FOR IMMEDIATE ADVISORY/MEDIA RELEASE

November 16, 2010

THE AMERICAN TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION

WILL BE AN EXHIBITOR AT THIS YEAR’S AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY’S ANNUAL RENAL WEEK! IT WILL BE HELD AT THE     COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER FROM NOVEMBER 16-20, 2010. THIS  IS THE FIRST TIME THE AMERICAN TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION WILL BE EXHIBITING AT A MAJOR SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE.

(Denver, Colorado) The American Transplant Foundation (the Foundation) is a national non-profit organization that works to increase the donation of organs and tissue to reduce the growing list of men, women and children who are awaiting a lifesaving transplant.  The Foundation’s goals to achieve this mission include supporting medical and clinical advancements in transplantation, providing education and awareness through community-based outreach programs and participating in important events such as Renal Week.

“With more than 92,000 people in the US today on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant, and an estimated half million more on dialysis, the Foundation is exhibiting at Renal Week to raise its visibility within the medical community as a valuable patient resource” said co-founder and executive director Heidi A. Heltzel.

The American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) membership is comprised of more than 11,000 physicians and scientists, all whom are committed to preventing kidney disease and making life better for patients. Whether providing expert care to patients, performing cutting-edge medical research, or training the next generation of kidney experts, nephrologists change lives.

Living donation is when a person donates one of their kidneys or part of their liver to someone in need. The number of living donors and recipients hold testament, not only to the scientific achievements but also to people’s un-ending support when it comes new medical technology and how it can save a life. Even with such advancements, the number of people who will be needing transplants creates a profound urgency to find reliable and unbiased information while finding solutions for saving these valuable lives.

“In this time of phenomenal medical advancements, what began as the very first successful organ transplant fifty-six years ago is now performed with relative regularity. Since record keeping began in 1988, nearly a half million people in the US alone have received organ transplants. Additionally, more than 107,000 people in the US have given the Gift of Life through living donation.” Heidi A. Heltzel, co-founder and executive director. 

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the Foundation is proud to be a representative of the host city for this years’ annual Renal Week.

For Further Information and/or material please call:

Heidi A. Heltzel

American Transplant Foundation

American Transplant Foundation | Connecting People to Life

303-475-0127