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[December 30, 2013]

RTI Donor Services Celebrates 15 Years of Serving Tissue Donor Families in Wisconsin

MIDDLETON, Wis. --(Business Wire)--

For 15 years, RTI Donor Services has been honored to support the tissue donation wishes of individuals and their families throughout the state of Wisconsin. RTI has a long history of ensuring safe tissue implants are available for Wisconsin patients in need.

Similarly to organ donation, gifts of tissue - which include bone, skin, heart valves, connective tissue, veins and pericardium - can be donated after death. Donated tissue is currently being used in more than 1.5 million surgeries routinely performed each year in the United States. The gift of donated bone can save an injured patient from amputation and may aid in spinal, musculoskeletal and fracture repair. Increasing numbers of surgeries use allograft bone dowels, wedges, pastes and pins as the implants of choice for tissue repair. Heart valve donations replace defective valves and may improve patients' heart function. Half of all heart valves are transplanted into children under the age of 15. Donated veins can help restore blood circulation, and skin donations may speed the healing process for burn victims.

"RTI Donor Services is proud to continue our mission of providing donated human tissue for the benefit of others through compassionate support, outreach and education to families and our local communities," said Brenda Knighton, director of RTI Donor Services' Midwest Division. "We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the people of Wisconsin in providing care to our donor families and, ultimately, safe tissue implants for recipients."

RTI Donor Services has been celebrating its 15th anniversary throughout the year by in turn celebrating the talented individuals at hospitals, funeral homes, medical examiner and coroner offices throughout the state who work with RTI to help make the gift of tissue donation possible.

RTI Donor Services is a not-for-profit tissue recovery network dedicated to serving donor families and the donation community in perpetuating the circle of life. In addition to offering families the option of tissue donation, RTI Donor Services supports their wishes as a responsible steward of human donated tissue gifts, provides family services, and offers community information and awareness. RTI Donor Services may be accessed through the Internet at

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