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Living Donation Facts and Figures: Donors Can Save and Impact Many

Nearly 95,000 people are currently in need of a kidney transplant. That's about two cities the size of Grand Island, Nebraska, put together representing the number of people waiting for the lifesaving procedure. 

The answer, perhaps surprisingly, could be a donation from a living donor. One of the most visible stories of living donation comes from American… Read More

Family’s Donation Journey Comes Full Circle

A year after her husband Rod’s death, Laura Baumgart received a letter from a recipient of his donated tissue.

It read, in part, “I received tissue bone from your family member. My procedure was done to correct severe spinal stenosis and nerve damage…in an attempt to improve my mobility and live an active healthy, lifestyle. THANK YOU for your unselfish… Read More

Markvicka family’s prayers answered after meeting kidney recipient

“Do you know who this man is?” Lois Stade asked her four-year-old granddaughter as the two met Jose Mullen for the first time. “He knows Daddy now.”

In a cozy room filled with the smell of coffee beans, Jose then embraced Katie Markvicka as she teared up after seeing her daughter and mother-in-law meet someone who would become so special… Read More

Family Ties: A Legacy of Generosity

The Varney family has a tradition.

When someone passes away, they break out a bottle of champagne and toast to volunteerism, because as Tiff Varney says “that’s what makes our country great.”

The Arnold, Nebraska family’s generosity and sense of duty to others has not been lost on Nebraka Organ Recovery. Tiff’s 21 year-old son, Thomas “Moose” Varney, saved five… Read More

Landon Palmer to be Featured in Floragraph on Rose Parade Float

Landon Palmer's life was short. But the impact he made on others will live on indefinitely.

Just a week old, Landon's parents Amanda and Chris were relishing snuggling and loving on their newborn when Landon experienced sudden cardiac arrest at home. After being revived, Landon suffered additional arrests resulting in severe brain damage. Landon passed away in October 2015, just… Read More

Grandkids Continue Family Tradition through Annual Pumpkin Sale

The tradition started 6 years ago.

Randy Shelden grew pumpkins and gourds in the field behind his York home. When the crop reached the right size and turned vibrant shades of orange, green and golden, the Sheldens summoned their grandkids for the annual pumpkin sale. 

The grandchildren who were old enough all participated in the harvest and helped prepare for… Read More

Nebraska Donor Registry Reaches 800,000 Registrants

Nebraska Organ Recovery is proud to announce that the Donor Registry of Nebraska has reached a new milestone of 800,000 registrants.

“The growth in our Registry is a testament to the kindness and caring nature of Nebraskans across the state,” said Kyle Herber, President and CEO of Nebraska Organ Recovery. “People who register know that organ and tissue donation gives… Read More

Project Thank You: Say Thanks for the Gift of Life

Every year, millions of Americans benefit from the gift of organ, tissue, and eye donation. If your life has changed because of donation, we need your help to show appreciation to the families of donors.

Grab your phone or other recording device and record a brief (30 seconds or less) video saying thanks for the gift of life you or… Read More

Nebraska Organ Recovery to Acquire Land for New Midtown Building

After 11 years in its current location at 85th & Center Street, Nebraska Organ Recovery has plans for a new midtown Omaha home.

On March 31st, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the sale of land at 38th Avenue & Leavenworth Street to Nebraska Organ Recovery.

Existing structures at the site will be demolished to make way for… Read More

Paul Mitchell The School – Lincoln to Offer Free Haircuts to Support Organ Donation

On Thursday, April 6, Tanna Hanna and all the future professionals at Paul Mitchell The School – Lincoln will offer free haircuts to help raise awareness for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and the need for organ donors.

Free haircuts will be provided to anyone that registers as an organ donor at the salon, or who is already a… Read More

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