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The Children’s Organ Transplant Association was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Ind., rallied around a toddler who needed a lifesaving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But the child died befor…

April 05, 2013 12:00 am
Rough road to recovery for Griffith boy

Rough road to recovery for Griffith boy

Griffith resident Blake Loudenber, pictured here in March 2012 when he was 8, continues to recover from surgery that gave him a new kidney. 

March 28, 2013 12:00 am
Heart Transplant Success Story Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind.

Heart Transplant Success Story Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind.

Barrett Younghans, 20, of Goshen, Ind. had a heart transplant one year ago on Feb. 12, 2012. He's a sophomore at Valparaiso University who spreads education and awareness about "heart health habits."

February 14, 2013 12:00 am
Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind., had a heart transplant one year ago.

Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind., had a heart transplant one year ago.

Valparaiso University sophomore Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind., had a heart transplant one year ago and now is doing great.

February 11, 2013 11:57 am
Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind. had a heart transplant one year ago.

Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind. had a heart transplant one year ago.

VALPARAISO | Barrett Younghans, 19, of Goshen, Ind. had a heart transplant one year ago. He's doing great and is now a sophomore at Valparaiso University.

February 11, 2013 11:57 am
Highland man nears five-year mark for transplanted lungs

Highland man nears five-year mark for transplanted lungs

Rick Smeberg, of Highland, cares for his granddaughters, 2-year-old Kara, left, and 1-year-old Audra, in the girls' Munster home. Smeberg had a double lung transplant in 2008 and has had a better outcome than many patients his age, his doctor said.

December 26, 2012 12:00 am
Highland man nears five-year mark for transplanted lungs

Highland man nears five-year mark for transplanted lungs

Rick Smeberg cares for his granddaughters Kara, left, and Audra at the girls' Munster home. Smeberg had a double lung transplant in 2008 because he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

December 26, 2012 12:00 am
Hammond firefighter meets cell donor who saved his life

Hammond firefighter meets cell donor who saved his life

John Fox, left, of Raleigh, N.C., and Mark Sanders, of Lowell, visit Monday at the Hammond Fire Department Central Station. Sanders, a former Hammond firefighter, was diagnosed with rare blood disease in June 2009 and received bone marrow from Fox.

September 24, 2012 2:52 pm
Valpo mom in need of kidney transplant — again

Valpo mom in need of kidney transplant — again

Valparaiso resident Jennifer Ray is hoping to have a second kidney transplant after receiving one in 1993.

September 06, 2012 5:14 pm
Valpo mom in need of kidney transplant — again

Valpo mom in need of kidney transplant — again

Jennifer Ray, of Valparaiso, needs a second kidney transplant after receiving one in 1993. The 37-year-old mother of one boy is on a transplant list and hopes to raise awareness of the need for living kidney donors.

September 06, 2012 5:14 pm
Local teen receives life-saving heart, liver transplant

Local teen receives life-saving heart, liver transplant

Tom Castillo's heart started beating inside his 15-year-old frame six weeks ago.

April 13, 2012 12:00 am
Encouraging Life support

Encouraging Life support

Porter Health System CEO Jonathan Nalli, third from left, and others join hands in support of National Donate Life month Thursday during a flag raising ceremony at the Porter hospital in Valparaiso.

April 12, 2012 4:05 pm
Encouraging Life support

Encouraging Life support

Porter Health System CEO Jonathan Nalli gives a proclamation for National Donate Life month Thursday at the Porter hospital in Valparaiso. There are more than 110,000 people waiting for a transplant including 36 in Porter County. Porter Health System is encouraging people to be organ donors …

April 12, 2012 4:05 pm

This community can help save a life

The Children's Organ Transplant Association was founded more than 25 years ago when residents of Bloomington, Ind., rallied around a little boy who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But t…

April 07, 2012 12:00 am
Blake Loudenber waits for a new kidney

Blake Loudenber waits for a new kidney

Blake Loudenber, 8, hugs his grandmother Cindy Loudenber at their Griffith home. Blake was born with his kidneys failing and has been waiting for his second kidney transplant since he was 2.

March 25, 2012 12:00 am
Griffith boy still waiting for kidney

Griffith boy still waiting for kidney

Blake Loudenber, 8, of Griffith, undergoes 11 hours of dialysis every night while he sleeps.

March 25, 2012 12:00 am
Griffith boy still waiting for kidney

Griffith boy still waiting for kidney

Blake Loudenber's growth has been stunted from his need for a new kidney.

March 25, 2012 12:00 am
Griffith boy still waiting for kidney

Griffith boy still waiting for kidney

Blake Loudenber, 8, of Griffith, is in need of a kidney transplant. He had a transplant at age 2, but his body rejected it, leaving him on a donor list ever since.

March 25, 2012 12:00 am

Front page reflected best, worst of humanity

Wow, your March 14 front page certainly reflected the worst and best of man. You have an article on an alleged child pornographer, an alleged hit-and-run driver and a father grieving over his beloved infant son who, in passing away, donated organs to other children in need. There is nothing …

March 22, 2012 12:00 am
VIDEO: An amazing Christmas gift

VIDEO: An amazing Christmas gift

Felix Vazquez received an amazing Christmas gift this weekend. The childhood friend of his wife was a perfect match to donate him a kidney.

December 25, 2011 1:30 am
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