Thanks to all of you came out and supported our team last weekend…our 3rd benefit dinner was a HUGE success bringing in close to $20,000! We have what I would say is the best event planning committee in the whole wide world. The group consists of Mark Scott (liver), Shelby Slagle (UWMC), Maggie Kim (liver), Shirley Schultz (liver), Tami Sadusky (kidney-pancreas), and Jon Baird (liver)…It’s their continued commitment and ability to work together that has been instrumental to the success of our dinner!
I also want to thank our 2 featured speakers, Jennifer Herlihy, liver recipient and 6 X Transplant Games gold medalist, and Dr. Mark Harrast, Medical Director for the UWMC Sports Medicine Clinic and the Seattle Marathon. They did a superb job of bringing home the message that physical exercise is important and that transplant recipients can and do live active, vital lives!
Below is something I included in my speech…A few months ago Nancy and Bruce MacNeill took some time to flesh out what our motto: Survive. Thrive. Together means…I think it’s something you all will appreciate:
Survive. Thrive. Together.
Survive. A failing organ is overwhelming…from managing day-to-day living to learning about all aspects of the disease to coping with increasing medical needs to waiting for the phone call that an organ has been procured. Each transplant is different and each journey is unique. But the goal of every transplant patient is to live and to SURVIVE!
Thrive. The journey doesn’t end once you’ve been transplanted. Recovery can be challenging. Going from being terminally ill to living again drains the mind, body, and soul. Re-entry into a normal life is anything but normal. Team Transplant facilitates this recovery through physical fitness—walking, jogging, running, and getting outside. Physical movement increases endorphins, improves balance, and builds confidence…confidence that it’s okay to plan for the future and not just for day-to-day living. Our weekly training routes rotate through different locations in the Seattle area…and the scenic PNW views, diverse neighborhoods, parks, and trails provide inspiration to not just survive…but to go beyond that and THRIVE!
Together. Team Transplant is a self-funded, ever-widening community of inspired transplant recipients, donors, medical professionals, caregivers, runners, walkers, and…yes…dogs that offers emotional support, encourages physical fitness, welcomes companions in living a healthy lifestyle, and celebrates each day as part of the journey TOGETHER!
Team Transplant is now a part of the University of Washington’s Combined Fund Drive, a statewide fundraising effort that is directed to state employees and agencies to raise funds for hundreds of charities:
* State employees can make paycheck donations directed to the charity
of their choice: http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/
* Non-state employees can also now make donations:
These funding opportunities make us very excited about the future of our team! In the upcoming year, we plan to use the money to increase our visibility; find ways to engage more transplant recipients, living donors, family members, and employees; provide better support to our team members; and continue to work toward a plan to make our team sustainable.
Recent Press Releases:
Remember that first day of practice waaaaay back in August when Marty Reimer (DJ from 95.7, The Jet…and formerly of The Mountain) showed up …Here’s the podcast he was working on! Thanks to Shirley Schultz, Alvin Valencia, and UWMC physician Mark Harrast for representing us so well!
Check out Jack Frank on King5 news and the texting pillbox! Jack has been a part of Team Transplant for about 4 years…His uncle, Willie Richardson—also his kidney donor, and grandparents, Jo and Tom Richardson also join us for practices! Proud to call them all Team Transplanters!