Thousands of organ transplant recipients are alive and well today after once being told that they only had months to live. Transplant surgery is undeniably a miraculous advance in medicine. For those who have undergone transplant surgery, it is indeed a chance for a new life.

At the chapter’s meetings, guest speakers provide current information about transplant related topics, and attendees have an opportunity to network with others who have had
similar experiences.

For donor families, transplantation is an opportunity to see good come from an otherwise very sad event. For a living donor, it is a chance to help the recipient have his or her healthy life back and indeed a second chance at life.

Individuals who have undergone transplant surgery offer special understanding and appreciation for candidates, donor families and other recipients.

Since transplantation is a treatment and not a cure, this new life often brings with it a new set of issues and challenges for transplant recipients. The recipient may face issues that are difficult psychologically and socially, and in some cases there are financial issues as well.

Many recipients must deal with the high costs associated with the transplant and the continuing treatment. There might be issues with returning to one’s career position and there might be questions about the side effects of medications and questions about insurance coverage.

Accordingly, people who have had transplant surgery share a special bond due to their common experiences in so many areas.

The Long Island chapter of TRIO provides a structure for support groups meetings and education of our membership through a variety of programs in the community. Our chapter develops opportunities for transplant recipients to share the joy of new life by bonding together and reaching out to others.