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Heart transplant recipient discusses gift of life

Robert M. Roen is alive today because he received the gift of life from a former Indiana University Northwest student. A heart transplant recipient, Roen is one of two special presenters for the informative discussion, "Waiting for and Living with an Organ Transplant," to be held at the Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest Center for Medical Education on Friday, April 29, 2005.

The presentation is open to the public and will begin at Noon in the Advanced Technology Auditorium, room 2001 of the newly built Medical Professional Building. Walter Johnson, educational speaker from the Gift of Hope nonprofit

organization, will join Roen in teaching the public about this important topic.

"Many people suffer from serve deficits or even death due to the lack of donor organs and tissues available for transplantation. This is an issue that affects us all regardless of race or ethnicity," said Ernest F. Talarico, Jr., Ph.D., assistant professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology for the Northwest Center for Medical Education.

An Educational Resource Booth from the Gift of Hope organization will be on site for more information. For more information about this event, please call Ernest F. Talarico at (219) 980-4356.



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Kim Kintz
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