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.
- C.L.A.S.S, 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.