Transplant Support Group
The Transplant Clinic offers support groups for patients and their family members currently waiting for a transplant along with those who have already received a transplant.
Psychosocial support beyond that provided by the transplant nurse coordinator is available through the transplant social worker, a staff psychologist or psychiatrist.
Training is open to patients interested in community service projects to promote organ donor awareness. Trained patients and family members form a speaker's bureau and participate in projects at the Motor Vehicle Department, area churches and community organizations.
Patient/family lodging and transportation
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is located approximately 1 mile from the Hospitality Inn. This hotel offers reduced room rates for patients and families along with free transportation between the hospital and hotel.
- UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing.
Patients accepted onto a transplant hospital's waiting list are registered with the UNOS Organ Center, where a centralized computer network links all organ procurement organizations and transplant centers.
- SRtr, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients Web site provides all the information currently available in the Statistics, Reports, and Summary sections of the UNOS Transplant Patient Data Source.
- NMDP, the National Marrow Donor Program, an organization helping patients through stem cell transplantation.
- The Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation is a registered Medical Research Charity whose mission is to advance the science of organ transplantation by supporting research programs through operating grants directly allocated to research projects.
- TransWeb, a comprehensive transplant-oriented Web site, which includes current statistics, news items, donation issues, patient education, and an excellent reference section.
- Lifegift's mission is to provide community benefit by ethically, effectively and efficiently recovering appropriately transplantable organs and tissue to give the gift of life.
- Organ Donation, an informational site sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
- Coalition on Donation is a not-for-profit alliance of local coalitions and national organizations who have joined forces to promote organ and tissue donation.
- Donor Alliance is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the recovery and donation of organs and tissues in Colorado and Wyoming.
- Transplant Awareness, Inc. (TAI) is a nonprofit corporation run and operated by volunteers who are all organ transplant recipients. Products designed to increase organ donor awareness (such as T-shirts and license plate frames) are offered for sale.
- Transplant Communications, Inc., a twice-monthly online newsletter providing up-to-the-minute information on developments in organ, tissue, eye, and bone marrow procurement and transplantation.
- The National Foundation for Transplants is a national non-profit organization that offers a program of healthcare and financial support services and patient advocacy for transplant candidates, recipients, and their families.
- The Coalition on Donation is a national non-profit alliance of national organizations and local coalitions dedicated to educating the public about organ and tissue donation.
- The Kids Organ Donor Educational Program is an educational program designed to teach students about the functions of the major organs of the body and the importance of organ donation.
- The Living Bank International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
- The Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (ANZDATA) collects a wide range of statistics that relate to the outcomes of treatment of those with stage renal failure.
Patient support organizations
- AAKP, the American Association of Kidney Patients, is a national, non-profit, membership-based, voluntary health organization providing education, support and advocacy services to kidney patients and their families.
- AKF, the American Kidney Fund, is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to improving the daily lives of people with chronic kidney disease.
- E-Neph, the complete Web site for the international renal care community.
- NKF, the National Kidney Foundation, is a voluntary health organization seeking to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
- The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.
- The American Heart Association is a not-for-profit health organization funded by private contributions to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These include heart attack, stroke (brain attack) and related disorders.
- The American Liver Foundation is the only national, voluntary non-profit health agency dedicated to preventing, treating and curing hepatitis and all liver diseases through research, education and support groups.
- class, the Children's Liver Association for Support Services, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the emotional, educational and financial needs of families coping with childhood liver disease and transplantation.
- The Children's Liver Alliance (CLA) is dedicated to empowering the hearts and minds of children with liver disease (pre- and post-liver transplant), their families and the medical professionals who care for them.
- Organ Transplant Support, Inc. provides support, counseling, education and informational medical programs and materials on transplantation. Members include transplant recipients, candidates, their families and health care professionals.
- trIO, Transplant Recipients International Organization, is an 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.
- Transplant Buddies is dedicated to the sharing of feelings and thoughts about the transplant process.
- The National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) provides guidance and emotional support to transplant patients by helping families and friends organize, launch and sustain a fundraising campaign. NTAF also offers grants to eligible candidates.
- NATCO, the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization, is the professional society of more than 1,750 transplant coordinators, and is the largest group of transplant professionals in North America.
- AST, the American Society of Transplantation, is an organization of 1,300 transplant professionals dedicated to research, education, advocacy and patient care in transplantation science and medicine.
- ITCS, the International Transplant Coordinators Society is an organization of transplant coordinators, both clinical and procurement coordinators, who provide a major portion of the infrastructure in which organ or tissue donation and transplantation occur.