Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Arizona businesses standing in the gap for transplant patients

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer meeting with Presi...Over the last month, I have ran a few blog posts (see bottom of this post) that have been highly critical of the decision of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (pictured right with Obama) to cut off Medicaid funding for organ transplants in her state. In the last couple of days, I've ran across some good news for the transplant patients affected in an article, Businesses Aim to Fund Transplants Cut by State, on the Arizona Daily Star's website.

A former Arizona State Legislator, Leo Corbet, is not only protesting the state's decision to cut off the much needed funding but has also called for Arizona businesses to step up and donate the funds. Corbet, who received a heart transplant in 2001, is currently president of a non-profit group, New Life Society, that works to raise awareness of organ donation. Corbet has set up a bank account at Wells Fargo where the donations can be sent. None of the money will go to administrative costs. The account is called "Transplant Assistance Project." Donations are tax deductible and the program's motto is "Tomorrow Is Too Late."

Corbert believes that even if the state changes its mind and restores the funding, it will be too late for many of Arizona's transplant patients. Therefore, he is pushing ahead with this project and urging Arizona businesses to help out immediately. Personally, I think this story proves two things - 1) "where there's a will, there's a way," and 2) that the government doesn't always have the answer, but American ingenuity and love for fellow man usually does. Kudos to Corbet and the New Life Society. May God Bless their efforts to raise the $4 Million dollars needed.

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