UNOS/OPTN has proposed changes to the organ procurement policies and bylaws for transplantation. Find details at https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/governance/public-comment. The American Journal of Kidney Diseases blog has posted comments on the proposals, at https://ajkdblog.org/2018/03/07/controversial-optn-committee-structure-changes-up-for-public-comment/.
Donate Life Northwest reminds us that April is National Donate Life Month – see https://www.donatelife.net/ndlm/ for details and resources.
They’ve also announced many new volunteer training sessions and other community events:
- March 14, 2018 – Donate Life 101 and 301 in La Grande OR
- March 19, 2018 – New Ambassador Orientation, Portland OR
- April 11, 2018 – Happy Hour, Medford OR
- April 12, 2018 – Donate Life 101 and 301 in Medford OR
- April 13-14, 2018 – Pear Blossom Festival Parade, Medford OR
- April 15, 2018 – Quilt Unveiling, Medford OR
- April 22, 2018 – Quilt Unveiling, Portland OR
- May 7, 2018 – New Ambassador Orientation, Portland OR
- May 26, 2018 – Tabor Trot run/walk, Portland OR
Find more information about any of these at https://www.donatelifenw.org/news-and-events/calendar, along with more information about previously announced trainings in Portland March 18, March 25, and April 1, 2018, and the previously announced Trailblazers basketball game group tickets on March 30, 2018 (see also the Patient Calendar above).
NKF, the Portland Kidney Group, and Legacy Health will present a March 18, 2018 Patient & Community Education Symposium in Portland OR on Everyday Heroes and New Technology and Treatment Updates. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NKF/PrtldSymp2018.pdf.
Legacy Transplant Services will present four classes on Is Kidney Transplant Right for You? in Portland during 2018, on March 7, May 3, September 12, and November 8. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/Legacy/LegacyTrx0318.pdf, and register at http://www.legacyhealthevents.org.
The latest Renal Support Network KidneyTalk podcast is on My Kidney & Transplant Journey featuring the winner of the 2016 RSN essay contest. Find the audio recording at http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/my-kidney-pancreas-transplant-journey/. The website also includes links to previous RSN KidneyTalk podcasts.
NKF and Swedish Medical Center will present a March 3, 2018 in-person workshop in Seattle called The Big Ask, The Big Give: A Workshop on Living Donation. The free half-day workshop will provide tools to find a living kidney donor, educate family and friends about living donation, and tell your story through social media and other channels. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/DONATE/BABG.0318.pdf.
The Erase the Wait program will present a training in Portland OR for volunteer transplant mentors on February 24, 2018, and for CKD and dialysis patients on March 18, March 25, and April 1, 2018. For details see https://www.erasethewait.org/about, the graphic below, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGkYnpQpgMM.
Previous Erase the Date mentor and mentee participants are invited to a reunion in Portland on March 14, 2018; for details see https://www.donatelifenw.org/civicrm/event/info?id=8390&reset=1.
Discounted ticket sales for Donate Life Northwest’s Family Night Trailblazers basketball game March 30, 2018 in Portland close on February 26, 2018.