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Jessica Ciccone, at left, and Samantha Rudolph joined Monday's program.
St. Louis Public Radio & Babyation

Since Jessica Ciccone moved back to her hometown of St. Louis in 2012 after years living in Boston, she’s found a niche connecting local professionals with business resources and service activities — and with each other.

Those passions all come together in the nonprofit she helped to form a couple of years ago, St. Louis Startup Ambassadors, for which she now serves as board vice president. The organization helps transplants find their way in what can be an insular town — although St. Louis natives and “boomerangs” like herself, who’ve moved back after years away, are also welcome.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Ciccone and with Samantha Rudolph, the founder of Babyation, a company Rudolph describes as “unapologetically for moms."

Analysis: Transplant system fails many patients here

Nov 5, 2017

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 7, 2008 - It has been nearly 25 years since the nation passed the National Organ Transplant Act, which created a system for procuring organs and distributing them. It barred the sale of organs from either deceased or living donors.

Anne Allred, a KSDK anchor, recently underwent kidney transplant surgery. She spoke with St. Louis on the Air's Don Marsh on April 24, 2017.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Last April, KSDK Anchor Anne Allred hadn’t given a thought to organ donation. She was preparing to have a baby in August and balancing life as an evening anchor of KSDK news.

A year later, everything is different for Allred as she marks this year’s National Donate Life Month. In the past year, she faced the premature birth of her daughter, Nora, and her extended stay in the NICU, severe renal failure due to a rare kidney disorder, dialysis and an eventual kidney transplant.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 1, 2013 - The doctor in charge of the division of hematology and oncology at Saint Louis University sees both opportunities and challenges in the school's new comprehensive outpatient bone marrow transplant center, the first in the region.

Dr. Frederich Schuening says the center, which opened Dec. 4, is a winner from the standpoint of cost and patient satisfaction. But he concedes there is an ongoing issue of ensuring patients get competent care when they leave the hospital each day to spend time at home.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 13, 2011 - Lance Martin was born with Type 1 diabetes. As he got older, complications started to affect his quality of life, and his kidney function decreased.

By 1996, "I was really very sick," Martin said. It became clear that end-stage renal disease was not far off. But Martin was determined to get well again.

Commentary: Death panels and the politics of spin

Feb 13, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 13, 2011- If you are pining for an allegory for the schism that divides our country, two recent death panel fiascoes provide instructive insights.

The "death panel" known far and wide was conjured during the health care summer of 2009. This invented Obama venality became a national fad because Republicans understood that reality can be a shoddy substitute for effective political theater. They knew that when outrage is telegenic, no misrepresentation is so extreme that it precludes the devoted credulity of millions of uninformed voters.

Double transplant improves quality of life for some diabetics

Dec 23, 2010

Type 2 diabetes – the kind related to obesity and an unhealthy diet – gets a lot of attention these days. But there’s another, less common, form of the disease – type 1 – that can also lead to life-threatening complications.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra takes us behind the scenes at a local hospital, for the transplant operation that got one St. Louis-area woman off dialysis, and made her diabetes-free.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon Sept. 2, 2009 - Jim Granato describes his documentary "D tour" as "a rock 'n' roll film about life, death and bodily functions."

The "D," by the way, stands for dialysis, and the film chronicles the life of Pat Spurgeon, a young indie rock musician who finds himself on the brink of career success -- and kidney failure. Spurgeon is determined not to let the disease keep him from touring with his band Rogue Wave.