February 2, 2021
We hope you are having a safe and healthy start to the new year. COVID-19 continues to affect every community including our immunosuppressed population. Despite these challenges, the transplant community has remained resilient and hopeful, and planning for the Transplant Games has continued with the safety of our community as our number one priority. In December 2020 when the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were approved there was optimism that we would reach herd immunity in early 2021. However, the rollout of the two vaccines has not gone according to plan, and in light of the current vaccination status we have decided to restructure the Games. We feel the new format will protect participants while at the same time help meet our goal to highlight the critical need for more organs in the vast New Jersey/New York metropolitan area.
With a 30-year history of successfully promoting organ, eye and tissue donation, and a restructured program ensuring the safe participation of our attendees, we are confident that the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games will still shatter all records for participation, media exposure, education, and awareness.
The Transplant Life Foundation will not waiver from its mission – this July the Transplant Games will “Honor the Journey… Coast to Coast”. The reformatted Games will take place in hometowns all across the country, providing the Transplant Games of America with a unique opportunity to reinforce our mission.
Our signature events will be produced and aired from New Jersey at their regularly scheduled times. There is no live audience planned.
| July 16, 2021 Zoom of Athletes
July 16, 2021 Opening Ceremony
July 17, 2021 Living Donor Celebration
July 18, 2021 Donor Tribute
July 19, 2021 Salute to our Veterans and Road to San Diego
| * TGA Flag Signing Events * Transplant Community Webcasts
* Two Coffee House Events * Quarter Century Club Recognition
* Quilt-Pinning Ceremony * Transplant Games Orientation
* Reflection Room
| * Singles Bowling * Trivia Challenge
* Singles Golf * Youth Olympiad
* Track (times events only) * Cycling
* Swimming * Texas Hold'em
* Lyrics for Life (semi-finalist) * Tx Tok
* Ballroom Dancing * "5K to the Meadowlands"
| Total Patients 11,519 Kidney 9,933
Liver 1,021 Heart 360
Lung 120 Children 137
Finally, we would like to recognize the tremendous work of the Meadowlands Local Organizing Committee over the last four years, leading a team of dedicated professionals in supporting the greatest donation and transplantation event in the world. Special thanks to Joe Roth and Elisse Glennon of the NJ Sharing Network for their unwavering leadership.
Stay well and thank you,
President and CEO
Transplant Games of America
c/o Transplant Life Foundation