STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES PROJECT

The Charles and Jennie Machado Foundation is dedicating a tremendous amount of resources to bring awareness and to improve the quality of life for people with kidney disease. We are doing this through several programs to increase Live Kidney donations. While other organizations are focused on developing awareness of kidney disease, we are actively addressing the issue of living donors.

Why are we doing this?

In the United States, kidney disease is growing at an alarming rate. The number one cause is Type II Diabetes, followed by untreated high blood pressure. We support and collaborate with other organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation and The Living Kidney Donor’s Network to educate and bring awareness to the issue of kidney disease, but our main focus is offering people the opportunity to save a life by donating one of their kidneys.

Here’s why we are doing this work.

In May 2014 there were 100,602 people waiting on a list for a kidney transplant. As of August 8,2015, that number is at 108,934. This is nearly a 9% annual increase.

Here’s the big problem.

Transplant Centers only did 11,507 kidney transplants in 2014. 5,536 of these were from Living Donors, but this trend is decreasing every year. Simply put, the number of living donors is dropping. The number was 6,572 in 2005.

Currently 14 people die EVERY DAY waiting for a kidney transplant.

So, how do we reach people to get them excited about donating a kidney?

If saving a life is not enough incentive, perhaps we should have a nation program to recognize kidney donors.

As it turns out, on September 23, 2008, Representative Shelia Jackson-Lee a Democratic from Texas, introduced a bill before Congress for what we have today: The Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Congressional Gift of Life Medal

This is available to anybody who has donated an organ in the United States. George Bush signed this law On September 23, 2008.

Not one medal has been given out. Not one. And The Charles and Jennie Machado Foundation is going to do something about this. We are going to make this award available and in doing so, we will bring more awareness to this issue of Live Kidney Donations.

Would you like to help us? Contact us to discover how you can become involved and help with this cause.

Who was Stephanie Tubbs Jones?

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was born in Cleveland, Ohio, September 10, 1949. She attended Collinwood High School, the local public school and attended Case Western Reserve University, getting her degree in Social Work at Flora Stone Mather in 1971. As a member of the sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, she was involved in social action causes and was an integral part of various public action projects. She returned to Case Western Reserve University School of Law to earn her JD in 1974.

No stranger to difficulties, she married Mervyn Jones in 1976 even though he was charged with aggravated murder and robbery, pleading to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Their marriage succeeded though and lasted 27 years until Mervyn’s death in 2003. Together they had one son, Mervyn Leroy Jones Jr.

In 1981, she was elected to a judgeship in the Cleveland Municipal Court. Thereafter, she ran for the Supreme Court of Ohio, but lost in a tight race. After a tenure as the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor from 1991 until 1999, when she resigned to take her seat in Congress. She was reelected four times with very little opposition and proceeded to find her way to the top of the DemocraticNational Committee, where she served as co-chairwoman. As noted in her voting record, she opposed the Iraq war and voted against the use of military force in 2002.

On August 19,2008, Congresswoman Tubbs suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while driving her car. She passed on August 20, 2008 as a result of the hemorrhage. She was 58 years of age. She dedicated her life in the quest to help others and continued to do so even after her death through organ donations.

On September 23, 2008, Representative Shelia Jackson-Lee a Democratic from Texas, started the process for what we have today in her speech before Congress. There, she pleaded for the memory of her friend, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.

STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES
INTRODUCTION OF THE BILL

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