#GivingTuesday: A Heartfelt Thank You!

Executive Director Anastasia Henry is pictured above with Travis, who received mentorship through ATF prior to donating a kidney to a stranger this May. Now Travis volunteers with us and serves as a mentor himself.

Eric, the father of a newborn and working 2 jobs to support his family gave a kidney to a stranger earlier this yeara.

Lisa, a single parent living hours away from the nearest transplant center, found a way to donate a kidney to her 14-year-old daughter, despite the struggles of being out of work during the recovery period.

Nyan, a young college student who found out his mother needed a liver transplant was brave enough to donate part of his liver to her.

All these stories were helped by the donations and volunteer efforts from our generous community of supporters. And we here at The American Transplant Foundation want to THANK YOU each and every one of you! It is because of generous people like you, that we are able to continue our mission:

To find a donor for everyone in need of an organ transplant in the United States.

There’s no doubt about it — living organ donors are heroes. But even heroes need a little help sometimes!

American Transplant Foundation is joining organizations and communities around the world for  #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 27th. People around the world will rally for the causes they believe in and celebrate the power of giving to help others. On November 27th, we would love for you to join us in our first ever #GivingTuesday efforts to help us raise $50,000 by the end of this year.

As an organization with very lean operating costs, more than ever, we’re relying on your support of this important campaign! 100% of all funds from this campaign will go towards crucial financial assistance grants for families, both living donors and transplant recipients. Our grants cover essential living expenses during the transplant surgery and recovery period for donors, recipients, and their families. Unique programs provide free educational and emotional support to help patients through every step of the process.

Our goal is to help 100 families, and it’s going to take $50,000. 

Join us, three ways:

  1. Give Directly! (As little as $5 can make a difference! Inspired to join us early? We are already accepting donations. )
  2. Amazon Smile Donation! (With holiday gift givinng around the corner, Amazon Smiles is another great way to help us reach our goals. It’s easy to link your account, and Amazon gives up to 50% to us through select purchases!)
  3. Spread the Word! (Share this link on your social channels!)

You can read more stories about lives across the country that have been saved through living organ donation with the help of American Transplant Foundation. We’ll also be sharing more stories on our Facebook page.

Thank you for your life-saving support!

Second Annual Trivia Night

Second Annual Trivia Night

On Friday, October 26th, 2018, the Second Annual Trivia Night was held at the University Club in Denver. This fun and festive event gave guests the opportunity to meet members of the community, show off their trivia skills, and most importantly, raise essential funds for transplant patients and their families. Together we raised nearly $26,000 in lifesaving funds for those in need!

Just under 100 guests were in attendance on Friday evening and enjoyed good conversation, fully catered hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails. Living kidney donor Gregg Farber hosted the exciting trivia game where teams competed for prizes and bragging rights. We would like to thank everyone who came out and for making this night one to remember!

Thank You to our Sponsors

Hall of Fame Sponsor

All-American Sponsors

MVP Sponsors

Record-Breaker Sponsors

David and Anna Asarch

Bo Brownstein

Scott Young & Morey Perlmutter

A. Barry Hirschfeld

New Colorado Law Offers Some Paid Time Off For Living Organ Donors

Coloradan Bruce Magley had his first kidney taken out when he was 3 years old because of a tumor. Last April, his left kidney gave out too.

Now he goes to dialysis at least three times a week as he waits for a much-needed kidney.

Governor Hickenlooper signed the Living Donor bill into law this week.

Read more:

Attend an event or host your own

 

Vienna receives Volunteer of the Decade Award from The Fray at the Transplant Hero Awards ceremony.

I WANT TO HOST MY OWN EVENT

Ask us how you can host your own event to support living donors, transplant recipients, and their families.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Annual Holiday Volunteer Appreciation Party

When: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018


TK's 5K Walk/Run

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019

What: Join us for the second annual TK's 5K held in Westminster, CO.  at the Promenade Terrace.

This event is a fun, charity 5K walk/run to remember Troy Kenneth Merkle, a sweet little boy who touched so many hearts and got his wings too soon. 100% of the proceeds will be donated in his name to the American Transplant Foundation for families going through a transplant. Please join us at this healing event. If you can’t attend, please consider making a tribute donation to the American Transplant Foundation. No amount is too small.

Only $25.00 registration fee until December 31, 2018

Event Website: https://runsbymi.wixsite.com/tks5k

REGISTRATION: https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/Westminster/TKS5KWalkRun?remMeAttempt=

DONATION: https://www.classy.org/team/198826?is_new=true

Team Transplant at ​​​Elephant Rock Cycling Festival 2019

When: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds

Team Transplant at Donor Dash 5K 2019

When: Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Where: Wash Park Denver

Team Transplant at Rock n' Roll Marathon Denver

When: October 19th-20th, 2019

Where: Civic Center Park

Injured Flight Nurse To Testify Before State Lawmakers

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-kcnctv/3817331-injured-flight-nurse-to-testify-before-state-lawmakers/

 

Colorado Living Donor Support Act

Last year, more Coloradans died or became too sick to remain on the transplant wait list than the number of Coloradans who died as a result of homicide.

Help us support living donors by making the process less of a burden. Sign the petition and join the cause to help save lives.

#ColoradoLivingDonors

PRESS RELEASE

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Transplant Hero Awards Gala 2016

In honor of 10 years of service, and to recognize heroes who have gone above and beyond to advance the transplant community and to save lives through living organ donation, the American Transplant Foundation hosted an incredible celebration of life on June 11th.
 
Honorees, community leaders, transplant recipients, living donors, and medical professionals gathered at the Ritz-Carlton to enjoy a memorable evening. Oz Pearlman, mentalist and finalist on America’s Got Talent, was the evening’s emcee and dazzled guests with his mind reading skills. Attendees were also treated to an acoustic performance by The Fray members Joe King and Isaac Slade, including the song “How to Save a Life,” for which the award for altruistic living donors is named.

Transplant Hero Awards Honorees

Transplant Hero Awards Honorees

After Party guests enjoyed complimentary signature cocktails and an array of tempting desserts while they danced the night away to the funk-soul-blues band Tracksuit Wedding.

Tracksuit Wedding

Tracksuit Wedding

Overall, the Transplant Hero Awards raised more than a half a million dollars to fund the American Transplant Foundation’s lifesaving programs. Thank you to our Event Chairs, Pat Hamill and Karly and Brad Farber, and all our Event Co-chairs and Planning Committee members for their efforts to make this evening such a success. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Larry Mizel and MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, and all our amazing sponsors, for their ongoing support. And lastly, thank you to Steve Farber. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Event Chair Pat Hamill

Event Chair Pat Hamill


Event Chairs Karly and Brad Farber, American Transplant Foundation Founder Steve Farber with wife, Cindy, Julie and Brent Farber

Event Chairs Karly and Brad Farber, American Transplant Foundation Founder Steve Farber with wife, Cindy, Julie and Brent Farber


 
Together, we save lives.
 
Check out photos from the Transplant Hero Awards Gala!
Decor and The Fray SoundcheckCocktail ReceptionProgram After Party
 
Local Articles – Transplant Hero Awards Gala 2016
Denver Post
Blacktie Colorado
 
 

Team Transplant at Elephant Rock 2016

Team Transplant Rides Elephant Rock 2016 was one for the books!

This year, our team comprised of 18 health care professionals, 8 transplant recipients, 8 living kidney and liver donors, 7 donor family members, and many supporters for a team total of 82 members.  Together, we raised over $43,000 to provide mentorship and financial grants to the most vulnerable living donors and transplant recipients.

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Go Team Transplant!

Team Transplant members were treated to many perks including free smoothies and massages, tasty treats like VooDoo doughnuts, Bobo’s Oat Bars and Deep River Valley potato chips, and amazing raffle prizes including a trip to Panama.  We also had a Pasta Party catered by Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant the Friday before the ride where we gave away fantastic prizes like a two night stay at the Ritz and dinner at Elway’s, passes to Disneyland and a beach getaway to the island of St. Lucia.

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Checking out the VooDoo Doughnuts!

This year, we also added a surprise fundraising twist: we left fundraising open until June 8th and at that time, all Team Transplant riders that raised $300 were entered into a raffle to win two tickets to our Transplant Hero Awards Gala.  Congratulations to Renee Quintana and Miguel Nunez – we loved having you at the Gala!

Our Gala ticket raffle winners: Renee and Miguel

Our Gala ticket raffle winners: Renee and Miguel

We would like to give a big shout out to our top fundraisers.  Vienna Danna snagged the number one spot this year with $7,075.  Brian Cerise came in second with $2,649.  There was fierce competition for the number three spot.  While Andrew Nelson claimed the spot (and the prize!) at the Pasta Party on June 5th with $680, Alyna Waters continued to fundraise through June 8th and ended up coming in third overall with $715.

Pasta Party

Pasta Party

Thank you to all our amazing Team Transplant riders for their support.  Together, we save lives!

 

Click here to follow Team Transplant on Facebook

Click here to view the full photo gallery from the Pasta Party

Click here to view the full photo gallery from Elephant Rock

Outreach at the American Renal Clinics

At the American Renal Clinics this morning talking with patients as they receive their dialysis treatments.

 

Through our Mentorship Program, we support patients in all 50 states who want to learn more about transplant!

 

Alyna and Mike at ARC 1

 

Events: Young Professionals Group (TLC)

Events:

  • December 9, 2015- TLC Holiday Party
  • October 18, 2015- TLC ran the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll races with Team Transplant
  • July 18, 2015- A Special Evening with Train & The Fray, A VIP experience at Fiddler’s Green, Denver, CO
  • June 6, 2015- TLC cycled at the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival with Team Transplant
  • December 4, 2014- Annual TLC Holiday Party
  • October 19, 2014- TLC ran the 2014 Rock’n’Roll Marathon Series
  • April 2014 – Donate Life Month; TLC awareness initiative
  • June 13, 2014- TLC’s private rooftop The New Mastersounds concert (see the link to the YouTube video above)
  • June 1, 2014 – TLC cycled with Team Transplant at the 2014 Elephant Rock
  • December 2013 – TLC supports Tree of Life initiative to help dialysis and transplant patients
  • November 8-10, 2013 – TLC supports National Donor Sabbath initiative to raise awareness in religious sectors
  • October 20, 2013- TLC runs the 2013 Rock’n’Roll Marathon Series
  • October 17, 2013 – TLC get-together, Details TBD
  • September 26, 2013 – Transplant Hero Awards – THE AFTER PARTY – hosted by TLC
  • July 25, 2012 – TLC Summer Appreciation Party at historic Harman Hall in Cherry Creek
  • July 21, 2013 – TLC celebrates life with ATF in the 2013 Donor Dash 5K run/walk
  • June 22, 2013 – TLC volunteers at the Westword Music Showcase
  • June 6, 2013 – TLC meeting with special guest, 15-year-old transplant recipient, Austen.
  • June 2, 2012 – TLC cycles with Team Transplant at the 2013 Elephant Rock
  • April 2013 – Donate Life Month; TLC awareness initiative
  • March 21, 2013 – Members only meeting at BHFS
  • March 2013 – TLC hosts NCAA March Madness fundraising bracket
  • February 7, 2013 – TLC Volunteer Project at the White Out Fashion Show
  • January 23, 2013 – TLC Happy Hour mix and mingle
  • December 3, 2012 – TLC Holiday Party
  • November 1, 2012 – Members only meeting at Donor Alliance Organ Procurement Center.
  • July 12, 2012 – TLC Volunteer Project
  • April 19, 2012 – Quarterly meeting 6:00-8:00 p.m., historic Harman Hall in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood
  • April 1, 2012 – Bowling For Life hosted by TLC Founding Member Jessica Smith. 5:00-8:00 p.m., Celebrity Lanes. Everyone is invited!
  • February 25, 2012 – Mardi Gras Miracles
  • December 6, 2011 – TLC Members-only holiday event, 6:00 pm, Brad Farber’s house.
  • October 10, 2011 – Members-only meeting at the Downtown Denver offices of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: 410 17th St., Suite 2200,  5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • October 9, 2011 – TLC Team runs in the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
  • August 10, 2011 – TLC Founding Members Reception
  • June 28, 2011 – TLC Kick Off