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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

April is National Donate Life Month!

It’s National Donate Life Month! One of the most important months of the year. Established by Donate Life America, this month encourages Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. We also celebrate those who have given the ultimate gift of eye, organ and tissue donation.

Team-transplant-ride-with-usThe theme of 2019’s National Donate Life Month goes hand in hand with American Transplant Foundation’s Team Transplant: Bicycles; as in “Life is a beautiful ride.” Donate Life America explains it perfectly, “Like the donation and transplantation journey, a bicycle serves as a symbol of progress, renewal and the moving circle of life.” How inspirational is that?

Donate Life America continues, “Bicycles come in all styles, shapes, and sizes, but each is comprised of the same components, essential to supporting the rider and converting their energy into motion. Similarly, organ, eye, and tissue donation offer many ways to give hope, support and strength to patients waiting, recipients and donor families.”

I don’t think we could’ve said it better ourselves.

Each and every one of us has the potential to help those who are searching for eye, organ and tissue donation. Whether that’s signing up to be a donor, volunteering at an American Transplant Foundation event, or through a monetary donation, we can all help give the gift of Life.

In honor of National Donate Life Month, please consider joining Team Transplant on June 2, 2019 to help raise funds for the American Transplant Foundation. Grab your family and friends, and cycle for life! More information can be found HERE.

Important Organ Donation Awareness Days:

National Donate Life Month Blue and Green Day 2019 is Friday, April 12, 2019.

National Pediatric Transplant Week is April 22-26, 2019.

Save Lives with Team Transplant!

Team Transplant

We’re a group of living donors, transplant recipients, and supporters raising awareness and funds for the most vulnerable living donors, transplant patients, and their families. We ride with Team Transplant to prove that it’s possible to lead a healthy, active lifestyle after a transplant. Join us, fundraise, win prizes and do your part to save lives!

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

30 Stories of Hope for National Donate Life Month

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One of our American Transplant Foundation Mentors was recently showcased by Donor Drive in their ’30 in 30′ campaign!

In August of 2013, Jose Amezola donated his left kidney to a woman he had never met. He had considered becoming a living kidney donor for quite some time, and after receiving his O+ blood donor card he began to actively seek out others who were O+ and in need of a kidney.

Despite a bit of resistance from loved ones, Jose found a woman in Sacramento, Calif. that he wanted to give his kidney to.

“For me, it was actually a very easy decision,” he said. “I never had any doubt in my mind that this is what I wanted to do.”

Click here  to read the full profile on Jose Amezola Beltran.

Article in Florida Today

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An article in Florida Today details “5 Benefits of Organ Donation.” 

The American Transplant Foundation was referenced in the article:

‘Every 12 minutes, another person’s name joins the 123,000 others on the national organ transplant waiting list, according to the American Transplant Foundation. While many are aware of the benefits of donation o the beneficiary, not all know the benefits the donor receives. In honor of “Donate Life Month,” the health experts at NurseWise, a national multilingual nurse triage and health education provider, bring you five benefits of donating your organs and tissues.’

Click here to read the full article.