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Walk of Remembrance Honors Organ Donors

April 25, 2019

Walk of Remembrance Honors Organ Donors

By In the Loop In the Loop

Caren Shank was her late husband Steve’s caregiver, supporter, and partner in raising awareness about causes he cared about, including organ donation. Even after his death, her dedication continues.

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Tags: Ascending Aortic Aneurysm, Gift of Life Transplant House, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, Kari Koens, LifeSource, Lung Transplant, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, National Donate Life Month, Saint Marys Campus, Steve Shank, Tim Rasmusson


From Viral Video to a Walk Down the Aisle on Reality TV

March 5, 2019

From Viral Video to a Walk Down the Aisle on Reality TV

By In the Loop In the Loop

Jennifer Jones and her fiancé, Rob Ronnenberg, never could have imagined their wedding would be televised. But then a viral video caught the attention of reality show producers.

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Tags: Cystic Fibrosis, Dr. Mark Wylam, Lung Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Vicki Dean


January 10, 2019

Rose Parade Float and Riders Showcase the Gift of Life

By In the Loop In the Loop

This year’s Rose Parade was especially meaningful to lung transplant recipient Steve Shank, who rode on the Donate Life float while holding a photo of his donor, Tommy, along the route.

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Tags: Donate Life, Lung Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


New Lungs Help Tim See Mayo Through New Eyes

October 23, 2018

New Lungs Help Tim See Mayo Through New Eyes

By In the Loop In the Loop

Tim Fairclough’s wait for a lung transplant meant months in the hospital, where he experienced caring and compassion from staff at all levels — and saw his employer through new eyes.

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Tags: Lung Transplant, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Tim Fairclough


Another Transplant Games, More Medals for Curtis Higgons

September 25, 2018

Another Transplant Games, More Medals for Curtis Higgons

By In the Loop In the Loop

In just five years since a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic, Curtis Higgons has gone from not knowing “what having good lungs felt like” to winning medals in two swimming events.

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Tags: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Transplant, Mayo Clinic in Florida


Two Years After Double Lung Transplant, Steve Shank Is Grateful for Every Breath

September 6, 2018

Two Years After Double Lung Transplant, Steve Shank Is Grateful for Every Breath

By In the Loop In the Loop

Steve Shank and his wife will never forget the moment they learned Steve would be getting the transplant he needed to save his life. They’ll also never forget meeting the family of the donor who saved him.

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Tags: Albinism, Dr. Dong Chen, genetic testing, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, Lung Transplant, Pulmonary fibrosis


Lung Transplant Recipient's First Breath Goes Viral

March 1, 2018

Lung Transplant Recipient’s First Breath Goes Viral

By In the Loop In the Loop

When Rob Ronnenberg captured the moment his fiancée took her first breath with new lungs, he did so only to preserve the powerful moment. But since posting it to YouTube, it’s been seen around the world.

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Tags: Lung Transplant


Still Making Music Thanks to Double Lung Transplant

February 13, 2018

Still Making Music Thanks to Double Lung Transplant

By In the Loop In the Loop

Over a decade ago, Shirley Brill was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive lung disease that was taking her breath away. An organ donor’s generous gift of life gave it back, and now Shirley is once again making music.

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Tags: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Lung Transplant, Mayo Clinic in Florida


March 28, 2017

Transplant Patient Making the Most of Life She Was Never Supposed to Have

By In the Loop In the Loop

Conventional wisdom says Kim Shobe should not be alive right now. One of Mayo Clinic’s early lung transplant patients, Kim received a single-lung transplant in January 1992, less than two years after Mayo began offering the procedure in Rochester. She was patient No. 7. At the time, the average survival rate for lung transplant patients […]

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Tags: Lung Transplant


November 10, 2016

Harmonica Lessons Just What the Doctor Ordered for Patients With Lung Conditions

By In the Loop In the Loop

It’s been called a harp, a Mississippi saxophone, and (Cory’s favorite) a tin sandwich. And lately, the harmonica has been getting called something else: good medicine. As The Wall Street Journal reports, harmonica classes are popping up in rehabilitation programs for patients with lung conditions or breathing difficulties. It turns out that playing the harmonica […]

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Tags: Dr. Cesar Keller, Harmonica, Lung Transplant, Pulmonary Rehabilitation


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