November, 2019

It's the Giving Season!

Giving Tuesday

We have one week until Giving Tuesday! The Transplant Life Foundation (TLF) is raising funds this Giving Tuesday, December 3, for our Travel Grant Program, which provides Team members with limited financial assistance for a number of qualified individuals to attend the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games in New Jersey from July 17-22. 

The Transplant Games provide an opportunity for everyone in the donation and transplant community to participate in the largest gathering of recipients, donor families, living donors, caregivers, and professionals. Travel expenses can be a tremendous burden for many, and we anticipate these costs to be higher than normal in 2020. With your help, all proceeds from this year’s Giving Tuesday, will be set aside in a fund to support our Travel Grant Program. All qualified registrants will have the opportunity to apply for a travel grant and awards will be based on need. Your generous gift on December 3rd will allow many in our community to support this important effort. Travel grant awards of $1,000 will help offset the cost of registration fees, lodging, travel, meals and miscellaneous expenses.

Those interested in Transplant Life Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit: www.transplantlifefoundation.org/giving-tuesday. Or follow us on social media: 

Arizona Transplant Games

For the first time ever, Team Arizona will be holding a state-level competition to promote membership for their team in anticipation of the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games. The one-day event, The Arizona Transplant Games will be held on December 7, 2019 in Chandler, AZ. Team Arizona is committed to building a stronger team to participate in the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games, July 17-22, in New Jersey.

The locally produced Arizona Transplant Games will feature Track & Field events, Cornhole, Darts and a Youth Olympiad obstacle course. Other activities include food trucks, a craft corner for kids, a donor family tribute wall and a pickleball demonstration. 

AZ residents can register at www . TransplantTeamAZ . org/ArizonaGames and click on “Online Registration” at the bottom of the page. Registration fees are $10 and can be paid online after registration is complete. Each participant will receive a shirt and medal in addition to FREE practice sessions at Ability360 gym leading up to the Arizona Games.
Get Your Event on the Calendar

Teams across the country are fired up and committed to raising awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation through a variety of events that highlight the amazing miracle of transplantation, as well as raise funds and build team participation in the upcoming Transplant Games July 17-22, 2020.

Send your 2020 event information to Josh Sweedyk at j.sweedyk@transplantLF.org to get your event promoted in the TGA Newsletter as well as TransplantNATION magazine.

Here are just a couple of examples of upcoming events:

Great Lakes Bowling Challenge
March 14, 2020
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Timbers Bowling Lanes

1246 Conant St.
Maumee, OH 43537

Hosted by Kate Griggs

A Dueling Piano Event
March 27, 2020
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Inn at St. John’s
44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170

Hosted by the Michigan Donor Family Council
Transplant Games Updates!

Lyrics for Life Competition

Auditions for the Lyrics for Life singing competition at the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games are now open. Recorded submissions will be accepted now through February 29, 2020. Submissions will be limited to the first 100 competitors, and can be sent to Dan Palmer at vocals@transplantgamesofamerica.org. After the audition deadline, judges will pick 12 semi-finalists to compete at the 2020 Games.

To find out more information about the Lyrics for Life competition, please visit the following link: www.transplantgamesofamerica.org/lyrics-for-life.
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.

The swimming competition at the Transplant Games is one of the most popular events. With 31 events over two days, the swimming competition challenges a growing number of athletes during the Games. Swimming will take place at the Berkeley Aquatic Club in New Providence, NJ. This nationally known facility has the experience and expertise to manage and host a swim competition. Our swimmers will have access to a professional competition pool as well as an adjacent warm-up pool. Scoring and reporting systems are professional grade and we are confident that this facility and it’s team of professionals will create a competition that will make all of us proud. We do not anticipate any changes to the competition rules, but we will enforce existing rules that include scheduled breaks throughout the competition in order to award medals to qualifying athletes.

Our Swim Events for 2020:

Men and Women Individual Events
  • Freestyle: 50yd, 100yd, 200yd, 500yd
  • Breaststroke: 50yd, 100yd
  • Backstroke: 50yd, 100yd
  • Butterfly: 50yd
  • Medley: 200yd

Youth Individual Events
  • Freestyle: 25yd (Age 10 & under), 50yd (Ages 11 to 13)
  • Breaststroke: 50yd (Ages 11 to 13)
  • Backstroke: 50yd (Ages 11 to 13)
  • Butterfly: 50yd (Ages 11 to 13)

Relay Swim Events
  • Men's Freestyle 4x200yd
  • Women's Freestyle 2x200yd
  • Men's Medley 4x200yd
  • Women's Medley 4x200yd
  • Mixed Freestyle 4x200yd
  • Medley 4x200yd

For more information on swimming please visit: www.transplantgamesofamerica.org/swimming.
Last Opportunity for "Honor the Journey" T-shirts

Our limited edition "Honor the Journey" t-shirts have been a great success and are almost sold out. All profits from t-shirt sales will go to our Travel Grant Program for the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games in New Jersey. We are down to just a handful in various sizes, so if you still need a shirt, click the button below and order 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 (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.