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Sunday 16 January 2011

Foundations - Humane Society of North Texas
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HSNT’s mission is to act as an advocate on behalf of all animals and to ensure their legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection; to provide for the well-being of animals who are abandoned, injured, neglected, mistreated or otherwise in need; to promote an appreciation of animals; and to instill respect for all living things.

In accordance to our mission, we promote kindness, justice and mercy to every living creature entering our door.

Our shelter is dedicated to providing a place of protection for animals in need and none are turned away.

To accomplish our mission we provide the following services.

Adoptions
Humane Investigations
Animal Surrender/Admission
Emergency Rescue (K911)
Spay & Neuter Program
Lost & Found
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The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) is a non-profit organization serving Tarrant and surrounding counties since 1905. We are supported solely by tax deductible donations and do not receive funding from county, state or federal entities, nor are we subsidized by any other organization.




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Foundations - Farm Aid
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Farm Aid: Family farmers, good food, a better America
Farm Aid features the best that music has to offer, while remaining true to its ultimate mission.

25 years of great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $37 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by:

Promoting Food from Family Farms
We know that to keep family farmers on the land we have to increase the number of people buying their good food. From our annual concert event that features family farm food and unites farmers, artists, and concerned citizens, to our inspiring and informative tv, radio, mail and web campaigns (including our HOMEGROWN.org website), we are building a powerful movement for good food from family farms.

Growing the Good Food Movement
In order for family farmers to thrive we have to create more markets for them, giving more people the opportunity to access family farm food. Farm Aid fosters connections between farmers and eaters by growing and strengthening local and regional markets and working to get family farm food in urban neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other public institutions.

Helping Farmers Thrive
For 25 years, Farm Aid has answered 1-800-FARM-AID to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Now Farm Aid's online Farmer Resource Network connects farmers to an extensive network of organizations across the country that help farmers find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.

Taking Action to Change the System
Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture. We've worked side-by-side with farmers to protest factory farms and inform farmers and eaters about issues like genetically modified food and growth hormones. By strenghtening the voices of family farmers, Farm Aid stands up for the most resourceful, heroic Americans—the family farmers who work the land. Farm Aid's Action Center allows concerned citizens to become advocates for farm policy change.

Farm Aid started as a benefit concert on September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, held to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan's comments at Live Aid earlier in that year. (Dylan said, "I hope that some of the money...maybe they can just take a little bit of it, maybe...one or two million, maybe...and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks....") Nelson and Mellencamp then brought family farmers before Congress to testify about the state of family farming in America. Congress subsequently passed the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to help save family farms from foreclosure.

Today, Farm Aid is an organization that works to increase awareness of the importance of family farms, and puts on an annual concert of country, blues and rock music with a variety of stars. The board of directors includes Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. Young's speeches about the environment are a highlight of the annual shows.

The 2005 concert, marking the 20th anniversary of Farm Aid, took place at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, with events in downtown Chicago as well. The 2007 Concert took place at Randall's Island in New York City (1st Farm Aid in New York) and was recorded in High Definition to be broadcast on HDNet as a 2 Hour Special highlighting many of the performances from the Allman Brothers and Counting Crows to John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson.

List of concertsThrough 2010, Farm Aid concerts have been held in the following locations:

Farm Aid Date City, State Venue Lineup Included Notes
Farm Aid September 22, 1985 Champaign, Illinois Memorial Stadium Alabama, Hoyt Axton, The Beach Boys, The Blasters, Jon Bon Jovi, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, John Conlee, Charlie Daniels Band, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Foreigner, Vince Gill, Arlo Guthrie, Sammy Hagar, Merle Haggard, Daryl Hall, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, George Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, B. B. King, Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Huey Lewis, Loretta Lynn, John Mellencamp, Roger Miller, Joni Mitchell, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Charley Pride, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Kenny Rogers, Brian Setzer, Sissy Spacek, Tanya Tucker, Eddie Van Halen, Debra Winger, Neil Young, Dave Milsap, Joe Ely, Judy Rodman, X The first Farm Aid

Farm Aid II July 4, 1986 Manor, Texas Manor Downs Racetrack Alabama, The Beach Boys, The Blasters, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Exile, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Julio Iglesias, Rick James, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Vince Neil, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Steppenwolf, Taj Mahal, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, X, The Unforgiven The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty were off site via satellite

Farm Aid III September 19, 1987 Lincoln, Nebraska Memorial Stadium Alex Harvey, Emmylou Harris, Steppenwolf, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bandaloo Doctors, Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven The Grateful Dead were off site via satellite
Farm Aid 1989 1989 Various Various Willie Nelson Farm Aid President Willie Nelson took Farm Aid on the road for 16 of his own show dates

Farm Aid IV April 7, 1990 Indianapolis, Indiana Hoosier Dome Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Bill Monroe, Alan Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Lou Reed, Don Henley, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Guns N' Roses Steven Adler's last show with Guns N' Roses
Farm Aid V March 14, 1992 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium Arlo Guthrie, Kentucky Headhunters, Texas Tornadoes, Bandaloo Doctors, Bonnie Raitt, Little Village, Tracy Chapman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Petra, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Highwaymen, Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Van Shelton, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp -

Farm Aid VI April 24, 1993 Ames, Iowa Jack Trice Stadium Arlo Guthrie, The Jayhawks, Jann Arden, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Ricky Van Shelton, Willie Nelson, Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Stuart, Charlie Daniels Band, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Black 47, The Highwaymen, Dwight Yoakam -

Farm Aid VII September 18, 1994 New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Deana Carter, Titty Bingo -

Farm Aid '95: 10th Anniversary October 1, 1995 Louisville, Kentucky Cardinal Stadium Hootie and the Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, BlackHawk, John Conlee, The Supersuckers, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young The 10th Anniversary of Farm Aid

Farm Aid '96 October 12, 1996 Columbia, South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium Hootie and the Blowfish, Marshall Chapman, Beach Boys, Son Volt, Robert Earl Keen, Martina McBride, John Conlee, Jewel, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young -

Farm Aid '97 October 4, 1997 Tinley Park, Illinois Tweeter Center Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band -

Farm Aid '98 October 3, 1998 Tinley Park, Illinois Tweeter Center Willie Nelson, Phish, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Del McCoury Band, Wilco -

Farm Aid '99 September 12, 1999 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion Susan Tedeschi, Keb' Mo', Deana Carter, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young -
Farm Aid 2000 September 17, 2000 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Arlo Guthrie, Sawyer Brown, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Barenaked Ladies, Tipper Gore, Willie Nelson The 15th Anniversary of Farm Aid

Farm Aid 2001: A Concert for America September 29, 2001 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Doobie Brothers, Martina McBride -

Farm Aid '02 September 21, 2002 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Post-Gazette Pavilion Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Gillian Welch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble, The Drive-By Truckers, Los Lonely Boys, Anthony Smith -

Farm Aid '03 September 7, 2003 Co
lumbus, Ohio Germain Amphitheater Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Emmylou Harris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Los Lonely Boys, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Titty Bingo, Trick Pony, Billy Bob Thornton, Daniel Lanois -

Farm Aid '04 September 18, 2004 Auburn, Washington White River Amphitheater Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee Lewis, Trick Pony, Tony Coleman, Blue Merle, Tegan and Sara, Kate Voegele, Kitty Jerry, Marc Broussard

Farm Aid 2005: 20th Anniversary September 18, 2005 Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Congressman Collin Peterson and the Second Amendments, Drew Davis Band, Elizabeth Rainey, Emmylou Harris, James McMurtry, Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, John Mayer, Kate Voegele, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Chesney, Los Lonely Boys, Shannon Brown, Supersuckers, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, Wilco The 20th Anniversary of Farm Aid

Farm Aid 2006 September 30, 2006 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Steel Pulse, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra, Pauline Reese, Danielle Evin -

Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival September 9, 2007 New York City, New York Randall's Island Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Tim Reynolds, Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops, Montgomery Gentry, Jimmy Sturr, Danielle Evin, Jesse Lenat, Pauline Reese, Paula Nelson, Titty Bingo, 40 Points -

Farm Aid 2008 September 20, 2008 Mansfield, Massachusetts Comcast Center Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds with Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Nation Beat, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels, Danielle Evin, Jamey Johnson, Jesse Lenat, Will Dailey, One Flew South, The Elms -

Farm Aid 2009 October 4, 2009 Maryland Heights, Missouri Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds with Jamey Johnson, Jason Mraz, Phosphorescent, Wilco. -

Farm Aid 2010: 25th Anniversary October 2, 2010 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Miller Park Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy, Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Amos Lee, Robert Francis, The BoDeans. The 25th Anniversary of Farm Aid

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Posted by: RadicalRed
on 2018

Saturday 15 January 2011

Our Foundations - Doctors Without Borders
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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (pronounced [medəsɛ̃ sɑ̃ fʁɔ̃tjɛʁ] ( listen)), or Doctors Without Borders, is a secular humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. The organization is known in most of the world by its French name or simply as MSF, but in Canada, Ireland and the United States the name Doctors Without Borders is also used. In 2007 over 26,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 60 countries. Private donors provide about 85% of the organization's funding, while governmental and corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$400 million.[1]

Médecins Sans Frontières was created in 1971 by a small group of French doctors and journalists in the aftermath of the Biafra secession, who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national borders.[2]

Core documents outlining MSF's principles are the Charter[3] and the Chantilly Principles, along with the later La Mancha Agreement,[4] which in Rules, Section 2 addresses governance. MSF has an associative structure, where operational decisions are made, largely independently, by the 5 operational centres (Amsterdam, Barcelona-Athens, Brussels, Geneva and Paris). Common policies on core issues are coordinated by the International Council, in which each of the 19 sections (national offices) is represented. The International Council meets in Geneva, Switzerland, where the International Office, which coordinates international activities common to the operational centres, is also based.

The organization actively provides health care and medical training to populations in about 70 countries, and frequently insists on political responsibility in conflict zones such as Chechnya and Kosovo. Only once in its history, during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, has the organisation called for military intervention. In order to be able to speak and act freely, MSF remains independent of any political, religious or economic powers. The majority of MSF activities are paid for with private donations.

MSF received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its members' continuous effort to provide medical care in acute crises, as well as raising international awareness of potential humanitarian disasters.[5] Dr. James Orbinski, who was the president of the organization at the time, accepted the prize on behalf of MSF. Prior to this, MSF also received the 1996 Seoul Peace Prize.[6] The current president of MSF is Dr. Christophe Fournier.


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Foundations - amfAR
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amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.

In the early 1980s, a group of researchers and scientists including Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., then a researcher at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, formed an informal study group to investigate the condition that came to be known as AIDS. In 1983, Dr. Krim, Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, Michael Callen, and several others launched the New York-based AIDS Medical Foundation. In Los Angeles, Dr. Michael Gottlieb and Dame Elizabeth Taylor spearheaded the creation of the National AIDS Research Foundation. The two organizations merged in September 1985 to become amfAR.

When amfAR was founded, Dr. Krim and Dr. Gottlieb were named Founding Chairmen and Dame Elizabeth Taylor became Founding National Chairman. More than twenty years later, amfAR remains one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to fighting the AIDS epidemic, and has invested more than $307 million in support of its mission.

Since its inception, amfAR has supported innovative research into HIV prevention and treatment, providing funding to researchers for early-stage projects and enabling young researchers to establish their careers studying HIV/AIDS. amfAR grantees have produced some of the most groundbreaking discoveries in AIDS research, including studies that led to the development of three classes of antiretroviral drugs, the use of antiretroviral therapy to prevent mother-to-child transmission, and the legalization of syringe exchange programs that have drastically reduced the spread HIV among injection drug users. amfAR has supported more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

lamfAR’s TREAT Asia program (Therapeutics Research, Education, and AIDS Training in Asia) is a network of clinics, hospitals, and research institutions working with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV/AIDS treatments across Asia and the Pacific. The TREAT Asia Network encompasses 20 adult and 22 pediatric sites across Asia and the Pacific. TREAT Asia has made significant contributions in numerous areas, including research reports on the natural history of HIV/AIDS in Asia and responses to antiretroviral therapy; the creation of the first HIV/AIDS observational databases in the region; the foundation of a pediatrics network to improve treatment and care and extend the lives of HIV-positive children; treatment education for healthcare workers and people living with HIV/AIDS; and the publication of special reports on issues such as the rise in HIV among men who have sex with men in Asia.

The MSM Initiative was launched in 2007 to reduce rates of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) in resource-limited countries. This initiative provides small targeted grants to grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe to support HIV/AIDS services for MSM. Through the Initiative, amfAR is a staunch advocate of increased funding for prevention and treatment programs for MSM, and speaks out against stigma, discrimination, and violence.

As an advocate of evidence-based AIDS-related public policy, amfAR works to secure necessary increases in funding for HIV/AIDS research, promote the development of a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy, expand access to care and treatment, and protect the civil rights of all people affected by HIV.

amfAR distributes information on important AIDS-related research, treatment, prevention, and policy issues to a range of audiences. In addition to its website, , it publishes the biannual newsletter Innovations and the quarterly TREAT Asia Report.

amfAR’s board of trustees is led by Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole. Dr. Mathilde Krim is Founding Chairman and Elizabeth Taylor is Founding International Chairman. Longtime supporter Sharon Stone is Global Fundraising Chairman. Acclaimed actress Natasha Richardson was involved with amfAR for more than 15 years and served on the board from 2006 until her death in March 2009. Kevin Robert Frost became amfAR’s CEO in 2007.

Fundraising
amfAR gala at the Austrian parliament building (Life Ball 2010)As one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS, amfAR has invested more than $307 million for research, prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. It regularly holds benefit events, including Cinema Against AIDS galas in Cannes, Dubai, and Toronto; annual gala events in New York and San Francisco; and TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, held in Dallas.

Numerous public figures have lent their support to raising funds for amfAR’s programs. At its gala events, amfAR honors individuals who have made significant contributions of time, talent, and resources to the fight against AIDS with its Award of Courage. Recipients include Zackie Achmat, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, Patti LaBelle, Sumner Redstone, and Anna Wintour.


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Posted by: RadicalRed
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Tuesday 11 January 2011

Average Wait Time for Organs in the United States
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The Matching Process — Waiting List
Organs that Can be Donated/Transplanted
On this page:
Waiting List
Identifying Organ Recipients

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Waiting List
Here are the necessary steps to get on the national waiting list:

Obtain a referral from a physician.
Contact a transplant hospital . Learn as much as possible about the 200 plus transplant hospitals in the United States and choose one based on individual needs, including insurance, location, finances, and support group availability.
Schedule an appointment for evaluation at the transplant hospital to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for a transplant.
During the evaluation, ask questions to learn as much as possible about the hospital and its transplant team.
Once the evaluation is completed, the hospital's transplant team will determine when it is appropriate to be added to the national waiting list.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) maintains a centralized computer network, UNet sm , that links all organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers. The national waiting list is maintained on UNet sm . This list is open only to transplant professionals who are members of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. It cannot be accessed by the public.

Patients are not notified by UNOS when they are added to the waiting list. The transplant team that did the evaluation contacts the patient in writing within 10 days and notifies the patient of the date and time their name was added to the list. The patient then directs questions about their status on the waiting list to the transplant center’s transplant team.

Who Gets a Heart?
The average national waiting time for a heart is 230 days. (UNOS/OPTN Annual Report 2003) People waiting for a heart transplant are assigned a status code, which indicates how urgently they need a heart. Because thoracic organs such as the heart and lungs can only survive outside the body for 4 to 6 hours (Partnering With Your Transplant Team (PDF), page 10), they are given first to people who live near the place where the donor is hospitalized. If no one near the donor is a match for the heart, the transplant team starts searching farther away through a series of zones in a specific sequence. See the OPTN/UNOS Allocation of Thoracic Organs Policy (PDF) for details.

Who Gets a Lung?
The average waiting time for a lung is 1,068 days. (UNOS/OPTN Annual Report 2003) The UNOS team divides people waiting for lung transplants into two groups – people who need only one new lung and those who need two. The lung allocation system uses clinical information—including lab values, test results, and disease diagnosis—to estimate the urgency of a candidate’s need for transplant and the likelihood of prolonged survival following the transplant. This lung allocation score, as well as blood group, age, and distance from the donor hospital are considered to determine the order in which a donated lung is offered to candidate recipients. Distance is important because lungs can only survive outside the body for 4 to 6 hours (Partnering With Your Transplant Team (PDF) , page 10); they are offered first to people near the donor. If no one near the donor is a match for the lung, the transplant team starts searching farther away through a series of zones in a specific sequence. A pair of lungs will either be given to one person who needs them both, or divided between two people who need single lung transplants. See the OPTN/UNOS Allocation of Thoracic Organs Policy (PDF) for details.

Who Gets a Heart and a Lung?
Candidates for a heart-lung transplant are registered on both the UNOS Heart Patient Waiting List and the UNOS Lung Patient Waiting List. If a donor heart is available, the patient will receive a lung to go with it from the same donor. If the patient is eligible to receive a lung, the donor’s heart will be given to the heart/lung patient as well. Because thoracic organs can only survive outside the body for 4 to 6 hours ( Partnering With Your Transplant Team (PDF) , page 10), they are given first to people near the donor. If no one near the donor is a match for the heart and lungs, the procurement team starts searching farther away through a series of zones in a specific sequence. See the OPTN/UNOS Allocation of Thoracic Organs Policy (PDF) for details.

Who Gets a Liver?
The average waiting time for a liver is 796 days. (UNOS/OPTN Annual Report 2003) Candidates who need a liver transplant are given a MELD/PELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease/Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease) that indicates how urgently they need the organ. A liver will be offered to the candidate with a matching tissue type and the highest MELD/PELD score first (the high score indicates the greatest need.) If the first donor’s surgeon does not accept the organ then the liver specialists at UNOS will offer the liver to matched patients according to the MELD/PELD scores until the organ is accepted. Geographic factors are also taken into consideration, but livers can stay healthy outside the body for 12 to 24 hours so the UNOS liver team has greater flexibility than the teams that work with hearts and lungs ( Partnering With Your Transplant Team (PDF) , page 10). See the OPTN/UNOS Allocation of Livers Policy (PDF) for details. To learn more about how MELD/PELD scores are assigned, see the OPTN MELD/PELD calculators

Who Gets a Kidney?
The average waiting time for a kidney is 1,121 days. (UNOS/OPTN Annual Report 2003) When a UNOS team selects possible recipients for a donor kidney, they consider a variety of characteristics of both the donor and the recipient, including tissue match, blood type, blood antibody levels (which show how active the immune system is at the current time – too much activity increases the risk of rejection), length of time on the waiting list, whether the recipient is a child, whether the body sizes of the donor and recipient are a good match, and geographic factors. Kidneys can stay healthy outside the body for between 48 and 72 hours, so the UNOS kidney team can consider many more candidates than the heart or lung teams

Who Gets a Pancreas?
The average waiting time for a pancreas is 501 days. (UNOS/OPTN Annual Report 2003) The pancreas can remain healthy outside the body for 12 to 24 hours .A person who is offered a donor pancreas can be selected from people waiting for a pancreas transplant alone, a kidney-pancreas combination transplant, or a combined kidney-pancreas-islet transplant. The Islets of Langerhans are cells inside the pancreas that secrete insulin. They can be transplanted by themselves if the whole organ does not need to be used. An islet transplant is the kind of transplant that is most useful for people with diabetes whose pancreas is healthy but the Islets of Langerhans, do not make insulin. Insulin is needed to break down sugar. People who have had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and have damage all through their pancreas need the whole organ. See the OPTN/UNOS Allocation of Pancreas Policy (PDF) for details.
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[Submitted by Radical Red]
Posted by: RadicalRed
on 2018

Friday 07 January 2011

Independent Musicians Have Found A Home
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Red Sea Rising Trip Radio and Off The Hook Productions want independent musicians everywhere to know that you have found a home here! Our goal is to make this an all in one way to get your musici played. We want to play your music on commercial livestream radio, we want your voice and style to be heard and we have gone to the mat for you to be recognized in a significant way! RSR and OTH are beginning band competitions very soon (in the next few weeks) that will take some of you all the way to the top of the game.

Stay tuned, big things are coming your way!
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Thursday 06 January 2011

Hook yourself up!!!!
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Boys and girls, Red Sea Rising Trip Radio is about to blow things out so you better hook yourself up NOW and be the first on your block to get ready to compete in band competitions with a big prize at the end, a professionally produced and mastered record! There will be prizes along the way for event series winners...cash, gear, guaranteed commercial airplay around the world AND if you win, you get to work with some of the best producers in the industry to make sure your record is exactly what it needs to be to take you to the top!

Don't forget you have to sign up to compete so come to and get yourself ready to be the star you already know you are. Now it is time for the rest of the world to recognize your awesome capabilities!!!

There are no genre limitations and there will only be ONE winner. Is it you? Sign up and lets find out! Stay tuned for more news as it gets closer to the REAL DEAL!

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Posted by: RadicalRed
on 2018

Thursday 30 December 2010

RSR and Charity Organizations
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Red Sea Rising not only intends on rocking and rolling, we have a mission to make our world better. We proudly wish to offer our support to the following charities: AMFAR, Doctors Without Borders, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Humane Society of North Texas, Farm Aid. All these foundations have been found to put donated funds towards where they were intended to go without huge administrative costs!

AMFAR - American Foundation For Aids Research - Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $307 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

Doctors Without Borders - is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

National Alliance To End Homelessness - Over 10,000 partners across the United States working together to affect policy, educate and end homelessness in the United States.

Humane Society of North Texas - HSNT’s mission is to act as an advocate on behalf of all animals and to ensure their legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection; to provide for the well-being of animals who are abandoned, injured, neglected, mistreated or otherwise in need; to promote an appreciation of animals; and to instill respect for all living things.

Farm Aid - Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $37 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land.

Posted by: Ken
on 2018

Monday 27 December 2010

Red Sea Rising is blowing it out
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• PRESS RELEASE: RED SEA RISING is synonymous with many things; a kickass rock band about to go on an international tour, an internet rock radio station with a new country division called Renegade Revolution hitting the ground running after the first of the year, a unique place for musicians to receive recognition and airplay at NO cost to them AND, in partnership with a huge music conglomerate, they are about to blow it open with a series of contests for musicians that will culminate in a record deal with their record label, Three Worlds Away. Founders Ken Pinkstaff and James Salazar are no strangers to the music business, having spent over 25 years as professional musicians. Their goal is to set the world on fire with their music and through their involvement with charitable organizations. Red Sea Rising proudly and actively supports several foundations including the Associated Humane Societies, the Turn The Paige Foundation, AMFAR, Doctors Without Borders and the National Alliance To End Homelessness. The contest series that will be occurring will be a small fee submission based contest with 20% of all proceeds going immediately to one of the charities listed above (each musician is to select where their submission fee is to go.) This is done to encourage everyone to give back to their world and Red Sea Rising will match every dollar submitted by the artists through their submissions. Hook yourself up at for some great music and airplay that all musicians need while also making your world a little better place!


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Posted by: RadicalRed
on 2018

Wednesday 22 December 2010

Red Sea Rising Does It Again...
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Red Sea Rising and Renegade Revolution, in conjunction with the Turn The Paige Foundation, are helping promote organ donor registry in Texas in a big way! A benefit celebrity golf tournament will be held on April 18, 2011 at the Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo, TX. Prominent Texas Country musicians will be playing to help encourage organ donor signups during the National Organ Donor month of April!

Red Sea Rising is allowing us to use their website to promote this cause (one of many that they assist with) and we hope to see a LOT of Texans show up to play a round of golf with some of Texas Country's best and brightest musicians. And hey, we don't want your money...we want something that only YOU can give...your organs! Give the gift of life to others, register as an organ donor. We want to hook you up and make it easy for you so I am providing a link below for you to be able to utilize 60 seconds that could possibly give YEARS to someone else.

Our thanks go out to Red Sea Rising, RSR Trip Radio, Renegade Revolution and Three Worlds Away Records for giving us a voice to encourage this very important cause!

Head to donatelife.net for all American access to sign up as a donor!
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