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Posted June, 2016
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2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America Flag Signing

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The Donate Life Transplant Games of America is a biennial event held in the United States to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of individuals whose lives have been affected by eye, organ, and tissue donation.
   Bryan Lawton is a returning member of Team Mid-South and a transplant recipient. “I had a double lung transplant in 1997. This is my second transplant games. Last year I played basketball, golf and racquetball and I hope to compete again this year.”
   Erskine Gillespie says, “It’s about highlighting the fact that transplantation works. It takes people who were once so sick that they were told they were going to die and now they’ve been restored to life where they can go out and compete in an athletic activity.”
   There are currently more than 123,000 individuals on the national waiting list for an organ transplant. More than 28,000 lives are saved each year in the U.S. through organ donation. A new person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.

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Posted March 28, 2016

Baptist Desoto Honored

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Posted March 7, 2016
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Posted October 19, 2015
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Mom meets recipient of son’s heart

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April 25, 2015 — Viola Turner (right) holds the chest of her son’s heart donation recipient, James Wibbenmeyer, 66, (left) as she feels and listens for a heartbeat as the pair meet for the first time Friday. “I want to hear Albert’s heartbeat, put my ear to his chest and hear a heartbeat,” said Turner. Albert Spencer Jr., 20 years-old, was murdered in a drive-by shooting in January 2013 at the Bella Vista Apartments in Hickory Hill. Spencer, an innocent bystander visiting friends in the complex, was an organ donor whose heart, liver and both kidneys were donated after his death.


Posted December 16, 2014
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Posted August 1, 2014
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Mrs. Mississippi sings Corinth’s praises

Reported by: Susan Parker
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) — Mrs. Mississippi Dawn Gaines has a song to sing and a very personal story to tell about heroes. That’s how she feels about organ donors including the one who donated a heart to her father-in-law.

“Still living life to the fullest, so it just goes to show one person signed up (who) was willing to donate their organ and he has life left to live,” said Dawn Gaines.

John Gaines is among those we find at this Mississippi Driver’s License District Office in Corinth.

It’s a celebration for a job well done and a tribute to their being among the top three cities in the state for organ donors.

“You see so many miracles in such a small place. Excuse me for getting emotional, but it’s an emotional thing for me,” said Gaines.

“That’s our cause is to inform people because like we say, it does save lives,” said Mississippi Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Tammy Hall.

“They really make it happen for so many families,” said Midsouth Organ Transplant Foundation Community Outreach Coordinator Zola Burgess.

Phyllis Williams’ son is here to get his first driver’s license. This event reminds Williams of her father who was a donor.

“I myself have not right now, but it is something I have thought about and I think it is wonderful,” said Williams.

“Just one person that puts that little heart on their license can save many, many lives,” said Mississippi Drivers License


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Floragraph for 2015 Returned

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Zola Burgess and Randa Lipman of Mid-South Transplant Foundation surprised Andy Burress (left) and Chapman Burress (right) by returning Andrew Loyd’s framed floragraph to the family. Andrew was honored on the Donate Life float in this year’s Rose Parade for saving lives as an organ donor. The presentation took place during services at Church of the Crossroads in Corinth, MS . Looking on is Pastor Nelson Hight.


Transplant Games

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Plaque Honoring Blythe Family

Blythe_plaqueSOFTBALL TEAM OF 11-YEAR-OLDS MOVED BY PLAQUE HONORING ASHLEY BLYTHE AS ORGAN DONOR TO RAISE MONEY DURING NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH. The team saw Ashley’s name on a plaque honoring her at the field and wanted to know more about her and organ and tissue donation. The baseball field at Crossroads United Methodist Church was built by the family in Ashley’s honor. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO GO TO THE STORY.


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Posted December 18, 2014

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Mid-South Transplant Foundation is one of The Commercial Appeal’s 2013 Top Workplaces.


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