#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!

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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New Organ Donor Support Act Brings Hope To Thousands

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper held had a ceremonial signing for a new law that could potentially save lives.  The passing would make Colorado one of the first states to subsidize paid leave for living organ donors.

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Trent Thompson is one of them.

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Committee Approves Bill Giving Living Organ Donors Paid Leave

Organ donation can mean a whole new chance at life for recipients, but for the people helping them out, sometimes it can cause some challenges as they’re helping someone out.

One of those challenges comes with getting paid time off of work to save a life.

That barrier has just been made easier to get through.


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Organ Donor Bill Passes Committee Following Flight Nurse Testimony

On Monday, Colorado lawmakers heard from people who are alive today because of living organ donation and are pushing for the Colorado Living Donor Support Act.

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A proposed bill was introduced to provide paid time off to living donors who share a kidney or a part of their liver. That bill passed the House Finance Committee Monday evening with a final vote of 8 to three.

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Injured Flight Nurse Now Giving Back

After a record settlement in a helicopter crash that killed the pilot and nearly killed him, fight nurse Dave Repsher is ready to start anew.

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“Well it’s such a beautiful place,” Dave said as he stood with CBS4’s Alan Gionet in the park built in memory of his late friend pilot Patrick Mahany.


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Colorado Considers Tax Break for Organ Donors

Imagine having to choose between paying your rent and helping to save a friend’s life. That’s the situation that organ donation advocates hope to prevent with a new bill.

This wasn’t theoretical in one high-profile case: a deadly crash of a medical helicopter in 2015 in Frisco, Colorado.



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State Bill Would Give Living Organ Donors Paid Time Off

In Colorado, 2,433 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Of those, 1,792 need a kidney, an organ that can be donated by a living person. Now, state lawmakers are considering a bill to make living donations a little easier called the Colorado Living Donor Support Act.

It would provide paid time off to living donors. The hope is without the financial hardship, more people would be willing to donate.


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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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Denver Teacher’s Life Saved By a Living Kidney Donor

As a teacher, giving comes easy. Even when the student taking it in isn’t exactly eager to receive.

“Yeah, I’ve never been a big history fan,” said sophomore Ben Patten at the Denver Academy.

Yet somehow, Andy Klaus Corritore won him over last year. He tends to win them all over.

“He was my favorite teacher last year, so I talked about him a lot,” Patten said.


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