Out of Despair, the Gift of Life

After losing her sister, one writer discovers a sense of peace.

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Karen Abercrombie recently shared insight into her experience with donation after her sister, Julie, passed away. Karen describes how the compassion of the donation community helped her heal and her amazement when she learned about the impact of Julie’s tissue donation. Read more>>

“I was astounded to learn that upward of 80 people’s lives were either saved or enriched by Julie’s donations, including, of course, Carson Palmer’s.”

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Dr. Brian Cole Awarded Inaugural Allosource Inspiration Award

AlloSource, in recognition of its work with Dr. Steven Gitelis of Midwest Orthopaedics atDr. Cole Allosource_optimized.jpg Rush, recently created the “Dr. Steven Gitelis Inspiration Award,” honoring a doctor or clinician that inspires through his or her work in treating patients with donated human allografts. The first recipient of this award is Dr. Brian Cole, also of Midwest Orthopaedics of Rush, in recognition of his work using allografts to help his patients heal from a variety of injuries.

Dr. Gitelis, one of the founding physicians of AlloSource, specializes in orthopedic oncology and understands the need for donated human tissue to heal patients. Throughout his career as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gitelis has used donated human tissue in complex surgical procedures. He and his patients appreciate and revere the gift of human tissue donation.

“Dr. Gitelis is a thought leader in the area of allograft research. I am honored to receive this award and grateful to all those who have helped make this happen at my office, Gift of Hope and Allosource,” said Dr. Cole.


The award was presented at the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush offices in Chicago by Tom Cycyota, President and CEO, AlloSource and Anne Gulota, chairperson, Gift of Hope.

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NFL Films Presents: Carson Palmer’s Doner

An incredible story about the woman whose tendon went on to help NFL quarterback Carson Palmer and the amazing bond donation created between these two families!

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QB Carson Palmer’s ACL Injury in the past resulted in a unique connection with his donor’s family.

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Sports Medicine Award Winner 2016: ProChondrix by AlloSource

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ProChondrix® is a new treatment option for patients suffering from debilitating cartilage defects who do not want to give up their active lifestyle. Whether you are addressing pain from articular cartilage damage for the first time, or still have pain in following multiple surgeries, ProChondrix may be the answer to helping restore your life.

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CARTILAGE TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT COMPLETES CROSSFIT COMPETITION

Two years after his cartilage transplant, Phil honored his tissue donor by competing in his first CrossFit competition, taking third place in his division. Six months ago, he joined Full Dimension CrossFit, a local CrossFit gym, to challenge himself. He not only found a new passion, but also an incredible community of support in his fellow athletes and coaches.

Phil also received the “Spirit of CrossFit Wars 2016” award for his strength, courage, inspiration and showing up daily without complaint. “I did this for my donor,” said Phil. “I wish the donor family knew how much I cherish this gift that I was so fortunate to receive.”

Phil feels fortunate to train with the amazing athletes and coaches who inspire him daily. Working hard every day is how Phil maximizes the gift he was given, honoring his donor by pushing himself and getting stronger.

Congratulations to Phil on this exciting milestone!

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