April, 2021

How are you supporting
National Donate Life Month?

National Donate Life Month was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Observed in April each year, National Donate Life Month helps to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. This is a perfect time to share your own story in support of that message.

Note: Launch your own birthday, transplant anniversary, or other life event celebration event - or in memory of your donor or other loved one - with a Facebook funding campaign for TRIO using this link:
Our March COVID vaccine poll results

And here is what our responders said . . .
Medical experts are saying more and more that the three available vaccines are safe for transplant patients to receive. But check with your own programs for their advice unique to your own situation as the vaccines are becoming more and more available. Vaccinated or not, keep following the CDC guidelines of safe distancing, wearing a mask and washing hands to avoid getting the virus.

TRIO urges YOU to stay safe!
Jim Gleason
TRIO President
(609) 877-4493

Donate Life Hollywood Student Film Contest
Donate Life Hollywood, a project of OneLegacy, the OPO serving the Greater Los Angeles area, represents the national organ, eye and tissue donation and transplant community in working with Hollywood.

High school and college students across America are invited to create a one-minute video about living kidney donation. Video submissions will be reviewed by a panel of actors and writers and winners will be announced t the DLH Inspire Awards ceremony.
Cash prizes of $500 and $1000 will be awarded to both high school and college groups. Winning videos will become part of, a free resource for the entertainment industry.

For further information, visit the contest page by clicking here.
UNOS Discusses Geographical Equity in Kidney Transplantation

On March 15, new policies became effective regarding kidney and pancreas allocation. These policies are projected to increase equity in access to transplant for kidney and pancreas candidates across the country. The package of changes aims to distribute organs more fairly to people waiting for an organ, and has incorporated input from both patients and professionals.

You can read more about these new policies in the Feature Improvement section of the UNOS website here.
TRIO Maryland Virtual Transplant Conference

TRIO Maryland is organizing a virtual online conference on May 8 for transplant recipients, waitlisted patients, caregivers and those considering living donation.

The highlight of the event, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, will be workshops featuring topics such as Preparing for Your Transplant, Medication Costs, Mental Health and Well Being, Nutrition and Diet, and a Covid 19 Update.

Registration for this event is free but must be completed by May 1, one week before the event.

Click the button below to register . . .
Chris Shay-Downer Discusses TRIO's Work
Listen to TRIO's own Chris Shay-Downer, former transplant nurse and now the President of TRIO's Greater Cleveland Chapter discuss the work of TRIO and how we bring together transplant recipients, those waiting for a transplant, and their families – along with donor families to support those who have been touched by transplantation.

Click on the microphone icon for more information and a link to the podcast.
TRIO Manhattan's annual ecumenical service will be held virtually this year on April 17 at 2:00 PM. Join us as we virtually "Remember" our donors and their families who have so heroically and generously given the "Gift of Life", and "Rejoice" with recipients who have received this special gift.

MerleJam 2021
on May 1

Kansas City's annual MerleJam will be held on Saturday May 1 at 7:00 PM at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Ave. in Kansas City.

This fantastic event, featuring local music talent, is held annually to benefit the TRIO Kansas City chapter. Tickets are $20 and are available now at See you there!
Post-transplant Cancer risk education is key!
Click on the banner above to check out the NEW TRIO Post-transplant Cancer awareness website at raising life-saving awareness of the higher risk for cancers in transplant recipients, offering ways to safely live with that risk.
New Book Reviews

Two new transplant-related books have just been added to the TRIO website book review section (see Book reviews under RESOURCES or click here). 
Susan May, mother/author, celebrated her son Nick’s 30th heart transplant anniversary March 21st with Nick’s New Heart: 30 Years and Counting, 2nd Edition released March 21st, an update to her original 2008 edition with new focus on family and her role in the early years leading up to Nick’s age of 19, now with a new second half telling all that has happened since up through 2021. An exciting and inspiring read.
EXHALE: Hope, Healing and a Life in Transplant is being released May 11th and shares the life story of David Weill, lung transplant doctor who headed up the Stanford transplant program for many years before he left to rediscover himself after decades in that exciting and emotional field. Along with a review of his book, the TRIO Transplant Presentation Library now has an hour-long in-depth interview with the author that will provide even more depth to that book read.
In-home blood draw service offered by CareDx
    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CareDx launched RemoTraC: Home-based blood draws for transplant patients. RemoTraC is available to all patients who want their transplant monitoring lab tests to be drawn from the comfort of their home by trained mobile phlebotomists. RemoTraC includes AlloSure and/or AlloMap, CareDx's surveillance tests, along with a panel of routine tests.

    Patients can sign up for RemoTraC through an easy to use webpage:

    Once enrolled in RemoTraC, a CareDx Patient Care Manager will coordinate with your transplant center and contact you by phone to schedule an appointment. Prior to the appointment, we will mail you a test kit. A licensed mobile technician will then come to your home, take a blood sample, and deliver the sample to the lab for processing. CareDx will fully cover the cost of the mobile phlebotomist, and will ensure you pay no additional out-of-pocket expenses beyond what you typically pay for these tests.

TRIO thanks CareDx for the many ways they support our mission.
And another FREE educational resource . . .