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By MARLO BARNHART | May 10, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Many are aware that N. Linn Hendershot left a rich legacy for anyone coping with a disability, but few know it was truly a living legacy. Seven organs were harvested from the community activist and former Hagerstown City Council member after his May 1 death. The organ donations were made possible with the help of a new piece of lifesaving equipment - the EZ-IO - demonstrated to Hendershot on April 29, the day he fell ill. "Later that very day, we used it for the first time, on Linn," Community Rescue Service Assistant Chief Dave Hays said.
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By JANET HEIM | May 14, 2007
HAGERSTOWN Almost a year after her brother's suicide, Michelle Vinson has lots of unanswered questions. One question she and her family did answer - whether to donate her brother's organs and tissues - proved to be a lifesaver in many ways. Vinson remembers clearly the call from Washington County Hospital on June 26 with news that her 35-year-old brother, Shawn Baker, had shot himself in the head. He was on life support and not expected to live. Vinson, her husband and two children rushed to the hospital and were the first of the family to arrive.
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by KAREN HANNA | October 23, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - While the five people whose lives he touched last were not in the crowd, a memorial jam Sunday for John S. "Jason" Chalfant proved the local blues musician could still attract a crowd. Almost three years after Chalfant's death, local musicians, former bandmates, friends and family turned out for the Third Annual Chalfant Jam at New Del Mar Inn to raise awareness about organ donation. "Jason was an organ donor. He was able to save five people through organ donation," said his brother, Jimmy Chalfant.
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By KAREN HANNA | April 1, 2006
HAGERSTOWN In the Florida hospital where her daughter was flown to await a new heart, Jeri Lynch made a decision she never before had supported. With the news that her daughter, Christina Marie DellaValle, had suffered irreversible brain swelling, Lynch asked that the young woman's organs be donated. "Instead of Christina being the organ donor that we thought she was going to be, she saved five people's lives and gave sight to four others," Lynch said. Christina's pictures adorn the walls of the home Lynch shares with her husband, Kevin, south of Hagerstown.
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By Andrew Schotz | September 4, 2005
For those who want to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends cash. FEMA urges people who want to do something besides give money to contact volunteer agencies rather than just show up in disaster-struck areas. Organizations on FEMA's list of those accepting cash donations are: · American Red Cross - 800-435-7669 · Operation Blessing - 800-436-6348 · America's Second Harvest - 800-344-8070 Organizations that are soliciting both cash and volunteers include: · Adventist Community Services - 800-381-7171 · Catholic Charities USA - 703-549-1390 · Christian Disaster Response - 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554 · Christian Reformed World Relief Committee - 800-848-5818 · Church World Service - 800-297-1516 · Convoy of Hope - 417-823-8998 · Lutheran Disaster Response - 800-638-3522 · Mennonite Disaster Service - 717-859-2210 · Nazarene Disaster Response - 888-256-5886 · Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - 800-872-3283 · The Salvation Army - 800-725-2769 (800-SAL-ARMY)
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 23, 2005
BOONSBORO shappell@herald-mail.com James "Jimmy" Chalfant is used to being in front of audiences from his years of playing drums for the rock band KIX. On Wednesday, Chalfant, whose brother became an organ donor last year, gave a much smaller but heartfelt performance - talking to a small group at Washington County Hospital about organ donation on the day the facility celebrated receiving a national honor. Representatives from Washington County Hospital and its "Transplant Team" and the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland celebrated the Organ Donation Medal of Honor recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | March 28, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com SHARPSBURG - Stacey Miller isn't waiting for tragedy to befall someone to help her little girl. In fact, if someone were to die with a kidney that was a match for her 3-year-old daughter, Jayden Renee Miller, at this point Miller said she would take a pass. That's because Miller, 28, who lives in the Sharpsburg area, learned a kidney from a live donor gives the transplant greater chance of success. It's not uncommon for people in need of a kidney transplant to ask family members if they are willing to donate a kidney, but it's atypical for them to go outside the family, said Dr. Susan Mendley, director of pediatric nephrology at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children in Baltimore and Jayden's doctor.
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January 22, 2004
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five young women will compete for a crown, scholarships and other prizes at the Miss Berkeley County pageant at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St. Each contestant, young women from Martinsburg, Charles Town, and Glengary, W.Va., will showcase a talent during competition. The winner will receive the crown, scholarship money, flowers, gift certificates and a place in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant later in the year, which is preliminary to the nationally televised Miss America pageant.
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by MARLO BARNHART | June 25, 2003
Donations for the annual For Our Kids Sake bus trip to a major theme park are coming in slowly this year and Clara Broadus and her sister, Dot Bell, are getting a little worried. The deadline to have the money for a trip to Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa., is July 14, Broadus said. "We need at least $10,000 and we only have about $2,000 so far," she said. Plans still are on for busing nearly 200 Hagerstown-area youngsters to the park. "We're planning to fill four buses to Dorney on Aug. 2," Broadus said.
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