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September 24, 2015

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Ben Barros

Sad news indeed. My thoughts are with his family.

Michelle Meyer

This is terrible. I didn't know Calvin outside of The Faculty Lounge, so the best way I can think to honor his memory here is to reiterate his remarks on the importance of becoming an organ donor (living or cadaveric) and of developing sensible, evidence-based policies governing "organ" donation (including bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells). In Calvin's words (from a comment he made on a post of mine here almost two years ago, http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/12/the-human-face-of-hhss-proposed-rule-criminalizing-compensation-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-providers.html):

I am 11 months out from a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. I am doing remarkably well. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to my donor and for the incredibly fine care I have received at Boston's Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I am biased, of course, but I think the HHS position is abominable. Increasing the number of potential donors does not solve the problem of an unwilling registrant, but it makes the odds better for the recipient. Without a transplant, prospective recipients will soon die. With a transplant, the odds of an extended life are vastly improved. Only those who have not faced the necessity of a life-giving transplant can be indifferent.

Tamara Piety

Sorry to hear this.

Matthew Reid Krell

May his memory be for a blessing.

Jack Chin

This is terribly sad news.

Andrew Siegel

Such sad news. He was interesting and kind every time our paths crossed.

Laura Appleman

Rest in peace, Calvin.

Marc Roark

Very Sad to hear. Peace to his family.

Orin Kerr

So sad -- too young. May he rest in peace. And Michelle, glad to know that you are doing well.

Jeff Redding

A sad day, to be sure. I hope that peace comes quickly to his friends and family. Michelle, here's thinking of you too--strength and joy!

Michelle Meyer

Hi Orin,

Thank you, but I'm not sick; so sorry for the confusion. The words above ("I am 11 months out...") are Calvin's about his own experience as a bone marrow recipient not quite three years ago. I only wrote a blog post (linked above) on HHS's proposed rule making peripheral blood stem cells an "organ" subject to the federal prohibition on exchanging organs for valuable compensation. Calvin commented on that post, sharing his personal experience and his views on the proposed rule, which I quoted above, in relevant part. It seemed important to him, for what are now painfully obvious reasons, so I thought I would repost his comment here as a small way of remembering him and something he cared about. Again, sorry for the confusion; I think I must have been in "indented block quote" mode, but I should have used quotation marks.

Einsteinwashere

RIP Calvin

Kim Krawiec

Such sad news -- far too young. And nice remembrance, Michelle.

Jacqui Lipton

My condolences to Calvin and his family. He will be greatly missed.

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