Entries by Gabi Klebanow

Annual American Transplant Foundation Holiday Party!

Thank you to all who joined us at our
Annual Holday Party! 

We are honored that we were joined by friends, family, living donors, transplant recipients, volunteers, Board Members, and supporters at our annual Holiday Party! This evening was filled with laughs, lots of food, and giving back. 

As always, we celebrated all of the lives saved through transplantation, and looked to the future as we prepare to save even more lives in 2020

All of our honored guests had a chance to adopt Patient Assistance Grant Recipients at our Tree of Life! Because of their help, almost all of our Patient Assistance Grant Recipients will be receiving a special gift in the mail this holiday season. 

We were also joined by Denver Poet, Devan Kingston and Tarot Card Reader, Diana Fox who allowed our guests to have some more fun. Delicious appetizers were provided by Private Chef, Steve Grindley. 

We would like to thank all of our guests, volunteers, Devan, Diana, and Chef Steve for making this such a fun and eventful evening! 

A special 'THANK YOU' goes out to our wonderful hosts, Dr. Mike Shomaker and Leslie Shomaker. These two have opened their home to American Transplant Foundation year after year to support the most vulnerable living organ donors and transplant recipients. 

2019 was quite a year! We're looking forward to what the future holds in 2020. 

Holiday Party Photos


Here's what we've been up to lately... 

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3rd Annual TK’s 5K

Join Us at the 3rd Annual TK's 5K Walk/Run on
March 28, 2020!

At the 2nd Annual TK's 5K, family, friends, and a community came together to honor and remember Troy Kenneth Merkle  (TK), a precious boy who gained his wings too soon. TK had Alagille Syndrome and did not survive the liver transplant surgery. TK's inspiring family, friends, and community are coming together again for the 3rd Annual TK's 5K Walk/Run on March 28, 2020!

Join TK's family and friends at the 3rd annual charity 5K Walk/Run to not only honor and remember the precious TK, but to raise awareness for organ donation and the American Transplant Foundation! 

Need to Know Information

When? Saturday, March 28, 2020

What Time? 9:30am (Race Start)

Where? Promenade Terrace
Promenade Dr S, Westminster, CO 80020

Registration: $25 for Adults | 7 & Under are Free
Prices increase after 12/31/2019

Course: -Results can be used as a BOLDERBoulder 10K Qualifier
-Leashed dogs & stroller friendly
-70% concrete/30% dirt and gravel

Can't make it? Please consider making a donation of any size HERE!

2nd Annual TK'S 5K was AWESEOME!


Raising over $7,000 for the American Transplant Foundation

Battle at the Pitch Hosted by Colorado Mesa University Women’s Rugby Team

The CMU Women's Rugby team is hosting the 2nd Annual Battle at The Pitch! Taking on the Colorado School of Mines, the CMU Women's Rugby will raise funds for the American Transplant Foundation. Show your suuport for CMU Women's Rugby and American Transplant Foundation on Saturday, November 2nd @ 11am!

There are lots of ways to show your support for CMU Women's Rugby and the American Transplant Foundation...

1. For only $10, you can take advantage of unlimited food and drinks at the game!

2. Pre-order your $10 Battle at the Pitch T-shirt HERE! All T-Shirts will be available for pick up at the game. If you are unable to pick up at the game, please make note at the bottom of the pre-order form.

3. Donate! To kick start our End of Year Giving, please consider making a donation on behalf of CMU Women's Rugby Team HERE.


All The Details: 

When? Saturday, November 2, 2019 

What Time? 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where? Colorado Mesa University Rugby Pitch
1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Thank You! 3rd Annual Trivia For Life was a Success!

Thank you to all who made our 3rd Annual Trivia For Life a huge success!

Trivia for Life was created to bring together friends, families, and coworkers for an evening of delicious drinks, amazing food, friendly competition, prizes and more. All while raising funds for the nation's most vulnerable living organ donors, transplant recipients, and their families.  This year's fundraiser, was one for the books!

Together, we raised over $121,000 for vulnerable living donors, transplant recipients, and their families!

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all 270 guests, 34 sponsors, 20 Trivia Committee Members, 30+ Volunteers, our inspiring speakers; Jim and Jack, and support staff for making this evening such a success! A special thank you to DaVita who allowed us to host our friends, family members, and collegues. 

Trivia For Life plays a vital role in our fundraising efforts and is one of our favorite fundraising events of the year.  Through this event we are able to raise funds that support our Patient Assistance Program, our 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program, and our ability to pursue our lifesaving mission.

Want Trivia For Life in your city? Let us know!

Team Transplant at Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon

Join Team Transplant at Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: October 19th & 20th 2019!

You won’t want to miss this super fun event. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series travels to major cities all around the world and is known for lining the race route with live bands, cheerleaders, and themed water stations. We’re looking forward to another exciting and fun weekend! 

This year, the American Transplant Foundation’s Team Transplant, a group of living organ donors, transplant recipients, and supporters, will run/walk the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to honor their loved ones who gave the Gift of Life. 

If you’d like to run with us to support living organ donors, transplant recipients, and their families, please follow the steps below to ensure your a part of this inspiring team! 

THE DETAILS

5K 

Sat. October 19
Start Time: 9am
Civic Center Park
(101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202)

10K

Sun. October 20
Start Time: 7am
Civic Center Park
(101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202)

Half Marathon

Sun. October 20
Start Time: 7am
Civic Center Park
(101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202)

Participate at Rock 'N' Roll:

STEP 1:

Please consider fundraising to help support our efforts. All funds raised go directly to supporting living donors and transplant recipients. 

STEP 2:

October 19: 5K
October 20: 10K & Half Marathon

Please Note: There is not an 'Offical Team Transplant' team. Please notify us after you register at support@americantransplantfoundation.org.

3rd Annual Trivia For Life!

You are invited to the the highly anticipated
3rd Annual Trivia For Life!

Trivia for Life was created to bring together friends, families, and coworkers for an evening of delicious drinks, amazing food, friendly competition, prizes and more. All while raising funds for the nation's most vulnerable living organ donors, transplant recipients, and their families.  Who will take home the crown of Trivia For Life Champions?

When? Friday, October 4th, 2019

Where? DaVita Sky Lounge (2000 16th St, Denver, CO)

What time? 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

What do I wear? Business/Cocktail Attire 

What can I look forward to? Open bar, fully catered hors d’oeuvres and dessert, silent auction, games, music, and fun! 

Help us reach our goal of $50,000 for living donors and transplant recipients.

Early Bird Tickets are available until September 1st!
Discounted tickets available for young professionals (TLC Members), living donors, and transplant recipients. Email Gabi for more details.  

Interested in 4 or more tickets? Want an awesome team builder for your company? Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities!

Fun at Team Transplant at Donor Dash 5K!

Thank you to everyone who joined Team Transplant at Donor Dash 5K on July 21st! We had a wonderful time seeing the transplant community come together for a day of raising awareness for living organ donors, transplant recipients, and their families. It is inspiring to see friends, families, and coworkers come together for a cause that is greater than us.

Special thanks go out to Michelle, Mason, Eric, Mary Ann, Ron, Matt, Jenna, and Andrew who were so kind to share their stories and why they support the American Transplant Foundation. Please see the video below for some highlights of this amazing day!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Team Transplant will be running to save lives on
October 19th-20th at Rock N' Roll Marathon Series!

5K, 10K, & Half Marathon options available.

Registration information coming soon!

Get Ready for Donor Dash 5K 2019!

What? Donor Dash 5K run/walk is an event organized by Donor Alliance  that takes place annually “to honor the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrate the lives of transplant recipients and recognize those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.” The American Transplant Foundation’s Team Transplant walks and runs at Donor Dash annually to continue proving that living a healthy, active, life after an organ transplant is possible!

When and where? Donor Dash 5K 2019 will take place on Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at Washington Park in Denver, Colorado.

Schedule:
7:00 AM — Race Day Registration & Packet Pick Up
8:00 AM – Expo Area Opens
8:00 AM – 5K Runners Start
8:05 AM – 5K Walkers Start
9:15 AM – Diaper Dash – Expo Area (ages 3 and under) – Free
9:30 AM – Recognition Ceremony
10:00 AM – Conclusion of Ceremony

What you need to know:

Team Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, July 14th at 11:59 pm MST! Make sure you sign up to walk/run with Team Transplant before then by following these quick and easy steps-

  1. Visit www.donoralliance.org/donordash
  2. Click ‘Register Now’ to be re-directed to the Race Roster’s website
  3. Click ‘Register’ on the left side of the page to create or sign in to your Race Roster account
  4. Fill in the ‘Participant 1’ registration information; at the bottom of the page under ‘teams,’ select ‘Yes’ when asked if you ‘Would like to join or create a team?’
  5. Click ‘Join a Team’ and select ‘Team Transplant’ from the dropdown menu

Packet Pick Up: Your Race Bibs and Packets will be at the American Transplant Foundation Tent! 

Parking:  Some parking is available at South High School (1700 E Louisiana Ave, Denver, CO 80210) OR locate free street parking in the surrounding area. Please pay attention to permit-only parking and no parking zones. Click HERE for more info on parking and directions. 

If you donate $25 to the American Transplant Foundation you will receive an exclusive Team Transplant Swag Bag & 1 Entry to one of our On-Site Raffles!

Donor Dash 5K 2019 Team Transplant Raffle Prizes

Team Transplant 2019!

We had a blast at Elephant Rock Cycling Festival in Castle Rock, Colorado!  Team Transplant 2019 was a huge success. Every year our team of living donors, transplant recipients, and supporters come out to raise awareness and funds for the most vulnerable living donors, transplant patients, and their families. This event is so important to us so that we can show the world that it is possible to lead a healthy, active lifestyle after an organ transplant.

Elephant Rock Cycling Festival features both road and mountain bike courses.  The event welcomes all ages and abilities with rides ranging from 8 to 100 miles. This year the American Transplant Foundation’s ‘Team Transplant’ raised over $43,000 for the most vulnerable living organ donors and transplant recipients!

This year, ATF set up a gear booth with a trivia wheel, hats, jerseys, and freebies to spread the word about living organ donation. We also set up a tent for our amazing riders with loads of snacks, breakfast, lunch, massage therapists, IV vitamin treatments, and games.

Thank you to all of our riders who rode for a cause this weekend, your support means everything to us! It was awesome to see our ATF community come together for a day of fun, friends, and fundraising. This event wouldn’t be possible without our riders, volunteers, and Sponsors. We hope to see you all again at our next event, Donor Dash on July 21st, 2019!

For more photos of Team Transplant 2019 and for updates of upcoming events, check out our Facebook page. 

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors!

Thank You to our additional Supporters!

Pizzeria Locale, Don't Go Nuts, RXBAR, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, King Soopers, Sprouts Farmers Market, SoulFull Project, Keen One Quinoa, Chimes, Wild Women Wine, Epic Ryde, Bobo's Oat Bars, Bloom Portraits, Elite Island Caribbean Resorts, Great American Beer Festival, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, Sweet Action Ice Cream, Arvada Center, School House Arvada, Comedy Works, Colorado Railroad Museum, Alamo Draft House, Coloradical, Elitch Garden, Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Royal Gorge Bridge Park, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Bear Nibbles, and Suja! 

HB19-1253 Living Organ Donor Insurance Act Passed & Exceeds Expectations!

Today marks a huge victory in the transplant community through the passage of the Colorado Living Organ Donor Insurance Act! This lifesaving legislation was passed on the last day of the legislation session and we couldn't be more thrilled. Next step: Governor Polis' desk!

What it's all about: Colorado Living Donor Insurance Act will prohibit health, life, disability, and long-term care insurers from discriminating against living organ donors by charging them higher premiums or denying them insurance.

Right now, Colorado and New York are the only two states in the country that include health insurance in their bills. This provides extra protection for living donors in case the Affordable Care Act goes away and gives living donors peace of mind in the present.

The battle: This bill was introduced in March of 2019. Originally, it included life insurance, disability, and long-term care insurance providers.

American Transplant Foundation thought it was necessary to include health insurance companies to the list of entities that cannot discriminate against living organ donors in Colorado.

First, the Senate voted to include health insurance. However, it was rejected by the House. We rallied our volunteers, and thanks to consistent grassroots outreach campaign, the joint House and Senate Conference Committee decided to add health insurance back. Finally, during the last two days of the legislative session, both the Senate and the House approved this critical addition.

A message from American Transplant Foundation's Executive Director, Anastasia Henry: "We applaud the Colorado legislators who made this bill the best it can be. We have worked tirelessly to ensure living organ donors are protected in a way they deserve to be. This bill complements the Living Organ Donor Support Act that we championed in 2018, and gets us a step closer to our vision of making Colorado the first state in the country where nobody dies while waiting for a transplant. Our hope is that as a result of this bill, more lives will be saved in Colorado and more states will follow this example."


A Special 'Thank You' to the Colorado Legislators Who Fought for Living Donor Rights!

Bill Sponsors:

Represenative Janet Buckner - HD 40 Aurora

Representative Lois Landgraf - HD 21

(includes the City of Fountain, and unincorporated Fort Carson, Rock Creek Park and Security-Widefield)

Senator Julie Gonzales - SD 34 Denver

Senator Dennis Hisey - SD 2 Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Park, Teller

Conference Committe Members:

Representative Brianna Titone - HD 27 Jefferson County

Senator Rhonda Fields - SD 29 Arapahoe County

*And all Bill Sponsors*


Our Gratitude for YOU!

Without ATF's efforts and our hardworking advocates this legislation would have likely passed without including health insurance.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers, supporters, and advocates who contacted Representatives and Senators.

To our financial donors - your support makes this work possible and we are grateful that you care about living donors, transplant recipients, and 1,839 Coloradans who are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.