It has been an amazing year for TRIO Manhattan and 2019 promises to be just as spectacular.
Our 24th ‘Remember & Rejoice’ ecumenical service is coming up at the magnificent St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The program includes donors and recipient speakers, spiritual leaders, music, singing and a dedication to our donors and their families during a candle lighting and white rose distribution ceremony. This is truly an event to participate in as it is the largest gathering of organ donors and recipients in the country, with approximately 1,500 attendees annually. Our service is translated into Spanish and American Sign Language.
Monthly support meetings are held, generally on the third Tuesday of the month (but check the website for up-to-date info), with expert speakers on various educational topics of interest to members. In 2018 members had a conversation with the OPO (organ procurement organization) Chief Medical Officer learned about ‘Innovations in Transplantation’ from a Transplant surgeon and heard from a member who met her donor family, a donor dad and received guidance on how to write to your donor family among other topics.
Members also viewed and discussed the documentary ‘Perfect Strangers’ which explores the journeys of an unrelated, matched kidney donor and recipient, heard about the VA’s new living donor program, as well as hearing from and asking questions of a transplant pharmacist who understood the unique needs of recipients.
Social events for members and their guests occurred throughout the year, and include a year-end holiday celebration, a luncheon giving thanks to our donors.
The board keeps our members informed of the issues and challenges in legislation, organ shortage and ideas to improve the sobering numbers of people still waiting for a lifesaving transplant. We work to influence policy and legislation change, side-by-side along with the OPO, LiveOnNY, surgeons and coordinators at our area transplant centers, and other transplant organizations and advocacy groups that serve our community.
The TRIO - Manhattan Chapter Team partnered with LiveOnNY on October 10 at an area transplant center to sign-up more than 3500 New Yorkers to the registry, on Donor Enrollment Day this year
Chapter members continue to be public speakers for the OPO's speaker's bureau, sharing their donor/recipient life stories to spread the message of transplant success and the urgent need for donor registrations.
The Manhattan Chapter also made a substantial contribution towards the national TRIO scholarship program in 2018.
President, TRIO - Manhattan Chapter
PO Box 53 - Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021
TRIO Manhattan is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors.
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