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May, 2020
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In the article below, you are invited to send a thank you to your transplant nurse team 
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Christmas heart recipient, Ruby June Cotter, is a
symbol of hope during this coronavirus crisis.
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(photo courtesy of Brian Cotter)
As communities struggle to reopen, TRIO urges everyone to be careful and offers concern and support for those affected by the COVID-19 virus . . .
TRIO president
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New in-home blood draw service launched 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 Long Island & Manhattan Chapters Join for On-line recorded live video event during COVID shutdown

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These chapters share here the recording of a ZOOM session that was co-hosted by transplant support groups in the NY metro area - including TRIO Manhattan and Long Island Chapters, on April 23. It was very helpful for the 90+ participants who attended the ZOOM video-conference, and may be useful information for other recipients who face similar concerns and challenges at this uncertain time.
This Q & A was with  Drs. Friedman & Schiano discussing . . .
"Understanding Transplantation in New York & the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic -  What Does it Mean for us as Members of the Recipient Community?"
Organ Transplants Continue In Philadelphia Region Despite Donations Being Down Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting organ transplants. Donations are down and some transplants have been put on hold, but the most serious cases are still happening.

In spite of the difficult odds, there were 126 organ transplants in and around Philadelphia in the month of March that came from 49 donors.
 Watch full CBS News story here
Transplant Nurses Week
- April 27 - May 4, 2020
Transplant Nurses Week - Transplant Testimonials

TRIO Greater Cleveland Board with
chapter president, Chris Shay-Downer in front

The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) is dedicated to promoting the education and clinical practice of nurses who participate in the care of solid organ transplant patients.

  2020 is the Year of the Nurse, and this year they're dedicating a week to celebrating transplant nurses and their commitment to their patients and the field.
ITNS is celebrating transplant nurses by sharing stories of gratitude from patients and their families. Celebrate a transplant nurse by visiting the ITNS website. Submit your Transplant Testimonial to Kat Waks at Include your name and location.

Read TRIO's Chris Shay-Downer's tribute story here
TRIO Long Island invites you to join them . . .

Some exciting news from our TRIO Long Island chapter which is hosting a live ZOOM movie premiere event 8PM May 13th open to all as seen in this event flyer:

Monet Thomson, TRIO National Board Member, shares in local COVID article

In her local The Mercury News, Monet writes: "This isolation is great! It was getting too frantic out there. And I can work on creative projects and, anyway, it's not so different from my usual retired homebody life." The other voice says, "Wait a minute! There are people dying, people suffering financially, and other people working hard at risk to their own health.

She continues: The pandemic has pulled some families closer and broken others, but on the bright side, the natural world has benefited from the slow down. Our government has stepped up with financial aid. Funny how some of the wild ideas like universal income and health care for all are seeing a bit of play.
If nothing else, the pandemic has reinforced that, though apart, we are all in this together.
Monet Thomson
San Jose

Link to her published opinion piece here
TRIO Awarded 2020 Platinum Seal

As in past years, TRIO has again earned the highest level Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency.
This is an industry wide recognized symbol of corporate excellence.  Their Seal is posted on our web sites and social media pages.
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