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February 20, 2013 |
David Navarro drove south from the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club in Lincoln Heights on a recent sun-drenched day, headed to his weekly destination in a dust-gray Ford pickup. As usual, he couldn't simply cruise into the crowded parking lot of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on 41st Street near Alameda. He was stopped by an employee who works miracles in the lot, arranging rigs in jigsaw patterns as drivers wait their turn to make food pickups. The Salvation Army was already there, along with the Good News Central Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
September 4, 2012 |
Take a look at your driver's license. Does it have the little dot indicating you're willing to donate your organs should the worst happen? Either way, researchers say there are public policy implications in how you decided. If you were asked to sign up to donate, would you make the same decision as if you were asked to sign up to refuse to donate your organs? Turns out that in Europe, some countries have opt-in programs - those in which a person must decide to become a donor.
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December 26, 2010 |
Until a week ago, Veronica Long was wondering how she was going to explain to her four children that Santa might not make it this year. Her husband, Jonathan, used to make a good living as a music engineer and producer. But when the economy tanked two years ago, work dried up and he was forced to pawn his equipment. For a while, the family rented a room from a friend in Corona. But when the friend was evicted earlier this year, they suddenly were homeless. They are now staying in a room at the Union Rescue Mission on downtown Los Angeles' skid row. Last week, the shelter converted its chapel into a Christmas store where parents could pick out free toys and books for their kids.
October 3, 2009
Re "The loss that gives," Opinion, Sept. 28 Fifteen years ago, we were living in Naples, Italy, where my husband was teaching at a university. We were shocked and saddened at that time to hear of the shooting death of a 7-year-old American boy, Nicholas Green, who was vacationing with his family near our area. His smiling picture was in all the Italian newspapers, and his parents' decision to donate his organs to needy Italians was the talk of the country. I have always hoped that his parents knew that a massive banner covering the width of a Naples-Rome autostrada bridge read, in huge black letters, NICHOLAS VIVE!
August 27, 2009 |
China's Health Ministry said it is starting its first nationwide organ donation system in an attempt to get away from the practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners. The program, which will be operated jointly with the Red Cross Society of China, calls for a database in which living donors can stipulate that their organs be donated after death, according to a report in today's China Daily. In a rare admission about a practice that has until recently been shrouded in secrecy, the Chinese government-run newspaper said 65% of organ donors were executed prisoners.
July 15, 2009 |
Eight years ago, Los Angeles resident Patricia Abdullah decided to donate a kidney to an acquaintance. She calls it one of the proudest moments of her life. Last year, Abdullah, 61, lost her job with a publishing company. With it, she lost her employer-based health insurance. Now she wonders what will happen if she can't find another job with group coverage.