The history behind infectious diseases is terrifying. Vaccines were created out of necessity; people were dying in mass quantities. In fact, it was the number one killer of humans. The first successful vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner and used cowpox to create immunity to smallpox. The prospect of eradicating viruses was groundbreaking … Continue reading Vaccinations Are a Big Deal
There is a shortage of organs being donated. According the the U.S. Department of Health and Services, 20 people die each day waiting for transplants. In 2017 over 100,000 people were in the national waiting list and only 34,000 surgeries were performed. In today's video, a baby's eye sight is restored after being born blind. … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Help Others With Organ Donation
Death has a price tag. The average cost of a funeral is starting around $10,000. Recently, someone I know passed away and wanted to be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. The plot alone was $11,000. Needless to say, the family sought out more affordable options. The costs are astronomical and it’s … Continue reading Can You Afford to Die?
Claire Wineland was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. With CF mucous fills up in the lungs and other organs and eventually sufferers may need a lung transplant. She documented her experiences with her YouTube series The Clarity Project. Today's video is a mash up of her overall message and spirit. She passed away earlier … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Live a Life to be Proud of
Death means different things to people across cultures and religions. Assisted Suicide gives death a permanent and scheduled date. Although questionable, physician assisted deaths are not new. This type of death was highlighted in mainstream media through Dr. Kevorkian. He was a medical pathologist that helped terminally ill patients end their lives and was eventually … Continue reading The Suicide Machine Aims to Make Death Peaceful
Bill Conner was reunited with his daughter in a very special away. She passed away suddenly on a family vacation and her parents decided to donate her organs. During a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to organ donation, he met the recipient of his daughter's heart. Losing a loved one is very difficult. Donating … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart
A cancer diagnosis can send anyone reeling with panic. Families are sent into a tailspin, awaiting the prognosis. A significant portion of cancer research focuses on the treatment of adults, yielding amazing results. However, the same advances for children have been stonewalled. The federal governments allots a certain amount of money to cancer research each … Continue reading Childhood Cancer: More Than 4