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139 The Wendy Marx Foundation




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

139 The Wendy Marx Foundation


The Wendy Marx Foundation for Organ Donor Awareness, an all volunteer
not-for-profit organization, was established in 1990 with a single
purpose: to increase public awareness of the need for organ and tissue
donation. In the United States, there is a desperate need for such
donations. Each day, eight Americans die waiting for an organ transplant,
and thousands of others wait for an available organ.

The story of the Wendy Marx Foundation begins with the story of Wendy
Marx,
(http://www.transweb.org/people/recips/experien/living_proof.html)
a native of Rye Brook, NY, and a graduate of Duke University, now
residing in San Francisco. In late 1989, when Wendy was 22, she was hit
with a severe case of viral hepatitis B, which destroyed her liver. Her
life was saved by a liver transplant. The Marx family, joined by family
friend and Olympic champion Carl Lewis, have been committed to the
Foundation and its cause ever since.

To date, Foundation accomplishments include support of the U.S.
Transplant Games; funding of a medical fellowship for doctors who want to
learn more about organ donation and transplantation; development of the
U.S. Sports Council on Organ Donation, which includes athletes, sports
journalists and collegiate and professional coaches; creation of a
Dribblin' for Donors program with Louisiana State University and Coach
Dale Brown; and the production and distribution of a video on organ donor
awareness targeting junior high school students and their families.

To contact us, please write to:

The Wendy Marx Foundation
322 South Caroline SE, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20003

You can also e-mail Wendy Marx at WEMarx@aol.com.



 

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