National Pediatric Transplant Week

As National Donate Life Month wraps up next week and the last full week in April focuses on the pediatric transplant waiting list. Throughout April, Donate Life America encourages Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate the many lives that have been saved through the Gift of Life. Now, we give special focus on the pediatric transplant waiting list.

This week, Donate Life America sheds light on pediatric transplant through patient stories and innovative care. This week we join Donate Life America to celebrate and honor donor families whose children have donated and healed lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation.

National Pediatric Transplant Week is promoted by Donate Life America partnering with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the American Society of Transplantation (AST), and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS).

To read pediatric patient stories, please visit Donate Life’s website.

Here at the American Transplant Foundation, we encourage you to register as an organ donor. Sign up for our Potential Living Organ Donor Database to receive more information about becoming a living organ donor.

Ride to Raise Awareness for Living Organ Donation

Learn more and sign up at: https://www.classy.org/campaign/elephant-rock-2019/c211717

Living Organ Donor Insurance Act, Unanimous Vote!

March 28, 2019, Denver, CO — Yesterday, was another big stride for living organ donors! At the Health & Insurance Committee Meeting at the Colorado State Capitol, Sponsors Representative Buckner and Representative Landgraf presented House Bill 19-1253. The Living Organ Donor Insurance Act (HB19-1253) prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage or increasing premiums for living organ donors based solely on their status as a living donor. By removing such barriers, more people can give and receive lifesaving organ transplants.

The Health & Insurance Committee was overwhelmed that this discrimination even exists and was intrigued by the testimony given. Representative Titone of the Health & Insurance Committee recently added herself to the Bone Marrow Registry and was immediately a strong ‘Yes’ in support of this Bill, as well as many other Representatives.

The Committee heard testimony from our friends over at the National Kidney Foundation, and an organ receiver Gary who spoke on behalf of American Transplant Foundation. Because of Gary’s organ donor, he was able to receive a kidney and get off of dialysis within months of his diagnosis. Most individuals waiting for a deceased kidney donor, spend 5-7 years on dialysis while waiting. It was clear that after Gary’s testimony, the Committee was excited to help get this Bill passed. In fact, statements were given by Representatives Soper, Baisley, Beckman, Will, and Jackson, as well as Chairwoman Lontine in support of this Bill.

After testimony and further discussion, House Bill 19-1253 (The Living Organ Donor Insurance Act) passed unanimously 9-0. 

Thank you to Representative Buckner and Representative Landgraf for sponsoring this life-changing legislation.  Also, a huge ‘Thank You!’ to all of the living organ donors out there who are saving lives every day! We’re looking forward to taking this legislation to the Senate to better your life as donors.

For more information on The Living Organ Donor Insurance Act, download our fact sheet HERE.

If you are in support of The Living Organ Donor Support Act, sign our petition HERE. 

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!

#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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