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  1. Jack Harley says:

    Another great episode guys. Jason thanks for the Shameless plug for Masonic Lite and thanks for stepping in to help us out. We’re hoping that our Jason can make the audio work. On this subject I’ve tried to hold a daylight Lodge by dispensation at my home Lodge in Ephrata Pennsylvania. It hasn’t caught yet but we’re going to keep trying. Thanks again listen to you soon

  2. Alexander Madsen says:

    You are all welcome to visit the Martimes of Canada any time. It’s not uncommon for Lodges in our Region to be involved in public charity.

    BTW – our Lodge of New Brunswick just celebrated 150 years this week!

    Fraternally,

    Bro. Alex Madsen
    Keith 23
    Moncton NB
    Canada

  3. Richard Vier says:

    ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION STATISTICS

    There are currently 121,678 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. Of these, 100,791 await kidney transplants. (as of 1/11/16)
    The median wait time for an individual’s first kidney transplant is 3.6 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility and availability of organs.
    In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the US. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.
    On average:
    Over 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month.
    13 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.
    Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list.
    In 2014, 4,761 patients died while waiting for a kidney transplant. Another, 3,668 people became too sick to receive a kidney transplant.
    (National Kidney Foundation)

    Brothers,

    With respect to your answers to the question of kidney donation, I believe that your responses were coming from an uninformed perspective. I applaud each and every one of you for being donors, but there are very good reasons why living donation is a benefit and a worthwhile endeavor to pursue. A kidney from a living donor will last much longer for the recipient, it will begin working immediately, it will have a much greater chance of being a successful transplant, and it will take all of the recipients off of the kidney donation waiting list, shortening the wait time for over 100,000 people still on that list. (13 die every day waiting, on average)

    Regarding the assertion that our obligations prevent us from doing injury to ourselves or those dependant upon us… that’s speaking about material injury, not the way you interpreted it. I didn’t have to pay a dime for travel and am being compensated for missed wages, so no worries there.

    What our obligations DO say is that we are to fly to the relief of a worthy distressed brother if there is a greater probability of saving his life than of losing our own. The fact is that there is less than a 1 percent chance of there being a donor laparoscopic nephrectomy related complication, and ten times less of a chance that the surgery will result in a death. As far as surgeries go, it is one of the safest.

    I knew none of this when I contacted Chris and after I educated myself it became a very easy choice. It’s easy to speculate, but please do so from an informed position. People listen to you, and may form the same opinions as you based solely on your answers to that question.

    Thank you for the kind words and well wishes. We are both at our homes now and the transplant was a resounding success. Chris can now live a full life and can count on nearly an additional decade of life before he has to worry about another transplant, thanks to living donation.

    Sincerely and with the most brotherly love,

    Richard Vier
    Golden Spike Lodge #6
    F&AM of Utah

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