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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Transplant patients rely on faith, prayer to overcome By HENRY LEEN JR. Catholic News Service BOSTON (CNS) -- In 1989, Stacey Avallone of Lexington was described as the youngest known liver transplant case in U.S medical history. She was diagnosed soon after birth with a rare liver ailment that left her liver scarred and useless. Less than a month after she was born, Stacey received a liver transplant in an 18-hour operation. Because the donor organ was 10 times larger than a size ap- propriate for a newborn, it had to be reduced in the operating room. Two weeks later, a second operation was required when Stacey began hemorrhaging. "We were lucky to get a liver donation," Mrs. Avallone told The Pilot, Boston&apos;s archdiocesan newspaper. "If Stacey hadn't gotten a liver, she wouldn't be here today. It's really unbeliev- able." In the United States today, some 3,000 patients die each year waiting for an organ trans- plant. Thousands more die who never qualified for a place on the waiting list. Organ transplants are often only in the public eye when fa- mous people need them, but the need for organ donations na- tionwide is urgent. It has prompted the nation's largest medical organizations to form a Coalition on Donation, urging all Americans to become organ and tissue donors. "We believe every adult should become an organ and tis- sue donor," said Dr. Lonnie R. Bristow, president of the Amer- ican Medical Association, one'of the coalition members. "The lives of our relatives and other loved ones can be greatly enriched or saved by donations," Bristow said in a statement pre- pared fbr an April 17 press con- ference in Chicago, held to kick off a campaign to raise aware- ness of the need. According to the United Net- work for Organ Sharing, more than 45,000 people, including 1,500 children, are on the na- tional patient waiting list for organ transplants. The majority of patients need kidney trans- plants, followed by liver and pancreas transplants. In 1995, more than 19,000 transplants were performed in the United States. Like every beneficiary of an organ transplant, the Avallones wrestled with contradictory feel- ings -- their loved one was able to live only because someone's loved one died. "You think of the donor's fam- ily every single day," Mrs. Aval- lone told The Pilot. "Whenever you look at your child, you think of their child, their feelings, heart their pain." In 1986, Today Stacey is an energetic into Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service Worth mentioning... Auxiliary contributes for priestly education The Sixth District of Indiana, Ladies Auxiliary, Knights of St. John, recently contributed $69 to help toward the education of future priests for the Diocese of Evansville. Members of the auxiliary come from Haubstadt, St. Wendel, Vincennes, Washington and Evansville, and have contributed toward seminarians' education each year since 1960, for a total of more than $27,000. Wilma Riedford of Haubstadt is president of the group; Father August Busch is spiritual ad- visor, and Anna Lee Mattingly is Secretary. Knights support Cardinals The Knights of Columbus, with 1.5 million members, have declared their organization's "strongest possible support" for the views expressed by the eight active U.S. cardinals and the president of the bishops' conference regarding President Clinton's veto of the ban on partial birth abortions. Hibernians un-invite Clinton Citing President Clinton's veto of the ban on partial birth abortion, the Ancient Order of Hi- bernians has rescinded an invitation to the president to speak at the Hibernians' national con- ference in July. The Hibernians, who describe themselves as the largest and oldest Irish Catholic American fra- ternal organization, said they were "stunned and angered" at Clinton's "betrayal of his pledge to make abortion rare." Cookbook, prayerbook re-issued Cooking fiJr Christ, one of the most sought-after publications of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, is being re-issued just in time for Mother's Day, in a format as close as possible to its first edition in 1949. The kitchen prayerbook includes stories about saints, information about liturgical use of food and reflections about family celebrations. Cooking for Christ is available for $12.95 per copy which includes shipping and handling, from NCRLC< 4625 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310-2199. Phone (515) 270-2634. E-mail at NCRLC@aol.com Catholic Youth Ministers to meet Catholic Youth Ministers from the midwest will gather at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., this summer for the 1996 Mid-America Ministry Conference, ,June 25-27. 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