It has been an amazing year for TRIO Manhattan and 2020 promises to be just as spectacular.
Our 25th ‘Remember & Rejoice’ ecumenical service is coming up at the magnificent St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York City on Saturday, April 18, 2020 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 more than 1,500 attendees annually.
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. Last year members learned about ‘Innovations in Transplantation’ from a Transplant surgeon, had a conversation with a Rabbi about multicultural aspects and issues with organ donation, heard from a transplant pharmacist who understood the unique needs of recipients and spoke with a social worker about the practical issues involved with preparing for a transplant.
The 2019 TRIO Manhattan Triangle Awards Gala was held in October, where recipients honored special people from 3 areas of transplantation, a surgeon, clinical coordinator and a donor family and also presented the first Legacy Award.
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 contributes annually to the national TRIO scholarship program.
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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