Vail Symposium Forum on Transplant Tourism

On March 11, 2008, the Vail Symposium hosted the American Transplant Foundation with special guests, Doctors Christoph Broelsch and Igal Kam, for a special forum on transplant tourism. Transplant tourism is cross-border travel by any participant in transplantation—recipients, live donors, and medical staff—for the purpose of obtaining an organ in exchange for cash or goods from persons. While laws vary regarding the commercialization of organ transplantation, the demand for life-saving organs has resulted in the creation of black markets in many places around the world. Of the 63,000 kidney transplants that occur annually worldwide, an estimated ten percent involve payment of living non-related donors, according to the World Health Organization. This event featured an informational forum followed by dinner and intimate Q&A with Doctors Broelsch and Kam.

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2008 Denver Diabetes Expo

On March 1, 2008, the American Transplant Foundation shared a booth with Donor Alliance at the Diabetes EXPO to raise awareness about diabetes and its link to transplantation. Diabetes affects more than 20.8 million children and adults in the United States and is the leading cause of chronic kidney failure. Dedicated to healthy living, diabetes prevention and management, this expo was free to the public and had over 6,000 people in attendance, many of whom stopped by our booth.

American Transplant Foundation announces $1 million endowment to fund transplant program at UCH

On September 29, 2007, the Foundation announced its gift of $1 million for the Igal Kam Endowment for a Chair of Transplant Surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital.  Presented during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly constructed, world class transplant center at the Anschutz Medical Center campus, this endowment provides perpetual funding for the transplant program.

Click here to visit the site of the new transplant center.

Ride of Your Life Premier

In April 2007, the Foundation hosted the premier showing of the documentary film, Ride of Your Life, about the transplant journey of Olympic Medallist and American Transplant Foundation board member, Chris Klug.  Held at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Denver, local comedian Sam Adams entertained the crowd as the opening act.  Following the inspirational movie, local band favorite Opie Gone Bad played a lively concert.

Colfax Marathon

The Foundation had a booth at the second annual Colfax Marathon held in May 2007, to promote one of our key messages—that both living donors and transplant recipients can lead healthy, active lifestyles.

The start line of the 2007 Colfax Marathon.

(Photo by Marathon Foto)

Aspen Institute Health Forum

The American Transplant Foundation was a Forum Partner at the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Health Forum from October 3-6, 2007.  The Institute hosted more than 100 thought leaders in medical science and health policy including Nobel Prize recipients, prominent NIH officials, and other top experts.  The Foundation organized the panel discussion Organ Transplantation: Advances, Barriers and Ethics and hosted an art exhibition and cocktail reception, Art, Science and Transplantation, featuring original works from Sir Roy Calne and Nora Chase.

Nordstrom Gala

On October 17, 2007, the American Transplant Foundation was honored to be a beneficiary of the Nordstrom Cherry Creek Grand Opening Gala. Dubbed the “event of the year” by local media, over 2100 guest enjoyed the fully catered event complete with a world-class fashion show.

Aspen Summit for Life 2007

The second annual Summit for Life race, held on December 2, 2007, was a wonderful success. Participants raced 3,267 vertical feet over a 2.5 mile course on snowshoes or cross-country skis to a party at the summit with live entertainment, delicious food, beer, wine, dancing and prizes.

Rockin’ Rhythm For Life

Rockin’ Rhythm For Life was a huge success, with the magic of Earth Wind & Fire and Chris Botti on August 28th at the City Lights Pavilion.

Surf, Sizzle and Stars created quite a buzz with the community. This dinner event, hosted at The Palm Restaurant, was a casual evening filled with delicious cuisine, Hawaiian shirts and a bit of heckling by celebrity waiters and guests alike.

Aspen Summit For Life

The first annual Aspen Summit For Life was a huge success. Click here to learn more about the event.