13th October 2017

TxJet, An Indiana Donor Network Innovation Wins Award

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

The narrow time between organ recovery and transplantation can literally mean life or death. The more time that passes between recovery and transplant increases the risk of damage to the organ. This also restricts the geographic distance allowed between the donor and waiting recipient. At Indiana Donor Network, our work is guided by our values […]

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12th October 2017

Aces for Organ Donation Awareness

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Since the 5th grade, Jenna has participated and excelled in sports – particularly volleyball, basketball and track. Attending all her sporting events, cheering her on from the sidelines was her Uncle Bobby. “Bobby was the fun uncle and was there every step of the way to support Jenna,” said Trisha Mitchell, Jenna’s mother. Bobby sadly […]

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6th October 2017

Giving Back: Fore Life

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

It all started in the 8th grade. A simple try out for the middle school football team led to the discovery that Scot Imus had hyperthropic cardiomyopathy. For most of his life, the disease was never a factor, aside from the yearly checkups with his cardiologist. Scot enjoyed a thriving career in politics, family time, […]

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28th September 2017

The Ripple Effect: Aftercare Support

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Every part of me believes that when remarkable support is provided to a donor family there is a natural ripple effect that gives them hope and healing on the grief journey. As the manager of the Aftercare Support team at Indiana Donor Network, my primary focus each day is to support donor families by connecting […]

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27th September 2017

Finding Hope and Healing at the Indiana Donor Network 5k

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

The Indiana Donor Network Indianapolis 5K was the first event I attended after my brother’s death. I found an advertisement for it on Facebook and immediately knew I had to be there. It had only been two months, I was still fresh in the grieving process, but I had to attend. We didn’t know my […]

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19th September 2017

Angel Fund Gala: Bigger and Better Than Ever

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

In its fifth year, the Angel Fund Gala presented by VisionFirst was bigger and better than ever. Over 200 donation advocates joined us Saturday, September 9 at the JW Marriott for a night of fun and charitable giving in support of the Angel Fund. The night began with a connect to purpose featuring Gerald Simon who […]

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9th September 2017

The Reason Why: Angel Fund Gala

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

For those fortunate enough to receive an organ donated for transplant, they truly have been given the gift of life. Their goal is to stay focused on getting healthy again to honor that gift. The last thing they need to worry about is unexpected burdens that may rob them of their ability to maintain the […]

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22nd August 2017

Writing to Transplant Recipients

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

The decision to write to transplant recipients is a personal one. As a donor family you may choose when you write to the recipients, if you choose to write to them at all. There is also a misconception that donor families and transplant recipients must wait the infamous “one-year” before writing to each other anonymously […]

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17th August 2017

In a Time of Tragedy, We Found Our Hero

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

About a year and a half ago, I lost my best friend and the father of my three beautiful children. He was only 31 at the time. We became boyfriend and girlfriend right out of high school. I went into nursing school and would come home from school with all kind of medical discussions. One […]

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10th August 2017

The Donor Family Council

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

The supporting voice of donation often comes from those who work within the community of donation and transplantation. Here at Indiana Donor Network, there is another voice that helps shape the impactful message of donation, the voice of donor families. In 2016, Indiana Donor Network established a Donor Family Council so that the voice of […]

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