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.
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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!


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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!


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Events: Young Professionals Group (TLC)


  • 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

2016 Transplant Hero Awards Winners

As we celebrate our Transplant Hero Awards*, we are honored to announce our 2016 award winners 

Congratulations to our very special winners!

TAA winners

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*This year’s recipients were selected by a committee comprised of community volunteers, donor families, and the Foundation’s Transplant Leadership Council’s Members.

My Donor’s Gift “Has Given Me a Future”

Chelsey Larson, American Transplant Foundation TLC Member and Mentor, chose to donate one of her kidneys to acquaintance Ellen Rorman, an action that gave Ellen a future and changed Larson’s own life forever. Chelsey barely knew Ellen, but that didn’t stop her from donating a kidney. “If people don’t know anybody that went through a transplant, it’s a very scary thing,” Larson said. “I feel like my purpose now is to show others that you can do this.”


The vast majority of those who have donated, including Chelsey, have reported quality of life that is higher than someone who is comparable to them in age and sex but have not donated, Spong said. One study Spong cited shows that 99 percent of donors would donate again.


Today, Larson is living in Colorado and volunteering with the American Transplant Foundation. She’s working to help raise money for donors and recipients who need financial assistance while recovering from surgery and she wants to increase awareness about donating.


“If people don’t know anybody that went through a transplant, it’s a very scary thing,” Larson said. “I feel like my purpose now is to show others that you can do this and you can save a life and still live a perfectly normal and healthy life.”


The surgery forever changed Rorman’s life, and she will always be grateful for Larson’s choice.MH_Blogs_AdultTransplant_ChelseyLarsonEllenRorman


“Chelsey’s selfless decision to do this for me has given me a chance,” Rorman said. The transplant gave Rorman freedom to go on weeklong vacations, enjoy a weekend without worrying about dialysis, and eat her favorite food, buffalo wings, once more.


“It really has given me a future; it’s given me the opportunity to live the life I’ve wanted to live,” she said.


To read the full article on University of Minnesota Health, please click here.

Transplant Hero Awards Kickoff Reception

Thank you to our Transplant Hero Awards Gala Committee and Co-Chairs. We are all very much looking forward to the Gala on Saturday, June 11th, and this Kickoff Reception was a perfect celebration of a job well done! The work you are doing with helping us to plan the Gala and spread awareness is insstrumental to our success and is ultimately helping us save lives!

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2016 Elephant Rock Ride – Register Today!

Ride with us at Elephant Rock to Raise Awareness for Organ and Tissue Donation

Team Transplant rides the Elephant Rock - register now to ride with us for discounted registration

Click here to learn about how you can be a part of our signature Team Transplant event near Denver, CO.


A special group of transplant recipients and living donors will ride with Team Transplant to prove it’s possible to lead a healthy, active life even after a transplant! Donor families will ride to honor their loved ones who gave the Gift of Life. Supporters will ride to show their support for the cause.


Register here in one step for both the Elephant Rock Ride and Team Transplant. All registration fees for the Elephant Rock Ride are discounted for Team Transplant participants! REGISTRATION FEES INCREASE ON MAY 1, 2016.



Once you’ve registered, you can start fundraising to support the most vulnerable transplant patients. Your requirement for fundraising is just $100 (children 14 years or younger are exempt from the minimum). To earn your 2016 Team Transplant Cycling Jersey, simply raise $250.


2015 Transplant Leadership Council Holiday Party


TLC Holiday Party all guests group shot



We had a great time at our annual  Holiday Party celebrating the American Transplant Foundation’s Transplant Leadership Council (TLC)! This event was a great chance for us to gather and reflect on the impact of this group’s fundraising and stewardship of our Patient Assistance Program.



We traveled around the world with a beach-themed photo booth, food from Mexico and Italy and lots of fun activities! We sponsored vulnerable families going through the transplant process with our Tree of Life and through our silent auction.



Thank you to everyone who made this event possible and we look forward to a great 2016 with the Transplant Leadership Council!


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Kickball Tournament for Transplant

This week, we received an unexpected $600 donation from a 14 year old. She single-handedly organized a kickball tournament for charity a few weeks ago. We were so honored to she chose the American Transplant Foundation as a beneficiary of her fundraising and hear the story of their successful tournament in our honor. Here are some fun photos from her event!


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If you are interested in building a campaign or holding an event in our honor, we’d love to talk with you about how to get started! Please call us at 303-757-0959.