Warwick will be playing host to the 32nd Westfield Health British Transplant Games this summer, between Thursday
30 July and Sunday 2 August.
The Games are organised by the charity Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) and take place in a different city each year.
This year the Games are taking place in Coventry and the University will be home to the Games Village, as well as
hosting a number of the sporting events.
Over 600 athletes will compete in front of more than 1,500 supporters to raise awareness of the need for more organ
donors, and to encourage transplant patients to regain fitness. All of the athletes have had a transplant and now lead
healthy and fulfilling lives.
Spectators to the event are welcome. A range of events are taking place in a variety of venues, with an opening
ceremony taking place on Thursday 30 July in University Square, Coventry between 19.00 and 21.00. A day of
athletics (track and field) will take place on Sunday 2 August between 09.00-17.00 on the Westwood campus at the
In addition, runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the Transplant Games Donor
Run on Saturday 1 August 2009 in Coventry from 7pm. There will be a 5k challenge for runners and walkers aged
13 and over, and a 3k fun run open to all ages. For more information, visit www.coventrytelegraph.net/donor
Registering as an organ donor is quick and easy. For more information and to sign up with the NHS, visit their
transplant website at www.uktransplant.org.uk or you can call them on 0845 60 60 400.
Friday, July 31, 2009
DONATE LIFE - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TO HONOR TRANSPLANT PATIENTS AT "CIRCUS" THEMED PICNIC
UCSF Children’s Hospital will celebrate children and their families at the 14th annual Pediatric Transplant Picnic. Attending will be children – from infants to teens – who have had kidney, liver or intestinal transplants, children who are awaiting transplants, their families and their organ donors. This year’s picnic will have a circus theme, featuring a performance by the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, as well as a costume contest, dancing, face painting, kayaking, piñatas and crafts. Some 250 attendees from the Bay Area and throughout the country are expected to attend.
WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: McNear’s Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA. From Highway 101, take the Central San Rafael exit and go east on Second Street (which becomes San Pedro Road) to Cantera Way.
WHO: Pediatric transplant patients and their families, organ donors, physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and research coordinators.
For more information click HERE.
Pictured above are Suisun Valley Residents who are living donors: Mother donating a kidney to her son when he was 20 months old.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Donating an organ is now just a few mouse clicks away.State health officials and a nonprofit group, Donate Life Florida, announced Tuesday that organ donors can now register their gift through a special website, www.donatelifeflorida.org, rather than fill out paperwork at a driver's license office.Proponents of the registry say it will increase organ, eye and tissue donations and will give possible donors a choice, in life, of how they want to contribute.
The Joshua Abbott Organ and Tissue Donor Registry is named in memory of lung transplant recipient and donation advocate Joshua Abbott, who died in 2006 after languishing on a waiting list.
Previously, the most convenient way for Floridians to register as organ or tissue donors was by completing paperwork at their local driver's license offices.The new option allows people to designate themselves as organ, tissue and eye donors from the privacy of their own homes. Registered donors will be able to update their wishes on the secure website with their user names and passwords.The online registry makes the exact wishes of registered donors more accessible and up to date for recovery organizations. When someone dies, these organizations will be able to quickly determine, online, whether thatindividual is a potential donor.Kathy Giery, chairwoman of Donate Life Florida, said more than 3,600 patients are waiting for an organ or tissue donation in Florida. About 5 million Floridians have registered to give their organs, meaning 10 million more drivers haven't signed up as donors, DHSMV director Elektra Bustle said.
To learn more and to register as a donor in Florida please click HERE
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
DONATE LIFE - LONG BEACH MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZES THE CRITICAL NEED FOR DONORS IN THE MINORITY POPULATION
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Alexis Hornbuckle, the 2008 WNBA steals leader, knows all about taking away. But the Detroit Shock second-year guard also knows how to give back, which is why she’s serving as the team spokesperson for the Gift of Life and its minority outreach program, MOTTEP, in 2009.
Founded in 1993 with a Detroit branch added two years later, MOTTEP (Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program) is the first national organization designed to educate minority communities about organ/tissue donation and transplantation. It aims to address the No. 1 problem in transplantation - the dwindling number of organ and tissue donors.
On May 20, Alexis spoke at Gift of Life’s 2009 Lifesavers Breakfast to encourage everyone to “get in the game and help save lives” by adding his or her name to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. See photos from the breakfast to the right.
You too can become an organ/tissue donor simply by visiting the link below, which will let Gift of Life know you heard about organ donation through the Detroit Shock:www.giftoflifemichigan.org.
To support Alexis and Gift of Life you can attend the Shock game at The Palace Aug. 9 against the Chicago Sky, which will include a Gift of Life seating section in the lower level. Register for organ/tissue donation and receive a $38 seat for only $20! To purchase tickets simply fax this registration form to Samantha Hicks at 248.377.3260.
Gift of Life members will also take part in a Family Fun Tunnel and Ball Exchange before the game. Bring proof of your organ/tissue donation to the game and you also will receive a free Gift of Life T-shirt (while supplies last). Support a great cause while enjoying some great basketball!
DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA - ORGAN DONATION AD CAMPAIGN- CALIFORNIA REACHES OUT TO THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN A BIG WAY
Thursday, July 23, 2009
For more information on the Gospel Concert and Vigil Sunday and other National Minority Donor Awareness day events please contact Gift of Life Philadelphia or visit their website HERE.
- Lifting the age limit for deceased donors beyond the current legal age group of 21 to 60; follows the examples of other countries, the limit of 60 years will be removed adding another 10 to 12 donors each year.
- The upper age limit of 60 fr those on the kidney wait list has been removed
- Paired kidney matching permitted
- Living donors will be paid - only for the purposes of reimbursing or offsetting the expenses incurred as a result of organ donation.
- All Singapore citizens and permanent residents above the age of 21 and of sound mind will be included in HOTA unless they opt out.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Please attend and show your support for organ, eye & tissue donation. Portions of the concert will be televised on KTLA5 Morning News and broadcast on 104.3MYFM Valentine's Morning Show.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Come play your best hand in poker and show your support for the 2010 US Transplant Games, "Team So-Cal" This year's 2nd Annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament will help send more than 50 athletes, each have had a life-saving organ transplant to the US Transplant Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This story about Tri for Life - Triathlon Team was brought to our attention by our friend and lung transplant recipient Steve Ferkau. Team Tri for Life commitment to triathlons is extremely personal. Every triathlon they do is a testimony to the physical drive and infectious spirit of a fourth brother Chase who was an avid cyclist, one of the three core disciplines of the triathlon. Chase was taken at the age of 20 on May 10, 2003, the victim of a single-care crash near Millington, Michigan. Chase didn't simply live his life seeking to push himself further along the spectrum of athletic achievement, he wanted to give life to others, specifically, by designating his wishes to be a donor. Chase's moment came sooner than anyone could have imagined. As a result seven people received a life-saving organ. Today the brothers are dedicating their lives to running triathlons in Chase's memory and raising awareness for organ donation.
In the UK, National Transplant Week, July 5-12, 2009, is an annual awareness event devoted to promoting organ and tissue donation and encouraging people to sign-up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. Statistics show 90% of the UK population is in favour of organ donation, but only a quarter signed onto the register.
The donation drive was in partnership with Mid-America Transplant Services, Webster Groves Lions Club, The Something Different Network, Enterprise Leasing, Goldson Law Firm, Sondra K. Foundation and UncommonSesneRadio who broadcast live from the Carnival site throughout the weekend.