June, 2019

Dear Isa

Are you struggling with your mental or physical health or have a question about donation and transplantation? TransplantNATION magazine can help. Submit your question to the "Dear Isa" column via the link below. Our contributing editor, Isabel (Isa) Stenzel Byrnes, will provide you, and others, with valuable feedback to move forward.

Favorite Recipe Contest

Everyone knows that the proper diet plays a big role in keeping all of us fit and healthy, and that is especially true in the transplant community. Submit a favorite healthy recipe. Contest rules are easy. Submit your recipe below, no later than July 31, 2019, and we will pick a winner. Best recipe wins a $50.00 gift card compliments of TransplantNATION magazine. Top recipes will get published in a future issue. Good luck and happy eating.  

Contest Rules:
  • Open to anyone.
  • Contest entries must be submitted online through the provided link or emailed to j.sweedyk@transplantLF.org.
  • Entries must be submitted by: July 31, 2019.
  • Winner will be selected based on a judges panel by taste and appearance.
  • Judges decision is final.
Honor the Gift Campaign

In April of 2019, the Transplant Life Foundation teamed up with the honor the gift movement to reject coverage limits on immunosuppresvie medications. Kidney transplant recipients require immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, but Medicare will only cover them for three-years.

Our impact so far:
  • More than 5,739 people from all 50 states have signed the pledge at HonorTheGift.org.
  • A reach of nearly 640,000 people on Facebook and Twitter and secured over 10,000 engagements with our content.
  • Working with patients and stakeholders to connect with potential new campaign partners—especially within the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) community. If you have a relationship with your local OPO, or you work for one and would like to help us spread the word, please download  our Campaign Brief made specifically for OPOs and share to whomever you think might be interested.

We have helped make tremendous progress, but there is still more to accomplish! Stand up for kidney patients—join the #HonorTheGift movement and sign the pledge today. https://bit.ly/2GKN6Th
2019 Community Events

Donor Network West
  • June 22 - Donate Life with the Oakland A’s: Join Donor Network West for a day of fun. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to Donor Network West to educate the community about organ and tissue donation. Purchase tickets with the link below: https://groupmatics.events/event/Donornetwork
  • August 7 - Donate Life Day with the San Francisco Giants
  • September 7 - Donate Life Run/Walk 5k, 10k and Kids Dash: Join us for our 9th annual Donate Life Run/Walk taking place in San Ramon, CA. All registered participants receive a custom shirt, medal, goodie bag and more. Register today at: 5k.dnwest.org
Iowa Donor Network
  • August 17 - Donor Dash Saturday: This event draws hundreds and raises awareness for organ, tissue and eye donation. 

Team Liberty
  • June 24 - Support Team Liberty for their annual golf outing. Play 18 holes at the beautiful at the New Jersey National Golf Club in Basking Ridge.
  • August 18 - Join Team Liberty and the Healy family at the Brooklyn Cyclones game for a fundraising and awareness night.

Team South Carolina
  • July 13 - Teams SC will host a booth at the Greenville Farmers Market to promote not only the Games, but more importantly the registry.
Transplant Games News!

2022 Bid Document to be Released

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019, the Transplant Life Foundation will be releasing the 2022 Transplant Games bid document. If your city has an interest in hosting the Games and can meet all of the bid requirements, the Foundation encourages you to submit a bid. All criteria under consideration is outlined in the bid document. The deadline for submissions is October 4, 2019. 
Be a Volunteer

In the hustle and bustle world we live in, we rarely stop to think about how much our daily lives are impacted by others who volunteer their services. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin started the first volunteer fire department in the United States? Our country began its independence through the efforts of volunteer militia and some of our biggest charitable groups, like the American Red Cross and YMCA, have strong foundations in volunteerism.

The success of the Transplant Games is also strongly rooted in volunteers. We will have over 3,000 volunteer assignments for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. Our 44+ teams consist of recipients, donors, donor families, caregivers and others who continually volunteer to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. For more information about volunteering at the Transplant Games, contact:
Josh Sweedyk at; j.sweedyk@transplantLF.org

This month we salute all volunteers everywhere!
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.


Darts is rapidly becoming one of our more popular competitions. A sport for all ages and skill levels, darts can take a while to play.

Typically Darts Formats

Cricket: Competitors have to hit the number spots of: 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, and the Bullseye three times to cancel it out. The first to cancel out all their number spots, wins.

501: Competitors start at 501 and work down to zero by hitting the board. Each number corresponds to the amount subtracted from 501. The first competitor to reach zero wins.

In order to speed up play at the 2020 Games, TGA may restrict competitors to one format, implement other rule changes, such as going to a single elimination competition (except the finals), or change 501 to a 301 format to shorten the length of play.

To find out more detailed information about the TGA Darts competition please visit: http://www.transplantgamesofamerica.org/darts.html

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.