Jacksonville Transplant Alliance
The Jacksonville Transplant Alliance is a community of individuals and transplant-related organizations in the Northeast Florida area who are dedicated to supporting area transplant patients and providing donor education to those in our community.
National Geographic recently published an article about the COVID-19 vaccine and transplant recipients. It's an important read for transplant patients about the effectiveness of the vaccine and just as important, the value of COVID antibody testing. Since the article was only available to NG subscribers, here is the text of the full article.
2021 started out with some very promising COVID-19 vaccinations from a variety of pharmaceutical manufacturers. With the new vaccines and continuing compliance of mask wearing and social distancing, we may just be able to get back to a normal life by this fall. If we can do that, if we can stay vigilant and compliant and patient, perhaps we can get control of this virus instead of it controlling us.
But since we still live in a state of uncertainty, the JTA Board of Directors remains vigilant and cautious. Safety is still key. Our Gift of Life Celebration is still up in the air. We will only host the event if we can host it as safely as possible for everyone.
As the days and weeks ahead continue to unfold, we will make a decision about whether or not we can safely hold the Gift of Life Celebration. In anticipation that we will be able to, the JTA Board Members have chosen the date of Saturday, October 23rd for this year's event. The Tribute to Life donor recognition ceremony will be held the evening before, either virtually, in person, or both.
Tribute to Life - Friday, October 22, 2021
Gift of Life Celebration - Saturday, October 23, 2021
Both events will be at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach.
More information will become available soon as we make our decision. Watch your email for details and of course, we will keep our Facebook page updated.
Please continue to stay safe and stay well!
Signing up on your state registry means that someday you could save up tp 8 lives as an organ donor by giving the Gift of Life. When you register, most states let you choose what organs and tissues you want to donate, and you can update your status at any time.
Florida residents, you can register online to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org.
If you're a U.S. resident outside Florida, you can locate your state's donor registry at OrganDonor.gov.
The Jacksonville Transplant Alliance board of directors is happy to announce three new board members!
Thank you to all our volunteer board members for their dedication and service not just to JTA, not just to the organizations they work for, but also to all the transplant patients, living donors, and donor families in the Northeast Florida area.
Our Facebook group is active, full of good information, and is the quickest and easiest way to get updates on our events and the latest transplant news. We are a private group so you must ask to join. Click below to join us!
Serving brunch at Gabriel House of Care - 2015