22nd December 2017

Miss Indiana USA 2018 Advocates for Organ Donation to Save Mom’s Life

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

The topic of organ donation became important to me six years ago when my mother was diagnosed with renal failure. Immediately after her diagnosis, I began to research and study all I could on kidney failure. It eventually became second nature to advocate for organ donation after all I had learned. I used my knowledge […]

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20th December 2017

A Donor Sister’s Holiday Spirit Restored

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

What’s your favorite holiday? Easter? Halloween? Thanksgiving? Well for me – it’s Christmas. I love to decorate the house with hundreds of lights, fun knickknacks and put ornaments on the tree. It’s something I look forward to every year! And for most of my life, my sister was right by my side as we tried […]

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19th December 2017

The Importance of Honoring the Anniversary

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

My son Thomas died in August, one week before the start of his junior year at Purdue University. It was the end of summer, hot and dry, and normally a time of hope and anticipation for the start of a new school year. Ten years later, I still feel the stifling heat of August scorching […]

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4th December 2017

Gifted: The Fictional Book Written by an Organ Recovery Coordinator

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Increasing awareness of the facts and benefits of donation and transplantation plays a key role in our mission of saving and healing lives through organ, tissue and eye donation.  Many common myths around donation are oftentimes glamorized in the entertainment industry – making our jobs of educating the facts to our community difficult. These exaggerations […]

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21st November 2017

CHOOSING GRATITUDE AFTER THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

When we have faced tremendous tragedy and loss, sometimes the last thing we want to do, the hardest thing we face, is finding a way to be grateful or thankful. Especially when others around us are in the midst of celebrating the blessings of life, and we are barely clinging to the remnants of our […]

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9th November 2017

Indiana Donor Network Driver Recognized on Honor Flight

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

I had the honor of joining Indiana Donor Network driver and Vietnam veteran Alan Geiger on an Honor Flight to visit Washington D.C. The Honor Flight is a program dedicated to sending veteran heroes out to visit their memorial for a day at no cost to them. Alan served with the Army, Air Force and […]

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3rd November 2017

MEET INDIANA’S 2018 FLORAGRAPH HONOREE

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

We along with Donate Life Indiana are pleased to announce that Bryan Clauson will represent Indiana donor heroes and their families as a 2018 floragraph honoree on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day. ABOUT BRYAN Behind his fame as one of the nation’s top short-track, […]

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25th October 2017

Two Scars. Two Stories of Survival.

Posted by Dawn Bonnell

Eric Passmore knows firsthand the meaning of gratitude and never taking a single day for granted. Around the age of 40, Eric grew abnormally tired. After countless doctor visits and “thousands of tests”, he received a diagnosis: hepatitis C, a diagnosis that required a liver transplant to survive. After spending 15 months on the transplant […]

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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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