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Is getting fit part of your 2019 goals?

Team Transplant is a great way to stay fit while raising awareness for organ donation. Team Transplant will be cycling at Elephant Rock Cycling Festival in June at Castle Rock, CO.

If you aren’t local to Colorado, or you’d like to participate in another cycling event elsewhere, consider forming your own team! We can help get your team set-up.

No excuses! 2019 is the year to get fit, give back and help save lives!

For more info, visit our Team Transplant page.

To join the Team Transplant community, like us on Facebook!

We did it! Thanks to your amazing support we SURPASSED our year-end giving goal

Happy New Year to our amazing community!

Thank you for helping us SURPASS our year-end giving goal!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we not only reached, but SURPASSED our year-end giving goal thanks to your AMAZING contributions and support!  This was the best year we have had to date and we have each of you to thank. 

We raised over $52K which will help us support 100 transplant recipients, organ donors and their families this coming year.

2018 Highlights

2018 was a fantastic year for ATF.

We delivered crucial financial support to 142 living donors and transplant recipients, the largest number among independent nonprofits who don’t receive government funding.

We also provided 1,400 transplant referrals to potential living donors through our Living Donor database. We significantly grew this program to 200+ mentors who’ve supported 73 transplant surgeries to date. It’s also now available in 11 languages!

We also helped pass a first-of-its-kind Living Donor Rights legislation in the US; we hope other states will follow this progressive actio

We can’t wait to share the updates and the stories of ALL the lives your contributions will help save this year! What a wonderful way to start the new year for us.

Key American Transplant Foundation Programs

To find out more about the programs mentioned above:

Patient Assistance Program
1+1=Life Mentorship Program
Living Donor Database

Wishing you all health and blessings for 2019 and beyond!

Good News to Share! Our 2018 End of Year Update

We have lots of GOOD NEWS to share! This year we delivered crucial financial support to 142 living donors and transplant recipients, the largest number among independent nonprofits who don’t receive government funding.

We also provided 1,400 transplant referrals to potential living donors through our Living Donor database.

We believe anyone who needs an organ transplant, should receive one.

Absa is the sole provider in the family. She donated an organ to her husband right around Thanksgiving and although the recovery has not been easy for the two of them (they have 3 kids!) – they are SO grateful for the grant ATF provided.

We’re working hard to make this a reality. As a Colorado-based organization, we’re hoping our efforts here will become a model for other states to follow.

Here are our end-of-year highlights:

  • Living Donor Support Act. We helped pass a first-of-its-kind Living Donor Rights legislation in the US; we hope other states will follow this progressive action.
  • 1+1 = LIFE Mentorship Program. We’ve significantly grown this program to 200+ mentors who’ve supported 73 transplant surgeries to date. It’s also now available in 11 languages!
  • Colorado Transplant Centers Roundtable. We organized a first annual gathering of state-wide transplant centers to strengthen partnerships and increase living donors support.
  • 2018 American Society of Transplantation Advocacy Award. It was a special honor for our founder Steve Farber to receive recognition from the prestigious American Society of Transplantation!
  • #GivingTuesday. This year’s fundraising campaign was a huge success! To date, we’ve raised over 97% of our end of year goal from 55 donors.

Thank you for your continued support!

Because of YOU, we’ve reached over 97% of our 2018 Fundraising Goals!

In our efforts to be transparent in everything we do, we wanted to introduce you to two individuals who’ve helped us raise money this year. To date, we’ve reached 97% of our year-end fundraising goals!

#GivingTuesday was a huge success for us. Our community was fortunate to receive fundraising support from two very inspiring and influential people: a living donor and a double transplant recipient.

Steve Crider is a living kidney donor, an ATF mentor and Team Transplant participant. His daughter Kelsey, who’s received 4 kidney transplants, also continues to support our mission. And her most recent living donor was found via our billboard promotion campaign! Steve and his family continue to inspire us every day. They raised $1,000 via Facebook this #GivingTuesday!

Liz Strom is a double transplant recipient, public speaker and our #GivingTuesday public campaign  influencer­. Her story is inspiring to many and she helped our community raise awareness and over $1,200 this #GivingTuesday!

Because of our generous community, we’re confident we’ll reach our goal of 100%, raising $50,000 by the end of 2018!

Just three toddlers celebrating their 3rd birthdays and opting out for donations in leu of gifts so someone’s Mom, Dad, or sibling, can be there for them for a long time.

If you are inspired to create your own Facebook fundraising campaign this holiday season, perhaps in lieu of gifts or in honor of someone special, all it takes is a few clicks to set up. Just make sure to search for Transplant Foundation Inc, instead of American Transplant Foundation.

Thank you for being a part of our community!





#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.

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Attend an event or host your own


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


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



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.

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Team Transplant at ​​​Elephant Rock Cycling Festival 2019

When: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds

Are you looking for an exciting and impactful event this summer? Then join Team Transplant at Elephant Rock 2019 for our annual cycling event!

Cycle to help save lives and have fun doing it. There has been a 25% decrease in the number of Coloradans on the transplant list just in the last year - yet, right now there are 1,872 people, including children, waiting for a lifesaving organ and they need your help!

To find out more information, register or donate here.

Stay tuned for additional updates!

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


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.



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