December, 2020

Happy Holidays

Everyone at the Transplant Life Foundation and Transplant Games of America wishes all of you a beautiful and happy holiday season. While the COVID-19 crisis has impacted an entire world and we continue to battle this terrible virus, there is reason to be joyful. The recent approval and launch of two vaccines, with others very likely coming soon, has brought comfort and hope to many of us. In addition, this week’s passing of the Immuno Bill is an unbelievable gift to the transplant community.

In other news, we have been continuing to plan for next summer’s Transplant Games at the Meadowlands, NJ and we are confident that the Games will be a tremendous success. Early next year we will relaunch our team manager webinars, and will continue to provide updates on our planning for the Games. In the meantime, use this holiday season to keep your loved ones in your hearts and minds. Best wishes,

-The Transplant Life Foundation

COVID-19 Transplant Community Vaccine Webinar

The approval of COVID-19 vaccines has brought with it hope, excitement, and a long list of questions. Results from a recent survey have indicated that our community is split on whether or not to get the vaccine.

To ensure you have the information you need, the COVID-19 Transplant Community Coalition is planning our second live webinar and will be discussing COVID-19 vaccines. The event is scheduled to take place on January 26, 2021 and will feature a well rounded panel of leading experts including representation from the NIH and the CDC along with a practicing physician and patient advocate.
TransplantNATION Needs your Photos!

Athletes and Teams

The photo spread in the upcoming issue of TransplantNATION will highlight athletes and teams. Send us a photo of you with some of your TGA team members, with your golf or tennis partner, or just a photo of you doing the sport you love (action or other!). The photo you submit using the link below may appear in the photo spread in the February issue of TransplantNATION.

TGA Training

We know many of you have been working hard training for the upcoming Transplant Games in New Jersey, July 16-21, 2021. And with many gyms, sports facilities and parks closed due to COVID-19, staying fit has been more challenging than ever. Be patient, there are still 7 months left to train. In the meantime, send us a picture of you training and some details on your training strategy, partner, or goals so we can share it with others. To submit information to be used for TransplantNATION or Transplant Life Foundation social media, use the following link.

Unique Medal Stories

It is easy to understand why Transplant Games athletes covet their hard-earned medals. However, you would be surprised how many stories the Transplant Life Foundation staff has heard of athletes recognizing someone else by giving them their prize possession - medal. This gesture sometimes occurs at the Games or when athletes return home, and in some cases medals may even be sent to someone far away, special delivery! If you have an exceptional story regarding giving one of your TGA medals to someone special, please share it for potential use in TransplantNATION or Transplant Life Foundation social media, via the link below.

TransplantNATION Holiday Special

Still looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Purchase a gift subscription to TransplantNATION magazine for someone special and get a second subscription free for you or another friend. This offer is available until January 31, 2021.
Subscribe now!
Transplant Games
Transplant Games 30th Birthday Celebration

This year marks the 30th Birthday of the Transplant Games, the world’s largest celebration of life! The Transplant Games celebrate those who have received a second chance at life, honor those who have given the gift of life, and support those who actively care for, and save lives every day.

Please donate today, so the Transplant Games can continue our amazing work. Your tax-deductible gift of any amount will make an impact - changing and saving lives.

To learn more about our special Transplant Games Birthday Celebration Campaign, please visit:

Donate now and support the future of the Transplant Games, by visiting the link below: https://www.transplantlifefoundation.org/birthday-donation
Transplant Games 5K and Cycling Venue Announcement

We are excited to announce that a location has been secured for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games 5K Run and Walk, as well as the Cycling competition.

Beautiful Branch Brook Park, a 360 acre county park in Newark, will be the site for both events. Planning for the competition routes is currently underway. The 5K Run and Walk is scheduled for Saturday July 17, 2021, and the Cycling competition will take place on Sunday July 18, 2021. The Cycling Competition includes a 1K Race (Youth), a 5K Race, and a 20K Endurance Race. Exact locations, times, and race routes will be available on the TGA website at a later date.

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 (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.