May, 2020

Transplant Games News
TGA Registration Has Reopened

The 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games have officially been rescheduled for July 16-21, 2021, and we are excited to announce that registration for the Games is now open again. If you register by July 18, 2020, you can register at the original rates. However, after that date, registration costs will increase substantially, reflecting the additional expenses associated with rescheduling our event. Of course, individuals who had already registered will remain registered for the Games in 2021, at the original rates.

Current Rates (Until 11:59pm Eastern Time, July 18, 2020)
$50.00 Non-Competitor Registration
$170.00 Competitor Registration

To register and find out more information, please visit the following link:
TGA Hosts One Year Out Virtual Celebration

Despite rescheduling the July 2020 Transplant Games, we are still planning on some exciting virtual events centered around a One Year Out celebration. Details of the activities are being developed as we wait for state and local restrictions to ease. We want everyone to save the dates for some fun and exciting virtual plans to help celebrate organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

SAVE THE DATE JULY 17-22, 2020 One Year Out Virtual Celebration
COVID-19 and the Transplant Community

Our world has become much more complicated since the onset of COVID-19, and no group has been more focused on the need for greater care and vigilance than our transplant community. As we react to the healthcare crisis, we realize that many of you are dealing with new and old issues, and like many others now, still looking for answers. Transplant Life Foundation has banded together with other
transplant organizations to help open the channels of communication, and we need your help. Please take a few minutes today to respond to a short survey on the COVID-19 crisis. Your participation will help us develop a toolkit to assist the transplant community with answers and support. Thank you in advance for your time.
Congratulations 2020 Graduates

We know many graduations have been canceled due to COVID-19, but that does not take away from the incredible achievements of graduates everywhere. Transplant Life Foundation would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on their accomplishments and wish them all the best for a bright future.
Howl Competes at the Transplant Games
Brenda Cortez is a living kidney donor and children’s book author, who has a passion for helping others. She was inspired to write her first book, My Mom is Having Surgery, after her daughter wrote her college entrance essay about Brenda’s donation, and the inspiration she drew from it. Brenda is now a strong advocate for organ donation awareness and has created a book series centered around the character, Howl the Owl. These organ donation focused children’s books help children and families understand and relate, while also inspiring kindness and helping others.

Howl Competes at the Transplant Games is the ninth, and newest book in the Howl the Owl book series and will be released June 25, 2020. In this book, Howl and his Transplant Games buddies Blaze and Spark share their excitement and experiences at the Games, including the Opening Ceremony, pin exchange, and competitions.

Brenda has generously offered that partial proceeds of book sales be given back to Transplant Life Foundation. To find out more about Brenda and her books, please visit: https://www.donatelife.net/books
The Power of Two

The Power of Two is an inspiring documentary that tells the remarkable story of twin sisters, two cultures and two new chances at life. Experience the compelling stories of Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, Ana Stenzel, Anna Modlin, and others in the cystic fibrosis and organ transplant communities in the U.S. and

The Power of Two is offering a special discount just for you! Use code TRANSPLANTNATION to stream on Vimeo for just 99 cents! This code will be active until May 31, 2020. Watch it now:


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.