December, 2019

Season's Greetings

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost here. As we hustle about the month of December finishing with shopping, decorating and preparing for a festive holiday season, let’s pause to remember all of the blessings that life has bestowed upon us. A special thank you to everyone who has contributed so much to make the Transplant Life Foundation successful. It’s not just about the dollars (although the dollars are important), but about the time and energy that many of you put forth to help keep organ, eye, and tissue donation in the news. 

So, however you celebrate the holiday season, may your days be filled with joy and laughter, and your home and hearth be warm with the love of family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Transplant Life Foundation.
Transplant Buddy

We need a picture of you and your Transplant Buddy! TransplantNATION is planning a photo spread of transplant buddies for the next issue. We want to meet your Buddy (best friend, biggest supporter, etc.) from your transplant experience. So, whether your Transplant Buddy is your caregiver, family member, or friend, we want to see them in the next issue of TransplantNATION! Send in a photo of you and your Transplant Buddy by January 20, 2020 via the button below (high-resolution photo preferred).
Breaking Transplant News!

On December 17, 2019, the United States government proposed new rules to increase organ transplants. These rules will make it easier for the living to donate and make sure organs from the deceased do not go to waste. To review the rules in detail, please visit the link below:

Transplant Games Updates!

Registration Update

Registration prices have been set for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games. Below are the competitor and non-competitor rates. The exact date that registration will open has not been announced, but we are anticipating it will
be early January.

Competitor Rates:                                             
Early Registration: $150.00 (Prior to March 1, 2020)
Regular Registration: $170.00 (March 2, 2020 to May 10, 2020)
Late Registration: $190.00 (May 11, 2020 to June 7, 2020)

Early Registration: $40.00 (Prior to March 1, 2020)
Regular Registration: $50.00 (March 2, 2020 to May 10, 2020)
Late Registration: $60.00 (May 11, 2020 to July 17, 2020)

As a reminder, donor families are allowed to compete in a limited number of competitions for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games, but will still register as a Donor Family Member, not as a competitor. Registration fees will fall under the non-competitor rates for all Donor Family Members for the 2020 Games.
Competition Information

Leading up to the Transplant Games in July 2020, we will be featuring one to two sports in the newsletter. Our goal will be to highlight important rules, provide updates on any changes to the format, as well as increase interest in the competition. When registering for the Games, be sure to review each of the sports you will be participating in for final decisions on competition rules.

Track and Field
The Track and Field competition at the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games will take place at Riggins Memorial Field in East Rutherford, NJ on Monday, July 20. Track and Field is the TGA competition with the highest participation rate, with 500 plus athletes. Racing and cheering on family, friends and other athletes in a total of 38 individual events (encompassing men, women and youth), makes for a tiring, yet inspirational day at the track and really highlights personal successes post-transplant.

There will be no major changes made to the Track and Field competition, but TGA will ensure that there is an adequate scoring system in place to process results and that the medal presentations are properly executed.

Below is a list of the Track and Field events for the Games in July:
Men & Women Track Events 

1500m Race/Walk
Men & Women Field Events 

Shot put
Softball Throw
Long Jump
High Jump
Youth Track Events

25m (5 & under)
50m (6-10 years old)
100m (11-13 years old)
Youth Field Events

Softball Throw
Long Jump
High Jump (11-13 years old)
Relay Track Events (14 and older)
Men, Women and Mixed
To find out more information about the Track and Field competition, please visit: https://www.transplantgamesofamerica.org/track-and-field.html
Big Snow - American Dream Ski Slope

American Dream, site of the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games TGA Village, just opened Big Snow, North America's first and only indoor, real-snow, year-round ski and snow resort. Big Snow will be open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm and offers snow day packages, ski and snowboard lessons, rentals, and group/party event space. This year-round winter wonderland is just one of the many amazing attractions that American Dream has to offer, and you will be able to experience all of them, firsthand, at the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games in July. To find out more about Big Snow, visit:

TGA Flag Tour

The 2020 Transplant Games Flag Tour will launch in February!

The Transplant Games flag tour is similar to the Olympic torch being carried from venue to venue prior to the official games. Leading up to the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games taking place in Northern New Jersey July 17-22, the flag will be visiting various locations throughout New Jersey and New York to raise awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation. In addition to the host city, the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games flag will travel around the United States playing a role in various TGA state team events. The flag tour helps build momentum for the upcoming Games as TGA teams across the country celebrate the mission, build awareness of their local teams, and sign up new donors to the state and national registries. The flag tour is an important kickoff to the Transplant Games. It brings together the TGA team members and their communities in anticipation of the Games. 

“This event is a great way for us to raise awareness of the need for more organ donors in New Jersey and across the country. In the United States today, there are over 113,000 individuals on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. On average, 20 people will die a day due to the shortage of organs.”
-Patti DiSanto, Team Manager of Team Liberty.

Team Managers will receive an email to sign up for their team’s flag tour dates. Be sure to check with your team manager to find out when the flag is coming to your city!


TransplantNATION magazine’s Passages page pays tribute to many milestones reached by individuals in our community. We intend to share news of births, marriages, anniversaries, transplant anniversaries, deaths, and any other significant announcements that celebrate the gift of life or acknowledge the support an individual(s) has given to the organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation world.

If you have a tribute you would like to share in an upcoming Passages page, please send your information (35-75 words or less) to Josh Sweedyk at 

Transplant Life Foundation and Transplant Games of America would like to thank you for your support of our mission. The work that we do to educate the public and bring awareness about donation and transplantation would not be possible without your help and commitment.