. Engman Ms. Lesley Fant
Fidelity Charitable Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Fields Ms. Sherrie R. Finn Mr. David L. Finney Mr. and Mrs. John E. Flores Ms. Delaina Foster Dr. and Mrs. O. Howard Frazier Ms. Susan J. Frye Ms. Joan F. Furstenberg Mr. and Mrs. William C. Gardner Prof. and Mrs. David R. Gergen Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gill Ms. Laura A. Godfrey GoTo Technologies, Inc. Ms. Dinah D. Gow Mr. and Mrs. James L. Graham Mr. and Mrs. David M. Gregory Mr. and Mrs. Alfred O. Grimminger Mr. Edward Grodsky Mr. James M. Gwynn Mrs. Ardath J. Heard Ms. Christine F. Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Hoepner Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence D. Hogan Mr. and Ms. John Hogshead II Ms. Ayke Hoppenreijs Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoppler Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Howe Mr. and Mrs. Steven K. Howell Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Inglis Mr. and Mrs. Lester W. Jacobs Ms. Janis H. Jensen Mr. Clarence J. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Edmond A. Joran Mrs. Marie L. Kanach Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Karas Dr. Ditza Katz
Ms. Dorothy E. Kaufmann Ms. Joan M. Kelly Ms. Charlma E. Kile Mr. Duncan S. Kincaid Mr. Paul W. Kirscht
Mr. Steven J. Koehler Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Koup Mr. and Mrs. Stanley W. Krauhs Mr. Jeffrey D. Kurz
Ms. Deborah A. Larson Ms. Nancy K. LeBoeuf Mr. and Mrs. Damon J. Leonetti
Ms. Kristine W. Levenhagen
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Levy Mr. Timothy S. Libassi
Ms. Catherine Lightfoot, CPA, CHBC Mr. and Mrs. Grant Loeffler
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Loneker, Sr. Mr. George L. Lotter, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen P. Lovejoy
Ms. Michele Maio
Ms. Dorothy G. Marston Ms. Danielle Marteney
Ms. Deborah Maurer, MBA, RN
Ms. Patricia May Mr. Dan L. McGurk
Mr. and Mrs. Everett A. McLaughlin Mr. Pau J. Miehlke
Mr. and Mrs. Merle L. Miller Ms. Mary P. Mitchell
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Moffa
Mr. Peter M. Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy G. Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Murray
Mr. Habib Nathan
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Neubrand
Mr. Loren T. Newton
Ms. Samantha Noreen
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Oelkers
Mr. Freddy O’Ferrall, Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Oglesby Mr. Rintaro Okoshi Mr. Charles T. Ondrej Ms. Lauri A. Orwig Mr. and Mrs. Luis Ostrosky Mr. and Mrs. Norman L. Owsley
Ms. Celeste F. Pardee
Ms. A. Lynette Parsons
Ms. Karen S. Pasewark
Ms. Gloria H. Patterson
Mr. Thomas E. Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Kent E. Ping Ms. Kristina Pravoverov
Ms. Lisa Ramey
Dr. Lillian A. Rankel and Dr. Andrew Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Regan
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Roberts
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ryan
Mrs. Diesa R. Samp, MHA, BSN, RN, CCTC Mr. Arlon J. Sandbulte
Mr. Frank H. Sartor
Dr. Gretchen M. Schmalz
Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Schneider
Mr. and Mrs. Guy A. Schneider
Ms. Peggy L. Schultz and Mr. John K. Preston
Mr. and Mrs. Lin L. Seder
Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Shaffer
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Shaw
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sicilio
Ms. Bonnie L. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Corbett T. Smith
Ms. and Mr. Nina B. Smith
Ms. Joyce A. Statz
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny G. Stewart
Mr. Josh Tabin and Dr. Melissa Tabin Mr. Charles R. Taliaferro Mrs. Sandra G. Thompson Mr. Jeffrey A. Tipton TisBest Philanthropy Ms. Emily L. Todd Mr. and Mrs. Lee A. Train
Mr. Warren J. Tripp
Mr. and Mrs. Morris L. Tubesing Mr. and Mrs. John G. Tyczynski Mrs. Susan L. Utter
Ms. Kayleigh Valley Ms. Mary C. VanderSchaaf
Ms. Jill D. Veber
Mr. Mark A. Vince Mr. John J. Vrablik Mr. and Mrs. Gary J. Wainwright Mr. and Mrs. Eric Walther Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Westling Ms. Teresa E. White
IN HONOR OF
Ms. Vicky L. Arbuckle in honor of Daren Rodgers
Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Fowler in honor of Kelly Perdue Mr. and Mrs. Carl Friedman in honor of Melissa and Jim Friedman
Ms. Gloria H. Fyfe in honor of Carl Nelms
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Jones in honor of Jerry Elmore Ms. Gay A. Roane in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Louis Allen Ms. Jacqueline M. V. Walsh in honor of Rene Salenga Dr. and Mrs. William Wescott in honor of Kelly Perdue
IN MEMORY OF
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Bartlett, Jr. in memory of Tom Bartlett Mr. William T. Bostock in memory of Billy Bostock
Ms. Renee Cormier in memory of Ardis P. Mizner Dr. and Mrs. William J. Dana in memory of Thomas K. Moore III
Ms. Kathleen DeMont in memory of Gerard DeMont
Mrs. Barbara Z. Duncan in memory of Christopher Duncan
Ms. Diane P. Ellis in memory of Ardis Mizner
Ms. Marianne Flanagan in memory of Marilyn Chilluffo Mr. and Mrs. Quenten Goldstein in memory of Ardis Mizner Dr. Robert Gordon in memory of Joan Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Gregory D. Graham in memory of Joan S. Anderson
Jean Riopelle Guez, Ph.D. in memory of Joan S. Anderson McGurk Mr. and Mrs. John P. Hearson in memory of John Paul Hearson Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Hecht in memory of Glen Karsten Mr. David N. Hooper in memory of Dr. Bilsing in memory of Bill Chadwick in memory of Errol Coker in memory of Dick Conti in memory of Robert Cross in memory of Emily Daniel in memory of Mrs. Danley in memory of Javier Gonzales in memory of Tommy Gray in memory of Sarah Gutekunst in memory of V. J. Hill in memory of Gloria Victoria Isaacs in memory of Al Keplar in memory of Leroy Wayne Mack in memory of Marion Snider McNeel in memory of Rev. Curtis A. Myers in memory of Kay Dunagan Parker in memory of Mr. Sauced in memory of Noreen Scott
Mrs. Amity K. Horowitz in memory of Danny Horowitz
Mr. and Mrs. K. J. Hudgins in memory of Stella Ms. Debbie Hughes in memory of Ardis “Bunny” Mizner
Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Hunt in memory of Lee (L.E.) Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Landis in memory of Frances P. McGee
Ms. Marilyn Lenz and Mr. James Stroope in memory of Buddy Allbritton in memory of Jimmy Appleby in memory of Sandy Hammer in memory of Tom Hansen in memory of Don Hinds in memory of Terry Holsinger in memory of Brad McCurry in memory of Hettie Smith
Ms. Virginia E. Wiggins
Mr. and Mrs. David D. Wilson Mr. Larry D. Wilson
Mrs. Rheba L. Wilson, Estate of Mrs. Susan Smith Wolf Ms. Lillian G. Woo
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Wood, III Dr. and Mrs. R. Patrick Wood
Mr. and Mrs. Noel G. Wray Mr. C. T. Wrubel
Mr. and Mrs. David L. Yarbrough Ms. Leslie E. Zalles
Mrs. Lindy P. Linn in memory of Ardis Mizner
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mazurek, Jr. in memory of Mary V. Tretinik
Ms. Maureen M. McCart in memory of Frances D. Murphy
Mrs. Diana L. McCracken in memory of Jim McCracken
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Orr III in memory of Betty Kirn
Ms. Kay H. Picard in memory of Ardis Mizner
Ms. Harley G. Puff in memory of Anna Lisa Burns in memory of John Michel Cochran in memory of Phil (Pippy) Crow in memory of Jann Green in memory of Reed Robinson in memory of Mel Wilde
Mrs. Teresa E. Radosti in memory of George “Butch” Hatfield in memory of Wendy Toy
Ms. Claire H. Rivers in memory of Cindy Gold in memory of Ruth Wysocki
Ms. Evelyn M. Rollison in memory of Stanley Earl Rollison
Ms. Peggy D. Rowe in memory of Betsy Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Seekely in memory of Michael Rudin
Mrs. Flora A. Slate in memory of Ron Slate
Mr. Ralph E. Tamper in memory of Andrew Tamper
Mr. and Mrs. William P. Tschinkel in memory of Michael F. Fennessy
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Urschel in memory of Shawn M. Urschel
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Whisler in memory of Dr. Joan S. Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn L. Wolff in memory of Leah Grossberg
Our nation has a critical organ shortage — specifically kidneys and livers.
Today, over 116,000 people nationwide are on the national transplant waiting list.
Last year, only 20% of those waiting for a kidney received a second chance at life.
The problem is, most people don’t know living organ donation is an alternative!
A kidney or liver from a living donor is the fastest option, with the best results and can save more lives NOW! The Living Bank is here to inform, inspire and invoke change through awareness.
The Living Bank StaffKELLY PERDUE President and CEO CATHLEEN THOMAS Director of Programs TERESA RADOSTI Development Specialist
Independent Living Donor Advocates
SHARON COPLON, LMSW
STEPHANIE OSTROSKY, LCSW
Board of Directors
MARK J. BISCONE, PHD, FACHE, CHAIR
ACHE Southeast Texas Chapter Living Kidney Donor
JOSH TABIN, VICE CHAIR MosaicCFO
CATHERINE LIGHTFOOT, TREASURER EEPB Tax Audit Advisory
KATHLEEN WOOD, SECRETARY Community Volunteer Living Kidney Donor
J. STEVE BYNON JR., MD, FACS Memorial Hermann -TMC
SALIL V. DESHPANDE, MD, MBA UnitedHealthcare of Texas
DAVID M. GREGORY, JD Locke Lord LLP
AYKE HOPPENREIJS Family Circle of Care
DEB MAUER, RN, MBA University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
DIESA R. SAMP, MHA, BSN, RN, CCTC Texas Children’s Hospital
R. PATRICK WOOD, MD, FACS, CTBS LifeGiftCHARLES DICKENS