The American Transplant Foundation’s young professionals group, the Transplant Leadership Council held their last meeting of the year this week at the new headquarters of the incredibly successful Denver cracker company 34 Degrees. We loved having the chance to talk to CEO Craig Lieberman about his journey and the important values of community and teamwork he keeps at the forefront of his company culture.
The Transplant Leadership Council helps in decision-making for the recipients of our Patient Financial Assistance Programs and reflected over the success of the 133 patients we have been able to provide assistance for this year to date!
As the year comes to an end we are currently accepting applications to be involved with this group. You don’t need to be a Denver resident to be involved, we welcome members from all across the country. If you are interested, please apply here!
For those already involved, we encourage you to nominate yourself or another member for our 2016 Co-Chair position, helping to provide leadership and involvement to the Transplant Leadership Council! Nominations should be sent to Erica@americantransplantfoundation.org.
The ATF ladies Brunch and Cartier Viewing gave TLC members, Mentors, staff and volunteers the opportunity to get to know each other better! Thank you for helping us celebrate our 2014 accomplishments and get a great start to 2015.
Here are a few beautiful photos from the event!
Russ and Angela Cupps represented Team Transplant very well in the Bahamas last month. They even talked about Team Transplant on Bahamian TV!
January 21, 2015 Meetup and Healthy Happy Hour at Whole Foods
Team Transplant recently had a fun and free meetup! We learned from the experts at Whole Foods how to prepare meals and get the most out of our workouts on a tight schedule.
Teddi Bryant, from Hot Mamas gym in Denver, got our blood pumping with 30 minutes of easy exercise routines to apply at the office or at home!
The food tasting featured tasty, nutritious dishes that are a snap to whip up! They showed us how even the busiest person can squeeze in a homemade meal or a smoothie on the go.
This event is FREE, fun, healthy and informational! Join Team Transplant as we learn from the experts at Whole Foods how to prepare meals and get the most out of our workouts on a tight schedule.
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Most major religions support organ and tissue donation. Typically, religions view organ and tissue donation as acts of charity and goodwill. Donor Alliance urges you to discuss organ and tissue donation with your spiritual advisor if you have concerns on this issue.
National Donor Sabbath, November 14-16, 2014:
American Transplant Foundation volunteers visited Mile Hi Church near Denver, CO. We talked with the congregation members and did outreach to raise awareness for organ donation, especially living organ donation. One member of their congregation happens to be the first ever altruistic living organ donor in the state of Colorado! He helped us organize this event. Thank you to Mile Hi Church.
On Sunday, June 3rd, Team Transplant had both an incredible showing and a really fun time at the 2012 Subaru Elephant Rock.
The Elephant Rock is the largest cycling event in the Rocky Mountain region, and Team Transplant had the largest charity team for the fourth year in-a-row! Here are our 2012 team totals:
- 132 team members cycled courses ranging from 7 to 100 miles to raise money and awareness to support organ and tissue donation.
- 23 living organ donors and transplant recipients were on the team:
- 9 living kidney donors (plus two who volunteered at the event!)
- 7 kidney recipients
- 4 liver recipients
- 3 heart recipients
- From team members and sponsors, Team Transplant raised over $80,000. This was Team Transplant’s most successful year yet!
- The top three fundraisers for 2012:
- R. Stanton Dodge – $7,005
- Brian Cerise – $5, 576
- Vienna Danna – $3,230
- The top Sub Teams for 2012 and their captains:
- Organ Grinders – $7,780.21 – Brian Cerise
- Vienna 777 – $3,530 – Vienna Danna
- Team Rockman – $2,720 – Matthew Ferer
- Living Donors Rock & Ride – $2,650
- West Metro Firefighters – $2,350 – Russ Cupps
- Taking Care of Uncle Rick’s Parts – $2,314 – Angela Hillsten
One of our top fundraisers for the second year in-a-row was Vienna. She is seven years old, and received a lifesaving liver transplant before her first birthday. Last year, Vienna rode the kids race (and won!), but this year she cycled the 7-mile course!
Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, our Team Captain for the 62-mile course, gave a great speech at the event about the importance of organ donation and, specifically, living donation. Garcia reminded thousands at the event that we all have the power to save a life! He presented Vienna with her Team Transplant Champion jersey, earned only by raising $1,000 or more.
You can view more photos on our Facebook album. (You do not need a Facebook account to see the photos!)
We are grateful to all team members for their support, and we also wish to extend a big ‘thank-you’ to our sponsors:
On Saturday, June 9th, Team Transplant held a team After-Party at Old Chicago in Lakewood, Colorado to thank the cycling team members for their outstanding support, give away prizes, and celebrate the most successful year for Team Transplant yet!
Prize drawings were done for volunteers, all registered team members, and those who raised $500 or $1,000.
Special recognition was given to the top fundraisers; the top Sub Teams and their captains; and to all of the transplant recipients and living organ donors who participated.
The top three fundraisers for 2012 are:
- R. Stanton Dodge – $7,005
- Brian Cerise – $5,576
- Vienna Danna – $3,230
Following the party was a comedy show by the Laughter Saves Lives Foundation, hosted by John Larocchia (www.nyfirecomic.com) The show, along with “Tip a Firefighter” happening all day, was organized by West Metro Firefighter Russ Cupps. Russ is an altruistic kidney donor and raised over $1,000 as a member of Team Transplant this year.
We hope that our team members enjoyed the party as a small thanks for their support and participation. We are excited about our upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon running team…and next year’s cycling team!
A fun bike ride through downtown; signs and banners; honking cars; great pictures!
At the meeting, members celebrated the TLC’s success at supporting transplant patients in need; had the opportunity to meet and network; heard updates about TLC’s recent and upcoming activities; and received an educational overview of the transplant process.
Special guests at the event included:
- Pat Hamill – Chairman and CEO, Oakwood Homes LLC. Mr. Hamill is the owner of historic Harman Hall where the meeting took place. Check out the event photos below to see some of the outstanding work Mr. Hamill did to modernize this historic building! (Note: features of the building are controlled wirelessly by iPad!)
- Phil Haag – CEO of The Monroe Group, American Transplant Foundation Board Member. Phil’s company is offering a generous challenge grant to match up to $25,000 raised or donated by the first 50 TLC Members. This will all go to supporting transplant patients in need.
- Tracey – living kidney donor assisted by the Patient Assistance Program. Tracey recently donated a kidney to her brother, and thanks to the Patient Assistance Program, Tracey had help during her recovery period when she was not able to work. (Click here to watch a video of Tracey and her brother Chris telling their story.)
- Steve Farber – Founder and Chairman of American Transplant Foundation; President and Founding Partner of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
To kick off National Donate Life Month (April), on April 1st, Transplant Leadership Council (TLC) member Jessica Smith hosted Bowling For Life at Celebrity Lanes in Centennial, Colorado.
Jessica, a living donor who donated half of her liver to her father last year, raised over $2,000 for the Patient Assistance Program. Every dollar will provide direct support to help living donors give the gift of life or help transplant recipients afford their anti-rejection medications.
Guests at the event enjoyed awesome prize drawings, great company and, of course, bowling! Check out the pictures below.