Georgia Transplant Foundation

Georgia Transplant Foundation For more information about the GTF, please visit https://gatransplant.org or call toll-free 1-866-428-9411 Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) is a non-profit organization providing financial, educational, and emotional support to transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and their families throughout the state of Georgia.

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Make sure you take some time for yourself and rest. The holiday season is wonderful, but can also be exhausting.
11/27/2021

Make sure you take some time for yourself and rest. The holiday season is wonderful, but can also be exhausting.

Make sure you take some time for yourself and rest. The holiday season is wonderful, but can also be exhausting.

We are thankful for YOU! Thank you for being a part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!! #g...
11/25/2021

We are thankful for YOU! Thank you for being a part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!! #gtffamily #thankful

We are thankful for YOU! Thank you for being a part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!! #gtffamily #thankful

Calling all organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and caregivers - our annual Trends iN Transplant (TN...
11/22/2021

Calling all organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and caregivers - our annual Trends iN Transplant (TNT) Conference is on Saturday, December 4. Learn more and register at: https://gatransplant.org/tnt2021

Calling all organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and caregivers - our annual Trends iN Transplant (TNT) Conference is on Saturday, December 4. Learn more and register at: https://gatransplant.org/tnt2021

Today the world is a little sadder place as we mourn the loss of a great great man…Dr. John Whelchel. When you think of ...
10/17/2021

Today the world is a little sadder place as we mourn the loss of a great great man…Dr. John Whelchel.

When you think of kidney transplant in Georgia, you think Dr. John Whelchel. Cowboy boots, warm smile, big man, big personality, big laugh, big heart. When I was new to the transplant world, someone told me it was important to have “presence”. John Whelchel was a presence…..when he entered a room, everyone knew he was there. He was loved, he was respected, he was a giant among men.

Rest In Peace, John. You will be sorely missed but your legacy will live on forever. As we sit smiling at memories of times shared, we know so many of you will feel the same. We’d love to have you share your stories with us.

Today the world is a little sadder place as we mourn the loss of a great great man…Dr. John Whelchel.

When you think of kidney transplant in Georgia, you think Dr. John Whelchel. Cowboy boots, warm smile, big man, big personality, big laugh, big heart. When I was new to the transplant world, someone told me it was important to have “presence”. John Whelchel was a presence…..when he entered a room, everyone knew he was there. He was loved, he was respected, he was a giant among men.

Rest In Peace, John. You will be sorely missed but your legacy will live on forever. As we sit smiling at memories of times shared, we know so many of you will feel the same. We’d love to have you share your stories with us.

Thank you to all who supported this wonderful Community Partner Group event.
10/01/2021

Thank you to all who supported this wonderful Community Partner Group event.

Please help us welcome the newest addition to the GTF family. Our Manager of Patient Services, Angell, welcomed her daug...
09/29/2021

Please help us welcome the newest addition to the GTF family. Our Manager of Patient Services, Angell, welcomed her daughter to the world early this morning. Baby Anaya and mommy are doing well.

Please help us welcome the newest addition to the GTF family. Our Manager of Patient Services, Angell, welcomed her daughter to the world early this morning. Baby Anaya and mommy are doing well.

We are excited to welcome Candice Stephens as our new support group facilitator. Make sure to register for this Thursday...
09/15/2021
Support Groups | Georgia Transplant Foundation

We are excited to welcome Candice Stephens as our new support group facilitator. Make sure to register for this Thursdays (9/17) virtual support group at https://gatransplant.org/our-programs/education-community-programs/support-groups/

Candice is from Macon, GA and a kidney/pancreas transplant recipient. She is a graduate of Westside High School and Valdosta State University, with a BBA in Accounting. Her husband, Gibran Stephens was her kidney donor, and she has a daughter named Kobi that is 15 years old. She has been employed as an auditor for the past 15 years; she is also a realtor and personal finance coach. She is a GTF mentor. Her hobbies include volunteering, reading, shopping, and traveling.

"I enjoy sharing my story in hopes that it will serve as inspiration and motivation to those that are fighting to keep fighting and don’t give up. I am so excited to be joining the Georgia Transplant Foundation as the facilitator of their support group. The information and relationships gained by being apart of this group is monumental; I am truly honored to be entrusted to lead such an extraordinary group of people!"

Don't miss a chance to meet Candice during tomorrow night's virtual support group. Hope to see you there!

GTF hosts support groups virtually in order to meet the needs of the transplant community by connecting digitally for support and networking.

Please come out and support us!
09/07/2021

Please come out and support us!

Our second Angels of Life Bake Sale is this Saturday and you know the drill! Our lobby will be packed with safely prepared homemade baked goods, jewelry, and décor available for purchase! All proceeds from all of our Bake Sales benefit Angels of Life and the Georgia Transplant Foundation! Come get pampered, snag some treats, and support a great cause all at once!

Thank you to 1885 Grill for sponsoring all of our Bake Sales! Thank you to all of our fabulous guests for purchasing our yummy items and helping us support the Georgia Transplant Foundation! Last but not least, BIG THANKS to our amazing employees for supplying all the delicious goodies! #three13salonspa #angelsoflife2021

The HEART TNT, presented by CareDx, Inc., is this Saturday!! Find out more about the free conference and register at www...
08/22/2021

The HEART TNT, presented by CareDx, Inc., is this Saturday!! Find out more about the free conference and register at www.gatransplant.org/heart-tnt

The HEART TNT, presented by CareDx, Inc., is this Saturday!! Find out more about the free conference and register at www.gatransplant.org/heart-tnt

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07/31/2021

Timeline Photos

It's that time again!! Mark your calendars because our FIRST Angels of Life Bake Sale is scheduled for August 28th and we are so excited! 📆

What are you excited to see at this year's Bake Sale? #three13salonspa #angelsoflife

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Happy Independence Day!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
07/04/2021

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Happy Independence Day!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Happy Independence Day!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing dads!
06/20/2021

Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing dads!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing dads!

Don’t miss out on our Kidney Trends iN Transplant (TNT) virtual conference, presented by CareDx, Inc., on Saturday, June...
05/27/2021

Don’t miss out on our Kidney Trends iN Transplant (TNT) virtual conference, presented by CareDx, Inc., on Saturday, June 5, featuring Top Chef contestant, author and restaurateur, Chef Kevin Gillespie, pre- and post- kidney transplant doctor presentations, and Faces of Hope. Register today at www.gatransplant.org/kidney-tnt

Don’t miss out on our Kidney Trends iN Transplant (TNT) virtual conference, presented by CareDx, Inc., on Saturday, June 5, featuring Top Chef contestant, author and restaurateur, Chef Kevin Gillespie, pre- and post- kidney transplant doctor presentations, and Faces of Hope. Register today at www.gatransplant.org/kidney-tnt

Congratulations to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on their 400th heart transplant!!
05/14/2021

Congratulations to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on their 400th heart transplant!!

Congratulations to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on their 400th heart transplant!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!
05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

#earthday2021🌍
04/22/2021

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#earthday2021🌍

04/20/2021

The LIVER Trends iN Transplant (TNT) conference, presented by CareDx, is this Saturday. We have exciting speakers for pre- and post- transplant liver patients. Register today at www.gatransplant.org/liver-tnt

04/15/2021

We have asked for famous landmarks, hospital and community partners, volunteers and staff to join us in turning Georgia Blue & Green During Spirit Week! The King & Queen buildings in Atlanta will be lit blue & green this entire week - isn't it beautiful? Will you join in the fun? #LetYourLightShine #lifelinklightsshine

Calling all LIVER patients. Our virtual Liver TNT conference is Saturday, April 24 and free to liver patients and caregi...
04/11/2021

Calling all LIVER patients. Our virtual Liver TNT conference is Saturday, April 24 and free to liver patients and caregivers. Register today at www.gatransplant.org/liver-tnt

Calling all LIVER patients. Our virtual Liver TNT conference is Saturday, April 24 and free to liver patients and caregivers. Register today at www.gatransplant.org/liver-tnt

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!
04/04/2021

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!

Happy April!!!
04/01/2021

Happy April!!!

Happy April!!!

03/24/2021
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!
03/17/2021

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

03/13/2021

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2201 Macy Drive
Roswell, GA
30076

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Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 12pm

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(770) 457-3796

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Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) was founded in 1992 to serve Georgia’s solid organ transplant community. It began as one man’s vision for helping others who, like himself, had struggled with the financial challenge of being able to afford expensive daily medications after his kidney transplant.

Recognizing the tremendous financial challenges many people face before, during, and after an organ transplant, Tommy Smith wanted to create an organization that could provide immediate support to recipients and their families in crisis situations and throughout the transplant process. He gather a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, community business leaders, transplant recipients and volunteers, and together they created GTF to improve the quality of life for those affected by transplantation.

Today, GTF is the primary source for transplant patient assistance and support for all solid organ transplantation in Georgia. Our mission is to bridge the gap between hope and opportunity by educating and enriching the lives of those affected by organ transplant. For more information about our financial, educational, and emotional support programs, please visit: https://gatransplant.org.

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It’s #GivingTuesday, and I’m sure most of you are receiving fundraising requests from charities and non-profits from around the country. But today I have an intensely personal request. The ultimate ask. Here’s the backstory. Two months ago, our healthy, vaccinated, tennis-playing 39-year-old daughter Katie had a breakthrough case of Covid. She was really sick for a month, and her doctor finally ordered lab work to be done. The next morning, she was sent to the emergency room, where doctors eventually diagnosed her with liver failure. Long story short, Katie is going to need a liver transplant. Up to now, I’ve tried to keep Katie’s diagnosis private, because it’s not my story to tell. But in light of the journey she and so many other patients and their families are facing, I’ve decided to go public, in the hope that some good can come from her illness. So here’s the ask: 1. Consider signing up to become an #organdonor. Here’s a link to Organdonor.gov where you can register to become an organ donor in every state in the nation. Did you know you could provide life saving organs to as many as eight different people? Your decision to register could literally save a life. https://www.organdonor.gov/sign-up 2. Sign up here to give blood and/or platelets. The American Red Cross has reported an ongoing emergency blood shortage during the pandemic. https://www.redcrossblood.org/ 3. Consider donating to an organ transplant nonprofit such as the Georgia Transplant Foundation, which provides vital financial, educational and social resources to families facing organ transplants. https://gatransplant.org/ Our family is blessed to have the resources to help Katie on this long road, and we’re incredibly fortunate that Georgia’s only two liver transplant centers, Emory University Hospital and Piedmont Hospital, are here in Atlanta where we live, but we know so many others aren’t as fortunate. Here's how you can help them. Also, selfishly? We wouldn’t mind if you sent up a prayer for our girl. Thanks in advance. And feel free to share.
We are pleased to welcome back Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique for the 11th Annual "Angels of Life" Hair & Fashion Show! this Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Check out their appearance on Atlanta & Company to learn more about this benefit for the Georgia Transplant Foundation. https://www.11alive.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/atlanta-and-company/11th-annual-angels-of-life-hair-fashion-show/85-838ecaa4-2af4-4e10-94b1-56f2f5296be1?jwsource=cl
Proud sponsor of The 11th Annual Angels for Life Hair & Fashion Show benefiting Georgia Transplant Foundation! #savinglives #community #superiorplumbing #Three13Salon
ABOUT US: The Milton Digital Media Club is an extracurricular activity for students 6-18 years old. Students host online news programs & provide media coverage for nonprofits and community organizations. BUSINESS LEADERS & STUDENTS series features students interviewing local business leaders. NEW STUDENTS WELCOME! SCHOLARSHIPS FOR Birmingham Falls Elementary School Summit Hill Elementary School Crabapple Crossing Elementary School Cogburn Woods Elementary School Northwestern Middle School Milton Home School students STUDENT MEDIA COVERAGE FOR NONPROFITS Friends of The Milton Library Canine Assistants Trees Atlanta e1 The Drake House - Roswell United Way of Greater Atlanta The Salvation Army Atlanta Peachcrest Corps and Boys & Girls Club North Point Community Church Atlanta Humane Society e1 The Georgia Animal Protection Society Atlanta Habitat for Humanity & ReStore Atlanta History Center Fulton County Library System Georgia Chamber of Commerce Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce e1 Georgia Transplant Foundation Zoo Atlanta e1
A dear friend’s uncle posted this recently on Facebook, and I want to share it with as many people as I can. I am a recent organ donor, so I'm not able to help, but I'm reaching far and wide for others who may be able to help save this man's life. *** Dear friends, I hope this note finds you and your family happy, healthy and prosperous during this holiday season. I know we haven’t spoken in a while, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share something with you, based upon our relationship over the years. I’m currently facing a health crisis that is to the point of action or else dire circumstances will arise. I have been diagnosed with an unknown history of Hemochromatosis, which is a fancy medical term for iron poisoning of the liver. In essence, I produce too much iron and cannot process it normally, which has damaged my liver beyond repair. It is to the point where I need a liver transplant, soon, or my condition is terminal. I also quit drinking over a year ago to help stall any more progression of liver disease. It has taken me some time to get up the courage to write to you and the many people that have touched my life over the years. It has both humbled and terrified me at the same time. My physician has suggested I reach out to all my friends, colleagues and past business associates to spread the news and take my efforts to the next level. This has been difficult to do. I am requesting you share this with as many people you know, both in your personal network, and your social network. Here are some of the high-level mechanics of my request. I am currently on the National Transplant List for a liver. Unfortunately, it can take up to 10 years to get one and quite frankly, I don’t have that much time. Many hospitals do liver transplants nationwide but only the top few do live donor transplants. Earlier this year we moved to Charleston, SC and two of the top hospitals are in the Southeast, Vanderbilt in Nashville and MUSC in South Carolina. The donor needs to be under the age of 55 and have blood type O. The donor cannot have been hospitalized within the past 5 years except for childbirth. The doctors only take about one third of the donor’s liver, which will grow back completely in three to four weeks. There’s two to three days in the hospital, with total a recovery time of six weeks. There will be a permanent scar across the abdomen after surgery. Finally, all expenses for the logistical costs for the donor and their family (airfares, hotel, meals, ground transportation, etc.) will be covered. There will be no out of pocket expenses to the donor and I am open to covering wages and health insurance costs during time away from work. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to read this and am eternally grateful for whatever support you can provide. I will be keeping a blog with updates on my progress once a suitable donor has come forward and will share that with you in the future. Please feel free to reach out as it would be great to catch up and hear how you are doing. If you’re ever in Charleston, please look me up. Warm Regards, Stephen P. Reilly 503-720-0051 1256 Supply St. Charleston, S.C.
I received a liver transplant 02/12/2016 At Emory and I am forever grateful to my donor angel.
The CTK online auction is LIVE (till Oct 16). We have UGA memorabilia and more! All proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Transplant Foundation. Check it out: https://qtego.net/qlink/dawgsforkids
The MELD score needs adjusting! It is not a perfect system but it determines where you are on the liver transplant list. For those with low MELDS due to PSC and PBC but in desperate need of a liver are having to wait and wait until something potentially life threatening happens. Please sign and comment on my petition requesting exception points for PSC and PBC. We now have more than 5300 signatures which got the attention of the CEO of UNOS. The new Acuity Circle rules for Liver Allocation is making the "SCORE MATTER MORE" which is hurting many people with progressive diseases who suffer for years with Low MELDS. Thank you for reading, digesting, signing and sharing!
The family behind a foundation providing no-cost housing assistance for qualified transplant patients and caregivers in the Atlanta area is preparing to raise funds to build a new facility. https://buff.ly/3dpX1KR Jeffrey Campbell Evans Foundation Georgia Transplant Foundation
June 8 (China Time) .... My kidney transplant was 25 years ago today at Egleston Children's Hospital. To my mom/donor 💚, dad, brother, family, friends, and anyone who has worked with CHOA, Twin Lakes, or is associated with a health care system in any capacity what-so-ever, thank you for everything you do. You are all super heroes 🤩🥳
Georgia Magazine -- March 2020 issue. The March 2020 digital edition can be found online at http://bit.ly/gmg0320. (Photo by Louis Tonsmeire.) -- with Dr. Cassandra Quave, Emory University, University of Georgia, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Girl Scouts, Elachee Nature Science Center, American Kidney Fund, Donate Life Georgia, Georgia Transplant Foundation, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), United Network for Organ Sharing, Schoolbus Graveyard, Healing Hands Clinic Gordon County, Houston County Volunteer Medical Clinic, Medical College of Georgia, Valdosta State University, Georgia Tech, Augusta University, The Georgia Conservancy, Orphan Aid, Liberia
We are excited to announce our next charity beer event, Back to The Juice, on March 28th 2020 ITP, GA. Our last 2 events - The Day of The Juice and The Juice Strikes Back raised over $10,000 for the Georgia Transplant Foundation. These events featured over 150 rare and limited beers, ciders, & meads. At Back to The Juice you can expect an 80s theme, a large variety of beer/mead/cider styles, fun entertainment, food, raffles, and the most well curated tap list the state of Georgia has ever seen. This event will be held inside the perimeter of Metro Atlanta. All proceeds from Back to the Juice will be donated to the Georgia Transplant Foundation and Bottleshare. We could not do these events without your help and support, so please share this post with friends, industry members, and colleagues. Stay tuned for ticketing information, location and beer announcements!