Entries by Anastasia Henry

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. 

Why Do You Ride with Team Transplant?: Video Contest!

Submit a video of why you ride with Team Transplant to earn your chance to win 4 Tickets to Comedy Works! The video with the most shares on American Transplant Foundation's Facebook page by May 28th, 2019 will win 4 Admission Tickets to Comedy Works Downtown or Comedy Works South. (Restrictions may apply.)  

Video Guidelines:

Please address the following: 

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Why are you riding with Team Transplant
  • Why should someone join Team Transplant?
  • Invite others to Join! 
  • Thank viewers and those who have donated.

Video Tips:

  • Smile and be confident! 
  • Make it emotional
  • Dress in plain clothing or Team Transplant Gear, nothing distracting (i.e patterns, neon colors, large logos, etc.) 
  • Do not record video outside or somehwere noisy (be aware of pets, fans, music, kids, etc.) 
  • No profanity or inappropriate clothing 
  • Make it person. Use our guidelines above, but use your own voice! 
  • Keep video under 1:30 minutes 

How to Submit Your Video:

After recording your video, please email completed videos to: Gabi@AmericanTransplantFoundation.org.

Make subject line: Video Submission, Why I Ride

In addition to your video, please include your name and sub-team, if applicable.

Click Here for Video Contest Rules

Introducing Super T! Helping American Transplant Foundation Save Lives

We are very excited to introduce our new mascot, Super T on National Superheroes Day! 

Super T is not only American Transplant Foundation's biggest advocate, but he is here to help you on your transplant journey. 

Have questions about living organ donation? Worried about donating or transplantation? Super T is here to help you! 

Be sure to visit AmericanTransplantFoundation.org, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on Super T, how he is helping the living organ donor community, and even Super T related contests. 


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TKs 5K Recap: $7,000+ Raised for American Transplant Foundation!

American-Transplant-Foundation-TKThe weather might have been cold, but all we could feel was the warmth from TK’s family, friends, and supporters. We couldn’t have asked for a better morning of fitness and fun as we honored and remembered Troy Kenneth Merkle. It was beautiful to see so many come together to support TK and the American Transplant Foundation. We are so overwhelmed by the funds raised, that we had to share what an amazing success it was.

The 2nd Annual TK’s 5K raised over $7,000 for the American Transplant Foundation! These funds will directly help vulnerable transplant recipients and living donors nationwide, and right here in TK’s home of Colorado.

If you were one of the many spirited participants at TK’s 5K you can find results at https://runsbymi.wixsite.com/tks5k. (Click on the results tab across from the course map.)

Congrats to the overall male winner: Ryan Fenbert (23:16) and overall female winner: Lexi Higgins (24:24).  If you have any questions regarding the results please email us at Support@AmericanTransplantFoundation.org.

Save Lives with Team Transplant!

Team Transplant 2018
Help save more lives with Team Transplant on June 2,  2019, in Castle Rock, CO. Team Transplant is a group of living donors, transplant recipients, and supporters raising awareness and funds for the most vulnerable living donors, transplant patients, and their families. Ride with Team Transplant to prove that it’s possible to lead a healthy, active lifestyle after a transplant. Join us, fundraise, win prizes and do your part to save lives!

Learn more and sign up at https://www.classy.org/campaign/elephant-rock-2019/c211717