TRIO National 
Member E-News  
February 2019



"Happy Valentine's Day"
We know you've already registered as an organ donor, now share that word and ask others to join you in doing the same for National Donor Day

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Team USA & TRIO 
TRIO is proud to announce it's new partnership with Team USA, our transplant athletes who carry the message of organ donation and organ transplant success around the world by competing in the bi-annual World Transplant Games.  See more below on how you too can support and even participate this Summer in the UK with fellow athletes.  
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Opportunity to serve: 
  We have two openings on the TRIO national board for the position of
Director at Large.  If you are interested in learning the responsibilities and what's involved, call me at the number below, or  
click here to download a PDF document describing that.

PS: Even if this may not be your opportunity, if you know somebody you feel is right for that role, talk to them and offer this same link for them to consider serving.
 
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2019 Scholarship Application now posted
Click here to learn more and download an application
Is your chapter (or yourself) raising monies to support this program?   
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TRIO president
Celebrating my 25th year with a VERY successful heart transplant
thanks to Roberto Cuebas, my heart donor  
GleasonJim@aol.com
(609) 877-4493
TRIO Partners with Team USA for the
World Transplant Games
 
 
Click image to link to the World Games web site
TRIO is very pleased to announce a formal partnership with Team USA, the American team of transplant athletes and their supporters that will be representing our country in the 2019 World Transplant Games, August 17-24, in Newcastle/Gateshead, United Kingdom.
 
The World Games is a seven day celebration of organ donation and demonstrates that a normal life including participation in sports is possible thanks to the miraculous therapy of organ transplantation. Approximately sixty countries from around the world are expected to participate over the course of the week. Competition will be held in the following sports (in alphabetical order): Athletics (Track & Field), Badminton, Basketball (3 on 3), Bowling (Ten Pin), Cycling, Darts, Golf, Petanque, Road Race, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, and Volleyball. The official web site of the World Transplant Games is at:   http://www.worldtransplantgames.org .
 
Team USA will be one of the largest teams competing in the World Games, with over 175 athletes and more than 300 people in total participating. Team manager Gary Green, who is also a TRIO Board member, expects that this team will be the largest U.S. team ever in World Games' history.
 
TRIO will assist Team USA by providing logistical support and access to a fund raising platform that will allow Team USA members to raise funds to support the team. TRIO President Jim Gleason, in making the announcement, stated "We are very proud to be supporting our country's transplant athletes in international competition, and believe that this is one of the best examples of how transplantation can rehabilitate an individual and allow him or her to lead a normal and productive life."
 
Anyone can join Team USA and compete in the World Games. For further information, visit the Team's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/USAteam and sign up for updates, or contact the team by emailing: teamusa.worldgames@gmail.com .
 
Click this image to check out the World Games 2019 invitation video:
 

UNOS Call for public comment awaiting your feedback . . .
The Org
 
an Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)'s spring 2019 public comment cycle runs through March 22.  
 
Topics for your review and feedback include: 
  • Guidance on Effective Practices for Broader Distribution
  • Modify HOPE Act Variance to Include Other Organs
  • Clarifications on Reporting Maintenance Dialysis
  • Eliminate the Use of Donor Service Areas (DSAs) in Thoracic Distribution
  • Eliminate the Use of Regions in VCA Distribution
  • Removal of DSA and Region from Kidney and Pancreas Allocation (concept paper)
  • Split Liver Variance
  • Expedited Liver Placement
  • Ethical Implications of Multi-Organ Transplants (white paper) 
How well do you know your liver?
Click on image above to read about this all important organ and how to keep it healthy and functioning at peak levels
TRIO members in running for UNOS/OPTN officer roles
TRIO's Bob Goodman and Jim Gleason have been nominated for the treasurer's role awaiting nationwide election results ending Feb 29th
Scientists Are Teaching the Body to Accept New Organs
Patients receiving new kidneys and livers must take damaging anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. Now researchers hope to train the immune system instead of just tamping it down.
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